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Proud swagger out of the schoolyard
Waiting for the world's applause
Rebel without a conscience
Martyr without a cause

Static on your frequency
Electrical storm in your veins
Raging at unreachable glory
Straining at invisible chains

And now you're trembling on a rocky ledge
Staring down into a heartless sea
Can't face life on a razor's edge
Nothing's what you thought it would be

All of us get lost in the darkness
Dreamers learn to steer by the stars
All of us do time in the gutter
Dreamers turn to look at the stars
Turn around and turn around and turn around
Turn around and walk the razor's edge
Don't turn your back
And slam the door on me

It's not as if this barricade
Blocks the only road
It's not as if you're all alone
In wanting to explode

Someone set a bad example
Made surrender seem all right
The act of a noble warrior
Who lost the will to fight

And now you're trembling on a rocky ledge
Staring down into a heartless sea
Done with life on a razor's edge
Nothing's what you thought it would be

No hero in your tragedy
No daring in your escape
No salutes for your surrender
Nothing noble in your fate
Christ, what have you done?



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  • deiderique
    deideriqueAug 4, 2014 at 8:29 am
    These lyrics are the author's effort to address teen suicide and the tragic tendency to romanticize it. It's critical and unapologetic about the role kamikaze pilots have played in the pseudo creation of the fallacy that "honor" can be found in taking ones own life if the cause is seen as a noble feat for the betterment of society. But that's all bullshit. Suicide is a horrific tragedy that only leaves family's shattered with irreparable emotional trauma that leads to hatred, blame, irrational decisions, substance abuse or even death. All self destructive behavior stemming from guilt by suicide is directly proportional to the act of suicide. It's a selfish tragedy that sometimes happens when a cry for help goes wrong. And an unintentional suicide is the saddest of all. Talk to your kids if they even joke about wanting to die. Make sure they know you need then to live and be happy. So some day they can put you in a nursing facility like a good kid should do.
    Dying only happens once people. Don't push up your time out of stupidity or petty junior high boo hoo whoa is me shit.
    That Kamikaze bullshit was soldiers killing soldiers. Not some glamorous last ditch effort to save humanity. War is fucking ugly. Dying is even fuglier.
    Anyone thinking of suicide and thinks an epigram like, "They'll all be sorry when I'm dead!"
    No they won't. Demythologize that idea right now! No one will be sorry. Just sad. Really sad.

    But hey, on a brighter note: I love this song. Peart pays homage to Oscar Wilde by paraphrasing a famous line from Wilde's play Mrs Windermere's Fan. 'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. '
    This is a way that he can share his great passion for classical literature with a tremendous amount of people that may have never even heard of Oscar Wilde.
    Peart knows all too well that knowledge begets knowledge, and a brilliant quote is beyond reproach when it solidifies one's note card doodles, brainstorming lists and outline ideas into a complete finished thought.

    'If there is anything more annoying in the world than having people talk about you, it's certainly having no one talk about you. ' Oscar Wilde.

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