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."