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Enemy inside

Single artwork for The Enemy Inside, released on Instagram.

The Enemy Inside
Dream Theater
Length 06:16
Working title (Unknown)
Release date August 5th, 2013
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Coliseu do Porto, Portugal
Total live plays
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios
Other appearances
Previous song False Awakening Suite
Next song The Looking Glass


The Enemy Inside is the first single and the 2nd track from Dream Theater's eponymous 12th album. It was released on the USA Today website on August 5th 2013, prior to the album's release. The single cover was released in sections via their Instagram, and they released the last sections of it on , making the full artwork.

PersonnelEdit

LyricsEdit

Over and over again
I relive the moment
I'm bearing the burden within
Open wounds hidden under my skin

Pain is real as a cut that bleeds
The face I see every time I try to sleep
Staring at me crying

I'm running from the enemy inside
Looking for the life I left behind
These suffocating memories are etched upon my mind
And I can't escape from the enemy inside

I sever myself from the world
and shut down completely
All alone in my own living hell
overcome with irrational fear

Under the weight of the world on my chest
I buckle and break as I try to catch my breath
Tell me I'm not dying

I'm running from the enemy inside
Looking for the life I left behind
These suffocating memories are etched upon my mind
And I can't escape from the enemy inside

I'm a burden and a travesty
I'm a prisoner of regret
Between the flashbacks and the violent dreams
I am hanging on the edge

Disaster lurks around the bend
Paradise came to an end
And no magic pill
can bring it back again

I'm running from the enemy inside
Looking for the life I left behind
These suffocating memories are etched upon my mind
And I can't escape from the enemy inside

ToneEdit

The Enemy Inside is played with a 7-string guitar, and remains in 4/4 for most of the song. The first minute of the song is very heavy and technical, and it then enters a syncopated palm muted thrash riff which leads into the first verse. Most of the song has quite a dark and heavy tone, similar to songs on Train of Thought or Awake.

AnalysisEdit

The music video made it clear that the song is about post traumatic stress disorder, specifically in relation to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The music video shows scenes of a veteran in everyday life who keeps seeing flashbacks of his time in service, and can't seem to cope with living without the threat of death.

Dream Theater - The Enemy Inside OFFICIAL VIDEO06:47

Dream Theater - The Enemy Inside OFFICIAL VIDEO

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