Rush Reboot – Scars (1989)

For this week’s Reboot, I am returning to the 1989 album Presto. This is a very interesting album in that it was their first album released by Atlantic Records. The band also used a different producer, Rupert Hine, who had produced albums for Saga (I’ll tell you about them in a different post), The Fixx, Howard Jones, , and Bob Geldoff.

From Rush.com:

One strange quirk at the time was the fact that the first side of Presto was much longer than the second, forcing Rush to instruct fans to play the A side much louder to compensate for sound loss.

To me, this song speaks about those who see and feel, and the marks they leave behind. I was reminded of a quote that Brooke Breazeale posted in a 3-Day quote challenge I gave her. This quote helped prompt my selection.

“I understand now that I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, “For the same reason I laugh so often- because I’m paying attention.”     ~ Glennon Doyle 

I give you the song Scars from the album Presto.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

I’ve stood upon my mountaintop
and shouted at the sky
walked above the pavement
with my senses amplified 
– I get this feeling

all my nerves are naked wires
tender to the touch
sometimes super-sensitive
but who can care too much? 
– I get this feeling


Scars of pleasure
Scars of pain
Atmospheric changes
Make them sensitive again

each emotional injury
leaves behind its mark
sometimes they come tumbling out
like shadows in the dark 
– I get this feeling

when I think about all I have seen
and all I’ll never see
when I think about the people
who have opened up to me 
– I get this feeling

snow falls deep around my house
and holds the winter light
I’ve heard the lions hunting
in the Serengeti night 
– I get this feeling

forests turned to factories
and river, sea, and sky
hungry child in the desert
and the flies that cloud her eyes 
– I get this feeling


Pleasure leaves a fingerprint
As surely as mortal pain
In memories they resonate
And echo back again

8 comments

  1. “I understand now that I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, “For the same reason I laugh so often- because I’m paying attention.” ~ Glennon Doyle , I love this it is profound for me. Thanks for sharing.

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