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Lord Nafaryus
The Astonishing
Length 3:28
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 A Better Life
Next song A Saviour In the Square

Lord Nafaryus is the sixth 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 serves as an introduction to the villain of The Astonishing, Lord Nafaryus (A play-on-words of "nefarious"), who was alluded to in The Gift of Music. Rumours of Gabriel's talent have reached Lord Nafaryus, and he decides to venture to Ravenskill to see Gabriel and his musical abilites for himself.


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


How the rumors are spreading like vines
Of a man who has been glorified
News finds its way
To The Empire one day
Where the envious ruler resides

Should I fall for the stories I hear?
Is he really a threat I should fear?
Such a foolish young man!
Doesn't seem to understand
So let me be perfectly clear

He may have them inspired
Eating out of his hand
But he'll never be ruler of this land

For myself I must see
What the hype is about
I admit, I'm intrigued

I've heard the whispering of revolution
I know the aim of your plan
You think insurgency is your solution
And put your faith in one man

His decision is made
So his journey begins
Off to the edge of The Realm
To meet the savior

In the coming days
They'll announce His Grace
And he'll ask to be amazed

As a symbol of power and might
It will make for a breathtaking sight
In a massive display
With his family and guards by his side

Arabelle, who means the world to me
Our loyal son, my heir, your future king
And Faythe I treasure more than all the diamonds in my crown
It isn't hard to see
I couldn't be more proud

Into the far off reaches of the land
To witness this great spectacle first hand
Is Gabriel the God he claims to be?
I guess we'll see
Yes, we shall see