Rush Reboot – Chemistry (1981)

I know this is a day late, but I believe it is worth the wait. This is a wonderful example of minimal lyric writing at its best. Please note that Neil is not the ONLY one credited for the lyrics on this song. This is the last song ever credited lyrically to include Alex and Geddy. The way they weave the actual with the romantic chemistry is wonderful. Without further ado, I give you Chemistry from the Permanent Waves album.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Geddy LeeAlex Lifeson and Neil Peart

Signals transmitted
Message received
Reaction making impact —

Elemental telepathy
Exchange of energy
Reaction making contact —

Eye to I
Reaction burning hotter
Two to one
Reflection on the water
H to O
No flow without the other
Oh but how
Do they make contact
With one another?

Electricity? Biology?
Seems to me it’s Chemistry

Emotion transmitted
Emotion received
Music in the abstract —

Elemental empathy
A change of synergy
Music making contact —

One, two, three —
Add without subtraction
Sound on sound
Multiplied reaction
H to O
No flow without the other
Oh but how
Do we make contact
With one another?


            1. I think you are more than making up for it. And they were always considered a “Cult” band due to the lack of mainstream media attention while still having a rabid fan base and only the beatles and stones have more consecutive gold and platinum studio album sales than rush.

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                1. Aye…unique in the industry said by so many…now you really want to watch some fun…watch their HoF Induction to see Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters introduce them, then watch the band’s speeches.

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