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The Alien
A View from the Top of the World
Length 9:32
Working title N/A
Release date August 13th, 2021
Lyrics James LaBrie
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, USA, on Feb. 2, 2022
Total live plays 128
Recorded DTHQ
Other appearances
Previous song Distance Over Time (album)
Next song Answering the Call

The Alien is the first track off of Dream Theater's fifteenth album, A View from the Top of the World. It was released as the first single off of the album on August 13th, 2021.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar in standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E)

On April 3rd, 2022, this song won Dream Theater a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.

Lyrics[]

Look beyond the Earth, heading set for the stars
Interplanetary, some are near, some are far
Terraform a new world, survival for mankind
Options but a few, we are running out of time

Should you climb aboard
(A voyage, a first of its kind)
Ready to explore
(All that you know left behind)

Our holy grail, now redefined
Our purpose, a thread, weaving through time
Now with the means to expand
Life beyond here, digital man

Alien, changed forever
Newfound world in the stars

Understand the meaning
Certain we'll extend the scale of consciousness
Woman, child and man
Multi-planet species out amongst the stars
Not stuck in and around who and what we are

Time to climb aboard
Countdown to take off on time
Systems are online (5, 4, 3, 2...)
Farewell to all human kind (...1)

Our holy grail, clearly defined
Our purpose, a thread, weaving through time
Now with the means to expand
Life beyond here, digital man

Alien, changed forever
Newfound world, here we are

Our holy grail, clearly defined
Our purpose, a thread, weaving through time
Now with the means to expand

Our holy grail, read between the lines
One purpose, one thread, weaving through time
Now with the means to expand

I am the alien
Out here in the stars
We'll search 'til we find
No matter how far

A far better world
For all human race
And beyond
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