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SNAKES & ARROWS
Released: May 1st, 2007
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 3
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Liner NOTES

Produced by Nick Raskulinecz and RushRush - Snakes & Arrows
Engineered by Richard Chycki
Mixed by Richard Chycki

Recorded at Allaire Studios, Shokan NY, November and December, 2006
Assistant engineer: Matt Snedecor
Additional recording at Grandmaster Recorders, Hollywood CA
Assistant engineer: Andrew Alekel
Mixed at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood CA, January 2007
Assistant engineer: Scott Moore
Additional engineering and mixing by Nick Raskulinecz
Arrangements by Rush and Nick Raskulinecz
Strings on "Faithless" by Ben Mink
Preproduction at Cherry Beach Studios, Toronto, May and September - October, 2006
Engineered by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, assisted by Inaam Haq

Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner
Management by Ray Danniels, SRO/Anthem, Toronto
Executive Production: Pegi Cecconi, Andy Curran, Lorne Wheaton
Equipment Supervision: Lorne Wheaton and Russ Ryan

Art direction, design, and illustrations by Hugh Syme
Cover painting The Leela of Self-Knowledge by Harish Johari, courtesy of Inner Traditions, Bear & Co.
"Workin' Them Angels" illustration created by Hugh Syme with the assistance of George Eastman
House, who supplied the original Lewis Hine photograph on which the illustration is based
"Bravest Face" illustration by Hugh Syme and Andrew MacNaughtan
Band photograph by Andrew MacNaughtan

All songs composed by Lee and Lifeson, with lyrics by Peart,
except "Hope", composed and performed by Lerxst Lifeson, all by his own self

All songs published by Core Music Publishing (SOCAN/SESAC)


Geddy would like to thank: Fender Musical Instruments and the Fender Custom Shop, Jim Burgess and Frank Szabo of Saved By Technology, Coll Audio, Tech 21, and Rotosound Bass Strings for their technical contributions, Duke and Ewan for their exceptional canine behavior in a supporting role, and last but certainly not least, my crowd at home: Nancy, Kyla, Julian and Lauren, for their unequivocal and loving support.

Alex would like to thank: Hans, Dennis, Paul, and Rudiger at H&K Amplification, Cara and Pat at GMI, Chris and Glen at Garrison Guitars, Dave at Dean Markley, Joel Singer and Audio Technica, Mike and Nina, Jerry, John and Nikki, Stephen Bennett, David Gilmour, Clatty, JP, Rob, Mike, Lukie, and especially Ade, Justin, Michelle, Taylor, and Chuckie.

Neil would like to thank: John Good, Don Lombardi, and Garrison at Drum Workshop, Mark Love and Chris Stankee at Sabian, Pat Brown and Kevin Radomski at Promark, Darren Shoepp at Roland, Michelle Jacoby at Remo, Greg Russell at neilpeart.net. Freddie Gruber, Matt Scannell, Lorne "Gump"
Wheaton, all my "circle of brothers" (too many to list - you know who you are), and on the home front, Keith, Claudia, Jennifer, Adela. Winston, and - at the heart of it all - Carrie.

Our collective appreciation goes to Inaam, Shannon, Carmine, Chris, and David Godfrey Catering at Cherry Beach; Matt, Mark, Susan, Ken, Lisa, Rachel, Annalee, Thorn, Jay, Stephanie, Colby, and Julia at Allaire; Andrew and Jen at Grandmaster; Scott, Kelly, and Jessica at Ocean Way; Barry and Clint at BZ Brokers; and - Ω?

Extremely special thanks to our great support group at SRO/Anthem: Ray Danniels, Pegi Cecconi, Sheila Posner, Anna LeCoche, Cynthia Barry, Shelley Nott, Bob Farmer, Andy Curran, and Randy and Frances Rolfe.

Brought to you by the letter "sssss"        Rush - Snakes & Arrows

2007 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Canada.
Printed in U.S.A. Lyrics reprinted by permission. All Rights Reserved. 2007 Anthem Entertainment/Lyrics Used by Permission.



Articles
  • In The Studio With Rush - Canadian Musician Magazine, May 2007
  • Alex Lifeson: Rock's Gold Standard - Guitar One Magazine, June 2007
  • Neil Peart: Progressive Progress - Drum! Magazine, June 2007
  • Rush: Following the Arrows - Classic Rock Magazine, July 2007
  • Geddy Lee: Back to Basics - Bass Guitar Magazine, July 2007
  • The Drums of Snakes & Arrows - Modern Drummer Magazine, August 2007
  • Rush: Vital Signs - Guitar World Magazine, August 2007
  • Geddy Lee: Northern Warrior - Bass Player Magazine, August 2007
  • The Recording Techniques Behind Snakes & Arrows - EQ Magazine Article, September 2007
  • Alex Lifeson: Different Strings - Guitar Player Magazine, September 2007
  • Prog Special: The Cult is Alive - Terrorizer Magazine, September 2007
  • A Conversation With Neil Peart - Drumhead Magazine, September 2007
  • A Far Cry From Yesterday - Lighting & Sound America Magazine, September 2007
  • Rush: Interview with Alex Lifeson - Power Play Magazine, October 2007
  • Guitar Legends: RUSH - Guitar Legends Magazine, December 2007

