"Available Light" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
The restless wind
Has seen all things
In every kind of light
Rising with the full Moon
To go howling through the night

The sleepless wind
Has heard all things
Between the sea and sky
In the canyons of the city
You can hear the buildings cry

Oh the wind can carry
All the voices of the sea
Oh the wind can carry
All the echoes home to me

Run with wind and weather
To the music of the sea
All four winds together
Can't bring the world to me
Chase the wind around the world
I want to look at life
In the available light

Play of light
A photograph
The way I used to be
Some half-forgotten stranger
Doesn't mean that much to me

Trick of light
Moving picture
Moments caught in flight
Make the shadows darker
Or the colors shine too bright

Oh the light can carry
All the visions of the sea
Oh the light can carry
All the images to me

Run to light from shadow
Sun gives me no rest
Promise offered in the east
Broken in the west
Chase the sun around the world
I want to look at life
In the available light

All four winds together
Can't bring the world to me
Shadows hide the play of light
So much I want to see
Chase the light around the world
I want to look at life
In the available light

I'll go with the wind
I'll stand in the light


Lyrics submitted by shed27

"Available Light" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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  • +5
    General CommentI named my sailboat "Available Light"

    ...r u n w i t h w i n d a n d w e a t h e r...
    ebo2112on August 13, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe persistence of memory, the passing of time, current events in ones life, travel, not being able to touch fully any of these things and both the ability and the inability of any one person to remember, and hold that memory as well as enjoy the experience fully.

    It is about all these things to me.

    I remember listening to this song on a red eye flight back from Seattle after spending some time in the mountains with a woman I was very much in love with at the time. The song made me think about all I had seen and experienced with her.

    Another time I remember listening to it in my room in a shared apartment as the a snowstorm raged outside. I was alone in the world and all my memories of my past swirled around me like the snow falling outside. It both comforted me and depressed me...I felt all this through a song. Thank you Neil for the words that evoked so much thought and feeling in me and Alex and Geddy for the soundtrack to my life and times.
    Othelo1on August 25, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI can't believe only one person put their thoughts about this song. This song is definitely one of the best on the album. I agree the song is very powerful and moving. Song affect people in different way, but to me it explains the power of the world and how the simple things like wind and light can convey so much. The song is also about hope and optimism in the world. "Look at the available light" look at the good things in life and stay optimistic. "Run to light from shadow" stay away from the dark/depressing thing in the world or the darkness. To me the sun has always sumbolized promise and hope and I love how rush says "Promise offered in the east and broken in the west"....damn this band never siezes to amaze me...they are jsut amazing
    steel07on October 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBrilliant. An excellent way to end the album, a moving and powerful song.
    Razormasticatoron July 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe music itself is so comepletely powerful, almost overwhelming. The wind and light are given humanistic qualities; as if to give voice to friends that One has chased clear across the earth and back again.
    Kyt_rainon June 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song, to me, seems to be saying that the experiences worth having in life are not going to come to you. You have to pursue them. You have to act. Chase the wind, it will lead you to great things, just don't expect it to bring the world to you.
    elraveron February 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song of all time. Everytime I listening to it, I Think about my life. In a messy life, you should go with the wind and you should look to the available light. It's a simple and natural thing.
    I like to listening it at night, in the room that have no light, where I look for my available light.
    dreamline77on December 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's funny how I purchased Presto in 1989 when it came out. I had heard a lot about Rush and this was the first Rush album I ever purchased. 20 years later and Presto is still my favorite Rush album. I have listened to this album over and over and over and for some reason I always liked the music to Available Light but never thought much about the words. I listened to Show Don't Tell, Chain Lightning, Superconductor, War Paint and the rest and when I got to the end of the album, Available Light was good musically and I was ready to go back to the beginning with Show Don't Tell. I appreciate the comments others have made about how powerful this song is and what it can mean to each person. After 20 years, Available Light has become the song I can't stop listening to today. As Steel 07 said, this band is truly amazing!
    mustang37on October 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI listen to this song all the time. Simply awesome. The chorus really gets to you. I feel like I'm flying through open mountain ranges, and wide seas, with the wind blowing on my face. Call me crazy, but that's how I feel. This song rocks!
    Test4Echoon November 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan incredibly under rated song...its an absolute hidden gem...just listen to this..i just wanna open up my jag convertible and fly when i hear these choruses...

    Run to light from shadow
    Sun gives me no rest
    Promise offered in the east
    Broken in the west
    Chase the sun around the world
    I want to look at life --
    In the available light
    magicalrushon January 02, 2011   Link

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