|The Best of Times|
|Black Clouds & Silver Linings|
|Release date||June 23, 2009|
|First live performance||N/A|
|Total live plays||0|
|Other appearances||Wither (EP)|
|Previous song||The Shattered Fortress|
|Next song||The Count of Tuscany|
The Best of Times is the fifth song on Dream Theater's 10th studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings. A tender song written by Mike Portnoy for his dad, as he was dying of cancer. Celebrates Mike Portnoy's relationship with his father. A version featuring Portnoy on vocals can be found on the Wither EP, and was played to Howard Portnoy on his hospital bed and at his funeral.
It has not been played live yet as it was too emotional for Portnoy. Due to the personal nature of the song, it is unlikely to be played live without Portnoy.
Remember days of yesterday How it flew so fast The two score and a year we had I thought would always last Those summer days and west coast dreams I wished would never end A young boy and his father Idol and best friend I'll always remember Those were the best of times A lifetime together I'll never forget The morning shows on the radio The Case of the Missing Dog, Lying on the pillows at the old 812 Watching Harold and Maude The record shops, the stickball fields My home away from home And when we weren't together The hours on the phone I'll always remember Those were the best of times I'll cherish them forever The best of times But then came the call Our lives changed forever more "You can pray for a change But prepare for the end..." The fleeting winds of time Flying through each day All the things I should've done But time just slipped away Remember seize the day Life goes by in the blink of an eye With so much left to say These were the best of times I'll miss these days Your spirit lit my life each day Thank you for the inspiration Thank you for the smiles All the unconditional love That carried me for miles It carried me for miles But most of all thank you for my life These were the best of times I'll miss these days Your spirit lit my life each day My heart is bleeding bad But I'll be ok Your spirit guides my life each day
Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Original recorded version
Wither EP - Demo with Mike Portnoy on lead vocals