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  1. mensch

    “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”

    Oh, and Rush is awesome.

  2. Greg Mallek

    Could not agree with you more that Rush is awesome; don’t forget the older stuff, though! Here are two examples, although there are many more.

    Fountain of Lamneth: “Many journeys end here, but the secret’s told the same: life is just a candle and a dream must give it flame.”

    Something for Nothing: “In your head is the answer / let it guide you along; / Let your heart be the anchor / And the beat of your song.”

  3. avishp

    Great stuff Greg. Lyrically I gravitate to some of the newer stuff (newer as in post 1980), but there is great stuff all around. I’ll have to revisit the earlier albums now. I’m sure they’ll be a “Great Motivational Lines from Rush Songs” Part 2. And Part 3. And Part 4. And so on, and so on…

  4. I’ll start the post #2…

    “Someone set a bad example, made surrender seem alright. The act of a noble warrior, who lost the will to fight.” –The Pass

    I can’t argue with any of your choices, in fact I have to applaud your restraint. I think if I wrote this blog post it would still be going, and going… too many GREAT lyrics, not enough time.

  5. Jasmine

    OH man, Rush is the most awesome band there is. I agree with Mr.Heller, Rush has way to many great lyrics to be able to post. Rush needs their website to have a “Motivational Rush Lyric of the Day” section.

    If the future’s looking dark, we’re the ones who have to shine. If there’s no one in control, we’re the ones to draw the line. Though we live in trying times, we’re the ones who have to try. Though we know that time has wings we’re the ones who have to fly.

  6. avishp

    I think a “Rush motivational lyric of the day” would be awesome! Maybe I’ll come up with it…

    I love the Everyday Glory lyric you posted – I have been re-listening to that song a lot recently, and the lyrics are excellent. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. D

    coiled for the spring or caught like a creature in the headlights
    into a desperate panic or a tempest of blind fury
    like a cornered beast or a conquering hero

    Rush|Freeze (pt.4 of Fear)

  9. Jeff

    “Some are born to move the world
    To live their fantasies
    But most of us just dream about
    The things we’d like to be
    Sadder still to watch it die
    Than never to have known it
    For you, the blind who once could see
    The bell tolls for thee…”

    Oh so true!

  10. Avish

    Thanks Jeff! I love this song and quote too!

  11. Tom

    This one changed my life:

    The Enemy Within

    “To you, is it movement or is it action?
    Is it contact or just reaction
    And you, revolution or just resistance?
    Is it living or just existence?
    Yeah you! It takes a little more persistence
    To get up and go the distance”

    Thanks Geddy, Alex and Neil, you guys helped a young fella find true North.

  12. Avish

    Thanks Tom – I love the lyrics from The Enemy Within – especially “is it living or just existence?” and “I’m not giving in to security under pressure, I’m not missing out on the promise of adventure, I’m not giving up on impossible dreams, experience to extremes”

  13. pc

    my gf gave me an ipad with this inscribed in the back “courageous convictions will drag a dream into existence”. and she calls Rush “noise for nerds”. yet, she gets it.

  14. Avish

    That’s great! My wife kept an open mind when I introduced her to Rush, and now she’s a fan. Now a huge one, mind you, but she likes the music, we listen to some Rush in the car on long car drives. and she came with me to a concert 🙂

    That’s a great quote – I can’ say I was familiar with it before, so thanks!

  15. EvenNewerRushStuff

    Well, maybe the lyrics to “The Garden,” off Clockwork Angels, are not at first take “motivational”, they remind us of the rigorous nature of identifying and tending to our priorities in life. Actions: nurture, protect Results: love, respect. “It’s a measure of a life.”

  16. Avish

    Thanks for the comment – love Clockwork Angels and the Garden. The original post was written before it came out though 🙂

    I think the Garden is pretty motivational actually. Not in that “pump you up way,” but in the way that makes you reflect and think, and potentially act in a different way.

    “Wish them Well” is another one off that album with a great message…


  17. Tony D

    Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand. Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand.

    Rush, Witch Hunt

  18. me

    i cant SWEAR to it, but i am more than 99.9% certain that the lyrics below are off by a word
    on the fifth line, i believe the correct lyric is NOT
    “flight” but that it is actually “Plight” as in like meaning internal mental or emotional turmoil, angst or distress

    “Some will sell their dreams for small desires
    Or lose the race to rats
    Get caught in ticking traps
    And start to dream of somewhere
    To relax their restless flight
    Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights…”

  19. Avish

    Wow, I believe you are 100% correct – great catch!

    (in my defense, when I wrote this post I think I cut and paste the lyrics from some website to save myself some typing…)

    Thanks for the correction!

  20. Sai

    Huge fan of Rush here ^_^
    Here are some of my favorite parts from ‘Anthem’ by Rush –

    Know your place in life is where you want to be
    Don’t let them tell you that you owe it all to me
    Keep on looking forward…no use in looking ’round
    Hold your head above the ground and they won’t bring you down

    Begging hands and bleeding hearts will only cry out for more.

  21. Avish

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting – always nice to connect with another Rush fan! Thanks for sharing – it’s been awhile since I thought about Anthem!

  22. Gilbert

    Too many wonderful words
    These are from Time stand still

    Like some pilgrim
    Who learns to transcend
    Learns to live as if each step was the end

  23. Avish

    Awesome! We played “Time Stand Still” as the song my wife and I walked out to after the ceremony at our wedding. Great song, great lyrics!

  24. Sharon

    …..we are secrets to each other…each one’s life a novel no one else has read…just between us…(“entre nous” / Perm Waves)….

    That’s my fave…

    Love the boys!

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  26. Mike

    “…living in their pools, they soon forget about the Sea…” – Natural Science

  27. Michael

    When I got married (xxx) years ago I played Madrigal for my wife

    “When the dragons grow too mighty
    to slay with pen or sword
    I grow weary of the battle
    And the storm I walk toward

    When all around is madness
    And there’s no safe port in view
    I long to turn my path homeward
    and stop awhile with you.”

    Every time I hear this song now, I fall in love with her all over again.

  28. Bruce L.

    This is the one that comes back to me the most. (And it’s ironic because I am a drummer who was in a Rush cover band for 13 years and this is one of the few songs with no percussion when it was performed live.. and I actually prefer the live version by far.)

    “I can learn to resist
    Anything but frustration
    I can learn to persist
    With anything but aiming low
    I can learn to close my eyes
    To anything but injustice
    I can learn to get along
    With all the things I don’t know.”

    I am 62 and Mr. Peart changed the course of my life when I was in high school and I am forever grateful that he has continued to be a fixture in my life for over 40 years.
    Thank you for this page.

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