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Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage.

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

Living in the Limelight,
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem.
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation,
Get on with the fascination,
The real relation,
The underlying theme.

Living in a fisheye lens,
Caught in the camera eye.
I have no heart to lie,
I can't pretend a stranger
Is a long-awaited friend.

All the world's indeed a stage,
And we are merely players,
Performers and portrayers,
Each another's audience
Outside the gilded cage.

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    trwFeb 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    i hate people. my piss off theme song. i sing this going to the mall or grocery store. you know when you bump into someone and then you have to fake a smile.
  • paradox
    paradoxNov 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm
    I think the meaning is about the "Soul Camera". Life is a movie and we're all here to play our part - we're all directors and stars of our own show. One of the words is wrong, but the 'correct lyrics' link is not available for this song. In the lines..."The universal dream, for those who wish to seem" it's not "seem", it's "see".
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    BURWHOSep 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    I dont think Peart has a social angxiety problem at all. In fact I belive he is normal for not embracing every stranger he meets. maybe the majority of people that do accept strangers as "long awated friends" have a social acceptance disorder. Think about it.
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    shaman69Sep 24, 2010 at 5:22 am
    It means that Neil Peart has a social angxiety dissorder. He can't handel the attention, even one on one. Like most really brilliant and/or talented people, he has a problem dealing with the rest of us. Listen; Rush is always deep but dial it back about three notches guys, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
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    nuclearmikeNov 18, 2009 at 2:40 am
    What do you expect from a little blonde? Ladyhawk, your insight is keen! It appears this song was written when the band had to deal with instant fame and all that comes with it. "Performers and portrayers, each other's audience"; I love this last verse as it defines Shakespeares quote so eloquently .

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