Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy
was very close to his father Howard, who died of cancer in 2008 and was the subject of their song "The Best of Times
," but that's not what this song is about. Portnoy wrote, in response to a question on his website, that if you combine a word from the line before the instrumental break ("Don't cross the crooked step") and a word from the title, you know who the song is about.
Matthew Daubert - Mequon, WI