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You Not Me (Edit)

March 13, 2007

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You Not Me (Edit)
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  • Original Release Date: September 12, 1997
  • Release Date: September 12, 1997
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 1997 Elektra Entertainment Group, A Division of Warner Communications Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • Duration: 4:58 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0018ARDP6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,179 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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By Hayden on March 19, 2011
I bought 'Falling Into Infinity' recently, being fully aware of how the album had notoriously been tainted by the pushiness of the record company. While the album was quite good, the effect of the record company pressure was quite evident, with this song showing the effects most clearly.

This track was originally entitled "You or Me" and was over 6-and-a-half minutes in length, but producer Kevin Shirley believed that the song needed re-working. As a result, professional songwriter Desmond Child was brought into the studio to help re-write the song. The track became "You Not Me", was altered both lyrically and musically, and was cut down to just under 5 minutes in length.

Now, I've heard the demo of this song (as "You or Me"), and it is quite different, and a LOT better than the final version. The demo sounds heavier, has a cool, building intro, has a different/longer guitar solo, and has what I consider to be a better vocal melody in the chorus. In "You Not Me", we get a softer, cleaner-sounding guitar, the intro is cut, the outtro is cut, the guitar solo is shortened and altered, and in exchange for what was a pretty cool chorus, we instead get a typical, mainstream rock chorus with a predictable vocal melody that practically screams generic.

It sounds like something which you'd hear in the charts; more like a Linkin Park song than a Dream Theater song. And this is no coincidence, either, as the song was released as a single; the record company obviously wanted a 'hit' out of Dream Theater, and decided that "You or Me" would have been the easiest song to transform into chart-worthy material.
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