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Rush (the band!) Fans for Ron Paul

This came up several weeks ago and I thought I needed to post an inaugural thread.

You should know this if you're reading here, but in case you don't: this is RUSH the BAND not Rush the radio blowhard personality.

I don't really feel the urge at the moment to write about how I became a Rush fan (we are not a likely pairing, that's for sure)...but the more my world view becomes oriented towards love and liberty (and Love OF Liberty), the more I appreciate their music and especially their lyrics.

So...the first meeting of the Rush Fans for Ron Paul group is In Session. Feel free to post your favorite songs, lyrics, stories etc.

My contributions today will be The Trees (lyrics here http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rush/thetrees.html)


and Red Barchetta (lyrics here: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rush/red+barchetta_20119966.html) - TSU and I were discussing this song the other day and laughing that lots of bands have nostalgic songs about cars, but only Rush would have a nostalgic song about a car based in a dystopian future world where an oppressive government has banned all the good cars.


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Happy 4th after-all!

And I thought I would be depressed this fourth of July! But, these two huge worlds of mine have met....Can we possibly get Star Trek into this mix ? ;) I have donned my Spock ears!
Ahh the perennial philosophy....so good.

"And the men who hold high places, must be the ones who start...

...to mold a new reality

Closer to the heart"

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Second Nature


"Second Nature"

A memo to a higher office
Open letter to the powers that be
To a god, a king, a head of state
A captain of industry
To the movers and the shakers...
Can't everybody see?

It ought to be second nature
I mean, the places where we live
Let's talk about this sensibly
We're not insensitive
I know progress has no patience
But something's got to give

I know you're different
You know I'm the same
We're both too busy
To be taking the blame
I'd like some changes
But you don't have the time
We can't go on thinking
It's a victimless crime
No one is blameless
But we're all without shame
We fight the fire while we're feeding the flames

Folks have got to make choices
And choices got to have voices
Folks are basically decent
Conventional wisdom would say
But we read about the exceptions
In the papers every day

It ought to be second nature
At least, that's what I feel
Now I lay me down in Dreamland
I know perfect's not for real
I thought we might get closer
But I'm ready to make a deal

Today is different, and tomorrow the same
It's hard to take the world the way that it came
Too many rapids keep us sweeping along
Too many captains keep on steering us wrong
It's hard to take the heat
It's hard to lay blame
To fight the fire while we're feeding the flames

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has...

John Stevens
Jacksonville Ron Paul 2008 Meetup Organizer

YES!!!! Hold Your Fire was

Hold Your Fire was the the first album I purchased.

Rush (Great Canadian Band)

So happy to see you post this on Canada Day.
This Canadian says Thanks You!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I didn't even know! :-) That

I didn't even know! :-) That makes it even better!

Yep the day you posted this

July 1st Canada Day!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

The versatility of Rush

First off, in the Age of the Whistleblower, this list wouldn't be complete without this cut:

Witch Hunt
Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rush/witchhunt.html

As others have pointed out, Neil Peart is not only a master drummer, but also a master lyricist. The band's discography is replete with tracks featuring thought-provoking, individualistic, anti-authoritarian messaging. Aside from those cited below, see, for example, The Weapon, Territories, Anthem, Red Sector A, and Nobody's Hero.

Rush is widely known for their achievements as a power trio, a reputation that is, of course, richly deserved. But for those whose taste runs a bit mellower, the following tracks may come as a pleasant surprise. There's something in Rush for most everyone, and I think their 'softer side' is under-appreciated. In fact, while this may be sacrilege to some other fans, I'm hopeful that someday they'll choose to incorporate more of their acoustic material in their live shows. :-)


Making Memories

Losing It

Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rush/resist.html

In the End

Different Strings

Take a Friend


The Pass

Completely awesome list! I

Completely awesome list! I would actually add The Garden from Clockwork Angels as a much more mellow song. I'm pretty sure I saw my husband tearing up the first time he heard this song.


