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These Walls
Octavarium
Length 6:59
Working title
Release date 2004
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded The Hit Factory
Other appearances Romavarium (fan CD)
Previous song The Answer Lies Within
Next song I Walk Beside You


These Walls is the third track off of Dream Theater's eighth studio album, Octavarium.

The song lyrics deal with frustration and a failure to express oneself. The intro is in G#, when playing live John Petrucci tunes up the guitar over the course of the intro. The main song is in A minor, following the theme of the album's songs being an rising octave. Although the "official" length of the track is 6:59, it, along with some of the other Octavarium songs, has a negative time of 37 seconds, for a total duration of 7:36 mins.

This song was first released as a promo along with Panic Attack earlier in 2004. This version was an edited version of 4:37 mins length.

LyricsEdit

This is so hard for me
To find the words to say
My thoughts are standing still
Captive inside of me
All emotions start to hide
And nothing's getting through

Watch me
Fading
I'm losing all my instincts
Falling into darkness

Tear down these walls for me
Stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows
I'm holding back

It's not too late for me
To keep from sinking further
I'm trying to find my way out
Tear down these walls for me now

So much uncertainty
I don't like this feeling
I'm sinking like a stone
Each time I try to speak
There's a voice I'm hearing
And it changes everything

Watch me
Crawl from the wreckage
Of my silence
Conversation
Failing

Tear down these walls for me
Stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows
I'm holding back

It's not too late for me,
To keep from sinking further
I'm trying to find my way out
Tear down these walls

Everytime you choose to turn away
Is it worth the price you pay?
Is there someone who will wait for you
One more time
One more time

Watch me,
Fading
I'm losing all my instincts
Falling into darkness

Tear down these walls for me
Stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows
I'm holding back

It's not too late for me,
To keep from sinking further
I'm trying to find my way out
Tear down these walls for me now

Tear down these walls for me
It's not too late for me
Tear down these walls for me