Rush Reboot – Circumstances (1978)

The Rush album called Hemispheres is a unique one for me for a number of reasons. One in particular is that it was the very first Rush album I bought when it was released. It was a very special moment. A landmark moment for me. This album was the end of an era for the band. This would be the last “concept album” for them until their latest album called Clockwork Angels. Hemispheres would also mark an end to a certain heaviness of the band’s writing. While I would love to (and might one day) feature Side 1 of this album for the story, it is over 18 minutes long. Instead, I will present to you a song Neil wrote about his time in London before joining Rush. Here is Circumstances.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

A boy alone, and so far from home
Endless rooftops from my window
I felt the gloom of empty rooms
On rainy afternoons.

Sometimes in confusion
I felt so lost and disillusioned
Innocence gave me confidence
To go up against reality

All the same
We take our chances,
Laughed at by Time,
Tricked by circumstances
Plus ça change,
Plus c’est la même chose,
The more that things change
The more they stay the same

Now I’ve gained some understanding
Of the only world that we see
Things that I once dreamed of
Have become reality

These walls that still surround me
Still contain the same old me
Just one more who’s searching for
The world that ought to be


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