Listen to the tale I tell a haunting dream I know so well When walking home alone one night my path revealed by candlelight Ahead I see an open door with no idea what's in store I glance inside the door to see a hall of mirrors beckons me I take a breath and step inside a tale of love and shattered pride The door slams shut, I start to run And it seems my journey has begun...
I run and turn from side to side with fear and panic in my eyes The vastness overwhelming me mirrors far as the eye can see I see myself in every one I see the things that I have done A thousand forms of flattery the fear soon turns to haughtiness in me
Different mirrors, different shapes my different strengths accentuate Each mirror has a name and face and all reflect me in some way I look at them to see myself to judge my life by someone else The metaphors within replete: the mirrors are the people that I met
Look at the man you see - in the mirrors The things you can be - in the mirrors The glory of me revealed in the mirror's eye The mirror never lies The fire in my eyes - in the mirrors The vanity rise - in the mirrors The power of pride comes alive in the mirrors
Gazing in the mirrors I behold All the greatest chapters of my story ever told In the mirrors The world is turned to gold
At the end of the Hall of Mirrors I behold a golden door I imagine all the beauty the other side must hold in store So I quickly reach out my hand To enter the next room in this promised land I pull the giant door open To continue my journey, I step inside But it slams shut behind me, and I'm back outside The pouring rain welcomes me into the arms of the coldest, blackest night
II. The Stranger in the Storm
The light of the mirrors has faded away into distant memory As the rain keeps coming down My candle extinguished I struggle to walk a path I cannot see And the rain keeps coming down
The darkness grows with every step I could cut it with a knife As the rain keeps coming down I can't see a thing and I've never felt so alone in all my life But the rain keeps coming down...
Caught in the fury of the storm (The darkness suffocates) Body and soul weary and worn (Another twist of fate) Never been so afraid before (The ending of this tale?) Never should have opened the door (From euphoria to hell)
I question my fate, my end to die in this storm Maybe this was the plan back from the day I was born But in th hall of mirrors I had felt so high I cannot walk another mile in this flood So resigned to my fate, I just collapse in the mud If I cannot go on, I'll just lay down and die
Suddenly a light I see, shining in the distance I make my way toward it with my fading hope reborn As I draw near, the light is clear Though the rain beats its resistance But I press on and pray this is a shelter from the storm Advancing now toward the light I'm quickly moving forward This hope has given me new strength I thought I'd never know But I take a step, and fall right back For the ground's gone beneath me And I behold, illuminated in the light's warm glow A dark chasm, a great abyss A vast expanse of nothingness A pit that has no bottom as far as the eye can see It spans the whole horizon, and there is no way across My lonely heart is shattered and all hope I had is lost
I'm startled to feel a hand on my shoulder I turn to see a shadowed figure standing in the rain But somehow I'm not afraid of him Even when he speaks my name And somehow I can tell that he means me no harm Just by the peace that I see in his eyes And even though I've never even seen him before It's like he's known me all my life "Why are you crying?" the stranger asks As I wipe away the tears I point toward the great abyss The source of all my fears
"I must get across and get to that light For it represents my only hope tonight But when I saw the chasm, all that hope was lost I've spent so long in the dark and the rain That the sight of the light made my heart sing again But the gulf's so wide, and there's no way across"
The stranger smiled, and took my hand He said, "But you are wrong, my friend You cannot cross the gulf yourself, that's true" He led me down toward the edge And pointed just over the ledge And said, "Behold, I built a bridge for you" Solo
I cross the bridge toward the light The stranger saved my life tonight I turn to try to thank him, but he's gone A long way to the other side I'll make my way without my guide No time to waste, for I must carry on
The bright light shines forth from behind A door beyond description Blood and scratches mark the door from ages of abuse I'm confused no more, for above the door Is a weathered, old inscription "All who would see reality, enter the Hall of Truth" And so I do
III. The Truth Revealed
As I step inside I can see another mirror A mirror so bright That my eyes must turn away A mirror so high I start to question all the others And as I stand there in the Hall of Truth my heart can only say: "Show me the truth, I don't know what to believe For the mirrors all showed something different to me And my pride has given way to misery I've spent so long in the dark and the rain That the sight of the light made my heart sing again And the stranger built a bridge across for me"
"BEHOLD THYSELF" a voice rings out in paralyzing thunder It echoes all throughout the hall and sends me to my knees When the voice calls my name I'm overcome with fear and wonder
As I slowly start to rise and face the great mirror in front of me When I open my eyes, I have to close them again But still the image is burned into my mind... A face with eyes as black as night A terrifying sight The flesh rotting away in sickness and decay It's mangled by disease I'm unable to breathe Tell me what manner of creature this could be 'Cause it's not me
I run away as fast as my feet will carry me Back to the door leading into the night Even the storm that almost claimed my life was better than this And so I throw open the door and see a man (The figure of a man) The stranger from the storm returns again (To save me once again?) I see understanding in his eyes (He's seen this all before) Maybe he can tell me what I saw behind that door
"Tell me what I saw in the mirror Before I ran away Tell me what I saw in the mirror That face of sickness and decay Tell me what I saw in the mirror That left me terrorized With the lifeless, blackened eyes? Was it a demon From the fiery waves? Was it the undead From beyond the grave? Oh the face that I beheld in the mirror left me paralyzed Won't you tell me what I saw in the mirror on this night?"
"The light from the mirror you saw from afar The Mirror of Souls shows all men as they are You entered the hall and you asked for the truth The man that you saw in the mirror was you"
"No! Don't show me the truth 'cause I don't want to believe What the Mirror of Souls has revealed unto me And the face I saw reflected cannot be me Dying and lost in the arms of decay I do not recognize the face I've seen today And if you say that's my face I must disagree"
The meaning of these things I saw: The mirror is the holy eyes of God The truth unveiled before me with these words of the stranger: "The mirrors you saw in the hall long ago Were mirrors of lies, not reflecting the soul When you look unto others to see what they see You see an illusion, deception, false reality"
I have seen my soul in the mirror And it has broken me I have seen myself so much clearer Than I had ever seen "Can't you take away all this sickness from my soul and set me free? You can save me...I believe" And then he said, "Arise, my child our faith has made you reconciled Now gaze into the Mirror once again" We walked together through the door And I looked in the glass once more But the only one reflected back was him Somehow the only one in the mirror saw was him
Gazing in the Mirror of my Soul Staring at the man who took my place and made me whole In the Mirror The Mirror of my Soul