Rush Reboot – Double Agent (1993)

The song Double Agent from the album Counterparts. The lyrics in this one are amazing. Please note how Neil approached this album as stated below. I think this song is an amazing portrayal of the counterparts within so many of us, and it takes us on a journey of just such a person.

From Rush.com: Counterparts is the band’s 15th studio album, released on October 19, 1993. Counterparts shows Rush returning to its guitar/bass/drum foundation, and becoming less dependent on synths and technology. The term ‘counterparts’ is described as both “duplicate” and “opposite” – a definition that so intrigued Neil that he contemplated to himself:

“…considered in this way, contraries are reflections of each other, and not necessarily contradictions.”

Instrumental track “Leave That Thing Alone” earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Instrumental”.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

Where would you rather be?
Anywhere but here
When will the time be right?
Anytime but now

On the edge of sleep,
I was drifting for half the night
Anxious and restless,
pressed down by the darkness
Bound up and wound up so tight
So many decisions, a million revisions
Caught between darkness and light…

Wilderness of mirrors
World of polished steel
Gears and iron chains
Turn the grinding wheel
I run between the shadows
Some are phantoms, some are real

Where would you rather be?
Anywhere but here
When will the time be right?
Anytime but now
The doubt and the fear
I know would all disappear
Anywhere but here

On the edge of sleep,
I heard voices behind the door
The known and the nameless,
familiar and faceless
My angels and my demons at war
Which one will lose — depends on what I choose
Or maybe which voice I ignore…

Wilderness of mirrors
Streets of cold desire
My precious sense of honor
Just a shield of rusty wire
I hold against the chaos —
And the cross of holy fire

Wilderness of mirrors
So easy to deceive
My precious sense of rightness
Is sometimes so naive
So that which I imagine
Is that which I believe

On the edge of sleep, I awoke to a sun so bright
Rested and fearless, cheered by your nearness
I knew which direction was right
The case had been tried by the jury inside
The choice between darkness and light…

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