|Release date||October 4th, 1996|
|First live performance|
|Total live plays|
|Recorded||One On One Studios and Devonshire Studios|
|Other appearances||Live Scenes from New York, Scenes from a World Tour (album), Progressive Nation 2008, Awake Demos, Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95|
|Previous song||Innocence Faded|
Erotomania is a song by Dream Theater. It is the 4th song from their 3rd album, Awake, and the only instrumental to appear on the album. Erotomania is the first part of the three part suite "A Mind Beside Itself", which continues with Voices and ends with The Silent Man.
Erotomania is a fairly progressive piece, with a lot of switching and changes of tone, temper and style, though this may have to do with the patchwork style writing more than a specific urge to write a varied song.
Erotomania is made up of several different parts, many taken from other songs or sources. A prime example of this is the main vocal melody of The Silent Man which is used as a guitar solo. A section that was originally cut from Pull Me Under was also used in shaping the song. As it is part of a suite, the song flows directly into Voices without any sort of pause.
Live Performances Edit
Erotomania is played commonly and almost always goes right into Voices even when the entire suite is not being played. Although playing the entire suite is common, it is not uncommon for the band to sub out the third part with another song, such as The Spirit Carries On or Solitary Shell.