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    Posted: January 10 2006 at 01:38

Is there a meaning to the song “Six Degrees

Of Inner Turbulence” by Dream Theater, I just

can’t make any sense of it!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 16:35
My search of this question brought me to this unanswered thread.  Any thoughts to what is the meaning of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 16:40
Lyrically, it's about people with mental disorders, and the lyrics aren't strong at all.

But musically it is a masterpiece!Clap

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 16:41
The "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" are 6 different instances of 6 different mental disorders. There is no coherent meaning to the song, but it instead narrates examples of these 6 disorders. It's basically about going over the edge, as far as I can tell.
 
Quite like the music tho
 
Edit: Damn, beaten by Jeff. LOL


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 16:48
I guess that that is about what I got from it with the concept as well.  I suppose that they are just following in the footsteps of Pink Floyd with this one then. 
 
I was surprised how musically non-metal the song was.  It is a case of them writing good music to play as a band, versus the solo fests that tend to inhabit many of their songs.  I suppose that the non-metal playing is in line with Metropolis 2: Scenes from a Memory, except that I enjoyed the lyrical story way more with Scenes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 16:52
I had trouble with Scenes. I still don't totally get the story LOL.
 
I like concept albums that are merely conceptual instead of narrative, as far as theming and lyrics go. You mentioned Pink Floyd....WYWH and Animals come to mind. Of course, The Wall is arguably both narrative and conceptual....
 
Oh whatever, I love Pink Floyd. Back to DT.... LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 16:53
Oh, and while we're on the topic, count me among those that do not consider 6DOIT to be one song. More like a concept album of its own, if you ask me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 18:59
But the last 6 do sound great together. Like what you said earlier about the 6 different mental disorders.Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 19:51
Six Degrees, the entire release, is one of my favorite by them.  I think others have already said this, but I don't think there was an interconnected story between the various sections, just random pieces about various mental disorders.

Personally, I think disc one is just as strong, Misunderstood is one of the better metal ballads found on any progressive CD and there are a few other gems as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2009 at 22:01
I think 6 degrees is as close to being one song as Dark Side of the moon.

On the other hand, I really like this album, but contrary to most of what I've heard in this site, it is because of CD 1: that one's just perfect for me, while I find CD 2 rather dull. I this one consisted only of CD 1, it would be my very favourite DT album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2009 at 17:47
As far as the title say... it's just about the inner struggle of these 6 people... it doesn't mean that they need to interact or have a tight relation between them... so I don't find any wrong thing in that.... Is interesting -at that time- DT trying to explore mental missfunction and that things while a lot of metal bands aboard silly things like vimpires, dragons and fantasy stuff like that... They always have that side of "intelectual" approach of lyrics on intelectual music... so... I'm really pleased with these concept album... And is great to see them play as a band and not trying to show off their skills only... jejeje...

Edited by jampa17 - October 12 2009 at 17:48
Change the program inside... Stay in silence is a crime.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2009 at 22:44
I have sometimes questioned myself about the meaning of that title, thanx for the answer.


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