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ANAGRAM (for Mongo) Lyrics

Artist: Rush
Album: Presto

Words by Neil Peart, Music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

there's a snake coming out of the darkness
parade from paradise
end the need for eden
chase the dreams of merchandise

there is tic and toc in atomic
leaders make a deal
the cosmic is largely comic
a con they couldn't conceal

There is no safe seat at the feast
Take your best stab at the beast
The night is turning thin
The saint is turning to sin

raise the art to resistance
danger dare to be grand
pride reduced to humble pie
diamonds down to sand

take heart from earth and weather
the brightness of new birth
take heart from the harvest
shave the harvest from the earth

Reasoning is partly insane
Image just an eyeless game
The night is turning thin
The saint is turning to sin

miracles will have their claimers
more will bow to Rome
he and she are in the house
but there's only me at home

Rose is a rose of splendor
posed to respond in the end
lonely things like nights,
I find, end finer with a friend

I hear in the rate of her heart
A tear in the heat of the art

The night turns thin
The saint turns to sin
Comments/Interpretations
by KS on 7/22/2009 6:35pm
A song about "nothing". Great word play!
by RJS on 10/16/2010 9:53am
This is about something but again thats RUSH Thier muics has stories you just have to figure them out...! That is what makes RUSH so Great!! Plus thier Music and that Neil Peart..Thank god for good mucic still from these 3 guys!!!
by Chris on 1/16/2011 12:44am
I think its a song about pride. Dont lose sight of whats really important. Instead of becoming so proud that you become blind to whats around you, stop and consider what really matters.
by 2112 on 6/13/2012 2:00pm
You silly people, :) this song is merely about the name of the song its self. Anagrams!! Though it may look and sound like there are dozens of anagrams in the song, there are only 2 or 3 i think. Well i hope that helps some what. CLOCKWORK ANGELS FTW!!!!
by Matt on 6/19/2012 11:10am
'Image just an eyeless game' is such a great line. Should really be 'image is an i-less game' but. Absolutely love the word play. Such a clever song.
by Jackman on 5/31/2013 12:26am
A lot of the song is comprised of word puns. There are a few complete anagrams, and many partial ones. Some lines have 2 or even 3 partial anagrams in them. Neil Peart is a genius with lyrics!


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