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#21 psionic11

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:11 PM

I've collected some of my favorite lyrics by Neil.  I realize now that there is an undercurrent of a dark undertone here.

As with other great philosophers throughout Western history, thanks for keeping it real, Neil.

Edited by psionic11, 11 January 2020 - 12:07 AM.


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:11 PM

LARGE PHILOSOPHICAL

All this time we're talking and sharing our Rational View
A billion other voices are spreading other news

We hold beliefs as a consolation
A way to take us out of ourselves
Meditation, or medication
A comfort, or a promised reward

Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats

All the busy little creatures
Chasing out their destinies
Living in their pools
They soon forget about the sea...

The balance can sometimes fail-
Strong emotions can tip the scale-

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...

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:12 PM

DARK SOCIAL REALITY

We shake our heads at the tragedy

Summer's going fast,
Nights growing colder
Children growing up-
Old friends growing older
Experience slips away...

I find no absolution
In my rational point of view
Maybe some things are instinctive
But there's one thing you could do
You could try to understand me-
I could try to understand you...

It's not a matter of mercy
It's not a matter of laws
Plenty of people will kill you for some fanatical cause

It's cold comfort
To the ones without it
To know how they struggled-
How they suffered about it

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:12 PM

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHICAL

Some are blessed and some are cursed
The golden one or scarred from birth
While others only see the worst
Such a lot of pain on the earth

Some days were dark
I wish that I could live it all again
Some nights were bright
I wish that I could live it all again

Though we might have precious little
It's still precious

Cast in this unlikely role,
Ill-equipped to act,
With insufficient tact,
One must put up barriers
To keep oneself intact.

All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary
'Cause sometimes the target is you

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PERSONAL DESTINY

Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt
That's far too fleet...

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

I was brought up to believe
The universe has a plan
We are only human
It's not ours to understand

All is for the best
Believe in what we're told
Blind men in the market
Buying what we're sold
Believe in what we're told

We can go from boom to bust
From dreams to a bowl of dust
We can fall from rockets' red glare
Down to "Brother can you spare-"

Like the rat in a maze who says,
"Watch me choose my own direction"
Are you under the illusion
The path is winding your way?
Are you surprised by confusion
When it leads you astray?
Have you lived a lifetime today -
Or do you feel like you just got carried away?

Edited by psionic11, 10 January 2020 - 11:18 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:13 PM

GLOBAL PHILOSOPHICAL

I thought of time and distance
The hardships of history

Big money take control
Big money got a mean streak
Big money got no soul...

The people were divided
Every soul a battlefield...

Now it's come to this
Like we're back in the dark ages
From the Middle East to the Middle West
It's a plague that resists our science

Truth is after all a moving target
Hairs to split, and pieces that don't fit
How can anybody be enlightened?
Truth is after all so poorly lit

Let the truth of love be lighted
Let the love of truth shine clear
Sensibility
Armed with sense and liberty
With the Heart and Mind united
In a single perfect sphere

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:13 PM

MANHATTAN PROJECT

Imagine a time when it all began
In the dying days of a war
A weapon - that would settle the score
Whoever found it first
Would be sure to do their worst -
They always had before...

Imagine a man where it all began
A scientist pacing the floor
In each nation - always eager to explore
To build the best big stick
To turn the winning trick -
But this was something more...

The big bang - took and shook the world
Shot down the rising sun
the end was begun - it would hit everyone
When the chain reaction was done
The big shots - try to hold it back
Fools try to wish it away
The hopeful depend on a world without end
Whatever the hopeless may say

Imagine a place where it all began
They gathered from across the land
To work in the secrecy of the desert sand
All of the brightest boys
To play with the biggest toys -
More than they bargained for...

Imagine a man when it all began
The pilot of "Enola Gay"
Flying out of the shockwave on that August day
All the powers that be, and the course of history,
Would be changed for evermore...

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:14 PM

THE GARDEN

In this one of many possible worlds, all for the best, or some bizarre test?
It is what it is - and whatever
Time is still the infinite jest

The arrow files when you dream, the hours tick away - the cells tick away
The Watchmaker keeps to his schemes
The hours tick away - they tick away

The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect
So hard to earn, so easily burned
In the fullness of time
A garden to nurture and protect

In the rise and the set of the sun
'Til the stars go spinning - spinning 'round the night
It is what it is - and forever
Each moment a memory in flight

The arrow flies while you breathe, the hours tick away - the cells tick away
The Watchmaker has time up his sleeve
The hours tick away - they tick away

The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respect
The way you live, the gifts that you give
In the fullness of time
It's the only return that you expect

The future disappears into memory
With only a moment between
Forever dwells in that moment
Hope is what remains to be seen

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:19 PM

Too many hands on my time
Too many feelings
Too many things on my mind
When I leave I don't know what I'm hoping to find
When I leave I don't know what I'm leaving behind

Edited by J2112YYZ, 10 January 2020 - 11:20 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:31 PM

The future disappears into memory
With only a moment between
Forever dwells in that moment
Hope is what remains to be seen


Just came on the DVD I'm watching. Incredibly poignant tonight in particular.

