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Rush - Tom Sawyer



The lyrics are loosely based on a character Mark Twain created in his first novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book was published 1876.

In Twain's book, Tom finds his way into different sorts of adventurous mishaps. Throughout the novel, Tom matures and experiences many rites of passage. Due to cultural and social changes, some public school copies have been edited, removing certain parts that were deemed offensive.

In the December 1985 Rush Backstage Club newsletter, drummer and lyricist Neil Peart said:


"Tom Sawyer was a collaboration between myself and Pye Dubois, an excellent lyricist who wrote the lyrics for Max Webster. His original lyrics were kind of a portrait of a modern day rebel, a free-spirited individualist striding through the world wide-eyed and purposeful. I added the themes of reconciling the boy and man in myself, and the difference between what people are and what others perceive them to be - namely me I guess."


Lyrics


A modern day warrior

Mean, mean stride

Today's Tom Sawyer

Mean, mean pride


Though his mind is not for rent

Don't put him down as arrogant

His reserve, a quiet defense

Riding out the day's events

The river


What you say about his company

Is what you say about society

Catch the mist, catch the myth

Catch the mystery, catch the drift


The world is, the world is

Love and life are deep

Maybe as his skies are wide


Today's Tom Sawyer

He gets high on you

And the space he invades

He gets by on you


No his mind is not for rent

To any god or government

Always hopeful, yet discontent

He knows changes aren't permanent

But change is


What you say about his company

Is what you say about society

Catch the witness, catch the wit

Catch the spirit, catch the spit


The world is, the world is

Love and life are deep

Maybe as his eyes are wide


Exit the warrior

Today's Tom Sawyer

He gets high on you

And the energy you trade

He gets right on to the friction of the day


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