… that actually was inspired by a story that James told me about one of his friends. He told me about one of his friends who he used to work with at a factory… James, I guess he worked with him like years & years ago. Anyway, this guy is still working at that factory & he [James] just met him like, I guess, recently, and he was talking to him about how he’s got all these great benefits now and everything, but… and so that struck me as… that struck him, you know, it’s kind of affected him and I thought about it too, and I was just thinking about how people kind of let life live them instead of living life sometimes, you know. And just get caught up in just being secure and having money, you know, to survive, which is a noble thing for some people. But some people don’t even give themselves a chance, you know, this guy happened to be a musician who still had a dream about becoming a serious musician and making a career out of it, but it was obvious that he was never going to do anything about it. And this is kind of like a ‘do something about it’ song.
– Kevin Moore
With the benefit of hindsight, 6:00 seems to actually be about Kevin’s thoughts about leaving the band and the indecisiveness that preceded it.
Lyrically it’s about a guy who finds himself in a situation he doesn’t want to be in. He wants to move on, and if that involves giving everything up, he’s willing to do so…
If you don’t take life by the reins and chase after something you both love and need, then things will pass you by. The opening line is: “6:00 on a Christmas morning”, and it means, are you getting up for the right reasons, is it for Christmas or is it for work?
– James LaBrie
Kev was saying there was this conflict within the character, getting up for Christmas and sort of losing the meaning of it.
– Kevin Moore