Rush Reboot – How It Is (2002)

This week’s Rush Reboot brings you closer to the present. I am returning to the first album the band released after Neil’s self-imposed exile and possible retirement due to dual tragedies of the deaths of his daughter (auto accident) and wife (cancer six months later). I believe this is one of the songs that reflects how Neil felt during the years that followed those tragedies.

There is something unique about the composition of this one to me. The shift in rhythms played against the subject matter seems to lends itself to the difference between how something is and how it should be. I’ll leave any more speculating to you the reader.

Here, from the album Vapor Trails is the song How It Is.

 

 

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

Here’s a little trap
That sometimes catches everyone
When today’s as far as we can see
Faith in bright tomorrows
giving way to resignation
That’s how it is – how it’s going to be

It’s such a cloudy day
Seems we’ll never see the sun
Or feel the day has possibilities
Frozen in the moment –
the lack of imagination
Between how it is and how it ought to be

Here’s a little trap
That sometimes trips up everyone
When we tire of our own company
Sometimes we’re the last to see beyond the day’s frustrations
That’s how it is – how it’s going to be

It’s such a cloudy day
Seems we’ll never see the sun
I feel the day is all uncertainty
Burning in the moment – trapped by the desperation
Between how it is and how it ought to be

Foot upon the stair
Shoulder to the wheel
You can’t tell yourself not to care
You can’t tell yourself how to feel

That’s how it is

Another cloudy day


Featured image taken by me when the sky was half rain and half sun breaking through.

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