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A New Beginning
The Astonishing
Length 7:41
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 X Aspect
Next song The Road to Revolution

A New Beginning is the nineteenth track from Dream Theater's thirteenth studio album, The Astonishing.


Faythe begs her father to consider Gabriel's offer for peace, and it is revealed that Faythe's music player once belonged to Nafaryus.


Father, I implore you
Don't believe a word
He is not the enemy
That is just absurd

You may see his talent
As some kind of threat
But I knew we were meant to be
From the day we met

Give us both a chance
For a new beginning
Nothing would mean more to me

He is just a man
Can't you show him mercy?
Sympathy and strength go hand in hand

This man's a fraud and a hoax
He'll only shatter your hopes
Saddest of all is to watch how you fall
For this person who you hardly know

Ignorant and stubborn
You have no respect
Not just for your flesh and blood
But all who you protect

Listen without judgment
Keep an open mind
If you can not see the truth
You're the one who's blind

We don't stand a chance
That is his opinion
Mother, can you talk to him?

Try to understand
How they must be feeling
Misery's to know what might have been

Why would I ever concede
To listen to this fool? How can you be so naive?
You must be living in a world of make believe
Do you really think this charlatan is who he claims to be?

Not long ago, there was time and place
You, too, possessed the same desires as Faythe

You knew how it felt to feel invisible
Music claimed your soul just like a drug
Remember Bug?

Father, is it true
Bug was always you?
Finally, I can reveal
How music makes me feel!

Now you understand
Why I was hiding
This changes everything

I will grant the chance
For a new beginning
In the end, the final word rests with me