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

    1. Far Cry (5:21)
    2. Armor and Sword (6:36)
    3. Workin' Them Angels (4:47)
    4. The Larger Bowl (4:07)
    5. Spindrift (5:24)
    6. The Main Monkey Business Instrumental (6:01)
    7. The Way The Wind Blows (6:28)
    8. Hope Instrumental (2:02)
    9. Faithless (5:31)
    10. Bravest Face(5:12)
    11. Good News First (4:51)
    12. Malignant Narcissism Instrumental (2:17)
    13. We Hold On (4:13)



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

    Pariah dogs and wandering madmen
    Barking at strangers and speaking in tongues
    The ebb and flow of tidal fortune
    Electrical changes are charging up the young

    It's a far cry from the world we thought we'd inherit
    It's a far cry from the way we thought we'd share it
    You can almost feel the current flowing
    You can almost see the circuits blowing

    One day I feel I'm on top of the world
    And the next it's falling in on me
    I can get back on
    I can get back on
    One day I feel I'm ahead of the wheel
    And the next it's rolling over me
    I can get back on
    I can get back on


    Whirlwind life of faith and betrayal
    Rise in anger, fall back and repeat
    Slow degrees on the dark horizon
    Full moon rising, lays silver at your feet

    You can almost see the circle growing
    You can almost feel the planets glowing

    One day I fly through a crack in the sky
    And the next it's falling in on me
    I can get back on
    I can get back on


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

    The snakes and arrows a child is heir to
    Are enough to leave a thousand cuts
    We build our defenses, a place of safety
    And leave the darker places unexplored

    Sometimes the fortress is too strong
    Or the love is too weak
    What should have been our armor
    Becomes a sharp and angry sword

    Our better natures seek elevation
    A refuge for the coming night
    No one gets to their heaven without a fight


    We hold beliefs as a consolation
    A way to take us out of ourselves
    Meditation, or medication
    A comfort, or a promised reward

    Sometimes that spirit is too strong
    Or the flesh is too weak
    Sometimes the need is just too great
    For the solace we seek
    The suit of shining armor
    Becomes a keen and bloody sword

    A refuge for the coming night
    A future of eternal light
    No one gets to their heaven without a fight


    Confused alarms of struggle and flight
    Blood is drained of color
    By the flashes of artillery light
    No one gets to their heaven without a fight
    The battle flags are flown
    At the feet of a god unknown
    No one gets to their heaven without a fight

    Sometimes the damage is too great
    Or the will is too weak
    What should have been our armor
    Becomes a sharp and burning sword

    Workin' Them Angels
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Driving away to the east, and into the past
    History recedes in my rear-view mirror
    Carried away on a wave of music down a desert road
    Memory humming at the heart of a factory town

    All my life
    I've been workin' them angels overtime
    Riding and driving and living
    So close to the edge
    Workin' them angels - Overtime

    Riding through the Range of Light to the wounded city
    Filling my spirit with the wildest wish to fly
    Taking the high road to the wounded city
    Memory strumming at the heart of a moving picture

    All this time
    I've been working them angels overtime
    Riding and driving and flying
    Just over the edge
    Workin' them angels - Overtime

    Driving down the razor's edge between the past and the future
    Turn up the music and smile
    Get carried away on the songs and stories of vanished times
    Memory drumming at the heart of an English winter
    Memories beating at the heart of an African village


    The Larger Bowl
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    (a pantoum)

    if we're so much the same, like I always hear
    why such different fortunes and fates?
    some of us live in a cloud of fear
    some live behind iron gates

    why such different fortunes and fates?
    some are blessed and some are cursed
    some live behind iron gates
    while others see only the worst

    some are blessed and some are cursed
    the golden one or scarred from birth
    while others only see the worst
    such a lot of pain on the earth

    the golden one or scarred from birth
    some things can never be changed
    such a lot of pain on this earth
    it's somehow so badly arranged

    some things can never be changed
    some reasons will never come clear
    it's somehow so badly arranged
    if we're so much the same, like I always hear

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

    As the waves crash in
    On the western shore
    The wind blows fierce from the east
    Wavetops torn into flying spindrift

    As the waves crash in
    On the western shore
    It makes me feel uneasy
    The spray that's torn away
    Is an image of the way I feel

    What am I supposed to say?
    Where are the words to answer you
    When you talk that way?


    As the sun goes down
    On the western shore
    The wind blows hard from the east
    It whips the sand into a flying spindrift

    As the sun goes down
    On the western shore
    It makes me feel uneasy
    In the hot dry rasp of the devil winds
    Who cares what a fool believes?

