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Released: September 9th, 1982
Certified Gold by RIAA: November 10, 1982 -- Certified Platinum by RIAA: November 10, 1982
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 10
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Liner Notes

Geddy Lee - Bass guitars, syntheizers, vocals, Pitcher
Alex Lifeson - Electric and acoustic guitars, Taurus pedals, First Base
Neil Peart - Drums and percussion, Third Base

Produced by Rush and Terry Brown, Left Field
Arrangements by Rush and Terry Brown
Recorded and mixed at Le Studio, April, May, June, and July 1982
Engineered by Paul Northfield, Centre Field (a regular Albert One-Stone)
Assisted by Robbie Whelan Right Field
Digitally mastered by JVC
Mastered by Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine
Special guest performance by Ben Mink, electric violins on Losing It, appears courtesy of FM

Art direction, graphics, and cover concept by Hugh Syme
Photography by Deborah Samuel
Photographic colour optics by Kineblok Inc.
Hydrant courtesy of the Department of Public Works, TORONTO

Management by Ray Danniels, SRO Productions, TORONTO
Executive Production by Moon Records

Road Manager and Lighting Director: Howard Ungerleider
Concert Sound Engineer: Jon Erickson
Stage Managers: Nick Kotos and Liam Birt, Shortstop
Stage Right Technician and Crew Chief: William B. Birt
Stage Left Technician: Skip Gildersleeve
Centre Stage Technician: Larry Allen, Coach & Catcher
Guitar and Synthesizer Maintenance: Tony Geranios Second Base
Stage Monitor Mixer: Steve Byron
Concert Security: Ian Grandy
Concert Projectionist: Lee Tenner
Personal Shreve-of-all Trades: Kevin Flewitt

Concert Sound by National Sound: Tom Linthicum, Fuzzy Frazer, and Dave Berman
Concert Lighting by See Factor International: Nick Kotos, Mike Weiss, Jeffrey Thomas McDonald, Mark Shane
Busheads and Truckfaces: Tom Whittaker, Billy Barlow, Lance Vaughn, Pat Lynes, Arthur MacLear, Red McBrine, Bob Hoeschel

Most Valuable Persons: At Le Studio; André, Yaël, Paul, Robbie, Richard, Solange, Nancy, Lina, Awesome André Moreau and Michel; Al, Pat, Jill, and Maria at The Baldwins; The Embers at Settlers Bay; Warren Cromartie and the Montreal Expos'; Intellivision Baseball; The Ziv Orchestra; Trevor and the Commons Hotel Trevors Tramps (34-15); the Griffin family and the people of NASA;
Mr. O. Scar for pre-production work; Bill Churchman; all the Oak Manoroids at SRO

Special Awards for Technical Assistance: John Kaes and See Factor, Ted Veneman, Richard Ealey, Ron Shaughnessy, the Music Shoppe TORONTO, the inflationary Ted McDonald, the Percussion Centre FORT WAYNE, Tama drums, Avedis Zildjian cymbals

A fond farewell and best wishes to Michael Hirsh and Greg Connolly

© 1982 Mercury Records © 1982 Anthem Entertainment

  • Neil Peart: New World Man - Music Express Magazine, September 1982
  • Semi-Flawed Signals - Sounds Magazine, September 1982
  • A Rush Of Old Age - Kerrang! Magazine, September 1982
  • Stories From Signals - Sounds Magazine, October 1982
  • Rush Has All The Right Signals - RPM Weekly Magazine, October 1982
  • New World Men: On the Road with Rush - Kerrang! Magazine, October 1982
  • Rush Takes Off: The Geddy Lee Interview - Scene Magazine, October 1982
  • Rush's Simpler 'Signals' - Circus Magazine, November 1982
  • Sending New Signals, Rush on the Defense - Boston Globe, December 1982
  • Rush 'N' Roll - International Musician and Recording World Magazine, January 1983
  • Rush: New World Men - Record Review Magazine, February 1983
  • Rush Into Space - Circus Magazine, February 1983
  • Toque Off, Eh? - Creem Magazine, March 1983
  • Rush: Leaps & Bounds - Hit Parader Magazine, March 1983
  • Face to Face With Rush's Geddy Lee - Circus Magazine, March 1983
  • Rush: New World Men or BOFs? - Kerrang! Magazine, May 1983
  • Private Lives: The Rush Sanctuary Breached - Sounds Magazine, May 1983