please make a fb page for

please make a fb page for this group , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu9Ycq64Gy4

Ron Paul 2016

I am not on fb but ya'll are

I am not on fb but ya'll are welcome to...I prefer to send traffic to DP and away from fb whenever possible. ;-)

Actually it was my Son

that opened my eyes to Rush when he was 10 years old (some 30 years ago). Dave was taking drum lessons at the time and when he wasn't practicing his assignments he would try and play along with Neil ( the professor ), lol. Just last year we had a conversation and was surprised to hear he was also an admirer of Barriemore Barlow. If you don't know who he is check this out. BTW, Dave still plays and is in a band in the Seattle area, Peace


Watch the documentary,

Beyond the Lighted Stage

Very informative.

(I saw it on VH1 about a year ago: http://www.vh1.com/video/misc/531773/vh1-news-rush-beyond-th... )

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Perfect Fit

One reason why Rush is such a perfect fit for the DP is the fact that lyric writer in chief, Neil Peart, has been a devout Libertarian for practically his whole life. I have been an unwavering Rush aficionado since around 1976 and was initially drawn to them,(as a musician,of course)for their virtuosic instrumental abilities. It became very apparent on 2112,in which Peart inserted Ayn Rand's name into the liner note credits, that this was not your everyday,corporate manufactured, rock band !Come to think of it,after listening to and analyzing his lyrical content,Neil Peart taught me how to think critically and question everything long before it was ever alluded to later in life while in college.Rush has produced an immense body of work and has never sacrificed artistic or intellectual integrity.Bravo Neil for being a beacon of light in a dark sea of apathy and mundane commercialism. It's been a most wonderful ride my friend !

Jack Rose

Had to add a must for the concert



My side window of my car shattered while playing the song and I didn't know it until I parked. Never knew how it was broken.


Nice Post

Thanks for hitting a sweet spot in my brain. My first Rush concert was really a Kansas concert . Rush was the opener at the Palladium in NY. I never heard of them before but knew they were going to be huge.
The audience would not let them leave the stage. I enjoyed many concerts with Rush since; needless to say.



Nice concert...

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

made this in Sept 2011

the only video i ever put together....was moved during the campaign:


went to Signals tour in 1983. Havent missed a tour since.

Excellent Video

I think that I have seen it before, during the campaign. Awesome job, and message.
Did you need permission when you do these compilations?
I think Signals was my first Rush purchase also; but not my last by a long shot. thanks


thanks mikoni

i didnt ask anyone for permission so i am really not sure.

My first and still favorite album was counterparts,

but they are all very good albums


You guys are posting a lot of good ones. Ive been a diehard fan for 23 years and I didnt even start until Roll The Bones album came out :-). Anyway, Here is my obscure contribution:

Yea man

I still got the Roll The Bones T-shirt. Keep rolling them.


Gary Lee Rulz.


"Damn the pandas, full steam ahead"

-Admiral David Farragut


Closer to the Heart!

Always gets my skin tingly. Love that song.

It gives a little hope for Man-kind....

Sad also ; I don't think there is is much though. My cousin recently used that Man-Kind, noting it as an oxymoron for sure.


Don't forget Gary 'Geddy' Lee's solo album...

(Entitled: My Favorite Headache):


More personal statements but a few political ones there as well.

Most of Rush's lyrics were written by Neal Peart, the drummer, so this album is a rare look into Geddy's mind. Musically brilliant also btw...

"Success to failure - It's just a matter of degrees"

"Damn the pandas, full steam ahead"

-Admiral David Farragut

If You Don't Want It, It Remains The Same,

You've got to want it,
You've got to want it,
You've got to want it,
You've got to want it.

"Damn the pandas, full steam ahead"

-Admiral David Farragut

I broke down outside town

when I was a kid, and had to hitch hike back with a logging truck. The driver was a big fat biker looking guy with tattoos all over his arms and he introduced me to Rush. Since then, Rush has been a go to band any time I need some rock and roll.