Rush Reboot – Twilight Zone (1976)

This week marks a return to my (mostly) Wednesday feature presenting Rush songs and lyrics for you. I am going back the band’s landmark album 2112. This week, I feature an interesting song that was the band’s first single from the album.

From Wikipedia:

It is based on two episodes of The Twilight Zone: “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” (first verse) and “Stopover in a Quiet Town” (second verse).[1] Rush had dedicated their previous album, Caress of Steel, to the memory of The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.[2]

The creators of the Marvel comic book series Defenders dedicated its 45th issue to Rush. In that issue, a character named Red Rajah says that “Truth is false and logic lost, consult the Rajah at all cost.”[3]

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

A pleasant faced man steps up to greet you
He smiles and says he’s pleased to meet you
Beneath his hat the strangeness lies
Take it off, he’s got three eyes
Truth is false and logic lost
Now the fourth dimension is crossed

You have entered the Twilight Zone
Beyond this world strange things are known
Use the key, unlock the door
See what your fate might have in store
Come explore your dreams’ creation
Enter this world of imagination

Wake up lost in an empty town
Wondering why no one else is around
Look up to see a giant boy
You’ve just become his brand new toy
No escape, no place to hide
Here where Time and Space collide


  1. It probably doesn’t surprise you that I’ve never heard this song (I like it!), or that I DO remember the Red Rajah and that issue of the Defenders. Keith Giffen was the artist, I believe, and the Red Rajah was really Doctor Strange possessed by a ruby crystal (the name of which I forget …). Steve Gerber may have still been the writer of that issue, or it may have been right after he left.

    I’ll look all that up in a bit and see if I got it right. Great choice!

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    1. You are right…neither of those surprise me.

      I had no idea any comic book ever referenced a line from Rush, so that was a learning moment for me when I researched the song. I only knew about the TV show reference and their fondness for Rod Serling. So it was a great thing for me to find something new as well.

      I really wanted light for this week’s selection, so I am glad I went with this one.

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      1. I was right about Doctor Strange and Keith Giffen. It was Gerry Conway on the writing, not Gerber. It was my favorite run of the Defenders, ever, during that Giffen era. #50 is a great showdown between the Defenders and the Zodiac, in which Nick Fury’s brother, Jake (Scorpio), ends the story in a poignant suicide.

        Comics in the 70s had great social relevance, at times. Loved that stuff. 🙂

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