Rush’s Tom Sawyer: Epic Musically and Lyrically

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My recent re-blog about Rush’s song, “Trees” inspired me to re-read the lyrics to “Tom Sawyer”. And, they are epic.

So, here ya go. And please feel free to air-drum as you read them.

A modern day warrior

Mean, mean stride
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride

Though his mind is not for rent
Don’t put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events
The river

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies
Are wide

Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you

No, his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren’t permanent
But change is

And what you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witless, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide

Exit the warrior, today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the energy you trade
He gets right on to the friction of the day

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