Petrucci discussed the song's arrangement with MusicRadar: "Arrangement-wise, it's very non-traditional, so you hear a lot of breakdowns. There's a great John Myung moment where he does an ostinatto part in the first verse. He's going in something of a circle, and it has a real hypnotic effect, drawing everybody in.
The song is extremely proggy, with a lot of keyboard breaks. As a guitarist, I had a great time on the section that's very 'La Villa Strangiato
' [by Rush]. It starts out kind of bluesy, then it's kind of jazzy, and it builds and builds. I got a chance to use so many aspects of guitar playing: phrasing and melodic elements, blues, jazz, shred. It was very satisfying to record. Alex Lifeson was definitely in my mind as I was playing."