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Rush — Tom Sawyer
Album: Moving Pictures
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1035









Released: 1981
Length: 4:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
A modern day warrior, mean, mean stride
Today's Tom Sawyer, mean, mean pride

Though his mind is not for rent
Don't put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day's events
The river

What you say about his company is
What you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide

Today's Tom Sawyer he gets high on you
And the space he invades, he gets by on you

No, his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent
But change is

And what you say about his company is
What you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide

Exit the warrior, today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you, the energy you trade
He gets right on to the friction of the day
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wooohooo, Rush on RP.... 10
One of those voices that etched glass....
Brilliant musicians. The Cult of Rush. I'm in it.
The idea of someone labelling Rush "cock rock" is hilarious. Top notch musicians drawing lyrical influence from as disparate sources as Jane Jacobs to Ayn Rand.
 freddyfender wrote:
 Thumbs down to original comment, not reply

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Dreadful. 

And then they just get bored and fade out.
👍
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
What a treat today, 1 st concert ever at Radio City Music Hall for the Signals tour , I’m very pleased to hear this “ power trio” on Radio Paradise! Comments by other listeners are right on! Thanks William.
 

Ha! Mine too! Marillion was the opener and the crowd was tough on them. Remember?
 junebaby65 wrote:


Yea, they kind of lost their mojo towards the end of the 80's.  I love everything through Grace Under Pressure.  Love 'em or Hate 'em band!  
 
I'm there through the early 90s ala Roll the Bones, and a little of Counterparts. Been pretty Meh on anything after that. The whole Moving Pictures album is top notch.

 "gemtag wrote: I find it hard to negative comment. But these guys suck. They are in my list of worst bands ever."

fredphoesh"Yep, heavy handed cock rock."

Wow. Both of you need help. This band is amazing.
 gemtag wrote:
I find it hard to negative comment. But these guys suck. They are in my list of worst bands ever.

 
Yep, heavy handed cock rock.
 redeyespy wrote:
I was very much into this band during elementary school through college, then previous discoveries of other, different sounding bands (ala The Replacements et al.) caused me to lose interest. I became one of those snobs who deemed them "uncool." Re-listening to the old albums (up through Presto, at least) confirms that they were/are consummate pros, true musicians. Their sound just has some sort of emotional resonance for me.
 

I kind of lost interest after Presto.  But their 70's and early 80's stuff is essential IMHO.
What a treat today, 1 st concert ever at Radio City Music Hall for the Signals tour , I’m very pleased to hear this “ power trio” on Radio Paradise! Comments by other listeners are right on! Thanks William.
 redeyespy wrote:
I was very much into this band during elementary school through college, then previous discoveries of other, different sounding bands (ala The Replacements et al.) caused me to lose interest. I became one of those snobs who deemed them "uncool." Re-listening to the old albums (up through Presto, at least) confirms that they were/are consummate pros, true musicians. Their sound just has some sort of emotional resonance for me.
 

Yea, they kind of lost their mojo towards the end of the 80's.  I love everything through Grace Under Pressure.  Love 'em or Hate 'em band!  
Awesome! So good to hear Rush on RP....more please?
Best Saturday night ever!!!
Thanks for playing!!!!!
Rush was part of my formative years.  I was supposed to see them at the Spectrum in Philly on the tour for this album in 1981. The trip was a disaster. Riding along with the guys in an old Plymouth Fury and one of the retreads fell apart on I-95 in the suburbs.  Got it fixed and then got lost in Philly. By the time we pulled into the parking lot at the arena, the show was over. I was so angry. It's true: men never stop to ask for directions. Something from the days of $10 arena shows......I heard the show was great from friends who were present.
Geek ROCK!  {#Bananajam}
A great Canadian rock success. Great tune, still stands the test of time. Geddy's voice is still an acquired taste {#Cheesygrin}
74
If we're looking for a heartfelt melodic Rush song try : 'Second Nature' off 'Hold you Fire' or 'Losing it' from 'Signals' - both proper songs! And a laid back Geddy to boot.
Just love this band. This was the first track I ever heard of them. Back in the days.........still gets me rocking.
slappa da bass man!
 lerxst wrote:
My favorite band by a long shot & I've seen them at least once on every tour for the past 30 years. This is a great, richly-layered song, but frankly I'm burned out on it. They have SO many other brilliant songs that I'd rather hear at this point. RP is where I come to hear stuff I can't hear every day on local radio. Shake it up, Bill.
 
One of my favorite bands.  Agreed, TS is a great song and maybe it's played so more people might recognize it's Rush, but hey....I'm not asking for By-Tor & the Snow Dog, but there are many "accessible" Rush tunes (if we have to go there), like The Analog Kid, Red Barchetta, Limelight, heck maybe even YYZ.  Rush was voted into the R&R Hall of Fame this year with an overwhelming number of votes.  It's nice to see them getting their due after 39 years.

