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Alex Lifeson - Victor

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VICTOR
Released: January 9th, 1996
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 99
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Liner Notes

Alex Lifeson - Guitar, bass, mandola, keyboards, programming, vocals, yelling
Edwin - Vocals
Bill Bell: Black Hole guitar, twelve-string guitar, guitar, E-Bow, wah guitar, slide guitar, wobble, background vocals
Blake Manning: Drums, darbuka
Dalbello: Vocals (Track 3)
Peter Cardinali: Bass (Tracks 4, 7 & 10)
Adrian Zivojinovich: Programming (Tracks 5 & 9)
Les Claypool: Bass (Track 9)
Colleen Allen: Horns (Track 10)

Produced by Alex Lifeson

Recorded by Alex Lifeson
At Lerxst Sound, Oct. 1994 - July 1995, Assisted by Bill Bell
Mixed by Alex Lifeson
At McClear Pathe, Toronto, Assisted by Denis Tougas
Arrangements by Alex Lifeson

Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine
Management by Ray Danniels, SRO, Toronto
Executive Production by Lerxst

Art Direction by Andrew MacNaughtan
Photography by Andrew MacNaughtan
Design by Megan Oldfield, Coolaide Design

Edwin appears courtesy of Capital Records, Inc.
Dalbello appears courtesy of EMI Electrola Gmbh., Germany
Les Claypool appears courtesy of Interscope Records, Inc.

Special thanks to nobody in particular.

Grateful acknowledgements for the technical assistance of Coll Audio, Saved by Technology, P.R.S. Guitars, Zurba, DOD Digitech, Dean Markley Strings, and of course, The Omega Concern.

Dedicated to Charlene for her inspiration, spirit and loving support.

In Memory of Randy Knox

1996 Atlantic Records 1996 Anthem Entertainment


Articles
  • Return of the Six-String Beast - Canadian Musician Magazine, June 1995
  • Alex Lifeson Goes It Alone With Victor - Guitar Shop Magazine, February 1996
  • VICTORious - Rock N' Roll Reporter, February 1996
  • Rush Guitarist, Alex Lifeson Talks About His Other Identity...Victor - Metronome Magazine, March 1996

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

    1. Don't Care (4:04)
    2. Promise (5:44)
    3. Start Today (3:48)
    4. Mr. X (2:21)
    5. At The End (6:07)
    6. Sending Out A Warning (4:11)
    7. Shut Up Shuttin' Up (4:02)
    8. Strip And Go Naked (3:57)
    9. The Big Dance (4:14)
    10. Victor (6:25)
    11. I Am The Spirit (5:31)



    Don't Care
    Shut up and turn off the light
    I'll take you deep right through the night
    Just leave before you're in my sight
    'Cause I don't need another fight
    And I don't need your sympathy
    You'll get no tender love from me
    Kneel before me on your knee
    Do it hard- make me free
    Do it hard- make me free
    Do it- make me free
    Do it hard- make me free

    Don't want your pity
    Don't want your care
    Don't care for giving
    Don't care for fair
    Don't want your kindness
    Don't want your heart
    Don't care for wanting
    Don't care for smart

    I'll come to you from behind
    You know my touch will not be kind
    You'll feel my loveless power bind
    No feelings here that you can find
    Between your legs I will lay
    On your back you better stay
    I'm gonna fuck you night and day
    Do it hard- make me pay
    Do it hard- make me pay
    Do it hard- make me pay
    Do it hard- make me pay
    Do it hard

    Don't want your pity
    Don't want your care
    Don't care for giving
    Don't care for fair
    Don't want your kindness
    Don't want your heart
    Don't care for wanting
    Don't care for smart

    I don't need your sympathy
    You'll get no tender love from me
    Just kneel before me on your knee
    Do it hard- make me free
    Do it hard- make me free
    Do it hard- please make me free


    Promise
    One more glass
    A million more days
    One more smoke
    Release me from my ways

    Break the mold
    Break your back
    Break the promise you made
    Seek the world now
    Don't look back
    Make your promise today
    Leave the safety
    Leave this life
    Leave before it's too late
    It's your only chance
    Don't pretend romance
    Keep the new promise you made

    What if I wasn't so scared?
    Why can't I be brave?
    I've forgotten all that we've shared
    You can't give me what I crave

