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Song of the Day
January 19, 2013
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2112
I. Overture

Yeah
Whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah

And the meek shall inherit the earth

II. Temples of Syrinx

... the massive grey walls of the temples rise from the Heart of every federation city. I have always been awed by them, to think that every single facet of every life is regulated and directed from within! our books, our music, our work and play are all looked after by the benevolent wisdom of the priests...

We've taken care of everything
The words you hear and the songs you sing
The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes
It's one for all and all for one
We work together, common sons
Never need to wonder how or why

We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx
Our great computers fill the hallowed halls
We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls

Look around this world we made
Equality, our stock in trade
Come and join the Brotherhood of Man
Oh, what a nice contented world
Let the banners be unfurled
Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand

We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx
Our great computers fill our hallowed halls
We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls

III. Discovery

... behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room that was hidden beneath the cave, I found it. I brushed away the dust of the years, and picked it up, holding it reverently in my hands. I had no idea what it might be, but it was
beautiful ...
... I learned to lay my fingers across the wires, and to turn the keys to make them sound differently. As I struck the wires with my other hand, I produced my first harmonious sounds, and soon my own music! how different it could be from the music of the temples! I cant wait to tell the priests about it! ...


What can this strange device be?
When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
It's got wires that vibrate and give music
What can this thing be that I've found?

See how it sings like a sad heart
And joyously screams out its pain
Sounds that build high like a mountain
Or notes that fall gently like rain

I can't wait to share this new wonder
The people will all see its light
Let them all make their own music
Priests praise my name on this night

IV. Presentation

... in the sudden silence as I finished playing, I looked up to a circle of grim, expressionless faces. Father Brown rose to his feet, and his somnolent voice echoed throughout the silent temple hall. ...
... instead of the grateful joy that I expected, they were words of quiet rejection! Instead of praise, sullen dismissal. I watched in shock and horror as Father Brown ground my precious instrument to splinters beneath his feet...


I know it's most unusual to come before you so
But I've found an ancient miracle, I thought that you should know

Listen to my music, and hear what it can do
There's something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

Yes, we know, it's nothing new, it's just a waste of time
We have no need for ancient ways, the world is doing fine

Another toy that helped destroy the elder race of man!
Forget about your silly whim, it doesn't fit the plan

Whoa oh

I can't believe you're saying, these things just can't be true
Our world could use this beauty, just think what we might do

Listen to my music, hear what it can do
There's something here that's as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

Don't annoy us further, ah we have our work to do
Just think about the average
What use have they for you?

Another toy that helped destroy the elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim, it doesn't fit the plan

V. Oracle: The Dream

... I guess it was a dream, but even now it all seems so vivid to me. Clearly yet I see the beckoning hand of the Oracle as he stood at the summit of the staircase ...
... I see still the incredible beauty of the sculptured cities and the pure spirit of man revealed in the lives and works of this world. I was overwhelmed by both wonder and understanding as I saw a completely different way to life, a way that had been crushed by the federation long ago. I saw now how meaningless life had become with the loss of all these things ...


I wandered home though the silent streets
And fell into a fitful sleep
Escape to realms beyond the night
Dream, can't you show me the light?

I stand atop a spiral stair
An oracle confronts me there
He leads me on light years away
Through astral nights, galactic days

I see the works of gifted hands
That grace this strange and wondrous land
I see the hand of man arise
With hungry mind and open eyes

They left our planets long ago
The elder race still learn and grow
Their power grows with purpose strong
To claim the home where they belong
Home, to tear the Temples down
Home, to change

VI. Soliloquy

... I have not left this cave for days now, it has become my last refuge in my total despair. I have only the music of the waterfall to comfort me now. I can no longer live under the control of the federation, but there is no other place to go. My last hope is that with my death I may pass into the world of my dream, and know peace at last.

The sleep is still in my eyes
The dream is still in my head
I heave a sigh and sadly smile
And lie a while in bed
I wish that it might come to pass
Not fade like all my dreams

Just think of what my life might be
In a world like I have seen
I don't think I can carry on
Carry on this cold and empty life
Oh, no

My spirits are low in the depths of despair
My lifeblood spills over

VII. Grand Finale

Attention, all Planets of the Solar Federation
Attention, all Planets of the Solar Federation
Attention, all Planets of the Solar Federation
We have assumed control
We have assumed control
We have assumed control

Credits

Music by:

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, except "Discovery" and "Presentation" written by Alex Lifeson

Lyrics by:

Neil Peart, inspired by Ayn Rand Wikipedia16

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