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    Rush (progressive rock band)

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    Zoot Allures

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    Re: Rush (progressive rock band)

    Post by Zoot Allures on Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:52 pm

    this is the only 'love song' that Rush has written. it's on side two of 2112. the video is okay, but you have to consider it would be difficult to make a comic book style video for this kind of song. this guy's got four of these comic book style videos of Rush songs.

    i remember when i was fourteen and i had to break up with sarah because i was moving to california. i was just getting into Rush at that age and this song really got to me.... especially after seeing sarah cry when i saw her for the last time before i moved. i think Rush was expected by fans to do a love song at some point, so they did one, and did it very well....


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    Re: Rush (progressive rock band)

    Post by Zoot Allures on Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:44 am

    an ongoing theme throughout Rush's work is the importance of the individual, individualism, and resisting conformity. you might notice the red pentagram on the 2112 album, and its use by the solar federation in the song story-line on side one of the album. the man standing in front of it in a gesture of resistence, is a symbol of this refusal to conform.

    the inspiration for this song was found in the ideas of Ayn Rand. i assume Peart (lyrics writer) read Atlas Shrugged and was impressed with it.



    i might add little philosophical comment here. the value of the idea of nonconformity does not hold for the masses, because in being average, ordinary and mediocre, they are unable to comprehend the great importance of the exceptional individual... and therefore the importance of distinction, of distinguishing oneself. they don't know that there can be greatness, and so cannot recognize it. songs like these don't belong to everyone... although Rush intended it that way (they are musicians, not philosophers). songs like these are only valuable to those who feel a tremendous distance between themselves and others, and to these great ones, the very idea of conforming to anything in their time is positively dreadful. they are out of time and out of place, acknowledge no rules, and refuse to be under anyone's control but their own. this song is their anthem.

    ... but wouldn't everyone believe himself to be one of these 'individuals', and that this song is for them? of course they would. that's part of the tragedy; that everyone is able to believe they are great when they are not, that conformity would take something vital from them, that the differences between them and the 'others' are significantly more than the similarities.

    few things are more insidious than an unentitled sense of uniqueness. to add insult to injury, only those who are real individuals can see this charade of ordinary men, and the suffering at the sight of this can be almost unbearable. at times, even nauseating.

    great people can get through this crisis if they recognize the necessity of mediocrity, the inability to prevent it, and the use to which it can be put for higher purposes.

    meanwhile, they remain stern, and live their lives to the max.... stirner.

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    Re: Rush (progressive rock band)

    Post by Zoot Allures on Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:14 pm

    The dancer slows her frantic pace
    In pain and desperation,
    Her aching limbs and downcast face
    Aglow with perspiration

    Stiff as wire, her lungs on fire,
    With just the briefest pause —
    The flooding through her memory,
    The echoes of old applause.




    And she limps across the floor
    And closes her bedroom door…




    The writer stares with glassy eyes —
    Defies the empty page,
    His beard is white, his face is lined
    And streaked with tears of rage.

    Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
    With passion and precision,
    But now his mind is dark and dulled
    By sickness and indecision




    And he stares out the kitchen door
    Where the sun will rise no more…



    Some are born to move the world —
    To live their fantasies
    But most of us just dream about
    The things we’d like to be

    Sadder still to watch it die
    Than never to have known it
    For you — the blind who once could see —
    The bell tolls for thee…


    2:49- 11/8 meter (so tight!)


    For you — the blind who once could see —
    The bell tolls for thee…


    Zoot Allures

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    Re: Rush (progressive rock band)

    Post by Zoot Allures on Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:11 pm

    this may be connected to the story-line on side one of the album, but it could probably stand alone, as it is on side two. it doesn't seem to be related to The Necromancer.

    is this song symbolizing the cyclical nature of our lives; our beginning (the valley), our goals (the fountain), our indecision (didacts and narpets), our trials, tribulation, fear and struggle (the ship scene), our dreams (panacea), our joy and happiness (bacchus), our success (top of the mountain), ... our starting it all again ('still, i am')? my italics.

    (note: Didacts and Narpets is already posted above.)