    One more glass
    Take another pill
    One more day
    I feel like I could kill

    What if you let me walk away?
    You think it's me who needs to be saved
    Your life a tragic, self-centered play
    You never gave me what I craved

    What I want
    You can never give
    What you want
    My dead life to live

    Break the mold
    Break your back
    Break the promise you made
    Seek the world now
    Don't look back
    Make your promise today
    Leave the safety
    Leave this life
    Leave before it's too late
    It's your only chance
    Don't pretend romance
    Keep the new promise you made

    Break the mold
    Break your back
    Break the promise you made
    Leave the safety
    Leave this life
    Leave before it's too late
    Seek the world now
    Don't look back
    Make your promise today

    KEEP THE PROMISE YOU MADE
    KEEP THE PROMISE YOU MADE


    Start Today
    I need you to hold me tightly in your arms
    I need you to show me if I might be wrong
    I am pink and you are blue
    Can I trust my whole life to you?
    Just don't take me for a fool
    When I need to depend on you
    I am not your part-time job
    What you get is what you are

    You can hurt like no one can
    You're such a child for such a man
    You need strength, you need to take a stand
    Just stop looking to me for a helping hand
    When you?re ready I will be here
    I can help you lose your fear
    You better stand up on your feet
    If you ever want to feel my heat

    Clear your mind of those things gone by
    You can't change the past, why even try
    You can build upon all you've learned
    You can start today

    No one said it wouldn't be this hard
    When you share, prepare to give a lot
    Just remember when you look at me
    You are you and I am me
    When you're ready I will be here
    I can help you lose your fear
    You better stand up on your feet
    If you ever want to feel my heat

    Clear your mind of those things gone by
    You can't change the past, why even try
    Look ahead to those better days
    Make the effort, it always pays
    We can build upon all we've learned
    We can start today


    Mr. X
    Instrumental


    At The End
    He opens the books-looks at the scenes from yesterday
    How they laughed and loved and lived before they grew old and grey
    Now he sits alone in his room, and the clock ticks away

    Together they enjoyed all life's beauty and all its fears
    The lonely cry of his soul falls only on his ears
    Each page's photo marked with the stain of his tears

    He didn't know what to do
    He didn't know what might come
    Nothing was all that was left to him
    Nothing was left when she was gone

    The heart has a memory so strong
    It remembers every right and every wrong
    On those pages of his long, lonely life
    He can only see his wife
    He said 'Pluck out my eyes'
    He said 'Plug up my ears'
    He said 'Silence my tongue'
    He said 'Take away my empty years'

    One last wish
    To see her face
    One last breath
    He's calling out to death
    One last look up at the sun
    As he picks up the gun
    As he steadies the gun
    As he finally aims the gun


    Sending Out A Warning
    Tender is the nerve that leads straight to his heart
    Sender sends the spit that streams down his face
    Want and need are just two useless words
    The third, if she knew it, would be grace
    Her grip is tight as a vice-smothers like a killer, stealing
    someone's life
    His guilt controls his every move-nothing seems to work, what's
    he got to prove
    Their war was just like any war-all the pain for nothing, double
    bladed sword

    Sending out a warning
    Sending out a warning
    He's on the edge, everything is up or down
    She's in his face, he feels like he may drown
    Relentless is the scope of her revenge
    She'll give then take then push him off the ledge

    His guilt is tight as a vice-smothers like a killer, stealing
    someone's life
    Her grip controls his every move-nothing seems to work, what's
    he got to prove
    Their war was just like any war-all the pain for nothing, double
    bladed sword

    Sending out a warning
    Sending out a warning
    He's on the edge, everything is up or down
    She's in his face, he feels like he may drown
    Relentless is the scope of her revenge
    She'll give then take then push him off the ledge
    She's gone too far, he knows her subtle tricks
    He's tried to hard, there are some things you can't fix
    Cross too many lines, be prepared to pay the price
    All the warmth you knew will forever turn to ice

    Sending out a warning
    Sending out a warning


    Shut Up Shuttin' Up
    Instrumental

    Words: Charlene and Esther

    I don't ask for much, I really don't. I just want him to put the seat down

    What are you talking about 'you don't ask for much'? You ask for everything!

