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Rush - Working Man

I get up at seven, yeah

And I go to work at nine

I got no time for livin

Yes, I'm workin all the time

It seems to me

I could live my life

A lot better than I think I am

I guess thats why they call me

They call me the workin man

They call me the workin man

I guess thats what I am

I get home at five oclock

And I take myself out a nice, cold beer

Always seem to be wondrin

Why theres nothin goin down here

It seems to me

I could live my life

A lot better than I think I am

I guess thats why they call me

They call me the workin man

They call me the workin man

I guess thats what I am

Well they call me the workin man

I guess thats what I am

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Here is one more Rush song. Do you know these guys, Victor? They are from your tiny little country.

This lyrics on this one are by Neil Peart and the Rand influence is pretty evident in phrases like, "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." and of course, they tell you they are choosing free will over determinism.

When I listened to Rush back in high school, I had no clue about Rand. It's fun to revisit this as an Objectivist and see the philosophy behind their music.

Freewill

There are those who think that life

Has nothing left to chance

With a host of holy horrors

To direct our aimless dance

A planet of playthings

We dance on the strings

Of powers we cannot perceive

The stars aren't aligned ---

Or the gods are malign

Blame is better to give than receive

You can choose a ready guide

In some celestial voice

If you choose not to decide

You still have made a choice

You can choose from phantom fears

And kindness that can kill

I will choose a path that's clear

I will choose free will

There are those who think that they've been dealt a losing hand

The cards were stacked against them ---

They weren't born in lotus-land

All preordained

A prisoner in chains

A victim of venomous fate

Kicked in the face

You can't pray for a place

In heavens unearthly estate

Each of us

A cell of awareness

Imperfect and incomplete

Genetic blends

With uncertain ends

On a fortune hunt

That's far too fleet...

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I saw RUSH two times in my tiny, tiny country and everybody was stepping on each other at the concert, as it took up a great deal of our limited space here. :D

RUSH ROCKS. And they are just as good live as they are in the studio. Of course, Angie, a RUSH "fan" hasn't seen them yet [Oh, I'm so in trouble now].

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I don't really have a favorite Rush song, but I do dig them, and I have seen them live. The Trees is probably one of my favorites, and another good song for Labor Day (see the last verse). It starts out very nice and acoustic, and again, you get a glimpse of Rand influence.

Chris Sciabarra has written a couple of articles on Rush and Rand.

Rand Rush and Rock by Chris Sciabarra - JARS Fall 2002

Rand, Rock, and Radicalism by Chris Sciabarra (pdf)

Rock on!

Kat

The Trees

There is unrest in the forest

There is trouble with the trees

For the maples want more sunlight

And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples

(and they're quite convinced they're right)

They say the oaks are just too lofty

And they grab up all the light

But the oaks can't help their feelings

If they like the way they're made

And they wonder why the maples

Can't be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the forest

And the creatures all have fled

As the maples scream `oppression!`

And the oaks, just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union

And demanded equal rights

the oaks are just too greedy

We will make them give us light

Now there's no more oak oppression

For they passed a noble law

And the trees are all kept equal

By hatchet,

Axe,

And saw ...

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Wooohoooo....good job, Kat, for starting this thread as I adore Rush...absolutely HUGE fan. I want to post a link to Neil's homepage and check out the computer maven that digitized him doing a drum solo to YYZ. This kid is absolutely phenomenal what he can do on the computer and he characterizes it as a "newfound skill." I like that A LOT. Amazing. It's very impressive what this kid has discovered in his newbie days of computer animation. If he's this good out of the gate, wow, imagine what his SKILL will become.

Neil Peart Xtras

Scroll down to "A Digital Man" - Animated, Video by Bobby Standridge

Here are two songs that are definitely favorites and are very personal to me. I enjoy most if not all of Rush's music. But I do have my favorites.

Tears

All of the seasons and all of the days

All of the reasons why I've felt this way

So long...

So long

Then lost in that feeling I looked in your eyes

I noticed emotion and that you had cried

For me

I can see

What would touch me deeper...

Tears that fall from eyes that only cry?

Would it touch you deeper

Than tears that fall from eyes that know why?

A lifetime of questions, tears on your cheek

I tasted the answers and my body was weak

For you

The truth

What would touch me deeper...

Tears that fall from eyes that only cry?

Would it touch you deeper

Than tears that fall from eyes that know why?

Scars

I've stood upon my mountaintop

And shouted at the sky

Walked above the pavement

With my sense 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

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Yeah, and you just so gotta rub it in my face, Victor...well, I've been to two of their concerts and they Rock.

You know what..You suck. :P I so want to go. They're on tour now and so hoping they will come my way. :D

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This lyrics on this one are by Neil Peart and the Rand influence is pretty evident in phrases like, "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." and of course, they tell you they are choosing free will over determinism.

When I listened to Rush back in high school, I had no clue about Rand. It's fun to revisit this as an Objectivist and see the philosophy behind their music.

You can choose a ready guide

In some celestial voice

If you choose not to decide

You still have made a choice

You can choose from phantom fears

And kindness that can kill

I will choose a path that's clear

I will choose free will

Good Canadian boys, eh? :) I recently revisited Ayn Rand because of Neil Pert. I'm not sure how deeply Neil has delved into her works. Anthem was the basis for 2112, if I recall (I'm recently revisiting Rush in general). I would highly recommend anyone to visit Neil's site if for nothing else to read his diary and assorted writings. He is indeed a wonderful write. And, finally, I think Neil would fit in quite nicely at Galt's Gulch. I think he lives an objectivist life through his drums, his music, and his whole life.

And, really, isn't that what we all want?

(sorry for being gone so long.... :) )

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I enabled html so youtubes now work in this thread. Here is Tom Sawyer Harry Potter style... his mind is not for rent....

and South Park doing Trees ... sort of a parody song about spreading the wealth around

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHvCocYG5yk

and Rush performing Free Will live a few years ago. Geddy Lee's voice is deeper nowadays... a relief for many.

Rock on.

Kat

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I'm here for you guys i am a huge rush fan not only is my middle name Rush (no links to the band) but i am a huge rush collector also i read liner notes in cd cases and if you all read the liner notes in the 2112 album there is a thing about ayn rand thinking that rush's album 2112 is a masterpiece of objectivist music and she says something along the lines of they grasped the feeling and philosophy of objectivism pretty cool huh well yeah rush is an amazing band i just got the snakes and arrows cd and i love it i know it has been out for a little bt now but i finally got my hands on it that whole band is amazing they just do great things with music

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