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The Gift of Music
The Astonishing
Length 4:00
Working title Unknown
Release date December 3, 2015
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci
First live performance London Palladium, London, England, on Feb. 18, 2016
Total live plays 153
Other appearances
Previous song Dystopian Overture
Next song The Answer

The Gift of Music is the third track from Dream Theater's thirteenth studio album The Astonishing. It is also the first single released for the album.

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


This song serves as a further introduction to the story, establishing the time, setting and conflict, as well as introducing Arhys and Gabriel.


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


Far in the distant future
Beyond the pages of our time
Cold-blooded wicked tyrants
Threaten the freedom of mankind

Corruption, lust and greed
Define the new nobility
Changing the course of history

Across the vast North Empire
Most people struggle to survive
Living a meek existence
Where their secluded leader thrives

We are living day to day
Forced to bear the lion's share
People just don't have the time for music anymore
And no one seems to care!

My friends, I've seen the Chosen One
A quest for freedom has begun
He will be the answer to our prayers!

There walks a God among us
Who's seen the writing on the wall
He is the revolution
He'll be the one to save us all

My brother Gabriel, is all the hope we need
Shining like a beacon in the night
Shepherd of Ravenskill, a reason to believe
Music is the gift he brings
The songbird stops to listen when he sings