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Counterparts
Released: October 19th, 1993
Certified Gold by RIAA: December 7, 1993
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 2
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Liner Notes

Geddy Lee - Bass guitar, vocals, synthesizers
Alex Lifeson - Electric and acoustic guitars
Neil Peart - Drums, cymbals, electronic percussion

Produced By Peter Collins and RUSH
Recorded by Kevin (Caveman) Shirley
April - June, 1993, at Le Studio, Morin Heights, assisted by Simon Pressey
McClear Pathé, Toronto, assisted by Bill Hermans
Mixed by Micheal Letho
Assisted by Simon Pressey and Brett Zilahi
Arrangements by RUSH and Peter Collins

Additional keyboards by John Webster
Orchestration on "Nobody's Hero" arranged and conducted by Michael Kamen
Preproduction at Chalet Studio by Lerxst Sound, assisted by Everett Ravestein
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Studios, Potland, Maine
Management by Ray Danniels, SRO Management Inc., Toronto
Executive Production by Anthem Entertainment: Liam Birt and Pegi Cecconi

Art Direction and Design by Hugh Syme
Photography by Andrew MacNaughtan
The Three Stooges(R) & © 1993 Norman Maurer Productions, Inc., L.A., CA
Primate provided by Monkey Business, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Tour Manager and President: Liam Birt
Production Manager: Nick Kotos
Stage Manager: Skip Gildersleeve
Concert Sound Engineer: Robert Scovill
Lighting Director: Shawn Richardson
Stage Left Tech: Jimmy Joe Rhodes
Center Stage Tech: Larry Allen
Stage Right Tech: Jim Johnson
Keyboard Tech: Tony Geranios
Monitor Engineer: Bill Chrysler
Personal Assistant and Tour Photographer: Andrew MacNaughtan
Concert Sound by Electrotec: Ted Leamy, Larry (Kahuna) Vodopivec, Marc Tooch, David (H.B.) Stogner
Lighting by See Factor: Larry Hovick, Mike Frantz, Donny Lodico, JIm Floyd, Marty Capiraso, Mario Corsi, Simon Honner, Jack Funk, designed by Howard Ungerleider and Shawn Richardson
Vari-lites: Steve Owens, Stewart Felix, Kevin (Stick) Bye
Projectionist: Bob Montgomery
Concert Rigging by IMC: Billy Collins, Mike McDonald, Marc Renault, Simmaryin (Speed) Love
Laser by Laserlite FX: Charles Passarelli, John Popowycz
Carpenters: Elmer (Moe) Haggadone, George Steinert, Sal Marinello
Drivers: Tom (Witey) Whittaker, Arthur (Mac) MacLear, Tom Hartman, Stan Whittaker, Ron Sagnip, Danny Shelnut, Jim Dezwarte, Dave Cook, Red McBrine
Tour Merchandise: Mike McLoughlin, Shannon McLoughlin, Pat McLoughlin
Tour Accountants: Liam Birt and John Whitehead (Drysdale and Drysdale)
Booking Agencies: International Creative Management, NYC, The Agency Group, London, The Agency, Toronto

Assistance, inspiration, comic relief, and / or just plain friendly service provided by D.I.Y. Studios, Pooey's Roadhouse, Chucklehead's Comedy Café, Harvard Lampoon, BZ Brokers, Primus-Mr. Big-Eric Johnson (bands and crews), MST-3K, John K., Gamera (is turtle meat), Lesley & Harris, TJB, The Larry Sanders Show, Bryn Smith, Peter Zezel & THE LEAFS!!, Mark Langston & The Angels, 417th TAC Squadron, Ian Duff, midi-Scoozeball, Eat To The Beat caterers, John Forbes, Peter Brockbank, Neal Dibiase, the Claremont Triangle: Koodster, David, Caroline, Pooey--Studio Morin Heights: Judy, Simon, Peter, Francine, Ruth Sylvain--McClear Pathé: Bob, Bill, Jane, Tony, Pam, Suzanne, Nick & M.J., Cavedr'k & Josh--SRO: Ray, Pegi, Sheila, Kim, Kari, Anna, Bob--and our counterweights and counterparts: our families.

We appreciate technical assistance from Jim Burgess and Saved By Technology (or was it Destroyed by?), Wal basses, Paul Reed Smith guitars, Gallien-Krueger, Ludwig drums, Avedis Zildjian cymbals, and -- Ω?

