Unicorns and Lollipops

I didn’t want to post this as a Reboot, since it is more a statement than a study of the band. (We’ll get back that part.) I think the world need’s a reality bath. Things are fucked up. People are fucked up. What’s so wrong about saying that? Even healers have bad days. While that’s true, this isn’t a statement about me. It’s a statement for everyone out there who really wants to go to whatever social media platform they like to use to post how great their fucking lives are and tell the truth. Problem is, who wants to hear the fucking truth? If you are having a great day, do you REALLY want to hear about the shit someone else is going through? If you are having a shitty day, does it help you to know that someone else is as well? Probably not as it takes focus away from your shitty day.

I am sorry the world isn’t all unicorns and lollipops is an expression I have taken to use as of late when someone doesn’t like hearing the ugly truth. People are going through hell right now. Some people are going through a lot of hell. I know some of them. YOU know some of them. You know what? They have a right to not put on their bravest face. So this is for you (you know who you are) and anyone else that wants the right to say it isn’t all unicorns and lollipops. There is more to people than you see on the surface. Try and look past what you see, because you may very well just be seeing the brave face they are wearing instead of the real one.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

Though we might have precious little
It’s still precious

I like that song
About this wonderful world
It’s got a sunny point of view
And sometimes I feel it’s true
At least for a few of us

I like that world
It makes a wonderful song
But there’s a darker point of view
That’s sadly just as true
For so many among us

In the sweetest child there’s a vicious streak
In the strongest man there’s a child so weak
In the whole wide world there’s no magic place
So you might as well rise, put on your bravest face

I like that show
Where they solve all the murders
That heroic point of view
It’s got justice and vengeance too
At least, so the story goes

I like that story –
Makes a satisfying case
But there’s a messy point of view
That’s sadly just as true
For so many among us

In the softest voice there’s an acid tongue
In the oldest eyes there’s a soul so young
In the shakiest will there’s a core of steel
On the smoothest ride there’s a squeaky wheel

Though we might have precious little
It’s still precious


  1. This is an incredible post and so timely. The truth may in fact be ugly, but it’s the fucking truth. You used a fantastic song choice with perfect lyrics. I hadn’t heard it before and love it. As a drummer I’m aware of Neil Peart’s drum skills, but never realized he was such an awesome poet/lyricist. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Walt. He is an amazing writer. He has penned a few books and written the lyrics to most every Rush song. And yes, he is one of the most talented drummers ever.

      There’s a wonderful story about how and why he decided to study with Freddie Gruber. The band released an album after that, and he changed his grip to reverse from match just for that album. There is a difference in the rhythmic structure for sure.

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  2. “Every silver lining’s got a touch of grey.”

    I like how my choice of reading your archives by category keeps sending me back and forth in time, studying different levels of Brande. This rant is one for the ages. Were you an angry Wulf on 12-9-17?!

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