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Rush lyrics you felt identified with

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Papersen, Sep 20, 2005.


  1. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    I know there are many Rush fans here at TB.
    I`ve always thought that Neil lyrics are really deep and well thought. I`ve felt identified with some of them, and they`ve expressed the way I was thinking at a certain moment of my life.

    I remember a phrase written in "Working Man" tribute album, that said something like "... Rush fans have taken their lyrics as a soundtrack of their lives ..." (it`s not the exact phrase, just the idea).

    The most meaningful to me are:

    It's not how fast you can go
    The force goes into the flow
    If you pick up the beat
    You can forget about the heat
    ...
    You can do a lot in a lifetime
    If you don't burn out too fast
    You can make the most of the distance
    First you need endurance
    First you've got to last


    It`s something that reminds me not to give up and that
    efforts have their rewards.

    When we are young
    Wandering the face of the Earth
    Wondering what our dreams might be worth
    Learning that we're only immortal
    For a limited time


    Another phrase that makes me wonder about the meaning
    of life and the finite time we have with it.

    I directly connect that paragraph with:

    You can never break the chain
    There is never love without pain
    A gentle hand, a secret touch on the heart

    Out of sync
    With the rhythm of my own reactions
    With the things that last
    And the things that come apart
    Out of sync
    With love in the land of the living
    A gentle hand, a secret touch on the heart


    I`ve had many losses in my family, so I feel quite identified
    with Neil`s suffering. Every time I hear this song, I feel how bad he must have felt missing his wife and daughter.


    I`d like to read some other testimonials.
    I know there`re Rush lyrics that really touched many of us.
     
  2. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    I like breaking the rules. Red Barchetta.
     
  3. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    'the more things change, the more they stay the same'.

    probably Ayn Rand but it's still timeless.
     
  4. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Someone actually listens to the WORDS in Rush tunes???? I'm shocked . . . .

    I guess I thought it would be possible someday, but I guess I always thought in the back of my mind it might be a lonely physicist or quantum mechanics engineer sitting in front of three computer screens with Rush playing in the background . . . . :bag:
     
  5. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    "Everybody's got to deviate from the norm."

    My life in a nutshell

    "Subdivisions!"
     
  6. WalterBush

    WalterBush

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    All the lyrics to Analog Kid speak to me directly, or at least they did when I was first living on my own. Ditto for Subdivisions. Although I've loved Neil's ability to turn a phrase, and still enjoy his lyrics, I can't say any of them apply to me personally anymore.
     
  7. Another vote for Subdivisions. I was in high school when the Signals album came out, and saw Rush for the first time on that tour. That song takes me back every time I hear it.
     
  8. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    The words are half the fun.


    "Fly By Night"

    Why try? I know why
    The feeling inside me says it's time I was gone
    Clear head, new life ahead
    I want to be king now not just one more pawn

    [Chorus:]
    Fly by night, away from here
    Change my life again
    Fly by night, goodbye my dear
    My ship isn't coming and I just can't pretend

    Moon rise, thoughtful eyes
    Staring back at me from the window beside
    No fright or hindsight
    Leaving behind that empty feeling inside

    [Chorus]

    Start a new chapter
    Find what I'm after
    It's changing every day
    The change of a season
    Is enough of a reason
    To want to get away
    Quiet and pensive
    My thoughts aprehensive
    The hours drift away
    Leaving my homeland
    Playing a lone hand
    My life begins today

    [Chorus]
     
  9. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    I always felt the album "Presto" was very overlooked, particularly the lyrics, here are three favorites:

    "Presto"

    If I could wave my magic wand...

    I am made from the dust of the stars
    And the oceans flow in my veins
    Here I hide in the heart of the city
    Like a stranger coming out of the rain

    The evening plane rises up from the runway
    Over constellations of light
    I look down into a million houses
    And wonder what you're doing tonight

    If I could wave my magic wand
    I'd make everything all right

    I'm not one to believe in magic
    But I sometimes have a second sight
    I'm not one with a sense of proportion
    When my heart still changes overnight

    I had a dream of a winter garden
    A midnight rendezvous
    Silver, blue and frozen silence
    What a fool I was for you

    I had a dream of the open water
    I was swimming away out to sea
    So deep I could never touch bottom
    What a fool I used to be

    If I could wave my magic wand
    I'd set everybody free

    I'm not one to believe in magic
    Though my memory has a second sight
    I'm not one to go pointing my finger
    When I radiate more heat than light

