A Nightmare to Remember

Album: Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the opening track of American progressive metal band Dream Theater's tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings. It's 16-minutes long, which explains the "Progressive" in Dream Theater's "Progressive Metal" label. The album contains just 6 songs, and it covers some pretty heavy stuff. Their drummer Mike Portnoy told Songfacts: "Because there was only 6 songs, because the lengths were very long, it meant that there were only going to be six subject matters. Normally if we have more songs on the album, we're able to cover more lyrical ground. But with only six songs, inevitably the topics are heavy."
  • Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci wrote the lyrics for this song about a near-death car accident that he was involved in as a child. Portnoy told us that it's a true story, "Something that happened to John when he was a kid."

Comments: 3

  • Tom from Weston-super-mare, United Kingdomthis song rocks. I thought it was agout a car carsh, didnt know it was Petrucci though
  • Morgan from Yuma, AzThis was the first song i heard off the new dream theater album and wen it got to super fast double bass i new the cd would be awsum!
  • Wurm from Hicktoria, TxThis is my fav track on Black Clouds and Silver Linings
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