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Prime Mover
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Released: September 1987

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P R I M E   M O V E R

Produced by Peter Collins and Rush

Produced by Peter Collins and Rush

Produced by Rush and Peter Henderson
Recorded live on the 'Grace Under Pressure' tour

Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
Recorded live on the 'Grace Under Pressure' tour

Lyrics by Peart
Music by Lee / Lifeson
Taken from the Mercury Album Hold Your Fire

Album VERH 47 (832 464-1)
Chrome Cassette VERHC 47 (832 464-4)
Compact Disc 832 464-2

Tracks 1 & 2 1987 PolyGram Records, Inc. (New York)
Tracks 3 & 4 1985 PolyGram Records, Inc. (New York)
1987 PolyGram Records, Inc.


Track Listing (click on any track for the lyrics)

1. Prime Mover (5:19)
2. Tai Shan (4:14)
3. Distant Early Warning (LIVE) (6:17)
4. New World Man (LIVE) (4:02)

Prime Mover

Basic elemental instinct to survive
Stirs the higher passions
Thrill to be alive

Alternating currents in a tidewater surge
Rational resistance to an unwise urge
(anything can happen)

From the point of conception
To the moment of Truth
At the point of surrender
To the burden of proof

From the point of ignition
To the final drive
The point of the journey is not to arrive
(anything can happen)

Basic temperamental filters on our eyes
Alter our perceptions
Lenses polarize

Alternating currents force a show of hands
Rational responses force a change of plans
(anything can happen)

From a point on the compass
To magnetic north
The point of the needle moving back and forth

From the point of entry --
Until the candle is burned
The point of departure is not to return
(anything can happen)

I set the wheels in motion
turn up all the machines
activate the programs
and run behind the scene

I set the clouds in motion
turn up light and sound
activate the window
and watch the world go 'round --
(anything can happen)

Tai Shan

High on the sacred mountain
Up the seven thousand stairs
In the golden light of autumn
There was magic in the air

Clouds surrounded the summit
The wind blew strong and cold
Among the silent temples
And the writing carved in gold
Somewhere in my instincts
The primitive took hold...

I stood at the top of the mountain
And China sang to me
In the peaceful haze of harvest time
A song of eternity --

If you raise your hands to heaven
You will live a hundred years
I stood there like a mystic
Lost in the atmosphere

The clouds were suddenly parted
For a moment I could see
The patterns of the landscape
Reaching to the eastern sea
I looked upon a presence
Spanning forty centuries...

I thought of time and distance
The hardships of history
I heard the hope and the hunger
When China sang to me...

Distant Early Warning

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?

Absalom, Absalom, Absalom

New World Man

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...

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