CND Song 13

Rush - Tom Sawyer, 1981 (Toronto, Ontario)

Rush are one of the most successful Canadian bands ever, even with Americans - I knew they had to be on this countdown. But how on earth would I describe the clip you see here? It was time to call in an expert, or the next best thing: a Rush fan. So let's hear from Dennis Murphy of Berlin, once of Halifax. Take it away, Dennis!

"Rush? I have been accused of being a fan. Here I am, listening to 'Tom Sawyer', and smiling broadly. What's not to love? Okay the funny electronic nipple-twists can go, but the rest is awesome. What a trio of heroes. Who wasn't amazed by Neil Peart's poetic lyrics and nifty beat? Geddy Lee, what kind of a name is that? Playing the awesome bass, singing the crazy sounds, and playing the keyboard with his feet simultaneously. Alex Lifeson. Honestly I don't care about Alex Lifeson. He plays some great guitar. He has some wild wispy hair. I guess he can take a physical beating and give some back.

I like this song but I never understood it. Tom Sawyer what? The River? Mean Pride? I liked the "His mind is not for rent" line, but the "What you say about society..." bit makes no sense at all. It's progressive rock, bitches: just listen and be amazed.

Why do I love this band? Time signatures. They're flipping around between 4/4, 7/4, and 2/4, and it's still groovy. No small wonder I dance so oddly."

Thank you, Dennis. I'm not sure I could dance to this, but anything's possible:

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