    Well, I just want him to put the seat down when he goes to the bathroom at night.
    I go in there and I sit down and it's cold and wet and there's more hair on his feet then on his head!

    No, I like the hairs on the floor!

    What are they doing?

    Oh, there's a shag carpet everyday and this above the toilet. What are they so tall that they have to lean over? Is it that heavy?

    It's so heavy

    Oh my god their only good for one thing and we know what that is...

    What is that?

    Don't tell me

    I keep forgetting

    Just play the guitar


    He's still talking to me about that vacation we took, he still wants the details.

    Come on!

    Like, I can't take it anymore. What am I suppose to do?

    Did you throw away the pictures?

    Oh, those pictures! If he saw those pictures, he'd have a heart attack!

    Those guys were gorgeous

    Oh were they ever, but he wants to know, 'where did you go, did you go to a bar, did you dance close, did you dance far?'

    I know, 'what were you wearing?'

    Oh my god, 'were they looking at you. who danced with you, did they come home with you? who drove you home? Were they younger then me, older then me, did they treat you better then me?'

    But you know what?

    Oh god it was awful!

    I always tell him, 'honey, just shut up and play the guitar!'


    Has he asked you to play a hooker?

    Ah... I can't believe you're saying that, he does that to me all the time! All the time

    They're all the same, it's sickening! Hookers, lipstick, big hair, makeup, the sluty outfits, mascara, false eye-lashes. The thing with the false eye-lashes! Does he want you to shave?

    The whole thing, everything, dye things

    Oh my, their all the same, I'm so sick of it. We're different, women are so different

    The only thing is, we wouldn't get paid for it

    Oh god, well, they pay for it okay

    In the long run?
    Oh, in the short run because they just have to play the guitar!


    Do you find that he always want's attention, it's (constantly) always him him him him him ?

    Constant attention

    I can't take it, he comes home, and he wants me to caress him and tell him how great he is and this and this

    Shut Up!

    I love you, I love you, you're the best, there is no one else

    Like really, how many time am I suppose to tell him that? All I want to do is relax, have a nice little drink

    Shut Up!

    Give him a little hug, but it always leads to something else

    Yea, you can't just hug, you have to go on and on and then the comes out

    It always turns sexual

    Just Shut Up!

    unbelievable it just goes on and on and on

    Just Shut Up Shuttin' Up!

    Their only good for one thing, just play the guitar!

    SHUT UP! AH, JUST SHUT UP! MAN! SHUT UP SHUTTIN' UP! SHUT UP, SHUT, SHUT, SHUT IT, SHUT IT ALL UP. SHUT UP... SHUTTIN' UP!


    Strip And Go Naked
    Instrumental


    The Big Dance
    I've seen so many places, and always left my mark
    I've kissed so many faces, lips smooth, just like a shark
    I have no friends, I hope that's understood
    I take what I can take, when the taking's good
    It's not for love, but I'll gladly take your money
    I can pretend to be so sad or funny
    You'll just love the way I move when I dance
    My young hips, they know how to entrance
    Nevermind him, he's not here now
    It's really not my problem, anyhow

    An angel of love to you is what I'll appear
    Your lonely ache, I can make, disappear
    Yes, take me deep inside so I can heal your pain
    No angel of love takes another man's gain

    You want to keep me held inside your cage
    You best remember, you're twice my age
    You think I'll want you with me for evermore
    It's only been two weeks, and you're such a bore
    I can see you're new to this, you don't know the rules
    You're just another one in the long line of fools
    Can you be happy for my moment in your life
    It doesn't bother you you're someone else's wife

    An angel of love is what I may appear
    What I really am is really not so clear
    I don't live for love, you sticky bitch
    All I care about is if you're rich
    You decide if you still want to play this game
    The price to you for this is nothing will ever be the same


    Victor
    Victor was a little baby into this world he came
    His father took him on his knee and said 'Don't dishonor the family name.'
    Victor looked up at his father-looked up with big brown eyes:
    His father said; 'Victor my only son, don't you ever tell lies.'

    It was a frosty December, it wasn't the season for fruits
    His father fell dead of heart disease while lacing up his boots
    It was a frosty December when into his grave he sank;
    His uncle found Victor a post as cashier at the Midland Counties Bank.