    I. In the Valley

    I am born
    I am me
    I am new
    I am free
    Look at me
    I am young
    Sight unseen
    Life unsung…

    My eyes have just been opened
    And they’re open very wide
    Images around me
    Don’t identify inside
    Just one blur I recognize
    The one that soothes and feeds
    My way of life is easy
    And as simple are my needs

    Yet my eyes are drawn toward
    The mountain in the east
    Fascinates and captivates
    Gives my heart no peace
    The mountain holds the sunrise
    In the prison of the night
    Till bursting forth from rocky chains
    The valley floods with light

    Living one long sunrise
    For to me all things are new
    I’ve never watched the sky grow pale
    Or strolled through fields of dew
    I do not know of dust to dust
    I live from breath to breath
    I live to climb that mountain to
    The Fountain of Lamneth

    Yet my eyes are drawn toward
    The mountain in the east
    Fascinates and captivates
    Gives my heart no peace
    The mountain holds the sunrise
    In the prison of the night
    Till bursting forth from rocky chains
    The valley floods with light



    indecision; he must make a choice?



    4:17 II. Didacts and Narpets

    Stay! Go!
    Work! No!
    Learn! Live!
    Earn! Give!
    Stay or fight? What's right?


    Listen!!!



    alone, overwhelmed, afraid?



    5:20 III. No One At the Bridge

    Crying back to consciousness
    The coldness grips my skin
    The sky is pitching violently
    Drawn by shrieking winds
    Seaspray blurs my vision
    Waves roll by so fast
    Save my ship of freedom
    I’m lashed helpless to the mast

    Remembering when first I held
    The wheel in my own hands
    I took the helm so eagerly
    And sailed for distant lands
    But now the sea’s too heavy
    And I just don’t understand
    Why must my crew desert me
    When I need a guiding hand

    Call out for direction
    And there’s no one there to steer
    Shout out for salvation
    But there’s no one there to hear
    Cry out supplication
    For the maelstrom is near
    Scream out desperation
    But no one cares to hear



    his love appears in a dream?



    9:38 IV. Panacea

    The whiteness of confusion
    Is unfolding from my mind
    I stare around in wonder
    Have I left my life behind

    I catch the scent of ambergris
    And turn my head… surprised
    My gaze is caught and held
    And I am helpless, mesmerized

    Panacea ~ liquid grace
    Oh let me touch your fragile face
    Enchantment falls around me
    And I know I cannot leave

    Here’s a meaning for my life
    A shelter from the storm
    Pacify my troubles with
    Her body soft and warm
    Naked in our unity
    A smile for every tear
    Gentle hands that promise me
    Comfort through the years
    Yet I know I must be gone
    Before the light of dawn

    Panacea ~ passion pure
    I can’t resist your gentle lure
    My heart will lie beside you
    And my wandering body grieves



    memories of joy and happiness?



    12:55 V. Bacchus Plateau

    Another endless day
    Silhouettes of grey
    Another glass of wine
    Drink with eyes that shine
    To days without that chill at morning
    Nights time out of mind

    Draw another goblet
    From the cask of ’43
    Crimson misty memory
    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 live

    Another foggy dawn
    The mountain almost gone
    Another doubtful fear
    The road is not so clear
    My soul grows ever weary, and…
    The end is ever near



    destination; his journey is complete?



    16:09 VI. The Fountain

    Look…the mist is rising
    And the sun is peaking through
    See, the steps grow lighter
    As I reach their final few
    Hear, the dancing waters
    I must be drawing near
    Feel, my heart is pounding
    With embattled hope and fear

    Now, at last I fall before
    The Fountain of Lamneth
    I thought I would be singing
    But I’m tired… out of breath
    Many journeys end here
    But, the secret’s told the same
    Life is just a candle
    And a dream must give it flame’

    The key, the end, the answer
    Stripped of their disguise
    Still it’s all confusion
    And tears spring to my eyes
    Though I’ve reached a signpost
    It’s really not the end
    Like Old Sol’ behind the mountain
    I’ll be coming up again…

    I’m in motion
    I am still
    I am crying
    I am still
    I’m together
    I’m apart
    I’m forever
    At the start

    Still… I am


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