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

    1. Subdivisions (5:33)
    2. The Analog Kid (4:46)
    3. Chemistry (4:56)
    4. Digital Man (6:20)
    5. The Weapon (Part II of Fear) (6:22)
    6. New World Man (3:41)
    7. Losing It (4:51)
    8. Countdown (5:49)

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

    Sprawling on the fringes of the city
    In geometric order
    An insulated border
    In between the bright lights
    And the far unlit unknown

    Growing up it all seems so one-sided
    Opinions all provided
    The future pre-decided
    Detached and subdivided
    In the mass production zone

    Nowhere is the dreamer
    Or the misfit so alone

    Subdivisions --
    In the high school halls
    In the shopping malls
    Conform or be cast out
    Subdivisions --
    In the basement bars
    In the backs of cars
    Be cool or be cast out
    Any escape might help to smooth
    The unattractive truth
    But the suburbs have no charms to soothe
    The restless dreams of youth

    Drawn like moths we drift into the city
    The timeless old attraction
    Cruising for the action
    Lit up like a firefly
    Just to feel the living night

    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...

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

    A hot and windy August afternoon
    Has the trees in constant motion
    With a flash of silver leaves
    As they're rocking in the breeze

    The boy lies in the grass with one blade
    Stuck between his teeth
    A vague sensation quickens
    In his young and restless heart
    And a bright and nameless vision
    Has him longing to depart

    You move me --
    You move me --
    With your buildings and your eyes
    Autumn woods and winter skies
    You move me --
    You move me --
    Open sea and city lights
    Busy streets and dizzy heights
    You call me --
    You call me --

    The fawn-eyed girl with sun-browned legs
    Dances on the edge of his dream
    And her voice rings in his ears
    Like the music of the spheres

    The boy lies in the grass, unmoving
    Staring at the sky
    His mother starts to call him
    As a hawk goes soaring by
    The boy pulls down his baseball cap
    And covers up his eyes

    Too many hands on my time
    Too many feelings --
    Too many things on my mind
    When I leave I don't know
    What I'm hoping to find
    When I leave I don't know
    What I'm leaving behind...

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

    Signals transmitted
    Message received
    Reaction making impact --

    Elemental telepathy
    Exchange of energy
    Reaction making contact --

    Eye to I
    Reaction burning hotter
    Two to one
    Reflection on the water
    H to O
    No flow without the other
    Oh but how
    Do they make contact
    With one another?

    Electricity? Biology?
    Seems to me it's Chemistry

    Emotion transmitted
    Emotion received
    Music in the abstract --

    Elemental empathy
    A change of synergy
    Music making contact --

    One, two, three --
    Add without subtraction
    Sound on sound
    Multiplied reaction
    H to O
    No flow without the other
    Oh but how
    Do we make contact
    With one another?

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

    His world is under observation --
    We monitor his station
    Under faces and the places
    Where he traces points of view

    He picks up scraps of conversation --
    Radio and radiation
    From the dancers and romancers
    With the answers -- but no clue

    He'd love to spend the night in Zion
    He's been a long while in Babylon
    He'd like a lover's wings to fly on
    To a tropic isle of Avalon

    His world is under anaesthetic --
    Subdivided and synthetic
    His reliance on the giants
    In the science of the day

    He picks up scraps of information --
    He's adept at adaptation
    'Cause for strangers and arrangers
    Constant change is here to stay

    He's got a force field and a flexible plan
    He's got a date with fate in a black sedan
    He plays fast forward for as long as he can
    But he won't need a bed --
    He's a digital man

    The Weapon
    (Part II of Fear)

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

    We've got nothing to fear -- but fear itself?
    Not pain or failure, not fatal tragedy?
    Not the faulty units in this mad machinery?
    Not the broken contacts in emotional chemistry?

