2112 Album

Artist(s): Rush

Cover Art

Rush 2112 Cover Art

Tracklist

2112: I. Overture

length: 4:33
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart

2112: II. The Temples of Syrinx

length: 2:13
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart
I lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of megadon
City and sky become one, merging into a single plane
A vast sea of unbroken grey
The twin moons
Just two pale orbs as they trace their way across the steely sky
I used to think I had a pretty good life here
Just plugging into my machine for the day
Then watching templevision or reading
A temple paper in the evening

My friend jon always said it was nicer here
Than under the atmospheric domes of the outer planets
We have had peace since 2062
When the surviving planets were banded together
Under the red star of the solar federation
The less fortunate gave us a few new moons

I believed what I was told, I thought it was a good life
I thought I was happy, then I found something that changed it all
Anonymous, 2112

And the meek shall inherit the earth

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 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 the hallowed halls
We are the priests, of the temples of syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls

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 can't 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 found?

See how it sings like a sad heart
And joyously screams out its pain
Chords 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
The priests praise my name on this night

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

The priests
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 will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn't fit the plan

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
And hear what it can do
There's something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

The priests
Don't annoy us further
We have our work to do
Just think about the average
What use have they for you?

Another toy will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn't fit the plan

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 the planet 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

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

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

2112: III. Discovery

length: 3:30
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart
I lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of megadon
City and sky become one, merging into a single plane
A vast sea of unbroken grey
The twin moons
Just two pale orbs as they trace their way across the steely sky
I used to think I had a pretty good life here
Just plugging into my machine for the day
Then watching templevision or reading
A temple paper in the evening

My friend jon always said it was nicer here
Than under the atmospheric domes of the outer planets
We have had peace since 2062
When the surviving planets were banded together
Under the red star of the solar federation
The less fortunate gave us a few new moons

I believed what I was told, I thought it was a good life
I thought I was happy, then I found something that changed it all
Anonymous, 2112

And the meek shall inherit the earth

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 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 the hallowed halls
We are the priests, of the temples of syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls

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 can't 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 found?

See how it sings like a sad heart
And joyously screams out its pain
Chords 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
The priests praise my name on this night

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

The priests
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 will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn't fit the plan

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
And hear what it can do
There's something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

The priests
Don't annoy us further
We have our work to do
Just think about the average
What use have they for you?

Another toy will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn't fit the plan

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 the planet 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

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

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

2112: IV. Presentation

length: 3:40
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart
'...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

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
And hear what it can do
There's something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

Don't annoy us further!
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!

2112: V. Oracle: The Dream

composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart
'...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 through 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 the planet 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!

2112: VI. Soliloquy

length: 2:23
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart
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

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

2112: VII. Grand Finale

length: 2:18
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart
Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
We have a__umed control
We have a__umed control
We have a__umed control

A Passage to Bangkok

length: 3:35
producer: Rush and Terry Brown
engineer: Terry Brown
arranger: Terry Brown and Rush
vocal: Geddy Lee
guitar: Alex Lifeson
bass guitar: Geddy Lee
percussion: Neil Peart
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart
Our first stop is in Bogota
To check Columbian fields
The natives smile and pass along
A sample of their yield
Sweet Jamaican pipe dreams
Golden Acapulco nights
Then Morocco, and the East,
Fly by morning light

We're on the train to Bangkok
Aboard the Thailand Express
We'll hit the stops along the way
We only stop for the best

Wreathed in smoke in Lebanon
We burn the midnight oil
The fragrance of Afghanistan
Rewards a long day's toil
Pulling into Katmandu
Smoke rings fill the air
Perfumed by a Nepal night
The Express gets you there

The Twilight Zone

length: 3:20
producer: Rush and Terry Brown
engineer: Terry Brown
arranger: Terry Brown and Rush
vocal: Geddy Lee
guitar: Alex Lifeson
bass guitar: Geddy Lee
percussion: Neil Peart
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Neil Peart
A pleasant faced man steps up to greet you
He smiles and says he's pleased to meet you
Beneath his hat the strangeness lies
Take it off, he's got three eyes
Truth is false and logic lost
Now the fourth dimension is crossed

You have entered the Twilight Zone
Beyond this world strange things are known
Use the key, unlock the door
See what your fate might have in store
Come explore your dreams' creation
Enter this world of imagination

Wake up lost in an empty town
Wondering why no one else is around
Look up to see a giant boy
You've just become his brand new toy
No escape, no place to hide
Here where time and space collide

Lessons

length: 3:53
producer: Terry Brown and Rush
engineer: Terry Brown
arranger: Terry Brown and Rush
vocal: Geddy Lee
guitar: Alex Lifeson
bass guitar: Geddy Lee
percussion: Neil Peart
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Alex Lifeson
Reminding me
And giving me a reason why
I know that
My goal is more than a thought
I'll be there
When I teach what I've been taught
And I've been taught...

You know we've told you before
But you didn't hear us then
So you still question why
No! You didn't listen again!
You didn't listen again!

Sweet memories
I never thought it would be like this
Reminding me
Just how close I came to missing
I know that
This is the way for me to go
You'll be there
When you know what I know
And I know...

You know we've told you before
But you didn't hear us then
So you still question why
No! You didn't listen again!
You didn't listen again!


Tears

length: 3:35
producer: Rush and Terry Brown
engineer: Terry Brown
arranger: Rush and Terry Brown
vocal: Geddy Lee
guitar: Alex Lifeson
bass guitar: Geddy Lee
percussion: Neil Peart
guest keyboard: Hugh Syme
composer: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
lyricist: Geddy Lee
All of the seasons
And all of the days
All of the reasons
Why I've felt this way
So long
So long

Then lost in that feeling
I looked in your eyes
I noticed emotion
And that you had cried
For me
I can see

What would touch me deeper
Tears that fall from eyes
That only cry?
Would it touch you deeper
Than tears that fall from eyes
That know why?

A lifetime of questions
Tears on your cheek
I tasted the answers
And my body was weak
For you
The truth

Something for Nothing

length: 3:59
producer: Terry Brown and Rush
engineer: Terry Brown
arranger: Terry Brown and Rush
vocal: Geddy Lee
guitar: Alex Lifeson
bass guitar: Geddy Lee
percussion: Neil Peart
composer: Geddy Lee
lyricist: Neil Peart
Waiting for the winds of change
To sweep the clouds away
Waiting for the rainbow's end
To cast its gold your way
Countless ways
You pass the days

Waiting for someone to call
And turn your world around
Looking for an answer to
The question you have found
Looking for
An open door

You don't get something for nothing
You don't get freedom for free
You won't get wise
With the sleep still in your eyes
No matter what your dreams might be

What you own is your own kingdom
What you do is your own glory
What you love is your own power
What you live is your own story
In your head is the answer
Let it guide you along
Let your heart be the anchor
And the beat of your own song