"Lakeside Park" as written by and Alex Lifeson Geddy Lee Weinrib....
Midway hawkers calling "try your luck with me"
Merry-go-round wheezing the same old melody
A thousand ten-cent wonders, who could ask for more?
A pocketful of silver, the key to heaven's door

Lakeside Park
Willows in the breeze
Lakeside Park
So many memories
Laughing rides
Midway lights
Shining stars
On summer nights

Days of barefoot freedom racing with the waves
Nights of starlit secrets, crackling driftwood flames
Drinking by the lighthouse, smoking on the pier
Still we saw the magic was fading every year

Lakeside Park
Willows in the breeze
Lakeside Park
So many memories
Laughing rides
Midway lights
Shining stars
On summer nights

Everyone would gather
On the twenty-fourth of May
Sitting in the sand
To watch the fireworks display
Dancing fires on the beach
Singing songs together
Though it's just a memory, some memories last forever


Lyrics submitted by shed27

"Lakeside Park" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., OLE MM, OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP, Peermusic Publishing

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    General CommentThis, while mostly simple nostalgia, does go beyond that. I think he is saying that the magic of our childhoods will die at some point but it will always live on in our memories.
    Galt2112on April 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is awesome, it's about this park in Port Dalhousie, Canada which is like a 5 minute walk from my house!
    Jesse969on March 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClassic song from Caress of Steel. Kinda reminds me of Zeppelin, sort of like Over the Hills and Far Away. Surprised noone has commented. Maybe because everyone underrates this solid precursor to their masterpiece "2112".
    johnpauljones86on June 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentClassic song from Caress of Steel. Kinda reminds me of Zeppelin, sort of like Over the Hills and Far Away. Surprised noone has commented. Maybe because everyone underrates this solid precursor to their masterpiece "2112".
    johnpauljones86on June 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm glad to see johnpauljones86 compare this somewhat to Zeppelin and their Over the Hills and Far Away. I've thought the very same thing for many years now.

    And I agree that this album is highly underrated.
    mkgon November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was my favorite Rish song for a while... 2112 and possibly the Spirit of Radio have replaced it, but it's still such an awesome song. Makes me wish could play guitar...
    TheSilverNobleon December 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey used to hang out in a park.

    It was cool.
    everyday_gloryon July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was inspired by where Neil used to work. When he was in his late teens he took up a job at the fairgrounds there..

    "Midway hawkers calling "Try your luck with me."
    Merry-go-round wheezing same old melody.
    A thousand ten-cent wonders, who could ask for more.
    A pocketful of silver, the key to heaven's door. "
    Try your luck with me/ --obviously stating about his jobs, which were the Ball Toss and the Bubble Game. A pocketfull of silver was all you needed to have fun, hence a key to heavens door. I really like the song. It has such a nice melody. I don't know about riffs or guitars or anything like that, but it is really just a nice put together song.
    stephanierush07on March 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis this song about lakeside amusement park?
    mabelineon July 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always loved how Neil's lyrics have a story behind them. His songs have memories in them that they have lived through instead of a whole lot of words thrown together.
    Drumminmanxxlon November 20, 2013   Link

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