Rush Reboot (bonus track) – Tai Shan (1987)

This is a song that was inspired by a trip Neil took to China. Neil became an avid journalist and many of his songs are taken from his travels. This bonus track is for @desertcurmudgeon. I thought of him while it was playing on my way home from work this evening. He has an amazing mind, a gentle soul, and many lives are better for having found him. This one’s for you, Paul.


From Wikipedia:

Mount Tai (Chinese: 泰山; pinyin: Tài Shān) is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the city of Tai’an, in Shandong province, China. The tallest peak is the Jade Emperor Peak (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Yùhuáng Dǐng), which is commonly reported as 1,545 metres (5,069 ft) tall,[2] but is described by the PRC government as 1,532.7 metres (5,029 ft).[3]

Mount Tai is known as the eastern mountain of the Five Great Mountains of China. It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. Mount Tai has been a place of worship for at least 3,000 years and served as one of the most important ceremonial centers of China[4] during large portions of this period.


Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

High on the sacred mountain
Up the seven thousand stairs
In the golden light of autumn
There was magic in the air

Clouds surrounded the summit
The wind blew strong and cold
Among the silent temples
And the writing carved in gold
Somewhere in my instincts
The primitive took hold…

I stood at the top of the mountain
And China sang to me
In the peaceful haze of harvest time
A song of eternity —

If you raise your hands to heaven
You will live a hundred years
I stood there like a mystic
Lost in the atmosphere

The clouds were suddenly parted
For a moment I could see
The patterns of the landscape
Reaching to the eastern sea
I looked upon a presence
Spanning forty centuries…

I thought of time and distance
The hardships of history
I heard the hope and the hunger
When China sang to me…

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