Rush Reboot – Prime Mover (1987)


This week’s Reboot is coming early. I credit the inspiration for it to Bojana, because of a comment she made in this post by Susan Richardson.

Neil does another amazing job of playing with phrases on this song. There has been much debate in Rush fandom about this one’s meaning. I have always felt that it is about being part of this grand experiment called life. About the possibilities. I’ll leave it to you to find your own meaning.

The point of the journey is not to arrive…anything can happen.  n peart

I give you the song Prime Mover from the album Hold Your Fire.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

Basic elemental
Instinct to survive
Stirs the higher passions
Thrill to be alive

Alternating currents
In a tidewater surge
Rational resistance
To an unwise urge
anything can happen

From the point of conception
To the moment of Truth
At the point of surrender
To the burden of proof

From the point of ignition
To the final drive
The point of the journey
Is not to arrive
anything can happen

Basic temperamental
Filters on our eyes
Alter our perceptions
Lenses polarize

Alternating currents
Force a show of hands
Rational responses
Force a change of plans
anything can happen

From a point on the compass
To magnetic north
The point of the needle
Moving back and forth

From the point of entry —
Until the candle is burned
The point of departure —
Is not to return
anything can happen

I set the wheels in motion
turn up all the machines
activate the programs
and run behind the scene

I set the clouds in motion
turn up light and sound
activate the window
and watch the world go ’round —

anything can happen


    1. Translation: “I woke up this morning with the most amazing song continuing to play over and over as it helped me greet the day. I thank you for this.”

      You are SOOOO welcome. 😎
      You are very welcome.

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