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According to the On the Backs Of Angels Songfacts, guitarist John Petrucci came up with the intro guitar riff while he was playing an acoustic at home by the fire. He told Musicradar: “I was thinking, How should this record begin? What should be the first thing that people hear? The idea that came to me was a little bit Pink Floyd – moody, foreboding, this drifting arpeggiated guitar pattern.”

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Standing on the backs of angels
Destined to create
Mounting the attack
While heroes carry your weight

We spiral towards disaster
Survival fading…

Dream Theater - On the Backs of Angels Lyrics


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