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Portnoy: “This one features my lyrics and melodies. It kind of got me out of my lyrics shell. After Dream Theater, I wasn’t sure if I was going to write song lyrics again, just because I felt as if I had said everything I had to say with that band, and I was looking forward to my post-Dream Theater life.
“It’s funny: Through the years, I’ve written lyrics about my recovery, and I’ve written songs about my mom and dad passing; I’ve written about every aspect of my life except for my wife, Marlene. She would always ask, ‘When are you going to write a song about me?’ And I would say, ‘Look, I’ve been waiting for the right subject matter,’ and I finally found it.
“For some reason, when we wrote this song, it inspired me to pick up the pen again. I basically wrote a ‘thank you’ to my wife for her incredible support and loyalty during the last couple of years, during which I’ve gone through some big some changes. I’m talking about how family is the most important thing of all. You know, your wife and kids are forever; everything else – bands, what have you – that’s gonna go. But family is what lasts, and that’s the message of the song."