Cold
Lying in my bed
Staring into darkness

Lost
I hear footsteps overhead
And my thoughts return
Again

Like a child who's run away
And won't be coming back
Time keeps passing by
As night turns into day

I'm so far away
And so alone
I need to see your face
To keep me sane
To make we whole

Try to stay alive
Until I hear your voice
I'm gonna lose my mind
Someone tell me why
I chose this life
This superficial lie
Constant compromise
Endless sacrifice

Pain
It saddens me to know
The helplessness you feel
Your light
Shines on my soul
While a thousand candles
Burn

Outside this barren room
The rain is pouring down
The emptiness inside
Is growing deeper still

You're so far away
And so alone
You long for love's embrace
To keep you sane
To make you whole

Try to stay alive
Until I hear your voice
I'm gonna lose my mind

Someone tell me why
I chose this life
This superficial lie
Constant compromise
Endless sacrifice

Moments wasted
Isolated
Time escaping
Endless sacrifice

Moments wasted
Isolated
Time escaping
Endless sacrifice

Over the distance
We try to make sense
Of surviving together
While living apart

Striving for balance
We rise to the challenge
Of staying connected
In spite of circumstance

All you've forsaken
And all that you've done
So that I could live out
This undying dream

Won't be forgotten
Or taken for granted
I'll always remember
Your endless sacrifice

Moments wasted
Isolated
Time escaping
Endless sacrifice

Moments wasted
Isolated
Time escaping
Endless sacrifice


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Octavarium64

Endless Sacrifice Lyrics as written by JOHN MYUNG, JOHN PETRUCCI, JOHN RO MYUNG, JORDAN RUDESS, JORDAN CHARLES RUDESS, MICHAEL PORTNOY

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Endless Sacrifice song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

25 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General Comment

    This is my first review here on Song Meanings.

    I just wanted to say this is the first song i have ever heard of Dream Theater, basically my introduction to one of the greatest bands ever.

    The song is just so beautiful and heartfelt and meaningful!

    wobo woboon December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    A classic DT song, what a gem.

    This lyric is about all the sacrifice of JP's wife so he could live his dream - to be with Dream Theater, to produce music and play it all around the world.<p><b><i>Edited by YtseJam on May 31 2004, at 02:32AM</i></b></p>

    Idanon April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is mine and my Girlfriends song...

    SlayerMaggoton June 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    YtseJam is absolutely right but the song is deeper than that. The first verse "cold lying in my bed" is from JP's wife's perspective and the chorous is shared between their mutual feelings. The second verse is wrote through John's eyes on tour.

    Haaaaayneon August 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Thanks for the info, YtseJam, didn't know that

    f15x28on December 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I've been revisiting the "Train of Thought" album and I must reiterate my first comment here.

    This song is a GEM in DT history. Simple a-m-a-z-i-n-g feeling to it. I love it. :)

    I feel more connected to it now than before due to some personal longing to a certain person... sigh...

    Idanon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Yeah, it's great. What a kick-ass chorus too.

    Squid Viciouson April 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    my personal favorite Dream Theater song! i think it has the best lyrics of all their songs.

    Friendly Hippoon May 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    the beginning of it sounds a bit like the beginning of welcome home (sanitarium) by metallica, or is that just me?

    shanimal_caton July 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Great song, one of my favorites from Train of Thought (behind As I Am). Dream Theater continues to impress with excellent musicianship and brilliant lyrics. I can certainly relate to this song on a very personal level ...

    maidenfan13on February 03, 2007   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
The Spy
Doors, The
Like a lot of the other comments are saying, I think this mainly about voyeurism. If the song was about his girlfriend, then why would he use the word spy. If you are a spy it means you shouldn't be caught, that is kind of the whole point, and if you are a voyeur, the whole point of the pleasure you get from it, is the fact that the other people don't know you are watching them. See a bit of a connection there?
Album art
when rules change
Life in Your Way
High life
Album art
Mental Istid
Ebba Grön
This is one of my favorite songs. https://fnfgo.io
Album art
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
Led Zeppelin
This is about bronies. They communicate by stomping.
Album art
Mountain Song
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell gives Adam Reader some heartfelt insight into Jane’s Addiction's hard rock manifesto "Mountain Song", which was the second single from their revolutionary album Nothing's Shocking. Mountain song was first recorded in 1986 and appeared on the soundtrack to the film Dudes starring Jon Cryer. The version on Nothing's Shocking was re-recorded in 1988. "'Mountain Song' was actually about... I hate to say it but... drugs. Climbing this mountain and getting as high as you can, and then coming down that mountain," reveals Farrell. "What it feels to descend from the mountain top... not easy at all. The ascension is tough but exhilarating. Getting down is... it's a real bummer. Drugs is not for everybody obviously. For me, I wanted to experience the heights, and the lows come along with it." "There's a part - 'Cash in now honey, cash in Miss Smith.' Miss Smith is my Mother; our last name was Smith. Cashing in when she cashed in her life. So... she decided that, to her... at that time, she was desperate. Life wasn't worth it for her, that was her opinion. Some people think, never take your life, and some people find that their life isn't worth living. She was in love with my Dad, and my Dad was not faithful to her, and it broke her heart. She was very desperate and she did something that I know she regrets."