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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Lyrics in my head

Vapor Trail
Lyrics by Neil Peart
Music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Performed by Rush
From the album Vapor Trails

Stratospheric traces of our transitory flight
Trails of condensation held
In narrow paths of white
The sun is turning black
The world is turning gray
All the stars fade from the night
The oceans drain away

Horizon to horizon
Memory written on the wind
Fading away like an hourglass, grain by grain
Swept away like voices in a hurricane

In a vapor trail

Atmospheric phases make the transitory last
Vaporize the memories that freeze the fading past
Silence all the song birds
Stilled by the killing frost
Forests burn to ashes
Everything is lost

Washed away like footprints in the rain

In a vapor trail


  • I have never heard Rush to my knowledge. Those lyrics are good. I am a big fan of lyrics - some people think it is poor man's poetry. Well effete snobs do ;-)

    By Anonymous Ruth, at 1:23 AM  

  • Do song lyrics just repeat in your head? And if so, is it the whole song? And are they accompanied by music?

    I tend to just get annoying little song fragments stuck in my head. Annoying because I can't remember the rest of the song and/or the name of the song.

    By Blogger suze, at 12:58 AM  

  • Those *particular* lyrics were in my head because there was one line I didn't quite know, and it kept playing over and over in my head as I tried to figure out the line... The line was "memory written on the wind".

    The lyrics are *always* accompanied by the music in my head. To me, lyrics are very secondary to the music, which is why I can listen to songs by bands whose words I would otherwise really disagree with. Rage Against the Machine comes to mind there...

    By Blogger David, at 10:49 AM  

  • For me: Sometimes the lyrics are very secondary (eg RATM), other times they are a major part of why I like the song (Tool).

    Of course, I can never do the reverse: that is listen to a song whose lyrics I love, but music I hate.

    By Blogger suze, at 10:43 PM  

  • It pretty much covers Replica related stuff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:00 AM  

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