is a classic German film from 1927 directed by Fritz Lang. What does it have to do with the song? Probably nothing, but the word "metropolis," which means a major city, makes a great title.
There is a lot of imagery in this song, with themes of death, deceit, and love:Death is the first dance, eternal...
Deceit is the second without end...
Now the Miracle and the Sleeper know
That the third is love
Love is the Dance of Eternity
In a Songfacts interview with Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci
, who wrote the lyric, he gave this analysis: "That's a weird one, because that one is very arbitrary in the lyrical content. A very long time ago, I was watching some sort of TV show – a documentary or something – I don't even really remember what the topic was, but it spawned this Miracle and Sleeper character, and I just took it from there. It's fictional and kind of abstract. I guess that's the best way of describing it."