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The Astonishing
Length 5:51
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 Power Down
Next song Distance Over Time (album)

Astonishing is the thirty-fourth and final track from Dream Theater's thirteenth studio album The Astonishing.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar in standard tuning (B-E-A-D-G-B-E).


This track serves as an ending to the entire album and the story as a whole, with everyone agreeing to live on common ground in a world where music can be freely expressed, so that their lives may once again be astonishing.


Brother, can you hear me?
His life is in your hands
He is just a child and still too young to understand
Show him love and courage
That freedom knows no bounds
Tell him he could never let me down

I will make you proud
Rest in peace

I always had the answer
All this time I held the key
And now that I see
The reason to believe
I can be the man who I am meant to be

Because of you, I live again
Now I can be a voice for change
And help to build a world that's fair and true
So they can live the life they never knew

On the road to revolution
There are lessons to be learned
All the things you thought that mattered
Are lost at every turn
When the light of my existence
Was slipping through my hands
Pride and ignorance receded
To reveal a humbled man

My prince, my son
You got lost along the way
In light of this new burden that you face
You are forgiven on this day

People, can you hear us?
Peace has been restored
The silence has been broken
Music reigns forevermore

We sing a song of freedom
Together we are bound
People, we shall never hold you down

We will build our world on common ground
And we'll live once more
Eternally in harmony
Our lives will be astonishing again