If you're even remotely interested in seeing them live, I wouldn't miss their 40th anniversary tour next year, as they are sure to do one.  They don't have opening acts, it's just 3 hours of Rush playing their asses off.
My favorite band by a long shot & I've seen them at least once on every tour for the past 30 years. This is a great, richly-layered song, but frankly I'm burned out on it. They have SO many other brilliant songs that I'd rather hear at this point. RP is where I come to hear stuff I can't hear every day on local radio. Shake it up, Bill.
Admittedly Rush is not for everyone and sometimes they can be hit or miss with individual songs, but I've been a fan since the first time I heard the breakdown in The Necromancer and they'll always be one of my favorite bands.

I'm with fingerpin in giving it a 10 just to put some balance to all the haters.
 Rockit wrote:
Will someone please upload some of their newer stuff. There are many good tunes to choose from.
 
Rush has new stuff?  Sorry, I dropped off the bandwagon somewhere around 1988...
Will someone please upload some of their newer stuff. There are many good tunes to choose from.
A brush with fame...  The drummer lives in my township.  Must say I have heard that his place is bigger than mine :)

Anyways - Neil Peart is an incredible human being and is a graduate of Berklee.  It would be nice to meet him some day.

 
I don't get the attraction to Rush, esp. homeboy's vocals and some of the lyrics..the music doesn't bug me so much
I just bumped this from a seven to an eight, then thought about the feeling it gave me when I first heard it when it came out.
I think I now have to bump again to 10. :-) 
That is some great rock drumming though.
 treatment_bound wrote:
Who is the idiot here?  It's you're NOT your...{#Razz}
 
Touché.
 socalhol wrote: {#Arrowd} yup, me too!
Puts me in mind of "I Love You Man"

{#Lol}
 freddyfender wrote:
 

That opinion brought to you by the people who brought you Jersey Shore, fake tans and super hold hair gell.
 
Ad hominem attacks against someone who doesn't share your musical tastes?  Really classy.
Average RP listener hates Rush, but loves Paul Simon and U2, ouch!, I prefer being an odd RP listener!
This average rating of a 7 just pissed me off.  F*ck You!
 andrewimft wrote:
Far as I'm concerned, Rush can do no wrong. Their last 2 albums were the best they've made, I think, Vapor Trails and Snakes & Arrows. Their newest is supposed to come out at the end of May 2012. The new one is called Clockwork Angels. From the Rush wikepedia entry:

"Clockwork Angels" an "epic song" and a "multi-parted piece". <10> Peart said of the still in-work album in May 2011, "I intend it to be my highest achievement lyrically and drumming wise."<11>... science fiction novelist Kevin J. Anderson, a long time friend of Neil Peart, announced that he would be writing a novelization of Clockwork Angels. He also revealed information about the album's concept:<14> In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life".
 

Ditto to your comment.

And bump on the post - this record sounds awesome.
I 10'd it in my quest to balance the universe. {#Moon}
 freddyfender wrote:
 

That opinion brought to you by the people who brought you Jersey Shore, fake tans and super hold hair gell.
 
While I'm not one to bash other people for their taste in music and don't normally criticize others for their opinions, this comment is cracking me up.  You owe me a keyboard.
Love it
Rock on Garth
Let's all be cool now....time for air drums!!!
 chadlymn wrote:

Rush...garbage music!!!!! {#Lol} 
Your an idiot who obviously knows nothing about music!
 

Who is the idiot here?  It's you're NOT your...{#Razz}
 Slick wrote:
Worst band ever to get airplay... to each their own.
  

That opinion brought to you by the people who brought you Jersey Shore, fake tans and super hold hair gell.
Far as I'm concerned, Rush can do no wrong. Their last 2 albums were the best they've made, I think, Vapor Trails and Snakes & Arrows. Their newest is supposed to come out at the end of May 2012. The new one is called Clockwork Angels. From the Rush wikepedia entry:

"Clockwork Angels" an "epic song" and a "multi-parted piece". <10> Peart said of the still in-work album in May 2011, "I intend it to be my highest achievement lyrically and drumming wise."<11>... science fiction novelist Kevin J. Anderson, a long time friend of Neil Peart, announced that he would be writing a novelization of Clockwork Angels. He also revealed information about the album's concept:<14> In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life".

I think there is some prejudice involved with this song.  Being a hit does not make a song bad.   I can understand a bigger back-lash against successful songs, but this song is truly a masterpiece.  A work of staggering genius.  I don't think the rest of their work falls into that category though.



