Solitary Shell Lyrics - Dream Theater

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He seemed no different from the rest
Just a healthy normal boy
His mama always did her best
And he was daddy's pride and joy

He learned to walk and talk on time
But never cared much to be held
and steadily he would decline
Into his solitary shell

As a boy he was considered somewhat odd
Kept to himself most of the time
He would daydream in and out of his own world
but in every other way he was fine

He's a Monday morning lunatic
Disturbed from time to time
Lost within himself
In his solitary shell

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A temporary catatonic
Madman on occasion
When will he break out
Of his solitary shell

He struggled to get through his day
He was helplessly behind
He poured himself onto the page
Writing for hours at a time

As a man he was a danger to himself
Fearful and sad most of the time
He was drifting in and out of sanity
But in every other way he was fine

He's a Monday morning lunatic
Disturbed from time to time
Lost within himself
In his solitary shell

A momentary maniac
With casual delusions
When will he be let out
Of his solitary shell






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Its how you see it | Reviewer: John | 6/22/13

Its never about just how everyone should see it. Its how you, yourself sees the song. They wouldnt have put cheeful music for the sake of it to make mental illnesses a good thing. I cant speak for everyone just how i see it, but in my opinion (not yours so be quite) they are displaying it as it is alright and just being "different" doesnt make you stupid or retarded. It is fine to think differently because, i dont like many people but i do have friends and thats how i relate to it. So everyone can take the song a different way dont try to stereotype the song.

I agree | Reviewer: Mellie | 4/5/12

"This song may have been written in response to the sadness of an Autistic person growing up through life and asking when, oh when will he leave his Solitary Shell. However the whole point in music is everything. Not just literal things, not just symbolistic things. I listened to it myself and saw a message about literally what it says, just talking to me about me. Anyone can see that. Just listen to the music. Play music if you feel it or wanna be cool. But theres no point in any arguing at all when it comes to music cause it all depends on perspective."
By Steven

I happen to agree with your comment Steven, whether people believe Dream Theatre when they say this song is about Autism, is not the point. If you can relate to the music as a whole and enjoy it for what it is, then it means something to you and that is all that matters.

Love to all, Mellie

Not autism | Reviewer: McDloopy | 2/14/12

I know the whole song is about various mental illnesses.
This part is not about an autistic boy. It might be schizophrenia, but i personally think it's more about a schizoid person.
He has a lack of interest in socializing with others, thereby "hiding" himself in his solitary shell.
Schizoid people are also known for having a very colourful fantasy, and often have a "fantasy world". "He would daydream in and out of his own world". Though this is also a symptom for schizophrenia, i think the main difference is that schizoid people live in apathy.
Except for this apathy, schizoid people usually seem to function normally, though with an immense struggle to act normal.
"but in every other way he was fine"
"He struggled to get through his day"

Schizophrenia, not Autism | Reviewer: Ganondox | 1/13/12

The song is about a schizophrenic, not an autistic person. Autistic people do not have psychosis, schizophrenics do, and delusions are mentioned in the song. There is also nothing in the song about obsessions, which is one of the defining traits of Autism. The negative symptoms of Autism and Schizophrenia are nearly identical. I have Aspergers myself and I have done a lot of research on various mental disorders, and the guy depicted sounds schizophrenic, not autistic.

Your Own Reality | Reviewer: Steven | 10/5/10

This song may have been written in response to the sadness of an Autistic person growing up through life and asking when, oh when will he leave his Solitary Shell. However the whole point in music is everything. Not just literal things, not just symbolistic things. I listened to it myself and saw a message about literally what it says, just talking to me about me. Anyone can see that. Just listen to the music. Play music if you feel it or wanna be cool. But theres no point in any arguing at all when it comes to music cause it all depends on perspective.

BLIND ADDICTION VOCALS TALKS DT | Reviewer: Matt "The Lizard King" Milliken of Blind Addiction | 7/28/10

Okay everyone please stfu and arugign about the song.