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:51 PM

You know were having good days and we hope their gonna last our future still looks brighter than our past we feel no need to worry no reason to be sad our memories remind us maybe road life's not so bad

people who judge without a measure of mercy, all the victims who will never learn, even the lost ones you can only give up on, even the ones who will make you burn, thank your stars you're not that way turn your back and walk away don't even pause and ask them why turn around and say goodbye.

Your meters may overload you can rest at the side of the road you can miss a stride but nobody gets a free ride more than high performance more than just a spark more just the bottom line or a lucky shot in the dark in the long run from first to last the peak is never passed something always fires that light that gets in your eye one moments high and glory rolls on by like a streak of lightning that flashes and fades in the summer sky.

The earth beneath us starts to tremble with the spreading of a low black cloud a thunderous roar shakes the air like the whole world exploding, Scorching blast of golden fire as it slowly leaves the ground tears away with a mighty force the air is shot by that awesome sound.

What did care the fool that I was little by little I burned, sometimes there might be a flaw but how pretty the picture was back then,  What did I do the fool that I was to profit from youthful mistakes, it's shameful to tell how often I fell in love with illusions again.

We can walk our road together if our goals are all the same, we can run alone and free if we pursue a different aim, let the truth of love be lighted let the love of truth shine clear, sensibility, armed with sense and liberty with the heart and mind united in a single perfect sphere

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 12:04 AM

View Postpsionic11, on 10 January 2020 - 11:11 PM, said:

I've collected some of my favorite lyrics by Neil.  I realize now that there is an undercurrent of a dark undertone here.

As with other great philosophers throughout Western history, thanks for keeping it real, Neil.

I miss you dearly already.  How is it you've affected me like no other?  


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Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:07 AM

View Postpsionic11, on 10 January 2020 - 11:14 PM, said:

THE GARDEN

In this one of many possible worlds, all for the best, or some bizarre test?
It is what it is - and whatever
Time is still the infinite jest

The arrow files when you dream, the hours tick away - the cells tick away
The Watchmaker keeps to his schemes
The hours tick away - they tick away

The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect
So hard to earn, so easily burned
In the fullness of time
A garden to nurture and protect

In the rise and the set of the sun
'Til the stars go spinning - spinning 'round the night
It is what it is - and forever
Each moment a memory in flight

The arrow flies while you breathe, the hours tick away - the cells tick away
The Watchmaker has time up his sleeve
The hours tick away - they tick away

The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respect
The way you live, the gifts that you give
In the fullness of time
It's the only return that you expect

The future disappears into memory
With only a moment between
Forever dwells in that moment
Hope is what remains to be seen
This is the last song I played tonight. Last album, last song, last of a career. F-ing wow, dude.

I in general find his lyrics to be a source of inspiration and realism. Set to music that rocks my ass off. Beat that. I have dealt with physical problems for a while and find Rush to be a source of positivity and energy and hope.

Funny, I thought they were just a band that rocks.

I listened to Snakes And Arrows a lot during the issues I had back then. As well as some Vapor Trails and Counterparts. It would bolster me during my gym workouts.

I had more severe problems in 2018 which almost killed me. Twice, apparently. I dealt with the pain of bandaging while listening to S&A and clicking the pain meds button... just hanging on. We can only bow to the here and now or be broken down blow by blow.

I had to put on my bravest face.

I didn't know Neil was facing his own personal hell. I wish I could have offered him some solace like he did me. He didn't just retire. He had literally given all he could.

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:10 AM

You move me
You move me

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:12 AM

View PostJ2112YYZ, on 10 January 2020 - 11:19 PM, said:

Too many hands on my time
Too many feelings
Too many things on my mind
When I leave I don't know what I'm hoping to find
When I leave I don't know what I'm leaving behind
Listening to that now...



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Posted 11 January 2020 - 07:55 AM

If I could wave my magic wand
I'd make everything all right

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 08:58 AM

"When I heard that you were gone I felt a shadow cross my heart".  :(

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:00 AM

Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:40 AM

I turn my face to the sun

Close my eyes,

Let my defenses down

All those wounds

That I can't get unwound

I let my past go too fast

No time to pause

If I could slow it all down

Like some captain,

Whose ship runs aground

I can wait until the tide comes around

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:30 AM

"Analog Kid" --

The boy lies in the grass, unmoving
staring at the sky
His mother starts to call him
as a hawk goes soaring by.
The boy pulls down his baseball cap
and covers up his eyes.

"Freewill" --

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear; I will choose free will.


So important to me to my evolving self-concept from middle school on . . .

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:47 AM

Such a tangle of them in my mind, but here are my two absolute favourite individual couplets:

I see the hands of men arise with hungry minds and open eyes.

Pavements may teem with intense energy but the city is calm in this violent sea.




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