The Shattered Fortress
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Length 12:49
Working title Unknown
Release date {{{Release}}}
Lyrics Mike Portnoy
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Avatar Studios
Other appearances
Previous song Wither
Next song The Best of Times

Concludes and features the final three movements of the 12-step suite . A lot of riffs are reprised from previous movements. The eleventh movement, "Receive", contains a narrated version of the St. Francis Prayer, commonly used in Alcoholics Anonymous groups.


X. Restraint

Freedom calls my name
Serenity keeps me sane
Happiness it dulls the pain

Honest to see my place
Open to other ways
Willingness to understand

Justice but do not judge
Courtesy for others' flaws
Kindness it's not that hard

Self-restraint of tongue and pen
Inventory my daily friend
Analysis let down your guard

Look in the mirror
What do you see?
The shattered fortress
That once bound me

Fateful ascent
Through darkest fires
I've found the path
To take me higher

You're smart enough for me to trust go live your life now
Just keep these steps in your life and you'll know how
If you're not sure, ask yourself
"Have I done to them
As I would have them do to me?"

Look in the mirror
What's that you see?
The shattered fortress
Fly now be free

Fateful ascent
Through darkest fears
I've found the path
To take me higher

I once thought it better to be right
But now I have finally seen the light
Sometimes you've got to be wrong
And learn from mistakes
I live with serenity now
Not self-righteous hate

XI. Receive

Help me be a channel of Thy peace
That where there is hatred, I may bring love
That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony
That where there is error, I may bring truth
That where there is doubt, I may bring faith

Now that you can see all you have done
- That where there is despair, I may bring hope
- That where there is shadow, I may bring light
It's time to take that step into the kingdom
- That where there is sadness, I may bring joy
All your sins will help to make your strong
- That I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted
- That I may seek to understand, rather than to be understood
And help you break right through the prison wall
- That I may seek to love, rather than to be loved
- For it is by self-forgetting that one finds
- It is by forgiving that one is forgiven

Keep all of me
The desires that once burned me deep inside
Help me live today
And help to give me grace
To carry out your way

I am ready
Help me be all I can be
I am ready
Help guide me and keep me free

XII. Responsible

I am responsible
When anyone, anywhere
Reaches out for help
I want my hand to be there

I am responsible
When anyone, anywhere
Reaches out for help
I want my hand to be there