    It was a frosty December Victor was only eighteen
    But his figures were straight and his margins straight and his cuffs were always clean
    He took a room at the Peveril, a respectable boarding-house;
    And Time watched Victor day after day as a cat will watch a mouse
    Victor went up to his bedroom, set the alarm bell
    Climbed into bed, took his Bible and read of what happened to Jezebel.

    It was the first of April, Anna to the Peveril came
    Her eyes, her lips, her breasts, her hips and her smile set men aflame
    It was the second of April she was wearing a coat of fur;
    Victor met her upon the stairs and he fell in love with her

    The first time he made his proposal, she laughed, said 'I'll never wed'
    The second time there was a pause, then she smiled and shook her head
    Anna looked into the mirror, pouted and gave a frown
    Said; 'Victor's as dull as a wet afternoon but I've got to settle down.'
    The third time he made his proposal, as they walked by the Reservoir
    She gave him a kiss like a blow to the head and said, 'You are my heart's desire.'
    They were married early in August, she said; 'Kiss me, you funny boy.'
    Victor took her in his arms and said: 'Oh my Helen of Troy.'

    The clerks were talking of Anna, the door was just ajar:
    One said, 'Poor old Victor, but where ignorance is bliss, etcetera.'
    Victor looked up at the sunset as he stood there all alone;
    Cried: 'Are you in Heaven, Father?', but the sky said 'Address not known.'

    Victor looked up at the mountains, the mountains all covered with snow:
    Cried: 'Are you pleased with me Father?' and the answer came back, No
    Victor came to the forest, cried; 'Father, will she ever be true?'
    And the oaks and the beeches shook their heads and they answered: 'Not to you.'
    Victor came to the meadow where the wind went sweeping by:
    Cried: 'O Father, I love her so.' But the wind said: 'She must die.'
    Victor cam to the river running so deep and so still:
    Crying 'O Father, what shall I do?' and the river answered: 'Kill.'

    Anna was sitting at table, drawing cards from a pack:
    Anna was sitting at table waiting for her husband to come back.
    Victor stood in the doorway, he didn't utter a word
    She said: 'What's the matter, honey?' he behaved like he hadn't heard
    There was a voice in his left ear, there was a voice in his right
    There was a voice at the base of this skull saying: 'She must die tonight.'
    Victor picked up a carving-knife, his features were set and drawn
    Said 'Anna, it would have been better for you if you had not been born.'

    Anna jumped up from the table, Anna started to scream
    But Victor came slowly after her like a horror in a dream
    She dodged behind the sofa, she tore down a curtain rod
    But Victor came slowly after her, said 'Prepare to meet thy God.'

    He stood there above the body, he stood there holding the knife
    And the blood ran down the stairs and sang: 'I am the Resurrection and the Life.'
    They tapped Victor on the shoulder, they took him away in a van:
    He sat as quite as a lump of moss saying: 'I am the Son of Man.'

    Victor sat in the corner
    Making a woman of clay
    Saying: 'I am Alpha and Omega, I shall come to judge the earth one day.'


    I Am The Spirit
    I am the star-filled sky in winter
    I am the starry-eyed who stares
    I am the cold, grey rock of mountains
    I am the one whole climbs those stairs
    I am-the sea, so calm yet fearsome
    I am-the one to seize the chance
    I am-the air so pure yet foul
    I am-the one who takes a stance
    All you have is what there is
    All there is, is what you make
    All you make is all there is
    All for your own sake
    I am the building, tall and handsome
    I am the builder, the one who cares
    I am the painting on the canvas
    I am the painter, the one who shares
    I am-the trees, so strong and silent
    I am-the earth, all life to give
    I am-the sun, both lover and killer
    I am-the child, through you, I live
    I have a need for building on tomorrow
    I have a need to begin today
    I have no time for living some past sorrow
    I just want to get on my way
    I need to have strength in my conviction
    I need to have the final say
    I need to make sense in my selection
    I just want to get on my way
    You only have you
    I only have me
    You lonely with you
    Me lonely with me
    You can give it to me
    I can take it from you
    You'll always have it from me
    We'll be always
    I am the wind, both warm and freezing
    I am the truth, not always fair
    I am the clouds, static yet fleeting
    I am the heart, a burden to bear
    I am-the main for all the seasons
    I am-the boy who never fears
    I am-the woman who knows all the reasons
    I am-the girl who sheds the tears