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Dream Theater - The Looking Glass OFFICIAL VIDEO

The Looking Glass
Dream Theater
Length 4:53
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 The Enemy Inside
Next song Enigma Machine


The Looking Glass is the 3rd track and 3rd single from Dream Theater's eponymous 12th studio album, Dream Theater. On February 3rd, 2014, the song was released as a single accompanied with a music video, 5 months after the release of the album.

PersonnelEdit

LyricsEdit

I would not expect you felt alone in standing north
Better to rise above the clouds Then be a stranger in the crowd
All that you protected doesn’t matter anymore
Rather be stripped of all your pride
Than watch your dreams be cast aside

You are caught up in your gravity
Glorifying stardom
Singing your own praise

You live without shame
You’re digging up a gold mine
Standing on the sidelines
Watching through the looking glass

You are not content with being nameless and unknown
Trying to rise above the fray
Eager to give it all away

Some will not admit that 15 minutes have expired
Too much attention much too soon
Don’t see you walking on the moon

You are caught up in your gravity
Bathing in the spotlight
Imitating fame

You live without shame
You’re digging up a gold mine
Standing on the sidelines
Watching through the looking glass

You are caught up in your gravity
Glorifying madness
Singing your own praise

You live without shame
You’re digging up a gold mine
Standing on the sidelines
Watching through the looking glass

You live without shame
You’re digging up a gold mine
Standing on the sidelines
Watching through the looking glass

ToneEdit

The song draws on a lot of stylistic influence from Rush. It's intended as a real stadium-rock tune, and so it quite different from Dream Theater's signature style.

AnalysisEdit

The song is directed at young artists entering in the music who are mesmerised by fame and can't seem to get enough of this, despite the compromise this puts on others.

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