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Repentance Lyrics

(Hello, mirror
So glad to see you, my friend
It's been a while)

Staring at the empty page before me
All the years of wreckage running through my head
Patterns of my life have thawed and torn me
Revealing hurtful shame and deep lament
Overwhelming sorrow now absorbs me
as the pen begins to trace my darkest past
Signs throughout my life that should have warned me
of all the wrongs I've done for which I must repent

I once thought it better to regret
things that I have done than haven't
Sometimes you've got to be wrong
and learn the hard way
And sometimes you've got to be strong
when you think it's too late

Staring at the finished page before me
All the damage now so clear and evident
Thinking 'bout the dreaded task in store for me
A bitter fear at the thought of my amends
Hoping that the step will help restore me
to face my past and ask for forgiveness
Cleaning up my dirty side of this unswept street
Could this be the beginning of the end?

I once thought it better to regret
things that I have done than haven't
Sometimes you've got to be wrong
and learn the hard way
And just when you're through hanging on,
you're saved

"Until that moment, I'd never felt like I'd failed at anything...
and I felt like I failed her, and I failed myself, and I failed my children...
It's still really hard to deal with."

"I want to thank you for helping me to see my own selfishness
and to tell you how regretful I am it has hurt you."

"I'm sorry I didn't visit you in the hospital, Grandpa, when you were on your deathbed.
I'm sorry I didn't come to your funeral...
I don't know if I was selfish or I just was too scared to face it.
It's one of the biggest regrets of my life."

"I'm here to confess with you that what I did was wrong,
and I'm asking for your forgiveness..."

"The only unforgivable thing hauls itself out of bed,
looks over my shoulder at the bloody English weather..."

"I really regret not being able to see my friend Andy..."

"One of my best friends who's the godfather of my daughter,
he asked me to sing or play something at his wedding,
and I turned it down because I was busy and, I guess, too much of a chickenshit to do it...
And I feel sorry for that, because it was a very, very close friend of mine..."

"So, I wanted to apologize to anyone that I've upset or offended by my words.
It's just an opinion, but unfortunately, I tend to express it as a fact,
and that's kind of arrogant. Isn't it?"

"I think it's the betrayal...it still haunts me."

"I'm sorry for what I did back then...I was a different person. I really was and I'm so sorry.
I wish it wouldn't have happened, but it did, and I'm sorry. Will you forgive me?"

"I guess I'm simply sorry for being me and not you.
I so often wish you could be here with me to show me the way..."

“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development,
we will be amazed before we are halfway through.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone,
we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not.
They have been fulfilled amongst others:
sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
We will always be true to our principles.”

"You're only as sick as your secrets, but the truth shall set you free..."
"The truth is the truth, and so all you can do is live with it."
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May 19, 2007
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okay, everyone says this song isn't up-to-par with DT... but what they are doing is just portraying the emotions and mood that come with the 8th and 9th steps.... by making it lighter and slower....i mean, who goes through regret angry or full of super-fast energy?

I love this song...so...yeah... i think someone already said pretty much the same thing... EDIT:YtseJam said it....heh

-Zane-

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My least favorite song on Systematic Chaos, but it's still pretty good.

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Guest vocalists go as follows:

* Corey Taylor
* Joe Satriani
* Steve Vai
* Steven Wilson
* Mikael Åkerfeldt
* Jon Anderson
* David Ellefson
* Daniel Gildenlöw
* Steve Hogarth
* Chris Jericho
* Neal Morse

@Aniland I was 15 when I made that comment and now at 30 I like this song a lot more. Still can't get over what an all-star guest-list that is for the confessions portion.

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My second favourite song from the AA Saga.

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Well, if you take steps 8 and 9 which this song is about really, then in that context the mood that the song sets is exactly what it should be even though we all would like something else. :)

Once the the album is released, either Aniland or myself will update the lyrics here with the quotes.

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Not my personal favorite Dt song :[ almost a let down. i was expecting another masterpiece in the saga....a ten minute song....ahhh. But like Mike portnoy said in his mirror interview, you can't please everyone. but i do love the guitar riff in the middle

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It's true. The lyrics are set with the theme of the stages. If you guys did you're research then you'd know that.

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i havent heard it yet, but i would have liked them to keep the heavy pattern with the AA saga. maybe ill like it.

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The voice-over at the end of "Repentance", presumably done by Portnoy himself, is the following text:

"If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them."

Source- silkworth.net/ Scroll half-way down the page. It's that text, word-for-word.

Also, for "Repentance", I can clearly hear Neal Morse's voice, coming in at 6:52 saying "I'm sorry for what I did...". Can anyone else confirm that? The ending also has the following: "You're only as sick as your secrets, but the truth shall set you free." "The truth is the truth, it's all you can do is live with it."

-M.

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Also:

"Patterns of my life I thought I don't ...?..."

Should be...

"Patterns of my life I thought adowned me"

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