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A Better Life
The Astonishing
Length 4:39
Working title
Release date January 29, 2016
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci
First live performance London Palladium, London, England, on Feb. 18, 2016
Total live plays 91
Other appearances
Previous song The Answer
Next song Lord Nafaryus

A Better Life is the fifth track from Dream Theater's thirteenth studio album, The Astonishing.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar in standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E).


This song is a further development of Arhys, where it is revealed that he is the leader of the Ravenskill militia. It is also revealed how and why he manages to fight each and every day.


  • John Petrucci - Guitar, lyrics
  • James LaBrie - Vocals
  • John Myung - Bass
  • Jordan Rudess - Keyboards
  • Mike Mangini - Drums/percussion


“Attention, battalion! Two ranks, right, face! Forward, march!”

As fearless leader of the Ravenskill militia
The blood of warriors
Flows throughout my veins

My brother's gift remains my secret ammunition
It is our hope, our pride
A catalyst for change

Still the fires of revolution burn within my eyes
On this perilous road to freedom
He's our one and only guide

For many years, I've seen our people starve and suffer
How many more will die
Before we stand and fight?

They ask me, “Arhys,
Could things be any tougher?”
The answer's no surprise
“Yes, you bet your life!”

Now, the fires of revolution won't burn for evermore
I see liberty in our future
And it's one worth fighting for

We all long for a better life
Like a dream that can't be denied

This is the moment
Now is the time
Freedom if we live or if we die

I shall give him a better life
I swore this vow to my dying wife
Sure she would not survive

She slipped away
The meaning in my life
Was born that day

And so I found the strength to carry on with this crusade
It is my fate

You lived a life of misery and pain
I'll never let your memory die in vain

My heavy heart still bleeds
I dedicate my life to set him free
And I will carry on to plant the seeds
I promise in the name of our new son
This battle won't be over until it's won