There's a snake coming out of the darkness
Parade from paradise
End the need for eden
Chase the dreams of merchandise

There is tic and toc in atomic
Leaders make a deal
The cosmic is largely comic
A con they couldn't conceal

There is no safe seat at the feast
Take your best stab at the beast
The night is turning thin
The saint is turning to sin

Raise the art to resistance
Danger dare to be grand
Pride reduced to humble pie
Diamonds down to sand

Take heart from earth and weather
The brightness of new birth
Take heart from the harvest
Shave the harvest from the earth

Reasoning is partly insane
Image just an eyeless game
The night is turning thin
The saint is turning to sin

Miracles will have their claimers
More will bow to Rome
He and she are in the house
But there's only me at home

Rose is a rose of splendor
Posed to respond in the end
Lonely things like nights,
I find, end finer with a friend

I hear in the rate of her heart
A tear in the heat of the art

The night turns thin
The saint turns to sin


Lyrics submitted by shed27


Anagram (for Mongo) song meanings
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    General CommentThe entire song is an Anagram. Read each line of the song and you can spell a word out of another word used in that same sentence. Mongo is a small joke in reference to the Mel Brooks film "Blazing Saddles" where the appearance of a character named Mongo appears and says "candygram for mongo?" and the package explodes.
    myfaveheadacheon May 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm really impressed at this song. It contains a stable meaning throughout, as good of one as in all there other music, but the amazing part is that each line is an anagram. It's surprising how they can do a song of anagrams still with meaningful lyrics.
    Timeaisison November 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA very clever song, bot only musically, but also lyrically. The whole anagram thing they ahve going on is very interesting, yet if they called the song anything else you probably wouldn't notice that. Very cool, one of the strongest tracks on Presto.
    Razormasticatoron July 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song. The music is just amazing and the lyrics will just bow you away. I love how they have an anagram in every single line, that is just amazing. The song is very interesting, but I it is hard to analyze the meaning of this song. I think Rush did this on purpose to allow it effect people in different ways. I think the song explains how not everything has answers. The fact that some things just can't be explained...they just are...
    steel07on October 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's clear there are religious overtones here. The first verse/stanza talks of the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve. "The Saint is Turning to Sin" and "Miracles will have their claimers/More will bow to Rome..." also has religious significance. But I'm having difficulty with the rest. There could be so many different ways to interpret this.
    Luke119on March 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPlenty of creative lyrics in this one. As already stated a lot of anagrams. The most obvious indication of this, to the listener is the line "there is tic and toc in atomic" although even that not so subtle hint may sneak by many listeners, it is a clear indication of the word play going on in this song.

    I Particularly like the line "Image is just an eyeless game"

    Take the "I" out of image and rearrange the remaining letters and you can spell "game". Thus the lyrics are, cryptically, being quite literal. Image IS indeed an "I"-less "game"

    Clever.
    Kingtacoon March 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the line "lonely things like nights I find, end finer with a friend". Similar to the line from Time Stand Still, "to pass the evening with a drink and a friend". Sometimes Peart really hits them out of the ballpark.
    rufustfireflyon January 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far genius lyrical work by Neil. To not only make the entire song out of anagrams but to also make them all connect and fit together to tell a story. Blender magazine named Neil as the #2 "worst lyricist of all time"...well obviously nobody at Blender knows their ass from a hole in the ground because the man is a lyrical genius! Favorite lines in this song is by far the 1st 2 lines from the chorus "There is no safe seat at the feast, take your beast stab at the beast."
    Jugzilla267on March 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentReasoning is partly insane. Image just an eyeless game. Love it!

    Reasoning is partly made up by the letters in insane. And someone already pointed out the one about image. Truly love this song!
    killroy134on April 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentExtremely creative, but its meaning eludes me. I like how every line is almost saying how each word fits into the other - "He and she are in the house but there's only me at home"
    DasBear017on August 31, 2010   Link

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