1: its a great song, so stfu and enjoy it
2: its by the greatest band in the world
3: theres no "hidden meaning" or anythign like that. The song is about an autistic kid. thats it. DT themselves said this. the whole album was one song and talked about different stages people with differnt mental problems go through or even jsut regular hardships. So stop debating meanings of songs and just go look up the reason for the song by just reading hte inside pamphlet of the CD that comes in every cd made on earth. unless you illegaly download music, in which case, SHAME ON YOU!

Ijust heard this and... | Reviewer: David | 3/24/10

PatSon is completely right in saying that this song has many deep meanings. When I listen to a DT song for the first time thats NOT part of the AA suite, I follow the lyrics even closer than the instrumentation listen with an open mind. Dream Theater may very well be the most rockin' band ever, but if you listen to the lyrics they tell a story that can touch your heart. I remember listening to The Best of Times for the VERY FIRST TIME, and if you were listening to the lyrics

best song | Reviewer: PatSon | 2/19/10

dunno what all the fuzz is about the song being about this or that just take it as you want to it all gets personal meaning to each person for me it's a real close description of my life and mental state throughout the years,for one of my friend it reminds him of a friend who committed suicide... we all get personal meaning to the song and that's the beauty of Dream theater music and especially that song it grabs you by the heart

in agreement | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/9/10

i totally agree with Takeshi. This song would be about a person with autism. I guess the "cheerfulness" of the song would be attributed to DT's probable attempt in making us listeners feel that as much as autism is not an easy situation esp. for the families, the "happy" beat is an assurance that things doesn't always have to be grim.

About misconceptions | Reviewer: Fearful | 10/28/09

As I see, this song is about those people who are called 'hikikomori' in Japan (lit. 'acute social withdrawal'). It's totally about social disease, not personal.

Dream Theater don't picture any display of autism, and they made the song definitely cheerful. I'd rather say 'promising', meantime, it's the only song I like from Six Degrees...

An even more ironic reply | Reviewer: Takeshi | 7/8/09

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but opinions are usually wrong; in this case, MissCam's opinion is definitely wrong, and this is reinforced by DT themselves. There was no bias involved in my reply in the first place, and I presented my evidence perfectly fine. Go listen to Solsbury Hill and you'll start to understand a little: Go through the experience of living as an autistic and being treated as 'special' in mentality yet given a pseudo-positive outlook and you'll agree with me completely.

Thanks dummy! | Reviewer: Mark | 5/1/09

Really I don't get how someone can pin one subject on this song, I can pick out different meanings from just one line of the lyrics. You are being pretty bias if you think this song is not supposed to be cheerful. I don't even get the impression from hearing it, that it's about anything autistic. I'm not saying it isn't right, but I know that I have been able to picture myself as the person they are talking about, as well as other people I know, and none of us have ever been diagnosed with autism! Why isn't MissCam entitled to her opinion?

An ironic misconception | Reviewer: Takeshi | 1/2/09

Honestly, I doubt this song intends to be cheerful; it entails a boy diagnosed with autism and his struggle with reality. The tone used is quite similar to 'Solsbury hill' by Peter Gabriel, whom the band draw influence from, I'd assume, and really outlines the irony of the lyrics juxtaposed to the 'general outlook' of Solitary Shell as a song. I believe the band intentionally gave the song a vibe that would allow listeners to have a rosy conception, in order to replicate the current awareness of children (and adults) suffering from autism. In reality, these lyrics could just as easily fit to a rhythm similar to 'Goodnight Kiss' (which is a great song, mind you) because they aren't cheerful at all.

love it | Reviewer: MissCam | 10/22/08

I actually love the whole album I found this song on (greatest hit: and 21 other pretty cool songs---two discs!) , but I can relate to this song in more ways than one (save for the fact that it's about a guy). I love the music itself as well, it's so cheerful and I can just picture the man walking down the street along a coastline or something. It's intense and beautiful.

Its a great song | Reviewer: Cruzz | 10/25/08

Its really a good song, plus its dream theatres. I cant imagine what thing is in they head. They are really an artist.
For dream theatre fans, please appreciate 'walk beside you', 'afterlife', 'prophet of war', theyr my favourite. If u have Good songs or music must be heard by me, mail me cruzz_beoulve@yahoo.com


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