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Build Me Up, Break Me Down
A Dramatic Turn of Events
Length 06:59
Working title (Unknown)
Release date 13th September 2011
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung & James LaBrie
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios
Other appearances
Previous song On the Backs of Angels
Next song Lost Not Forgotten


Build Me Up, Break Me Down is the second track on Dream Theater's 11th album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. Sonically, it's a compact heavy rocker, with downtuned riffs and a smattering of drum machine. The lyrics discuss the fickle cruelty of celebrity, and the hypocrisy of the mainstream media.

The last note segues into the following track, Lost Not Forgotten.

LyricsEdit

Today, I will be a savior,
Tomorrow a demon.
You crave my erratic behavior
And watch my every move.

Obsession at all costs,
You'll be the death of me.
Broken and torn apart,
Why can't you let me be?

You build me up, you break me down
Until I'm falling to pieces.
I crash and burn, I never learn,
I'm your guilty addiction.
Build me up!
Break me down!

Today, a savior,
Tonight, I am the new messiah you deify.
When I'm no longer desired,
I'll be crucified.

The one who's free from sin,
The first to cast the stone.
Fighting the fear within,
I won't be left alone.

You build me up, you break me down
Until I'm falling to pieces.
The price I pay to live this way,
And the fantasy stays alive.
I can't live up, I can't let down
And leave you falling to pieces.
I crash and burn, I never learn,
I'm your morning obsession.
Build me up!
Break me down!

You build me up, you break me down
Until I'm falling to pieces.
The price I pay to live this way,
And the fantasy stays alive.
I can't live up, I can't let down
And leave you falling to pieces.
I crash and burn, I never learn,
Your iconic fixation.
Build me up!
Break me down!
Build me up!
Break me down!

TriviaEdit

  • This is the only Dream Theater song with a comma in the title.
Dream Theater - Build Me Up And Break Me Down Lyric Video

Dream Theater - Build Me Up And Break Me Down Lyric Video

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