Song Lyric Sunday (7/1/18) – Games

Helen’s prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is the word games. I am taking the easy road with this one. Going to my band of bands, I am selecting the title track from Rush’s 1991 album called Roll The Bones.

This was an interesting song in that Neil dabbled with a little bit of rap in this song. Feel free to decide for yourselves if you believe chance is just that…chance. I am going to include a second video showing the celebrity “rappers” that appeared on the screen over the band for the (probably) farewell tour. You can see it after the lyrics at the bottom.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

Well, you can stake that claim —
Good work is the key to good fortune
Winners take that praise
Losers seldom take that blame
If they don’t take that game
And sometimes the winner takes nothing
We draw our own designs
But fortune has to make that frame

We go out in the world and take our chances
Fate is just the weight of circumstances
That’s the way that lady luck dances
Roll the bones

Why are we here?
Because we’re here.
Roll the bones
Why does it happen?
Because it happens.
Roll the bones

Faith is cold as ice —
Why are little ones born only to suffer
For the want of immunity
Or a bowl of rice?
Well, who would hold a price
On the heads of the innocent children
If there’s some immortal power
To control the dice?

We come into the world and take our chances
Fate is just the weight of circumstances
That’s the way that lady luck dances
Roll the bones..

Jack — relax.
Get busy with the facts.
No zodiacs or almanacs,
No maniacs in polyester slacks.
Just the facts.
Gonna kick some gluteus max.
It’s a parallax — you dig?
You move around
The small gets big. It’s a rig
It’s action — reaction —
Random interaction.
So who’s afraid
Of a little abstraction?
Can’t get no satisfaction
From the facts?
You better run, homeboy —
A fact’s a fact
From Nome to Rome, boy.

What’s the deal? Spin the wheel.
If the dice are hot — take a shot.
Play your cards. Show us what you got —
What you’re holding.
If the cards are cold,
Don’t go folding.
Lady Luck is golden;
She favors the bold. That’s cold
Stop throwing stones —
The night has a thousand saxophones.
So get out there and rock,
And roll the bones.
Get busy!


  1. I’d never heard of this band until a friend mentioned them recently. It’s a little alarming to think that a band can be so huge – I mean look at the size of their audience – and have completely escaped my notice!!

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