The Griffin presents. - Rush - 2112 Lyrics - +quot;I lie awake, staring out into the bleak

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The Griffin presents... --== Rush - 2112 Lyrics ==-- "I lie awake, staring out into 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 Side One: "2112" 1. Overture 2. The Temples of Syrinx 3. Discovery 4. Presentation 5. Oracle/The Dream 6. Soliloquy 7. Grand Finale Side Two: A Passage to Bangkok The Twilight Zone Lessons Tears Something for Nothing Side One 2112 Lyrics by Neil Peart With acknowledgements to the genius of Ayn Rand 1. Overture And the meek shall inherit the Earth. 2. The 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 read The songs you sing The pictures that give pleasure To your eye One for all and all for one 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 the world we've made Equality Our stock in trade Come and join the Brotherhood Of Man What a nice contented world Let the banners Be unfurled Hold the Red Star proudly High in hand 3. 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 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've 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 right 4. 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 The Priests: Yes we know It's nothing new It's just a waste of time We have no need for the ancient ways Our 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 your saying These things just can't be true Our world could use this beauty Just think what we might do The Priests: Don't annoy us further We have our work to do Just think about the average What use have they for you? 5. 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 still see 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 has been crushed by the Federation long ago. I saw now how meaningless life has become with the loss of all these things...." I wandered home through 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 star An oracle confronts me there He leads me on, light years away Through astral nights, galactic days I see the work of gifted hands Grace this strange and wonderous 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 - 6. 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 awake 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 This cold and empty life My spirits are low, in depths of despair My lifeblood Spills over ... 7. Grand Finale (instrumental) Attention all planets of the Solar Federation We have assumed control A Passage to Bangkok 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 Afganistan Rewards a long day's toll Pulling into Katmandu Smoke rings fill the air Perfumed by a Nepal night The Express gets you there The Twilight Zone 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 Sweet memories Flashing very quickly by Reminding me 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 You know we've taught you before But you didn't hear us then So you still question why 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 Tears 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 have 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 Waiting for the winds of change To sweep the clouds away Waiting for the rainbow's end To cast it's gold your way Countless ways You pass the days 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 dream might be Waiting for someone to call And turn your world around Looking for an answer to The questions you have found Looking for An open door What you own in 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 X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X Another file downloaded from: The NIRVANAnet(tm) Seven & the Temple of the Screaming Electron Taipan Enigma 510/935-5845 Burn This Flag Zardoz 408/363-9766 realitycheck Poindexter Fortran 510/527-1662 Lies Unlimited Mick Freen 801/278-2699 The New Dork Sublime Biffnix 415/864-DORK The Shrine Rif Raf 206/794-6674 Planet Mirth Simon Jester 510/786-6560 "Raw Data for Raw Nerves" X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X

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