Rush Reboot – Time Stand Still (1987)

I’ve been mulling when to post this, which is, my favorite Rush song of all. I was motivated to finally do so by someone who was inspired to read Neil’s Ghost Rider book after she read this post I made. She sent me a quote from the book that used lines from this song. It touched me so much that she has been moved by the book, and that she had sent that particular line.

From WikiPedia:

“Time Stand Still” was the first track Peart wrote for Hold Your Fire.[2] According to Peart, he wrote the lyrics of “Time Stand Still” based on his time with Rush. According to Peart:

“All through the ’70s our lives were flying by; we spent so much time on the road that it became like a dark tunnel. You start to think about the people you’re neglecting, friends and family. So the song is about stopping to enjoy that; with a warning against too much looking back. Instead of getting nostalgic about the past, it’s more a plea for the present.”[3]Aimee Mann (from Till Tuesday) briefly sings in each chorus of the song, marking Rush’s first collaboration with another singer.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

I turn my back to the wind
To catch my breath,
Before I start off again.
Driven on
Without a moment to spend
To pass an evening
With a drink and a friend

I let my skin get too thin
I’d like to pause,
No matter what I pretend
Like some pilgrim —
Who learns to transcend —
Learns to live
As if each step was the end

Time stand still —
I’m not looking back —
But I want to look around me now
See more of the people
And the places that surround me now

Freeze this moment
A little bit longer
Make each sensation
A little bit stronger
Experience slips away…

I turn my face to the sun
Close my eyes,
Let my defences down —
All those wounds
That I can’t get unwound

I let my past go too fast
No time to pause —
If I could slow it all down
Like some captain,
Whose ship runs aground —
I can wait until the tide
Comes around

Make each impression
A little bit stronger
Freeze this motion
A little bit longer
The innocence slips away…

Summer’s going fast–
Nights growing colder
Children growing up —
old friends growing older
Experience slips away…


  1. This is a wonderful message. I often wish to freeze the time so my kid doesn’t grow up too fast.
    I’ve never liked looking back too much although we’re more prone to doing it as we grow older. Looking back in anger though can be quite detrimental. If we’re stuck in our past, there’s no present and no future. Nor can the life we’re leading be called life.

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  2. Exactly. I have found myself focusing on certain moments and willing them to imprint as hard as possible. I have never been one to dwell too long on the past, and I am close to some that struggle to live outside it. I can tell you for certain it creates a degree of pain. Unfortunately those that suffer with PTSD do not have the luxury of not reliving the past.

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