Rush

2112

Rush

Clockwork Angels Tour


"I lie awake,
staring out at the bleakness of megadon
City and sky become one,
merging into a single plane
A vast sea of unbroken grey
The twin moons, just two pale orbs
As they trace their way across
the steely sky
I used to think I had a pretty good life here,
just plugging
Into my machine for the day
Then watching templevision
or reading atemple paper in the evening

My friend jon always said
it was nicer here
than under the Atmospheric domes
of the outer planets
We have had peace since 2062,
when the surviving planets
Were banded together
Under the red star of the solar federation
The less fortunate gave us a few new moons
I believed what I was told
I thought it was a good life,
I thought I was happy
Then I found something that changed it all..."

I. Overture

And the meek shall inherit the earth

Ii. Temples of Syrinx

"The massive grey walls of the temples
Rise from the heart of every federation city
I have always been awed by them
To think that every single facet of Every life
is regulated and directed from within!
Our books, our music
Our work and play are all looked after
By the benevolent wisdom of the priests..."

We've taken care of everything
The words you hear, the songs you sing
The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes
It's one for all and all for one
We work together, common sons
Never need to wonder how or why

We are the priests of the temples of syrinx
Our great computers
fill the hallowed halls
We are the priests, of the temples of syrinx
All the gifts of life
are held within our walls

Look around at this world we've made
Equality our stock in trade
Come and join the brotherhood of man
Oh, what a nice, contented world
Let the banners be unfurled
Hold the red star proudly high in hand

We are the priests of the temples of syrinx
Our great computers
fill the hallowed halls
We are the priests, of the temples of syrinx
All the gifts of life
are held within our walls

Ii. discovery

"Behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room
That was hidden beneath the cave, I found it
I brushed away the dust of the years, and picked it up
Holding it reverently in my hands
I had no idea what it might be
But it was beautiful..."

"I learned to lay my fingers across the wires
And to turn the keys
To make them sound differently
As I struck the wires with my other hand
I produced my first Harmonious sounds
and soon my own music!
How different it could be
from the music of the temples!
I can't wait to tell the priests about it!"

What can this strange device be?
When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
It's got wires that vibrate and give music
What can this thing be that I found?

See how it sings like a sad heart
And joyously screams out its pain
Sounds that build high like a mountain
Or notes that fall gently like rain

I can't wait to share this new wonder
The people will all see its light
Let them all make their own music
The priests praise my name on this night

Iv. Presentation

"in the sudden silence as I finished playing
I looked up to a circle of grim, expressionless faces
Father brown rose to his feet, and his somnolent voice
Echoed throughout the silent temple hall"

"instead of the grateful joy that I expected
They were words of quiet rejection!
Instead of praise, sullen dismissal
I watched in shock and horror as father brown
Ground my precious instrument to splinters beneath his feet"

I know it's most unusual
To come before you so
But I've found an ancient miracle
I thought that you should know
Listen to my music
And hear what it can do
There's something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

Yes, we know, it's nothing new
It's just a waste of time
We have no need for ancient ways
The world is doing fine
Another toy will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn't fit the plan

I can't believe you're saying
These things just can't be true
Our world could use this beauty
Just think what we might do

Listen to my music
And hear what it can do
There's something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

Don't annoy us further!
We have our work to do
Just think about the average
What use have they for you?

Another toy will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn't fit the plan!

V. oracle: the dream

"I guess it was a dream
But even now it all seems so vivid to me
Clearly yet I see the beckoning Hand of the oracle
as he stood At the summit of the staircase"

"I see still the incredible beauty of the sculptured cities
And the Pure spirit of man revealed
In the lives and works of this world
I was overwhelmed by both wonder and understanding
As I saw a completely different way to life
A way that had been Crushed by the federation long ago

I saw now how meaningless life Had become
with the loss of all these things..."

I wandered home though the silent streets
And fell into a fitful sleep
Escape to realms beyond the night
Dream can't you show me the light?

I stand atop a spiral stair
An oracle confronts me there
He leads me on light years away
Through astral nights, galactic days
I see the works of gifted hands
That grace this strange and wondrous land
I see the hand of man arise
With hungry mind and open eyes

They left the planet long ago
The elder race still learn and grow
Their power grows with purpose strong
To claim the home where they belong
Home to tear the temples down
Home to change!

Vi. Soliloquy

"I have not left this cave for days now
It has become my last refuge in my total despair
I have only the music of the waterfall
to comfort me now
I can no longer live under the control of the federation
But there is no other place to go
my last hope is that with My death
I may pass into the world of my dream
And know peace at last."

The sleep is still in my eyes
The dream is still in my head
I heave a sigh and sadly smile
And lie a while in bed
I wish that it might come to pass
Not fade like all my dreams

Just think of what my life might be
In a world like I have seen!
I don't think I can carry on
Carry on this cold and empty life

My spirits are low in the depths of despair
My lifeblood
Spills over

Vii. The grand finale

Attention all planets of the solar federation
Attention all planets of the solar federation
Attention all planets of the solar federation
We have assumed control
We have assumed control
We have assumed control

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