Build Me Up, Break Me Down
A Dramatic Turn of Events
Length 06:59
Working title (Unknown)
Release date 13th September 2011
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios
Other appearances
Previous song On the Backs of Angels
Next song Lost Not Forgotten

Build Me Up, Break Me Down is the second track on Dream Theater's 11th album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. Sonically, it's a compact heavy rocker, with downtuned riffs and a smattering of drum machine. The lyrics discuss the fickle cruelty of celebrity, and the hypocrisy of the mainstream media.

The last note segues into the following track, Lost Not Forgotten.


  • This is the only Dream Theater song with a comma in the title.

Dream Theater - Build Me Up And Break Me Down Lyric Video07:00

Dream Theater - Build Me Up And Break Me Down Lyric Video

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