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WAR PAINT Lyrics

Artist: Rush
Album: Presto

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

girl before the mirror
appraises her disguise
child become a mother
tries to fix her eyes
no more of his excuses
it has to be today
she can keep her fantasy
if she can get away

paint her name on a one-way street
painted cheeks with angry heat
wounded pride on painted eyes
paint the night with battlecries

All puffed up with vanity
We see what we want to see
To the beautiful and the wise
The mirror always lies

boy before the mirror
checks his camoflauge
polishes his armor
and the charger in the garage
no more lame excuses
it has to be tonight
he can take the princess
if he can take the fight

pound the drums with martial beat
pound the streets with marching feet
wounded pride, distorted eyes
paint the night with battlecries

all puffed up with vanity
we see what we want to see
to the powerful and the wise
the mirror always lies

boys and girls together
mistake conceit for pride
--- ambition for illusion
--- dreams for self-delusion
girls and boys together
see what it is we lack
boys and girls together
let's paint the mirror black
paint it black
Comments/Interpretations
by Ruby on 4/28/2009 12:34am
Thank you so much.... I love this song ..
by BGA on 10/29/2009 7:57pm
Thanks for posting these lyrics, I always thought is was "All f***ed up with vanity..." I'm glad its not , not really a Rush line that, love Rush, Love the song :)
by dino go on 10/16/2012 8:51pm
No more lame excuses ... now we can always enjoy our favorite lyrics. Thanks


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