    With an iron fist in a velvet glove
    We are sheltered under the gun
    In the glory game on the power train
    Thy kingdom's will be done

    And the things that we fear
    Are a weapon to be held against us...

    He's not afraid of your judgement
    He knows of horrors worse than your Hell
    He's a little bit afraid of dying --
    But he's a lot more afraid of your lying

    And the things that he fears
    Are a weapon to be held against him...

    Can any part of life -- be larger than life?
    Even love must be limited by time
    And those who push us down that they might climb --
    Is any killer worth more than his crime?

    Like a steely blade in a silken sheath
    We don't see what they're made of
    They shout about love, but when push comes to shove
    They live for the things they're afraid of

    And the knowledge that they fear
    Is a weapon to be used against them...

    New World Man
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    He's a rebel and a runner
    He's a signal turning green
    He's a restless young romantic
    Wants to run the big machine

    He's got a problem with his poisons
    But you know he'll find a cure
    He's cleaning up his systems
    To keep his nature pure

    Learning to match the beat of the Old World man
    Learning to catch the heat of the Third World man

    He's got to make his own mistakes
    And learn to mend the mess he makes
    He's old enough to know what's right
    But young enough not to choose it
    He's noble enough to win the world
    But weak enough to lose it --

    He's a New World man...

    He's a radio receiver
    Tuned to factories and farms
    He's a writer and arranger
    And a young boy bearing arms

    He's got a problem with his power
    With weapons on patrol
    He's got to walk a fine line
    And keep his self-control

    Trying to save the day for the Old World man
    Trying to pave the way for the Third World man

    He's not concerned with yesterday
    He knows constant change is here today
    He's noble enough to know what's right
    But weak enough not to choose it
    He's wise enough to win the world
    But fool enough to lose it --

    He's a New World man...

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

    The dancer slows her frantic pace
    In pain and desperation,
    Her aching limbs and downcast face
    Aglow with perspiration

    Stiff as wire, her lungs on fire,
    With just the briefest pause --
    The flooding through her memory,
    The echoes of old applause.

    She limps across the floor
    And closes her bedroom door...

    The writer stares with glassy eyes --
    Defies the empty page,
    His beard is white, his face is lined
    And streaked with tears of rage.

    Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
    With passion and precision,
    But now his mind is dark and dulled
    By sickness and indecision

    And he stares out the kitchen door
    Where the sun will rise no more...

    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...

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

    Lit up with anticipation
    We arrive at the launching site
    The sky is still dark, nearing dawn
    On the Florida coastline

    Circling choppers slash the night
    With roving searchlight beams
    This magic day when super-science
    Mingles with the bright stuff of dreams

    Floodlit in the hazy distance
    The star of this unearthly show
    Venting vapours, like the breath
    Of a sleeping white dragon

    Crackling speakers, voices tense
    Resume the final count
    All systems check, T minus nine
    As the sun and the drama start to mount

    The air is charged -- a humid, motionless mass
    The crowds and the cameras,
    The cars full of spectators pass
    Excitement so thick -- you could cut it with a knife
    Technology -- high, on the leading edge of life

    The earth beneath us starts to tremble
    With the spreading of a low black cloud
    A thunderous roar shakes the air
    Like the whole world exploding

    Scorching blast of golden fire
    As it slowly leaves the ground
    Tears away with a mighty force
    The air is shattered by the awesome sound

    Like a pillar of cloud, the smoke lingers
    High in the air
    In fascination -- with the eyes of the world
    We stare...