I can remember when,
In the unity of our five-day sessions
Not even once did we hear the siren song
What kind of imagination
Asleep in some lyrical coma
Who's vain futile memory
Could have been so wrong?

You can make a fortune in lies
You can keep a giant alive
You can ride the red
Until everybody smiles

A trifling euphoria
Was such an untimely religion
Maybe your life can explain
The reason for my indecision
Here is a poor man
The heart of this monster creation
He said we both will be heroes
And I was led into temptation

You can make a fortune in lies
You can keep a giant alive
You can ride the red
Until everybody smiles

Can you show me your gold and your silver?
A hero in frozen water

"For the first time in a long time
Everything was right in my world
And then I woke up"

Now you've made a fortune in lies
And you kept a giant alive
You rode the red
You rode the red

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A Fortune in Lies Lyrics as written by John Myung Charlie Dominici

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  • +4
    My Interpretation

    It sounds like its about how tempting it is to sell out for money and for fame, and how being a sincere musician can be harder than it looks.

    2006200720082009on May 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Live @ the Marquee-version is the way to go.

    the_geekon August 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    According to Mike Portnoy, this song is about a friend of theirs who was busted for stealing and the experience he gleaned from it.

    Idanon July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Beautiful song and beautiful lyrics. Second best in WDADU, with The Killing Hand first.

    FlashCEon July 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think the earlier albums have better lyrics. I like the music of the newer ones more.

    Sietsevon February 07, 2008   Link

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