"Presto" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
If I could wave my magic wand

I am made from the dust of the stars
And the oceans flow in my veins
Here I hide in the heart of the city
Like a stranger coming out of the rain

The evening plane rises up from the runway
Over constellations of light
I look down into a million houses
And wonder what you're doing tonight

If I could wave my magic wand
I'd make everything all right

I'm not one to believe in magic
But I sometimes have a second-sight
I'm not one with a sense of proportion
When my heart still changes overnight

I had a dream of a winter garden
A midnight rendezvous
Silver, blue, and frozen silence
What a fool I was for you

I had a dream of the open water
I was swimming away out to sea
So deep I could never touch bottom
What a fool I used to be

If I could wave my magic wand
I'd set everybody free

I'm not one to believe in magic
Though my memory has a second-sight
I'm not one to go pointing my finger
When I radiate more heat than light

Don't ask me
I'm just improvising
My illusion of careless flight
Can't you see
My temperature's rising
I radiate more heat than light

Don't ask me
I'm just sympathizing
My illusions a harmless flight
Can't you see
My temperature's rising
I radiate more heat than light


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"Presto" as written by Geddy Lee Alex Lifeson

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  • +2
    General Commenti dont think there is anyone here who wouldnt jump at the chance to simply wave a wand to make everything perfect
    beemer11on April 14, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love the line "What a fool I used to be!" I think we all feel like that when we look back- we think we know everything, then something happens to make us realize what idiots we are, that we know nothing.
    classic_rocker8on August 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe lyrics (by drummer Neal Peart) expresses great empathy and sympathy for anyone who has faced some of life's greatest difficulties at one time or another.

    If only there was a way - by magic even, if it existed, to lift the spell of uncertainty, disappointment, heartache, grief and pain for those who are suffering through it.

    He feels this empathy as he recalls his own past mistakes - clearly seeing the fool he used to be and so tries not to judge...

    Being only human of course, and still learning and growing himself, he can only empathize and sympathize with others' suffering as he does not have all the answers.

    As Athiests may interpret it, the lyrics can be seen to have a subtle reference to "some immortal power" who presumably HAS all the answers as well as a "magic wand" ...
    chp2112on May 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing. The acoustic sections are very cool, with the drums backing them, and one of Geddy's best perfomances to date.
    Razormasticatoron July 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much!
    i agree Beemer...thats why the lyrics are so great b/c anyone can relate to it...every person would like to make "everything alright" with just one wave of a magic wand
    steel07on January 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about how everyone would like to go back and fix mistakes but can't.
    tienon June 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always felt like I understood some of the parts but not the song as a whole. The verse
    "The evening plane rises up from the runway
    Over constellations of light
    I look down into a million houses
    And wonder what you're doing tonight"

    I felt was a reference to always being on the go and not able to enjoy a family or a more simple life. But when I look at the "you're" as an individual instead of a "millon" people and also the same individual that I use to be a "fool" for, the song made more sense. Seems to be about this, someone lost a romantic partner(girlfriend, wife, ect.) for whatever reason.(lost contact, break-up, divorce, ect.) The person thinks that they are "over" the lost partner until a vivid dream or even a full out return of the person brings back lost memories. And so "Presto" that person is back in their life. Kinda like losing a parent or wife beacause of death and then seeing them in a dream. Plus "I'm just improvising
    My illusion of careless flight" sounds like a dream.
    rushfann2112on May 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have no idea what this song means - but I love it!!!

    bensommer.com/blog/deep-music-criticism-10-rush-presto/
    bensommeron September 17, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentQuite frankly, this song is saying that all the would-be world changers are fools...
    psywviciouson December 23, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLooking at my last post, I should have just said this is more about dreams than anythig else. I think the "I am made from the dust of the stars" that whole opening verse is a reference to dreams.
    rushfann2112on May 30, 2010   Link

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