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RIP Neil Peart

Postby dbone » Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:35 am

RIP Neil Peart. Your contribution and dedication to your art and instrument have been a wonderful inspiration to me over the years. Thank you!

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from azlyrics


Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage

Cast in this unlikely role
Ill-equipped to act
With insufficient tact
One must put up barriers
To keep oneself intact

Living in the limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme

Living in a fish eye lens
Caught in the camera eye
I have no heart to lie
I can't pretend a stranger
Is a long-awaited friend

All the world's indeed a stage
And we are merely players
Performers and portrayers
Each another's audience
Outside the gilded cage

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In "Limelight", lyricist Neil Peart comments on the band's commercial success and the fame and its demands that come with rock star status. According to guitarist Alex Lifeson, the song "is about being under the microscopic scrutiny and the need for privacy—trying to separate the two and not always being successful at it".[2] Bassist Geddy Lee describes the motivation for "Limelight" in a 1988 interview:

Limelight was probably more of Neil's song than a lot of the songs on that album in the sense that his feelings about being in the limelight and his difficulty with coming to grips with fame and autograph seekers and a sudden lack of privacy and sudden demands on his time ... he was having a very difficult time dealing with.

I mean we all were, but I think he was having the most difficulty of the three of us adjusting; in the sense that I think he's more sensitive to more things than Alex [Lifeson] and I are, it's difficult for him to deal with those interruptions on his personal space and his desire to be alone. Being very much a person who needs that solitude, to have someone coming up to you constantly and asking for your autograph is a major interruption in your own little world.[3]
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Re: RIP Neil Peart

Postby gumbynotpokey » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:36 am

Spent starting about 1980 until 83 driving myself to HS every day, listening to Rush compilation cassette tapes I made on my bedroom record player/tape deck. Roll the windows down and sing at the top of your lungs! What songs. What lyrics. Wow.

Later in life I was able to take my youngest to see them live - my very first time ever seeing them. It was the Time Machine tour. Wow on so many level, including just the name of the tour. The second and final time I saw them was with both my oldest and youngest on the R-40 tour. Believe it or not but I forced myself and my youngest to pick ONE song of their whole catalog we would wish to hear during our R-40 show. The night we heard them they played BOTH of those two picks.

Anyway, it's impossible for a guy of my generation to say what this band was and still is for me as life rolls along.

And Neil? Beyond words - pun intended.

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Re: RIP Neil Peart

Postby ElfDude » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:16 am

Been going to Rush concerts since 1979. Rush and Yes have always been my two favorite bands. Neil was also one of my favorite authors.

I'm having a hard time getting my head around this.
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Re: RIP Neil Peart

Postby Anitoli » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:52 am

Awful loss. Cancer is evil.

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Re: RIP Neil Peart

Postby wickid » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:16 am

RIP - He's resting in a Subdivision in the sky.
The things I read about his ordeals, and the lyric contributions to RUSH astounded me.
Among many others, I loved the song Time Stands Still (not a huge radio hit). The lyrics were
very poignant to me.
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Re: RIP Neil Peart

Postby GuitFiddle » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:52 am

RIP buddy :(

As long as we're posting our favorite Peart lyrics, here's probably mine:

"The Trees"

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream 'Oppression!'
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
'The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light'
Now there's no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw

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