The Count of Tuscany

Album: Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci penned the lyrics to this song about a count that scared him during a visit to Tuscany.
  • Four out of the six songs on Black Clouds & Silver Linings are over 10 minutes long. This one at 19 minutes and 16 seconds is the longest. When we asked Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy about this, he replied: "We always have a couple of songs that deal with heavy topics, but not necessarily an entire album. This particular album, because there was only 6 songs, because the lengths were very long, it meant that there were only going to be 6 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."

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