Hey everyone, I am new to UM and to the SW forum. I wanted to say that it seems like this is a tight knit group that engages in invigorating conversation and avoids the typical drama (the latter seems rare these days). I'm from Maryland, USA but have lived over several parts of the US and for a short time in Europe via the military. As for SW, an online friend sent me a track in 2006 and I really liked it (Star of David). At the time I was checking out a lot of bands from various genres and once my computer got stolen I forgot all about them until late 2009. I remembered the song name (Star of David) and typed it into a search engine. I read some reviews and decided to take a chance and buy the cd Waiting in the Wings digitally from Itunes. I was shocked to see it on itunes, despite the incredible reviews due to the fact the progressive metal bands can sometimes be hard to find on those kinds of sites. I was hooked halfway through the first listen! So, then I found out about Mercy Falls and after hearing that, I was really blown away. With the release of The Great Escape, I kind of lost interest in Mercy Falls, due to the exceptionally smooth production of TGE, improved clarity and tone in the vocal work, and because the songs could be enjoyed "individually". Well, obviously I still considered MF a great album and after a while of not listening to it, like any good album you shelf for a while, you eventually re listen to it again. I must say, I have a new exciting in listening to MF this time around. Maybe part of it is discovering "new" parts of the story line (essentially, figuring out answers/possibilities to questions I previously had through rehearing the lyrics). I also think its the idea that MF is an exceptional album, and that listening to individual songs kind of takes away from the experience. I think by taking the time to listen all the way through a few times again, I thought of MF as ONE HUGE SONG. To listen to parts of MF is kind of like watching a single scene from the movie inception, it might be cool, but you're missing out on a lot! The last MF "story description" thread appears to be from 2008. I was hoping to start a new thread and now that the story has had some time to sink in, the storyline could be discussed in detail again. One thought I had is that in "A Day Away", the lyrics deal with his possible childhood in "Mercy Falls" and not in his real life childhood. Perhaps it was influenced by his actual childhood since it seems obvious that atleast some of what his "preceived" son was saying made it through to patient. Its ofcourse possible that his sons words sparked memories of his real childhood, and was the first real breakthrough of him regaining his real life memory. However, if that was the case, wouldn't he then realize "Mercy Falls" was essentially himself trapped in a dream like state? Then again, hes been in this coma for about 7 years, so at that point perhaps the dream world was his actual reality (kind of like Inception). What are your thoughts?