The song is based on the Ayn Rand novel Anthem which describes a dystopian future where collectivism has lead to the loss of singular identity. They returned in 2002 with Vapor Trails which had some good songs on it but suffered from a terribly muddy mixing that essentially ruined the album. I usually don't mind long player Rush songs but Working Man goes just a little too long for my tastes, so I suppose that would be the only criticism I have. Album: Permanent Waves: 1980 This one will be divisive. Album: Signals: 1982 It is fitting, I think, that the last song on the last studio album that Rush may ever put out still lands in the top 10.
Rush can seemingly write a song about anything and use it as a metaphor for something. This list is for Rush fans and dives deep into their catalog. Starting out as a near ballad the song goes through a variety of stylistic changes before wrapping up 9:17 later. It is probably Rush's best known and most mainstream song. I don't think that's even a thing but it is now. Wheels can take you around, wheels can cut you down. Different eyes see different things.
The song might as well be my biography and I am betting a lot of other people feel the same. Neil Peart uses wonderfully descriptive language and the song is musically complex. We are islands to each other. As Raynor predicted, Cates is soon put into a position where she is forced to inject drugs in front of a drug dealer. In a world full of hate this song gives you much pause to reflect. And, yes, if you want to really rock out push the needle over to The Temples of Syrinx.
Peart had lost a lot of his ham-fisted and over the top concepts in favor of much more subtlety. That, however, is a minor criticism and to me it is easily in the top five Rush songs no matter how you slice it. Hey, baby, it's a quarter to eight, I feel I'm in the mood. Black and whites of youth. Direct interaction with administrators of this website should be done via our as emails will generally not be responded to. Album: Moving Pictures: 1981 13 Freewill Here is another classic rock radio staple and this one isn't even on Moving Pictures.
Vital Signs uses an analogy by Neil Peart comparing relationships to electronics which is just about the most Rush thing ever. Of the stronger songs on the album this one is mentioned by many people as being their favorite. I strip away the old debris that hides a shining car. The song is certainly very heavy on synthesizers but lyrically it is one of Neil Peart's greatest songs. Album: Vapor Trails: 2002 85 Caravan The first song off of the concept album Clockwork Angels, Caravan sets the scene of the world where the story will take place.
Album: Clockwork Angels: 2012 68 We Hold On A deep cut and the last song on the Snakes and Arrows Album. Left and rights of passage. Become part of our community on and and get to downloading! The lyrics to this song are extremely profound. That is the larger theme of the Farewell to Kings album from which this song comes. If only you could hear the driving guitar and bass through the regrettable distortion.
That answer would be wrong. Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand. Suicide has been on such an astronomical rise in the United States since this song came out making it, once again, more relevant now than when it was first penned. You can never break the chain. Still, this is one of the more mainstream recognizable Rush songs and it is for a reason- it's a solid song with some really provocative lyrics. It also includes one of my favorite Alex Lifeson guitar riffs. Yes, you know that the hardest part, yes, I say it is to stay on top.
Wreathed in smoke in Lebanon we burn the midnight oil. Another great bass guitar feature for Geddy Lee. But it isn't just Neil Peart's exquisite final lyrics, this is one of the best vocal performances of Geddy Lee during the later period of Rush and contains one of my favorite and one of Geddy's favorites as well Alex Lifeson guitar solos. Cates first tries nervously to talk her way out of the situation, then yanks off her jacket and with shaking hands begins to prepare a heroin shot as Raynor had taught her. What happened to our innocence? They are often criticized for their first album sounding like a Led Zeppelin clone but Working Man sounds nothing like Zeppelin.