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New Millennium
Falling Into Infinity
Length 8:20
Working title
Release date September 23, 1997
Lyrics Mike Portnoy
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI, USA, on Oct. 17, 1997
Total live plays 136
Other appearances Live Scenes from New York (medley), Live at Budokan
Previous song A Change of Seasons (album)
Next song You Not Me

New Millennium is the first track from Dream Theater's fourth studio album, Falling Into Infinity.

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



A single star behind me
A red sky burns ahead
A lonely light below me
Awake among the dead

An overwhelming feeling
Leaves me numb and strange
A sense of new beginning
I sense a wind of change

Out with the old useless
People so cold ruthless welcome
In a new millennium
How many times must I
Live out this nightmare I
Can't wait until a new millennium

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

Living out a constant deja vu
Keep your head up
Please be patient we will get to you
Keep your head up
Just have some faith and you can see it
Keep your head up
But faith don't pay the rent that's overdue
Keep your head up
All that's glittering is turning blue
Keep your head up
What they want from me ain't gotta clue
Keep your head up
Swallow pride before it swallows you
Keep your head up
Don't dare bite the hand that's starving you
Keep your head up

How can you keep your head
And not go insane when the only light at the end
Of the tunnel is another train?

The lies ten feet tall
Have broken my fall
Welcome you all new millennium

It's well overdue and I can't wait to
Welcome in a new millennium

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling
Everything's gonna be alright now


This song was one of the three songs written by Mike Portnoy and this was geared towards the record label and expressed Portnoy's frustration with the record company.


New Millennium is an extremely progressive song. The verses are sung aggressively by James LaBrie as the chorus is much more mellow and soothing.