"New Millennium" as written by and Michael/myung Portnoy....
A single star behind me
A red sky burns ahead
A lonely light below me
Awake among the dead
An overwhelming feeling
Leaves me numband strange
A sense of new beginning
I sense a wind of change

Out with the old useless
People so cold ruthless welcome
In a new millennium
How many times must i
Live out this nightmare i
Can't wait until a new millennium

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

Living out a constant deja vu
Keep your head up
Please be patient we will get to you
Keep your head up
Just have some faith and you can see it
Through
Keep your head up
But faith don't pay the rent that's overdue
Keep your head up
All that's glittering is turning blue
Keep your head up
What they want from me ain't gotta clue
Keep your head up
Swallow pride before it swallows you
Keep your head up
Don't dare bite the hand that's starving you
Keep your head up

How can you keep your head
And not go insane when the only light at the end
Of the tunnel is another train

The lies ten feet tall
Have broken my fall
Welcome you all new millennium

It's well overdue and i can't wait to
Welcome in a new millennium
I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling
Everything's gonna be alright now


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"New Millennium" as written by John Myung Derek G. Sherinian

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentUm, it's probably not the meaning of the song, but the first thing that comes into my head was all the hype about the blatantly bullshit Y2K bug thing.
    IdiotequeDanceon April 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwas there y2k stuff actually going on in 1996/1997? lol I wouldn't know I was only 6, 7, or 8 at the time..
    PinkFloydrulezon September 10, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"was there y2k stuff actually going on in 1996/1997? lol I wouldn't know I was only 6, 7, or 8 at the time.."

    Yeah I was the same age as you, but it wasn't going on then. Nobody was really even talking about it until at least 1998, but i'm guessing 1999.


    My guess is that this song is about just accepting change and taking it with the best of intentions.
    Petary791on December 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the twist Dream Theater made for this song in Live at Budokan (get it if you haven't seen it, you won't regret it!). On the last repetition of the chorus, James and Mike sing:

    "The tide is turning now, Tokio"

    I thought that was a nice detail.
    f15x28on December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song is about how the New Millennium is like turning over a new leaf...getting to start over again, with a clean slate...

    A sense of new beginning
    I sense a wind of change

    That's what I think
    BitterBoshon February 12, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationChange, and what comes with it. Throughout this song, the change seems to be downplayed quite a bit. I would imagine that Portnoy wrote this with a rather snappy attitude towards the record label, who were making them change their sound to a more radio-friendly environment. It also alludes to how people's minds change very quickly and unexpectedly. The change of sound came at a time when Dream Theater was on top of their game, so I could see this being what the song is about.
    Anilandon June 07, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think new millenium isn't literally speaking of the year 2000, but it is used as a symbolic term. My take is that the song is about how we (as a species) should change mentalities in order to solve our problems and move forward to a new era (hence the term new millenium) Sort of as a call to arms for people to "wake up". I got this interpretation mainly from this part:

    Living out a constant deja vu
    Keep your head up
    Please be patient we will get to you
    Keep your head up
    Just have some faith and you can see it
    Through
    Keep your head up
    But faith don't pay the rent that's overdue
    Keep your head up
    All that's glittering is turning blue
    Keep your head up
    What they want from me ain't gotta clue
    Keep your head up
    Swallow pride before it swallows you
    Keep your head up
    Don't dare bite the hand that's starving you
    Keep your head up
    mauricio51on August 29, 2014   Link

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