Brought to you buy the letter "?"

In Memory of Pat Lynes and Lee Tenner

© 1993 Atlantic Records © 1993 Anthem Entertainment
Articles
  • Geddy Lee of Rush: 20 Years of Pushing the Envelope - Good Times Entertainment Magazine, November 1993
  • The Godfathers of Cyber-Tech Go Organic - Network Magazine, November 1993
  • Counter Attack - The Guitar Magazine, November 1993
  • Alex Lifeson Reveals "Counterparts" - M.E.A.T. Magazine, December 1993
  • Geddy Lee: Still Going - Bass Player Magazine, December 1993
  • After 20 Years, Rush Gets a Rush Performing - The Daily Herald, December 1993
  • Resurge With Rush - Applause: Frank Erwin Center Magazine, January 1994
  • Rush - A Lesson in Rock - El Paso Times, January 1994
  • Resurge With Rush - Applause - The Entertainment Monthly of the Frank Erwin Center - January 1994
  • "The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts": An Interview with Neil Peart - Canadian Musician Magazine, February 1994
  • Neil Peart: In Search of The Right Feel - Modern Drummer Magazine, February 1993
  • Rush: A New Direction for a New Decade - The Music Paper, February 1994
  • Alex Lifeson's Attitude Adjustment - Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine, February 1994
  • Counterparts (Review) - Goldmine USA Magazine, March 1994
  • Rush Ushered Into the Hall of Fame - The 1993 Juno Awards Program, March 1994
  • Back To The Future - Guitar School Magazine, March 1994
  • Interview: Neil Peart - Freetime Magazine (Rochester) - April 1994
  • Interview with Neil Peart - RAG Magazine, May 1994
  • Back to the Stack: Alex Lifeson Rediscovers the Joy of Crankin' It Up - Guitar Shop Magazine, June 1994

  • Track Listing (click on any track for the lyrics)

    1. Animate (6:03)
    2. Stick It Out (4:30)
    3. Cut To The Chase (4:48)
    4. Nobody's Hero (4:54)
    5. Between Sun And Moon (4:37)
    6. Alien Shore (5:45)
    7. Speed Of Love (5:02)
    8. Double Agent (4:51)
    9. Leave That Thing Alone (4:05)
    10. Cold Fire (4:26)
    11. Everyday Glory (5:11)



    Animate
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    POLARIZE ME
    SENSITIZE ME
    CRITICIZE ME
    CIVILIZE ME

    COMPENSATE ME
    ANIMATE ME
    COMPLICATE ME
    ELEVATE ME

    Goddess in my garden
    Sister in my soul
    Angel in my armor
    Actress in my role

    Daughter of a demon-lover
    Empress of the hidden face
    Priestess of the pagan mother
    Ancient queen of inner space

    Spirit in my psyche
    Double in my role
    Alter in my image
    Struggle for control

    Mistress of the dark unconscious
    Mermaid of the lunar sea
    Daughter of the great enchantress
    Sister to the boy inside of me

    My counterpart -- my foolish heart
    A man must learn to rule his tender part
    A warming trend -- a gentle friend
    A man must build a fortress to defend

    A secret face -- a touch of grace
    A man must learn to give a little space
    A peaceful state -- a submissive trait
    A man must learn to gently dominate



    Stick It Out
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Trust to your instincts
    If it's safely restrained
    Lightning reactions
    Must be carefully trained

    Heat of the moment
    Curse of the young
    Spit out your anger
    Don't swallow your tongue

    STICK IT OUT

    Don't swallow the poison
    SPIT IT OUT
    Don't swallow your pride
    STICK IT OUT
    Don't swallow your anger
    SPIT IT OUT
    Don't swallow the lies

    Natural reflex
    Pendulum swing
    You might be too dizzy
    To do the right thing

    Trial under fire
    Ultimate proof
    Moment of crisis
    Don't swallow the truth

    STICK IT OUT

    Each time we bathe our reactions
    In artificial light
    Each time we alter the focus
    To make the wrong moves seem right

    You get so used to deception
    You make yourself a nervous wreck
    You get so used to surrender
    Running back to cover your neck


    STICK IT OUT


    Cut To The Chase
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    It is the fire that lights itself
    But it burns with a restless flame
    The arrow on a moving target
    The archer must be sure of his aim

    It is the engine that drives itself
    But it chooses the uphill climb
    A bearing on magnetic north
    Growing farther away all the time
    Can't stop -- moving
    Can't stop -- moving
    Can't stop --


    YOU MAY BE RIGHT
    IT'S ALL A WASTE OF TIME
    I GUESS THAT'S JUST A CHANCE
    I'M PREPARED TO TAKE
    A DANGER I'M PREPARED TO FACE
    CUT TO THE CHASE

    It is the rocket that ignites itself
    And launches its way to the stars
    A driver on a busy freeway
    Racing the oblivious cars

    It's the motor of the western world
    Spinning off to every extreme
    Pure as a lover's desire
    Evil as a murderer's dream

    Young enough not to care too much
    About the way things used to be
    I'm young enough to remember the future --
    The past has no claim on me

    I'm old enough not to care too much
    About what you think of me
    But I'm young enough to remember the future
    And the way things ought to be


    WHAT KIND OF DIFFERENCE
    CAN ONE PERSON MAKE?
    CUT TO THE CHASE


    Nobody's Hero
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    I knew he was different, in his sexuality
    I went to his parties, as a straight minority
    It never seemed a threat to my masculinity
    He only introduced me to a wider reality

    As the years went by, we drifted apart
    When I heard that he was gone
    I felt a shadow cross my heart
    But he's nobody's --


    Hero -- saves a drowning child
    Cures a wasting disease
    Hero -- lands the crippled airplane
    Solves great mysteries

    Hero -- not the handsome actor
    Who plays a hero's role
    Hero -- not the glamor girl
    Who'd love to sell her soul
    If anybody's buying

    NOBODY'S HERO

    I didn't know the girl, but I knew her family
    All their lives were shattered
    in a nightmare of brutality
    They try to carry on, try to bear the agony
    Try to hold some faith
    in the goodness of humanity

    As the years went by, we drifted apart
    When I heard that she was gone
    I felt a shadow cross my heart
    But she's nobody's --


    Hero -- the voice of reason
    Against the howling mob
    Hero -- the pride of purpose
    In the unrewarding job

    Hero -- not the champion player
    Who plays the perfect game
    Not the glamor boy
    Who loves to sell his name
    Everybody's buying
    NOBODY'S HERO

    As the years went by, we drifted apart
    When I heard that you were gone
    I felt a shadow cross my heart


    Hero


    Between Sun And Moon
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart and Pye Dubois

    There is a lake between sun and moon
    Not too many know about
    In the silence between whisper and shout
    The space between wonder and doubt

    This is a fine place
    Shining face to face
    Those bonfire lights in the mirror of sky
    The space between wonder and why

    ahh yes to yes to ahh ahh to yes
    why the sun why the sun


    There is a fine line between love and illusion --
    A fine place to penetrate
    The gap between actor and act
    The lens between wishes and fact

    This is a fine place
    To hesitate
    Those bonfire lights in the lake of sky
    The time between wonder and why

    Some need to pray to the sun at high noon
    Some need to howl at the midwinter moon
    Reborn and baptized in a moment of grace
    We just need a break --
    From the headlong race

    ahh yes to yes to ahh ahh to yes
    why the sun why the sun



    Alien Shore
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    You and I, we are strangers by one chromosome
    Slave to the hormone, body and soul
    In a struggle to be happy and free
    Swimming in a primitive sea

    You and I, we must dive below the surface
    A world of red neon, and ultramarine
    Shining bridges on the ocean floor
    Reaching to the alien shore

    For you and me -- Sex is not a competition
    For you and me -- Sex is not a job description
    For you and me -- We agree


    You and I, we are pressed into these solitudes
    Color and culture, language and race
    Just variations on a theme
    Islands in a much larger stream

    For you and me -- Race is not a competition
    For you and me -- Race is not a definition
    For you and me -- We agree


    Reaching for the alien shore


    You and I, we reject these narrow attitudes
    We add to each other, like a coral reef
    Building bridges on the ocean floor
    Reaching for the alien shore

    For you and me -- We hold these truths to be self-evident
    For you and me -- We'd elect each other president
    For you and me -- We might agree
    But that's just us

    Reaching for the alien shore



    Speed Of Love
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Love is born with lightning bolts
    Electro-magnetic force
    Burning skin and fireworks
    A storm on a raging course

    Like a force of nature,
    Love can fade with the stars at dawn
    Sometimes it takes all your strength
    Just to keep holding on
    At the speed of love
    A radiance that travels
    At the speed of love
    My heart goes out to you


    Love is born with solar flares
    From two magnetic poles
    It moves towards a higher plane
    Where two halves make two wholes

    Like a force of nature,
    Love shines in many forms
    One night we are bathed in light
    One day carried away in the storms
    At the speed of love
    Nothing changes faster
    Than the speed of love
    My heart goes out to you


    We don't have to talk
    We don't even have to touch
    I can feel your prescence
    In the silence that we share
    Got to keep moving
    At the speed of love
    Nothing changes faster
    Than the speed of love
    Got to keep on shining
    At the speed of love
    Nothing changes faster
    Than the speed of love
    My heart goes out to you



    Double Agent
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Where would you rather be?
    Anywhere but here
    When will the time be right?
    Anytime but now


    On the edge of sleep,
    I was drifting for half the night
    Anxious and restless,
    pressed down by the darkness
    Bound up and wound up so tight
    So many decisions, a million revisions
    Caught between darkness and light...

    Wilderness of mirrors
    World of polished steel
    Gears and iron chains
    Turn the grinding wheel
    I run between the shadows
    Some are phantoms, some are real

    Where would you rather be?

    Anywhere but here
    When will the time be right?

    Anytime but now
    The doubt and the fear
    I know would all disappear

    Anywhere but here

    On the edge of sleep,
    I heard voices behind the door
    The known and the nameless,
    familiar and faceless
    My angels and my demons at war
    Which one will lose -- depends on what I choose
    Or maybe which voice I ignore...

    Wilderness of mirrors
    Streets of cold desire
    My precious sense of honor
    Just a shield of rusty wire
    I hold against the chaos --
    And the cross of holy fire

    Wilderness of mirrors
    So easy to deceive
    My precious sense of rightness
    Is sometimes so naive
    So that which I imagine
    Is that which I believe

    On the edge of sleep, I awoke to a sun so bright
    Rested and fearless, cheered by your nearness
    I knew which direction was right
    The case had been tried by the jury inside
    The choice between darkness and light...



    Leave That Thing Alone
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

    Instrumental



    Cold Fire
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    It was long after midnight
    When we got to unconditional love
    She said sure, my heart is boundless
    But don't push my limits too far

    I said if love was so transcendant
    I don't understand these boundaries
    She said just don't disappoint me --
    You know how complex women are
    I'll be around
    If you don't let me down
    Too far

    It was just before sunrise
    When we started on traditional roles
    She said sure I'll be your partner
    But don't make too many demands

    I said if love has these conditions
    I don't understand those songs you love
    She said this is not a love song
    This isn't fantasy-land
    I'll be around
    If you don't push me down
    Too far

    DON'T GO TOO FAR --

    The phosphorescent wave on a tropical sea
    Is a cold fire
    DON'T CROSS THE LINE --

    The pattern of moonlight on the bedroom floor
    Is a cold fire
    DON'T LET ME DOWN --

    The flame at the heart of a pawnbroker's diamond
    Is a cold fire
    DON'T BREAK THE SPELL --

    The look in your eyes as you head for the door
    Is a cold fire

    Love is blind if you are gentle
    Love can turn to a long, cold burn


    Everyday Glory
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    In the house where nobody laughs
    And nobody sleeps
    In the house where love lies dying
    And the shadows creep
    A little girl hides, shaking,
    With her hands on her ears
    Pushing back the tears, 'til the pain disappears

    Mama says some ugly words
    Daddy pounds the wall
    They can fight about their little girl later
    But right now they don't care at all
    No matter what they say...
    No matter what they say...


    EVERYDAY PEOPLE
    EVERYDAY SHAME
    EVERYDAY PROMISE
    SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES

    EVERYDAY SUNRISE
    ANOTHER EVERYDAY STORY
    RISE FROM THE ASHES --
    A BLAZE OF EVERYDAY GLORY

    In the city where nobody smiles
    And nobody dreams
    In the city where desperation
    Drives the bored to extremes

    Just one spark of decency
    Against a starless night
    One glow of hope and dignity
    A child can follow the light
    No matter what they say
    No matter what they say...


    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 who 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