Rush Natural Science Lyrics

Permanent Waves Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Spirit of Radio
  • 2 Freewill
  • 3 Jacob's Ladder
  • 4 Entre Nous
  • 5 Different Strings
  • 6 Natural Science

  • 1. Tide Pools
    When the ebbing tide retreats
    Along the rocky shoreline,
    It leaves a trail of tidal pools
    In a short-lived galaxy.
    Each microcosmic planet
    A complete society.

    A simple kind mirror
    To reflect upon our own.
    All the busy little creatures
    Chasing out their destinies.
    Living in the pools,
    They soon forget about the sea...

    Wheels within wheels in a spiral array,
    A pattern so grand and complex,
    Time after time we lose sight of the way,
    Our causes can't see their effects.

    2. Hyerspace
    A quantum leap forward
    In time and in space,
    The universe learned to expand.

    Myths and the magic,
    Triumphant and tragic,
    A mechanized world out of hand.

    Computerized clinic
    For superior cynics
    Who dance to a synthetic band.

    In their own image,
    Their world is fashion.
    No wonder they don't understand.

    3. Permanent Waves
    Science, like nature
    Must also be tamed
    With a view toward its preservation.
    Given the same
    State of integrity,
    It will surely serve us well.

    Art as expression,
    Not as market campaigns
    Will still capture our imaginations.
    Given the same
    State of integrity,
    It will surely help us along.

    The most endangered species,
    The honest man,
    Will still survive annihilation.
    Forming a world
    State of integrity,
    Sensitive, open and strong.

    Wave after wave will flow with the tide, and bury the world as it does.
    Tide after tide will flow and recede, leaving life to go on as it was...

    Written by: Neil Elwood Peart, Gary Lee Weinrib, Alex Zivojinovich

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