Rush Reboot – Natural Science (1980)

I apologize for missing last week’s reboot. It was a very, very difficult week in many ways for the Wulf. Nietzsche, right? Oh yeah I forgot….fuck philosophy. So back to the Toronto Trio.

Rush as often been called “The Thinking Man’s Metal Band”, and no other song quite showcases the reason why like this one. This week’s selection is one that’s sure to please a few of you. I believe our DesertCurmudgeon really likes this one, and I am fairly confident the lyrical structure is going to blow some of the poets a way. This is another of their longer songs and one of Neil’s masterpieces. It also showcases the band’s musicianship with time signature changes and a complex weaving of virtuosity. I give you Natural Science from the album Permanent Waves.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

I. Tide Pools
When the ebbing tide retreats
Along the rocky shoreline
It leaves a trail of tidal pools
In a short-lived galaxy
Each microcosmic planet
A complete society

A simple kind mirror
To reflect upon our own
All the busy little creatures
Chasing out their destinies
Living in their pools
They soon forget about the sea…

Wheels within wheels
In a spiral array
A pattern so grand
And complex
Time after time
We lose sight of the way
Our causes can’t see
Their effects

II. Hyperspace
A quantum leap forward
In time and in space
The universe learned to expand

The mess and the magic
Triumphant and tragic
A mechanized world, out of hand

Computerized clinic
For superior cynics
Who dance to a synthetic band

In their own image
Their world is fashioned –
No wonder they don’t understand

Wheels within wheels
In a spiral array
A pattern so grand
And complex
Time after time
We lose sight of the way
Our causes can’t see
Their effects

III. Permanent Waves
Science, like Nature
Must also be tamed
With a view towards its preservation
Given the same
State of integrity
It will surely serve us well

Art as expression –
Not as market campaigns
Will still capture our imaginations
Given the same
State of integrity
It will surely help us along

The most endangered species –
The honest man
Will still survive annihilation
Forming a world –
State of integrity
Sensitive, open and strong.

Wave after wave
Will flow with the tide
And bury the world as it does
Tide after tide
Will flow and recede
Leaving life to go on
As it was…

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