Story within a story that sprawled over 2 full length releases. Basically all instrumental except for a couple of verses at the very end.
Music perfectly catches the emotions of each passage: hope and exhilaration at the birth of a child, then, horror and desperation as the husband realizes his wife may not survive the birth of their daughter, and, finally, the acceptance and resignation of loss:
Amazing song from this American band (heavily influenced by Pink Floyd and Yes). Sort of a modern take on the doomed spaceman (think Bowie's Space Oddity). Song isn't really 30 minutes long (actually just about 22 minutes in length) but there's a coda after a few minutes of silence: