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Rush - Grace Under Pressure

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Released: April 12th, 1984

Certified Gold by RIAA: June 26, 1984
Certified Platinum by RIAA: June 26, 1984
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 10
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Geddy Lee - Bass Guitars, Synthesizers, Vocals
Alex Lifeson - Guitars and Synthesizers
Neil Peart - Drums, Percussion, and Electronic Percussion

Produced by Rush and Peter Henderson
Engineered by Peter Henderson
Assisted by Frank Opolko and Robert Di Gioia
Recorded at Le Studio, Quebec, between November 1983 and March 1984
In memory of Robbie Whelan

Management by Ray Danniels, SRO Productions, Inc., Toronto

Executive Production by Moon Records

Art Direction and cover painting by Hugh Syme
Portrait by Yousuf Karsh

PPG Synthesizer programming assisted by Jim Burgess and Paul Northfield
Pre-production engineering by Jon Erickson
Mastered by Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee at
Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine

Road Manager and Lighting Director: Howard Ungerleider
Stage Left Technician, Crew Chief, and President: Liam Birt
Stage Manager: Nick Kotos
Concert Sound Engineer: Jon Erickson
Stage Left Technican: Skip Gildersleeve
Centre Stage Technician: Larry Allen
Guitar and Synthesizer Maintenance: Tony Geranios
Monitor Engineer: Steve Byron
Concert Projectionist: Lee Tenner
Personal Assistant: Kevin Flewitt
Concert Sound by National Sound: Tom Linthicum, Fuzzy Frazer, Dave Fletcher
Concert Lighting by See Factor: The Johnson Brothers: Mike Weiss, Tom Higgins, Mark Cherry, Dave Berman, Jeffrey T. MacDonald, Frank Scilingo

Concert Rigging by Southfire Rigging: Billy Collins and Tom Wendt

Busheads and Truckfaces: Tom Whittaker, Pat Lynes, Bill Barlow, Mac and Candy MacLear, Harry Smith, Jack Stone, Red McBrine, Gordon Scott

Mille mercis à: les gens de Horseshoe Valley (Judy, Steve, Kevin, Kathy), Le Studio (André, Yaël, Paul Richard, Frank, Robert, Solange, Lina, Nancy, Yvon, Pierre, André et Michel et le Bouffe en Broche), the Mike Stone Happy Hour, the Franko Polko Singers, Trevor and the Commons, Frankie's Bar and Grill, Le Chasseur de Nuit, Bill Churchman, Barry Murphet, the International Scouting Organization of Cliff Burnstein, Peter Mensch, and Val Azzoli, the Griffin Family, NASA and the Johnson Space Centre, Roger Kneebend, Ann Uumellmahaye, Dr. Hfuhruhurr, Hentor the Barbarian, the Uglies, the Rory Gallagher Band and crew, Golden Earring and crew, Darrell and Werner en Allemagne, Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh (and Mary and Matthew), The B-Man, Tokyo Cro, Stuart Hall ("That's the weather, this is the time; now stay tuned for more news"), Jean Gallia et les autres proffesseurs de L'École Berlitz, et au bureau de SRO/Anthem: Ray, Val, Pegi, Sheila, Tom, and Marilyn, et toujours notre bon vielle ami--Broon.

We appreciate the technical assistance of: The Music Shoppe (Thornhill), Bill Ward, Marcus, the Percussion Centre (Fort Wayne), Tama Drums, Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Direct Synthesis, Quantec, Fostex, Loft, Richard Ealey and Bruce Anthony.

© 1984 Mercury Records © 1984 Anthem Entertainment

  • The Pressure Principle - Kerrang! Magazine, May 1984
  • Rush: The Saga Continues - Guitar World Magazine, May 1984
  • Under Pressure - Sound Check Magazine, May 1984
  • Rush Singer's Voice Fades Under Pressure - The Daily Nebraskan, May 1984
  • Rush Release - Melody Maker Magazine, May 1984
  • Alex Lifeson Interview - Free Music Magazine, June 1984
  • Grace Under Fire - Music Express Magazine, June 1984
  • Grace Under Pressure (Review) - Illinois Entertainment Newspaper, June 1984
  • The Rush Dilemma! - RockLine! Magazine, July 1984
  • Alex Lifeson of Rush: Still in School - Guitar For The Practicing Musician Magazine, July 1984
  • Rush's 'Grace Under Pressure': Sometimes the Best Step Forward is a Step Backward - International Musician and Recording World, July 1984
  • Rush: One Step Ahead - Hit Parader Magazine, August 1984
  • The Hoser Conspiracy - Creem Magazine, August 1984
  • A Reluctant Rush to Success - Rock Magazine, August 1984
  • Geddy Lee Of Rush - Keyboard Magazine, September 1984
  • Grace Under Pressure Proves Canadian Trio Remain Masters Of Eclectic Metal - Hit Parader Magazine, October 1984
  • Rush: On The Edge Of The Limelight - Song Hits Magazine, November 1984
  • On The Road with Rush - Canadian Musician Magazine, November 1984
  • Behind The Lines: Canadian Trio Show Grace Under Pressure - Hit Parader Magazine, December 1984

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

    1. Distant Early Warning (4:59)
    2. Afterimage (5:04)
    3. Red Sector A (5:10)
    4. The Enemy Within (Part I of Fear) (4:34)
    5. The Body Electric (5:00)
    6. Kid Gloves (4:18)
    7. Red Lenses (4:42)
    8. Between the Wheels (5:44)

    Distant Early Warning
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    An ill wind comes arising
    Across the cities of the plain
    There's no swimming in the heavy water --
    No singing in the acid rain
    Red alert
    Red alert

    It's so hard to stay together
    Passing through revolving doors
    We need someone to talk to
    And someone to sweep the floors --

    The world weighs on my shoulders
    But what am I to do?
    You sometimes drive me crazy --
    But I worry about you

    I know it makes on difference
    To what you're going through
    But I see the tip of the iceberg --
    And I worry about you...

    Cruising under your radar
    Watching from satellites
    Take a page from the red book --
    Keep them in your sights
    Red alert
    Red alert

    Left and rights of passage
    Black and whites of youth
    Who can face the knowledge
    That the truth is not the truth?


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

    Suddenly --
    You were gone
    From all the lives
    You left your mark upon

    I remember --
    How we talked and drank
    Into the misty dawn
    -- I hear the voices

    We ran by the water
    On the wet summer lawn
    -- I see the foot prints
    I remember --

    -- I feel the way you would
    -- I feel the way you would

    Tried to believe
    But you know it's no good
    This is something
    That just can't be understood

    I remember --
    The shouts of joy
    Skiing fast through the woods
    -- I hear the echoes

    I learned your love for life
    I feel the way that you would
    -- I feel your presence
    I remember --

    I feel the way you would
    This just can't be understood...

    Red Sector A
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    All that we can do is just survive
    All that we can do to help ourselves
    Is stay alive...

    Ragged lines of ragged grey
    Skeletons, they shuffle away
    Shouting guards and smoking guns
    Will cut down the unlucky ones

    I clutch the wire fence
    Until my fingers bleed
    A wound that will not heal --
    A heart that cannot feel --
    Hoping that the horror will recede
    Hoping that tomorrow --
    We'll all be freed

    Sickness to insanity
    Prayer to profanity
    Days and weeks and months go by
    Don't feel the hunger -- too weak to cry

    I hear the sound of gunfire
    At the prison gate
    Are the liberators here --
    Ao I hope or do I fear?
    For my father and my brother, it's too late
    But I must help my mother
    Stand up straight...

    Are we the last ones left alive?
    Are we the only human beings
    To survive?...

