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The Answer
The Astonishing
Length 1:53
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 The Gift of Music
Next song A Better Life

The Answer is the fourth 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 further develops the character of Gabriel, and describes how he feels about all the people of Ravenskill looking up to him as their saviour.


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


I don't pretend to have the answer
Never said I held the key
But somehow they see a light inside of me
Am I not the man who I was meant to be?

As the people gather 'round me
I never felt so all alone
Is this the chance to be someone?
My moment in the sun
Why am I afraid of facing the unknown?

They are finding faith in me and they believe I'm the one to set them free