    Don't ask me
    I'm just improvising
    My illusion of careless flight
    Can't you see
    My temperature's rising
    I radiate more heat than light

    Don't ask me
    I'm just sympathizing
    My illusions a harmless flight
    Can't you see
    My temperature's rising
    I radiate more heat than light



    "Available Light"

    The restless wind
    Has seen all things
    In every kind of light
    Rising with the full moon
    To go howling through the night

    The sleepless wind
    Has heard all things
    Between the sea and sky
    In the canyons of the city
    You can hear the buildings cry

    Oh the wind can carry
    All the voices of the sea
    Oh the wind can carry
    All the echoes home to me

    Run with wind and weather
    To the music of the sea
    All four winds together
    Can't bring the world to me
    Chase the wind around the world
    I want to look at life
    In the available light

    Play of light
    A photograph
    The way I used to be
    Some half forgotten stranger
    Doesn't mean that much to me

    Trick of light
    Moving picture
    Moments caught in flight
    Make the shadows darker
    Or the colors shine too bright

    Oh the light can carry
    All the visions of the sea
    Oh the light can carry
    All the images to me

    Run to light from shadow
    Sun gives me no rest
    Promise offered in the east
    Broken in the west
    Chase the sun around the world
    I want to look at life
    In the available light

    All four winds together
    Can't bring the world to me
    Shadows hide the play of light
    So much I want to see
    Chase the light around the world
    I want to look at life
    In the available light

    I'll go with the wind
    I'll stand in the light


    ...this is the one I identify the most now...

    "Scars"

    I've stood upon my mountaintop
    And shouted at the sky
    Walked above the pavement
    With my senses amplified
    I get this feeling...

    All my nerves are naked wires
    Tender to the touch
    Sometimes super sensitive
    But who can care too much?
    I get this feeling...

    Scars of pleasure
    Scars of pain
    Atmospheric changes
    Make them sensitive again

    Each emotional injury
    Leaves behind its mark
    Sometimes they come tumbling out
    Like shadows in the dark
    I get this feeling...

    When I think about all I have seen
    And all I'll never see
    When I think about the people
    Who have opened up to me
    I get this feeling...

    Snow falls deep around my house
    And holds the winter light
    I've heard the lions hunting
    In the Serengeti night
    I get this feeling...

    Forests turned to factories
    And river, sea, and sky
    Hungry child in the desert
    And the flies that cloud her eyes
    I get this feeling...

    Pleasure leaves a fingerprint
    As surely as mortal pain
    In memories they resonate
    And echo back again...

    Scars of pleasure
    Scars of pain
    Atmospheric changes
    Make them sensitive again
     
  10. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I've always had issues with hatred.... both within me and around me. Sometimes if I'm feeling like I'm loosing my harmony and feeling hate, this verse pops into my head

     
  11. 'Open Secrets' is the one that always sticks out for me.

    It went right by me
    At the time it went over my head
    I was looking out the window
    I should have looked at your face instead

    It went right by me
    Just another wall
    There should have been a moment
    When we let our barriers fall
    I never meant what you're thinking...
    That's not what I meant at all.

    [chorus]
    Well, I guess we all have these feelings
    We can't leave unreconciled
    Some of them burned on our ceilings
    Some of them learned as a child

    The things that we're concealing
    Will never let us grow
    Time will do its healing
    You've got to let it go

    Closed for my protection
    Open to your scorn
    Between these two directions
    My heart is sometimes torn

    I lie awake with my secrets
    Spinning around my head
    Something that somehow escaped me
    Something you shouldn't have said
    I was looking out the window
    I should have looked at your face instead.

    [Chorus]

    I find no absolution
    In my rational point of view
    Maybe some things are instinctive
    But there's one thing you could do
    You could try to understand me
    I could try to understand you
    You could try to understand me
    I could try to understand you
     
  12. Nobody's Hero

    I always get a little choked up when I hear that song.
     
  13. crikker

    crikker Yooper From Way Back Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2004
    UP
    YYZ-sorry, couldn't help myself. :)
     
  14. Ok, this is off top of my head....

    "Draw another goblet
    From the cask of '43
    Crimson misty memories
    A hazy glimpse of me

    Give me back my wonder
    I've something more to give
    I guess it doesn't matter
    There's not much more to,
    Not much more to live"

    (From "Bacchus Plateau")

    Yep, and Analog Kid, Lakeside Park, The Pass, Entre Nous, Afterimage, Time Stand Still....

    I prefer Neil's lyrics when he's touching on everyday emotions, things we all can't get reconciled....