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On the Backs of Angels
A Dramatic Turn of Events
Length 08:42
Working title (Unknown)
Release date 13th September 2011
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance 4/7/2011 Rome, Italy (A Dramatic Tour of Events - 1st European Leg)
Total live plays
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios
Other appearances
Previous song The Count of Tuscany

Raw Dog (B-Side, Compilation.)

Next song Build Me Up, Break Me Down

On the Backs of Angels is the first track and first single released from A Dramatic Turn of Events. It was the first song to be released featuring Mike Mangini on drums, and the sixth Dream Theater song not to feature Mike Portnoy on drums (after Wait for Sleep, Regression, Through My Words, Through Her Eyes and Vacant). On the Backs of Angels was nominated for a Grammy award at the 2012 ceremony, in the category Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance. It lost to the song White Limo, by Foo Fighters.

Some fans believe that the song shares structural similarities with Images and Words lead single and opening track Pull Me Under.

Thematically, the song deals with political upheaval and the financial crisis.

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