"Roll The Bones" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
Well, you can stake that claim
Good work is the key to good fortune
Winners take that praise
Losers seldom take that blame
If they don't take that game
And sometimes the winner takes nothing
We draw our own designs
But fortune has to make that frame

We go out in the world and take our chances
Fate is just the weight of circumstances
That's the way that Lady Luck dances
Roll the bones

Why are we here?
Because we're here
Roll the bones
Why does it happen?
Because it happens
Roll the bones

Faith is cold as ice
Why are little ones born only to suffer
For the want of immunity
Or a bowl of rice?
Well, who would hold a price
On the heads of the innocent children
If there's some immortal power
To control the dice?

We come into the world and take our chances
Fate is just the weight of circumstances
That's the way that lady luck dances
Roll the bones

Jack, relax
Get busy with the facts
No zodiacs or almanacs
No maniacs in polyester slacks
Just the facts
Gonna kick some Gluteus max
It's a parallax, you dig?
You move around
The small gets big, it's a rig
It's action, reaction
Random interaction
So who's afraid
Of a little abstraction?
Can't get no satisfaction
From the facts?
You better run, homeboy
A fact's a fact
From Nome to Rome, boy

What's the deal, spin the wheel
If the dice are hot, take a shot
Play your cards, show us what you got
What you're holding
If the cards are cold
Don't go folding
Lady Luck is golden
She favors the bold, that's cold
Stop throwing stones
The night has a thousand saxophones
So get out there and rock
And roll the bones
Get busy


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"Roll the Bones" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Alex Zivojinovich

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  • +1
    General CommentRoll the bones is about taking chances and not sitting on ones laurels and waiting for things to happen. Ya gotta grab life by the cahones and squeeze if you want anything
    Dylanthegreekon June 25, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Z22
    I this the song is great...but I hate the hip hop part...its just...well...its not Rush

    I love the rest of the song though. I like the message...to take chances in life and live by the moment...stop asking why...just go with flow...
    and the beat of the song is amazing

    but...just that stupid voice that comes in late of the song makes this one of my least favorite Rush songs...I've heard A LOT of Rush songs and all the ones I've heard I have loved! That voice though...ahhh...just makes this song go towards the bottom of my favorite Rush songs
    steel07on March 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe theme of the entire song and its accompanying album are about atheism and humanity's wishing for order when none exists. This song in particulary describes the real randomness of life and juxtaposed this against humans' various religious and quasi-religious activities (zodiac, faith, etc.). Peart puts it plainly, "We draw our own designs...Fate is just the weight of circumstances."

    There is no god or gods and Peart is simply reflecting this reality.
    Elquemataranason April 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment-nemt

    "Is it just me, or is the voice used for the latter part of the song VERY gay?"

    Well, nemt, yes. It probably is 'just you' who think's that. Aside from your personal right to an opinion, I don't see how the word 'gay' can be used so blatantly in defining a Rush song, or a part of it.

    I'm really getting sick of these narrow-headed neanderthals like yourself who generalize everything they dislike with a false and ridiclious stereotype against homosexuals. You, nemt, should go browse through a dictionary and fill your vocabulary with something other that bullshit.

    Anywho.

    Rockin' song! Love the rapping by Geddy. Can't wait for the new album!
    FenJazzon June 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is also notable for featuring a spoken two-part "rap" after the guitar solo. This rap is performed by bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee; his altered voice is achieved through a drastic lowering of pitch and adding various effects.
    guitarfanatic10on November 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is also notable for featuring a spoken two-part "rap" after the guitar solo. This rap is performed by bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee; his altered voice is achieved through a drastic lowering of pitch and adding various effects.
    guitarfanatic10on November 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI feel like the section about the children is referencing The Children's Crusade.

    This is a powerful song. Very strong lyrics. Geddy Lee is certainly the voice of the rapper; not only have I've seen it brought up in in text and see Geddy mention it in interviews, but I myself have manipulated the pitch of the song and was able to hear the original recording.
    AllisonStreeton January 06, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery well put. This song makes me want to just go out and do something crazy.
    subdividedon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMakes me want to fire up the old bass and play!
    Razormasticatoron October 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSomething in this song tells me to not always live life as an exercise in consequence - stop asking "What if...?", otherwise you won't do anything.

    Other aspects of this song seem to point towards atheism, and the absence of any all powerful entity deciding our fate.
    lerxstgkon November 19, 2004   Link

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