Rush Reboot – Different Strings (1980)

I believe this week’s selection for my Rush Reboot will be both a last and a first. This week’s song is the last one to be chosen from an album, thus making it the first album where I have presented all songs. This is one of those rare songs that showcases the softer side of the band, a side that does not lose any of their amazing craftsmanship. Please note that the lyrics for this one were written solely by Geddy Lee.

For this song, I am going to leave the rest to your ears, minds, and hearts. Here is Different Strings from the album Permanent Waves.


Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Geddy Lee

Who’s come to slay the dragon –
Come to watch him fall?
Making arrows out of pointed words
Giant killers at the call
Too much fuss and bother
Too much contradiction
And confusion
Peel away the mystery
Here’s a clue to some real motivation

All there really is
The two of us
And we both know why we’ve come along
Nothing to explain
It’s a part of us
To be found within a song

What happened to our innocence –
Did it go out of style?
Along with our naivet̩ Р(sic)
No longer a child
Different eyes see different things
Different hearts
Beat on different strings
But there are times
For you and me
When all such things agree


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