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Endless Sacrifice
Train of Thought
Length 11:23
Working title
Release date {{{Release}}}
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios, Pie Studios NY
Other appearances Live at Budokan
Previous song This Dying Soul
Next song Honor Thy Father

Endless Sacrifice is the third song on Dream Theater's seventh album Train of Thought.

PersonnelEdit

LyricsEdit

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

AnalysisEdit

The intro is very similar to the intro to In the Name of God. The band have not commented on the resemblance. The lyrics were written by John Petrucci. It is a love song to his wife where he talks about how he misses her and he also speaks of the sacrifices she makes for him as he is a traveling musician. The first verse and first chorus is written from his wife's point of view whilst the second verse and second chorus is written from Petrucci's point of view. When the song really kicks in, it is Petrucci again where he mentions his "Undying Dream" (being a musician and not being able to see her). Some of the lines in this part are shared by he and his wife: 'WE try to make sense of..."