Occasionally a song hits you right in the solar plexus. You know the feeling, right? It can be an affirmation, or an encouragement or just a matter of self identification. Kind of a “hey, that’s me!” moment. Well I had one of the those on the way home today with a Rush song. A Rush song, you say? How could that be?
Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know.
New World Man starts out with this line, “He’s a rebel and a runner“. That certainly pricked my ears!
Followed by “He’s a signal turning green, He’s a restless young romantic, Wants to run the big machine”
So, kind of wow – if you know what I mean. Rather than give a line by line analysis of the song, because we all know how tedious that can be, I thought I’d just bold the lyrics that speak to me today.
“He’s got a problem with his poisons
But you know he’ll find a cure
He’s cleaning up his systems
To keep his nature pure
Learning to match the beat of the Old World man
Learning to catch the heat of the Third World man
He’s got to make his own mistakes
And learn to mend the mess he makes
He’s old enough to know what’s right
But young enough not to choose it
He’s noble enough to win the world
But weak enough to lose it —
He’s a New World man…
He’s a radio receiver
Turned to factories and farms
He’s a writer and arranger
And a young boy bearing arms
He’s got a problem with his power
With weapons on patrol
He’s got to walk a fine line
And keep his self-control
Trying to save the day for the Old World man
Trying to pave the way for the Third World man
He’s not concerned with yesterday
He knows constant change is here today
He’s noble enough to know what’s right
But weak enough not to choose it
He’s wise enough to win the world
But fool enough to lose it —
He’s a New World man…”
Like I’ve said before, these guys speak to me – and today, they really did.