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False Awakening Suite
Dream Theater
Length 2:42
Working title (Unknown)
Release date 20th September 2013
Lyrics (Instrumental)
Music John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess
First live performance Coliseu de Porto, Oporto, Portugal, on Jan. 15, 2014
Total live plays 0 (played from recording)
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios
Other appearances Breaking the Fourth Wall
Previous song A Dramatic Turn of Events (album)
Next song The Enemy Inside

False Awakening Suite is the opening track on Dream Theater's eponymous 12th studio album, Dream Theater. It features a string ensemble conducted and arranged by Eren Başbuğ. The track was intended as a cinematic opening for their live shows, to replace the music from motion picture soundtracks such as Inception.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar tuned 2 whole steps down (G-C-F-B♭-E♭-G-C).



String Ensemble[]

  • Misha Gutenberg (Concert Master), Larisa Vollis - Violin I
  • Yelena Khaimova, Yevgeniy Mansurov - Violin 2
  • Aleksandr Anisimov, Noah Wallace - Viola
  • Anastasia Golenisheva, Valeriya Sholokhova - Cello
  • Len Sluetsky - Contrabass


The purpose of this track is to be a cinematic and dramatic opening to the album and to their live shows. It's therefore quite dark and intense in tone.


Even though this song was played before every show on the Along for the Ride tour, this song has technically never been "played" live by the band. The album version of this track features the band playing alongside the orchestra, creating an intense, rousing, orchestral feeling. On tour, however, only the orchestral tracks are played back from recording without backing from the band.

Until Awaken the Master was released on A View from the Top of the World, this was the lowest tuning Petrucci had used.