I do so love Geddy Lee.....  (insert deep sigh here)  This isn't my favorite song by Rush... But, yes, I do love Geddy Lee  {#Heartkiss}
I have loved this song since I first heard it in 1981. 
Worst band ever to get airplay... to each their own.
Great song from quite possibly the most under-appreciated band of all time. 40 million records sold and they still haven't been inducted into the rock in roll hall of fame. I've seen them live 5 times. They throw a hell of a show. On this song, just listen to the drums. Sure, this was during their keyboard era, but they have countless other songs that display great guitar and bass work. Then of course there are the great lyrics!
Wankers, can't even get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...sheesh.(kidding of course)

The first real rock show I ever saw was: Angel (a glam-metal band from NYC), Rush (on the 2112 tour), with the Blue Oyster Cult headlining (touring Agents of Fortune).

It put the fever for live music into my soul, and it's never gone away. {#Cowboy}

Bless these Canadian prog rockers. They are the genuine article. {#Wave}
I find it hard to negative comment. But these guys suck. They are in my list of worst bands ever.

 Krispian wrote:
One of the greatest songs ever written.
 

In Canada? JK
I'm back in Alexander's Pizza, playing Donkey Kong...love it!
Love this in the rotation!
 1wolfy wrote:
exceptional drums {#Drummer}
 

Almost as good as Ringo.   ;-)
 chadlymn wrote:

Rush...garbage music!!!!!  
Your an idiot who obviously knows nothing about music!

 
You may want to have your spelling and grammar checked before calling someone else an idiot...

I can't believe this song has an average rating of 6.9.  I gave it a 9. I always turn up the volume for this one :) 
YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
 

RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 horstman wrote:

Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree is definitely in the new graduating class of #1 drummers out there.

 
Yes!

One of the greatest songs ever written.
 iTuner wrote:
Really? Really? On RP?
 
Really!  If only to listen to Neil's drumming!    Did you want the drumless Mumford and Sons instead?

exceptional drums {#Drummer}
Really? Really? On RP?
Really? {#Confused}
 wonderunit wrote:

I once heard Geddy Lee's singing compared to "a rabbit that's been shot in the ass with a pellet gun."  A more elegant critique there cannot be.

 
I like another critic's description; "Donald Duck stuck inside a vacuum cleaner".

 Johnny-smooth wrote:
Wow!  You've experienced about 35 more "Geddy-free" years than I did.  Consider yourself to be in a better place for it...

I'm with you, if there was a negative rating, Rush would get it, along with Journey, Styx, etc. Garbage Rock

 
Rush...garbage music!!!!! {#Lol} 
Your an idiot who obviously knows nothing about music!



 treatment_bound wrote:

Wow!  You've experienced about 35 more "Geddy-free" years than I did.  Consider yourself to be in a better place for it...

I'm with you, if there was a negative rating, Rush would get it, along with Journey, Styx, etc. Garbage Rock

 


 jaz013 wrote:
I'd never heard of Rush until I saw the movie "I love you man".  


Wow!  You've experienced about 35 more "Geddy-free" years than I did.  Consider yourself to be in a better place for it...

Wtf? That vocal is ruining everything.
I'd never heard of Rush until I saw the movie "I love you man".  Then this song came on tonight.  Now the wife and I are both dancing around the office.  Love it!
 Peace_tode wrote:
This album was obviously so popular that most of the songs were overplayed on FM radio. I love Rush and it is clear most listeners here have one reason or another not to. I suggest an underplayed deep track or two from this album that may fare better with the masses like The Camera Eye or the grammy nominated (best instrumental) YYZ for the Geddy haters.
 
Agreed and well-said.  I suspect that if something like Different Strings or Losing It were played here, a number of Rush haters would like it... until they found out who it was.

This album was obviously so popular that most of the songs were overplayed on FM radio. I love Rush and it is clear most listeners here have one reason or another not to. I suggest an underplayed deep track or two from this album that may fare better with the masses like The Camera Eye or the grammy nominated (best instrumental) YYZ for the Geddy haters.
 ThePoose wrote:
Neil is in a class of his own, as was John Bonham.
 
Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree is definitely in the new graduating class of #1 drummers out there.

 Dave_Mack wrote:
I'm turning it up!  (I know...you're turning it off )
 
Oh yes.  I am totally getting my high school on right now.

Neil is in a class of his own, as was John Bonham.
 S-curvy wrote:
There are a number of bands from the 70's that really pull my chain, and this is one of them.  What's next?  Foreigner?   


No, but how 'bout some more Canadian crap?  Can I interest you in some April Wine or Triumph?
Me too!  Love this song and the whole album.

