Song Lyric Sunday 12/17/17 – pretending

This week for Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt she choose the word pretending. What a better example of pretending then when we are young adolescents in our courting rituals. This is one of my all-time favorites. I love the way the lyrics lay out the courting rituals of youth, and how we lie to ourselves throughout the process in addition to how this lying is carried over into adult life. It is also one of Neil’s most rhythmic writes. I give you War Paint from the album Presto.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

girl before the mirror
appraises her disguise
child become a mother
tries to fix her eyes
no more of his excuses
it has to be today
she can keep her fantasy
if she can get away

paint her name on a one-way street
painted cheeks with angry heat
wounded pride on painted eyes
paint the night with battlecries

all puffed up with vanity
we see what we want to see
to the beautiful and the wise
the mirror always lies

boy before the mirror
checks his camoflauge
polishes his armor
and the charger in the garage
no more lame excuses
it has to be tonight
he can take the princess
if he can take the fight

pound the drums with martial beat
pound the streets with marching feet
wounded pride, distorted eyes
paint the night with battlecries

all puffed up with vanity
we see what we want to see
to the powerful and the wise
the mirror always lies

boys and girls together
mistake conceit for pride
– ambition for illusion
– dreams for self-delusion
girls and boys together
see what it is we lack
boys and girls together
let’s paint the mirror black
paint it black

13 comments

  1. Very good song. It’s true when we’re young we are trying to find out who we are, so we pretend at being this way or that, until we find out we should just be ourselves. Paint the mirror black is good advice. 🙂

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