    The Enemy Within
    (Part I of Fear)

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

    Things crawl in the darkness
    That imagination spins
    Needles at your nerve ends
    Crawl like spiders on your skin

    Pounding in your temples
    And a surge of adrenaline
    Every muscle tense --
    To fence
    The enemy within

    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 implausible dreams --
    Experience to extremes --
    Experience to extremes

    Suspicious-looking stranger
    Flashes you a dangerous grin
    Shadows across your window --
    Was it only trees in the wind?

    Every breath a static charge --
    A tongue that tastes like tin
    Steely-eyed outside --
    To hide
    The enemy within...

    To you -- is it movement or is it action?
    It is 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...

    The Body Electric
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    One humanoid escapee
    One android on the run
    Seeking freedom beneath
    A lonely desert sun

    Trying to change its program
    Trying to change the mode --
    Crack the code
    Images conflicting
    Into data overload

    In distress

    Memory banks unloading
    Bytes break into bits
    Unit one's in trouble
    And it's scared out of its wits

    Guidance systems break down
    A struggle to exist --
    To resist
    A pulse of dying power
    In a clenching plastic fist...

    It replays each of the days
    A hundred years of routines
    Bows its head and prays
    To the mother of all machines...

    Kid Gloves
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    A world of difference
    A world so out of touch
    Overwhelmed by everything
    But wanting more so much --

    Call it blind frustration
    Call it blind man's bluff
    Call each other names --
    Your voices rude -- your voices rough
    Then you learn the lesson
    That it's cool to be so tough

    Handle with kid gloves
    Handle with kid gloves
    Then you learn the lessons
    Taught in school won't be enough
    Put on your kid gloves
    Put on your kid gloves
    Then you learn the lesson
    That it's cool to be so tough

    A world of indifference
    Heads and hearts too full
    Careless of the consequence
    Of constant push and pull

    Anger got bare knuckles
    Anger play the fool
    Anger wear a crown of thorns
    Reverse the golden rule
    Then you learn the lesson
    That it's tough to be so cool

    Handle with kid gloves
    Handle with kid gloves
    Then you learn the weapons
    And the ways of hard-knock school
    Put on your kid gloves
    Put on your kid gloves
    Then you learn the lesson
    That it's tough to be so cool

    Red Lenses
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    i see red
    it hurts my head
    guess it must be something
    that i read

    it's the colour of your heartbeat
    a rising summer sun
    the battle lost -- or won
    the flash to fashion
    and the pulse to passion --

    feels red
    inside my head
    and truth is often bitter --
    left unsaid
    said red red
    thinking about the overhead --
    the underfed
    -- couldn't we talk about something else instead?

    we've got mars on the horizon
    says the national midnight star
    (it's true)
    what you believe is what you are
    a pair of dancing shoes --
    the soviets are the blues --

    the reds
    under your bed
    lying --
    in the darkness
    dead ahead

    and the mercury is rising
    barometer starts to fall
    you know it gets to us all
    the pain that is learning
    and the rain that is burning --

    feel red
    still -- go ahead
    you see black and white --
    and i see red

    (not blue)

    Between the Wheels
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    To live between a rock
    And a hard place
    In between time --
    Cruising in prime time --
    Soaking up the cathode rays

    To live between the wars
    In our time --
    Living in real time --
    Holding the good time --
    Holding on to yesterdays...

    You know how that rabbit feels
    Going under your speeding wheels
    Bright images flashing by
    Like windshields towards a fly
    Frozen in the fatal climb --
    But the wheels of time --
    Just pass you by...

    Wheels can take you around
    Wheels can cut you down

    We can go from boom to bust
    From dreams to a bowl of dust
    We can fall from rockets' red glare
    Down to "Brother can you spare --"
    Another war -- another waste land --
    And another lost generation...

    It slips between your hands
    Like water
    This living in real time
    A dizzying lifetime
    Reeling by on celluloid

    Struck between the eyes
    By the big-time world
    Walking uneasy streets --
    Hiding beneath the sheets --
    Got to try and fill the void...