"Could the keyboard solo be a reference to 'Lucky Man' by 'Emerson, Lake & Palmer'?" I'm pretty sure that could be an unconcious kind of reference, i mean, Keith Emerson's influence in prog music (and mostly in all the keyboardist of the genre) is monstrous.
I'm glad that people are voicing their dissatisfaction with this song as the closer. It lets me know in advance that we could never have anything in common, and that I should never invite them over for tea, for I'd likely splash the beverage right in their face for being short-sighted in what they believe is a good way to end an album.
Wtf is this shit.... this sounds like a song from some indie / alt. rock band! LaBrie's vocals sound too much like the typical indie male singer as is without them making music to accompany it. Wow. Just fuck everything. u.u
ok FUCK i thought dt were losing inspiration and creativity, i still don't like the whole album so much... but this song is amazing, holy crap one of their best ballads ever. just try to imagine a dream theater concert the size of wembley stadium, and this song sung along with all the crowd... god i think this could be a masterpiece.
I agree the keyboard solo is weird and do not fit with the rest of the song, but I got used to. However, this means you must listen to this song a couple of times before appreciate it and being not disturbed by this loud strange keyboard solo.
I wasn't sure about this album during the first few songs, but once it got to Bridges in the Sky it really took off. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed listening to Dream Theater as much as I did listening to Breaking All Illusions and this one...
The only thing i do not like about this song is the keyboard solo. I think it destroys the song. I would not have minded if there were not a solo on this song. Well, after listening to this song for a few times i got used to it, but anyway. Without the solo the song might be better for me. But truley a really good closer for the album.