    What am I supposed to say?
    Where are the words to answer you
    When you talk that way?
    Words that fly against the wind and waves

    (A little closer to you)
    Where is the wave that will carry me
    A little closer to you?

    What am I supposed to do?
    Where are the words that will make you see
    What I believe is true?


    The Main Monkey Business
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

    Instrumental
    The Way The Wind Blows
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Now it's come to this
    It's like we're back in the Dark Ages
    From the Middle East to the Middle West
    It's a world of superstition

    Now it's come to this
    Wide-eyed armies of the faithful
    From the Middle East to the Middle West
    Pray, and pass the ammunition

    So many people think that way
    You gotta watch what you say
    To them and them, and others too
    Who don't seem to see things the way you do

    We can only grow the way the wind blows
    On a bare and weathered shore
    We can only bow to the here and now
    In our elemental war

    We can only grow the way the wind blows
    We can only bow to the here and now
    Or be broken down blow by blow


    Now it's come to this
    Hollow speeches of mass deception
    From the Middle East to the Middle West
    Like crusaders in unholy alliance

    Now it's come to this
    Like we're back in the Dark Ages
    From the Middle East to the Middle West
    It's a plague that resists all science

    It seems to leave them partly blind
    And they leave no child behind
    While evil spirits haunt their sleep
    While shepherds bless and count their sheep

    Like a solitary pine
    On a bare wind-blasted shore
    We can only grow the way the wind blows


    Hope
    Music: Alex Lifeson

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

    I've got my own moral compass to steer by
    A guiding star beats a spirit in the sky
    And all the preaching voices -
    Empty vessels ring so loud
    As they move among the crowd
    Fools and thieves are well disguised
    In the temple and marketplace

    Like a stone in the river
    Against the floods of spring
    I will quietly resist

    Like the willows in the wind
    Or the cliffs along the ocean
    I will quietly resist


    I don't have faith in faith
    I don't believe in belief
    You can call me faithless
    But I still cling to hope
    And I believe in love
    And that's faith enough for me

    I've got my own spirit level for balance
    To tell if my choice is leading up or down
    And all the shouting voices
    Try to throw me off my course
    Some by sermons, some by force
    Fools and thieves are dangerous
    In the temple and marketplace

    Like a forest bows to winter
    Beneath the deep white silence
    I will quietly resist

    Like a flower in the desert
    That only blooms at night
    I will quietly resist


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

    Though we might have precious little
    It's still precious


    I like that song
    About this wonderful world
    It's got a sunny point of view
    And sometimes I feel it's true
    At least for a few of us

    I like that world
    It makes a wonderful song
    But there's a darker point of view
    That's sadly just as true
    For so many among us

    In the sweetest child there's a vicious streak
    In the strongest man there's a child so weak
    In the whole wide world there's no magic place
    So you might as well rise, put on your bravest face

    I like that show
    Where they solve all the murders
    That heroic point of view
    It's got justice and vengeance too
    At least, so the story goes

    I like that story -
    Makes a satisfying case
    But there's a messy point of view
    That's sadly just as true
    For so many among us

    In the softest voice there's an acid tongue
    In the oldest eyes there's a soul so young
    In the shakiest will there's a core of steel
    On the smoothest ride there's a squeaky wheel

    Though we might have precious little
    It's still precious


    Good News First
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    The best we can agree on
    Is it could have been worse
    What happened to your old
    Benevolent universe'
    You know the one with stars
    That revolve around you
    Beaming down full of promises
    To bring good news

    You used to feel that way
    The saddest words you could ever say
    But I know you'll remember that day
    And the most beautiful words I could ever say


    The worst thing about it all
    Is that you might have been right
    And I'm still not really sure
    What started that fight
    But I still get this feeling
    There's more trouble ahead
    So never mind the bad news
    Let's have the good news instead

    Some would say they never fear a thing
    Well I do
    And I'm afraid enough for both of us -
    For me and you
    Time, if nothing else, will do its worst
    So do me that favor
    And tell me the good news first


    Malignant Narcissism
    Music: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart

    Instrumental

    "Usually a case of malignant narcissism brought on during childhood."
    We Hold On
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    How many times
    Do we tire of all the little battles
    Threaten to call it quits
    Tempted to cut and run

    How many times
    Do we weather out the stormy evenings
    Long to slam the front door
    Drive away into the setting sun

    Keep going until dawn
    How many times must another line be drawn
    We could be down and gone
    But we hold on


    How many times
    Do we chafe against the repetition
    Straining against a fate
    Measured out in coffee breaks

    How many times
    Do we swallow our ambitions
    Long to give up the same old way
    Find another road to take

    Keep holding on so long
    'Cause there's a chance
    That we might not be so wrong
    We could be down and gone
    But we hold on


    How many times
    Do we wonder if it's even worth it
    There's got to be some other way
    To get me through the days

    But we hold on