|On the Backs of Angels|
|A Dramatic Turn of Events|
|Release date||29th June 2011|
|Music||Petrucci, John Myung & Jordan Rudess|
|First live performance||4/7/2011 Rome, Italy (A Dramatic Tour of Events - 1st European Leg)|
|Total live plays|
|Recorded||Cove City Sound Studios|
|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.
Thematically, the song deals with political upheaval and the financial crisis.
Standing on the backs of angels Destined to create Mounting the attack While heroes carry your weight We spiral towards disaster Survival fading faster Riding out the wave Content to feed off the machine Bleeding us to death The new American dream You're blinded by your hunger Beware your days are numbered [Chorus]: Tears fall from the shameless Shelter me, guide me to the edge of the water Selfless are the righteous Burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter Blurring lines drawn in between What is right and what is wrong Victims on the radar string us along We're on to your agenda The dead end road to nowhere (Repeat Chorus twice)