|On the Backs of Angels|
|A Dramatic Turn of Events|
|Release date||13th September 2011|
|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.