This song was written by the band's keyboard player Kevin Moore, who left the band shortly before the album was released.
Kevin Moore said of this song: "I was looking through a clothing catalog and saw a picture of a girl modeling this piece of clothing called a space-dye vest. And, so, I fell in love with her [laughs] for some strange reason and so the minute I did that, the minute I was just like obsessed with this person, I was like, 'why am I doing that?' and I noticed that I was doing it a lot lately. And I think the prime reason that I was doing that, and this is what I figured out at the time, was that I had just come out of a relationship where I'd gotten dumped, basically, and so I think the situation was that I wasn't finished giving all that I was ready to give, so I was just, like, throwing it around, you know, just aiming it in different directions. It was a total case of projection. And this song is just trying to sort it out and just kind of admitting that I'm just kind of lost. So it's kind of a dark song. It was very cathartic though." (Source of quote: faq.dtnorway.com. Thanks, Trond B - Kristiansand, Norway, for above 2)
Napo from BrazilI watched Dream Theater playing Space-Dye Vest live in Brasília, Brazil, in October 7, 2014. The tracklist was:
False Awakening Suite The Enemy Inside The Shattered Fortress On the Backs of Angels The Looking Glass Trial of Tears Enigma Machine (drum solo by Mike Mangini) Along for the Ride Breaking All Illusions
The Mirror Lie Lifting Shadows Off a Dream Scarred Space-Dye Vest Illumination Theory
Overture 1928 Strange Déjà Vu The Dance of Eternity Finally Free Illumination Theory