 
Dave_Mack wrote:
I'm turning it up!  (I know...you're turning it off )
 


I'm turning it up!  (I know...you're turning it off )
There are a number of bands from the 70's that really pull my chain, and this is one of them.  What's next?  Foreigner?  Maybe that rock 'n Roll heavyweight from Motown, Bob Seger?  No doubt, the Motor City Madman, Mr. Ted Nugent, is lurking, or is that "prowling," around the corner....  I'm sorry if I'm being harsh; it's just that this stuff is from a time and place in my life that is better left where it is now:  in the rear view mirror.  Rot.
So many incredible Rush tunes to choose from, why pick the most overplayed one?  Not complaining though, any Rush (prior to say 1985) is good Rush
You either love them or hate them. Neil Peart is definitely in a class of his own.

Rush haters. Fascinating....

I once heard Geddy Lee's singing compared to "a rabbit that's been shot in the ass with a pellet gun."  A more elegant critique there cannot be.


Another rare mute song
authentic boner music
dear god, WHY? 
 donna_birichina wrote:
 his voice is whiny and the synth is cheesy as all hell?

 


please stop the Rush...

There is not or has been a better rock band speaking from a technical aspect.  The fact that they make some pretty likable music is a bonus.


Hear this more than enough already on commercial FM.
Got to admit, this has been one of the better Fridays here at RP, Didn't hear any coma inducing the National etc. and this song is just about right to be finishing up the work day and heading out.
Thanks RP, keep on rocking, Rush
Unbearable.
Love RUSH!

Just saw them last weekend play this entire album...as well as another two hours of music. When you have a catalog of music from the last 35 years, you can do that. 
{#Drummer}  Ahhh - my kind of 80's music.

 crockydile wrote:

This video was done FOR rush by the guys from Southpark, who are friends with Neil.

 
they taught us to speak Canadian (eh?) !


Third behind The Beatles and Rolling Stones in consecutive gold albums.  Influenced the likes of NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, Death Cab for Cutie and Porcupine Tree just to name a few.  Not bad for three self-proclaimed nerds from Southern Ontario.

 
 pugifat wrote:
SCREEECH, 90 degree turn to the weirder...
 

"Screech" indeed.  If this were just "weird" it would be better.  It's actually sort of (unintentionally?) amusing.  The vocals on the following phrase are hilarious:
"What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift
{#Lol}


You can't say these guys don't have a sense of humor.

Play on, Bill!

Always awesome.
This stands the test of time and is one of the best rock songs ever.
Please!  Stop it!!

I hated this song in 1981, and I really haven't changed my mind in 29 years. 

I realize there's been a "reassessment" on how great Rush was/is/are these last few years (Exhibit A being I Love You, Man), but let's leave this for the other stations, OK???


Unbelievable musical talent.  Three of the best all wrapped up in a single band.  Easy 10.
Dang. I missed the next 6 or 7 songs because I had muted this silly thing.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Rush has some really good songs that have never gotten any airplay. Rush is not well liked off the get go to most of the RP crowd, why you gonna give em fodder by playing this one?{#Stupid}
 
Educational  reasons !!!  {#Nyah}  #9 !

Mommy, make the bad man stop.
SCREEECH, 90 degree turn to the weirder...
God, I hate this song {#Puke}

Alvin and the Chipmunks
 peter_james_bond wrote:
The release date indicates 1991 but this album was actually released in 1981. This is a good song but there are many other Rush songs that would sound good on RP, imo,  such as:

Bravado from Roll the Bones
Nobody's Hero from Counterparts
Mission from Hold Your Fire
Grand Designs from Power Windows
The Pass from Presto
Scars from Presto
Sweet Miracle from Vapor Trails
Armor and Sword from Snakes and Arrows

Cheers,
PJB
 

I agree there are plenty of good songs that would likely fly with the RP crowd. These are a good start.  Good call pjb.
slappin' da bass
paul rudd

Thanks to Chuck I'll always associate this song with Missile Command.

Rush has some really good songs that have never gotten any airplay. Rush is not well liked off the get go to most of the RP crowd, why you gonna give em fodder by playing this one?{#Stupid}
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
07jun13 southpark jpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRuVCW0JQQ8

 

coooooooooooll  {#Tongue}
Already have tickets for their "Time Machine" tour. Oh, and you folks who don't understand... you have my pity. {#Sad}
RUSH home - do not return!
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
07jun13 southpark jpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRuVCW0JQQ8

 
This video was done FOR rush by the guys from Southpark, who are friends with Neil.

 donna_birichina wrote:
Rush, for me, is one of those bands where, I can totally hear the technical brilliance, and I can understand why people love them and stuff.... But I can't really listen to it. Is there an intelligent way to say that his voice is whiny and the synth is cheesy as all hell?
 
What donna said.


Gawd I hate this song, and can't stand this band. {#No}