"Double Agent" as written by and Billy Mann Amanda Marshall....
Where would you rather be?
Anywhere but here
When will the time be right?
Anytime but now

On the edge of sleep,
I was drifting for half the night
Anxious and restless,
Pressed down by the darkness
Bound up and wound up so tight
So many decisions, a million revisions
Caught between and light

Wilderness of mirrors
World of polished steel
Gears and iron chains
Turn the grinding wheel
I run between the shadows
Some are phantoms, some are real

Where would you rather be?
Anywhere but here
When will the time be right?
Anytime but now
The doubt and the fear
I know would all disappear
Anywhere but here

On the edge of sleep,
I heard voices behind the door
The known and the nameless,
Familiar and faceless
My angels and my demons at war
Which one will lose - depends on what I choose
Or maybe which voice I ignore

Wilderness of mirrors
Streets of cold desire
My precious sense of honor
Just a shield of rusty wire
I hold against the chaos
And the cross of holy fire

Wilderness of mirrors
So easy to deceive
My precious sense of rightness
Is sometimes so naive
So that which I imagine
Is that which I believe

On the edge of sleep, I awoke to a sun so bright
Rested and fearless, cheered by your nearness
I knew which direction was right
The case had been tried by the jury inside
The choice between darkness and light


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"Double Agent" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Alex Zivojinovich

Lyrics © OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP

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    General CommentWhat gets me is how Geddy says that 'Double Agent' is demented. Now, I'm not sure if he means that because of the music -- it may sound wierd? Or if it is just that voice? Maybe. But if he means lyrically demented... I'm not sure he understands what Neil is trying to say. Heck, I might not understand what he's trying to say. But I have a pretty plausible interpretation.


    Where would you rather be?
    Anywhere but here
    When will the time be right?
    Anytime but now

    (What this is saying is that he'd rather be anywhere but where he is now. That is to say, out of this situation.)

    On the edge of sleep,
    I was drifting for half the night
    Anxious and restless,
    pressed down by the darkness
    Bound up and wound up so tight
    So many decisions, a million revisions
    Caught between darkness and light...

    (So many decisions. And taking the theme of Counterparts into consideration, this probably means that he's mulling over whether to go ahead with a relationship with this other person, or to forget about it. He's figuring out possible outcomes of both options. Hence, "Caught between darkness and light". Counterparts, right? Sort of like you hit a fork in the road.)

    Wilderness of mirrors
    World of polished steel
    Gears and iron chains
    Turn the grinding wheel
    I run between the shadows
    Some are phantoms, some are real

    (Like his brain is working, and some things deceive him. He is confused.)

    Where would you rather be?
    Anywhere but here
    When will the time be right?
    Anytime but now
    The doubt and the fear
    I know would all disappear
    Anywhere but here

    (Like in the first verse. If he could be anywhere but in this situation, all his doubt and fear would disappear.)

    On the edge of sleep,
    I heard voices behind the door
    The known and the nameless,
    familiar and faceless
    My angels and my demons at war
    Which one will lose - depends on what I choose
    Or maybe which voice I ignore...

    (Angles and demons at war [again, counterparts]. Basically, his mind is in conflict. And he has to make the choice. The voices could also be referring to his conscience. [e.g. cartoons with the angel and evil spirits standing on someones shoulder, telling them what they should do.] So it's all his decision whether to go with this person.)

    Wilderness of mirrors
    Streets of cold desire
    My precious sense of honor
    Just a shield of rusty wire
    I hold against the chaos -
    And the cross of holy fire

    (He's being tempted by people. Like in the dark parts of town where all the prostitutes are. He has some honor, but it's weak -- like a rusty wire. But he still holds it against all of the chaos like that.)

    Wilderness of mirrors
    So easy to deceive
    My precious sense of rightness
    Is sometimes so naive
    So that which I imagine
    Is that which I believe

    (It's deceiving sometimes when you make choices. Sometimes what looks right, or seems right according to your sense it wrong. And it is foolish.)

    On the edge of sleep, I awoke to a sun so bright
    Rested and fearless, cheered by your nearness
    I knew which direction was right
    The case had been tried by the jury inside
    The choice between darkness and light...

    (In the end he makes the right decision. The good decision, since he wakes up to a light. Whoever he's in love with is by his side. He saw the right path -- he knew which direction was the right way. The case had been tried by the jury inside -- the final decision had been made. The choice between darkness and light -- whether to maintain this relationship. And he did.)
    NUMBER 4on August 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHe meaning of this song is very ambigious. I have created my own interpretation that I am pretty sure is not correct, but it lends itself well to the song title.
    I imagine the lyrics are from the perspective of vampire caught between the legitimate life he wants and the primal instincts he can't ignore. At the same time there is a sense of disillusion in his psyche since he is not able to differentiate the real world, that is his nightmare, and the dreams that are his escape from the horrors of his existance.
    Lots of visual metaphores lend me to this theory, and the last verse is a somewhat twist ending...the vampire awakening to realize he actually has embraced his nightmarish existance.
    Kingtacoon November 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has always struck me as an ode to Alia Atreides, from the Dune novels. Alia is possessed by her evil grandfather, the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Double Agent). She is literally caught between darkness and light.

    As regent of her brother's empire, she has "so many decisions, a million revisions"

    The wilderness of mirrors are the countless personalities living within her in Other Memory. This is almost perfectly described here:
    "On the edge of sleep,
    I heard voices behind the door
    The known and the nameless
    familiar and faceless
    My angels and my demons at war
    Which one will lose--depends on what I choose
    Or maybe which voice I ignore..."

    The baron is aptly described here:
    "Wilderness of mirrors
    World of polished steel
    Gears and iron chains
    Turn the grinding wheel
    I run between the shadows
    Some are phantoms, some are real"

    Her "precious sense of honor" is the Atreides Code of Honor.

    Becoming a full Reverend Mother upon birth, she never was able to develop her own Self. She is wise and knowledge beyond her years, but that is only due to those memories and experiences living within her. She is still just a little child deep down inside, as described here:
    "Wilderness of mirrors
    So easy to deceive
    My precious sense of rightness
    Is sometimes so naive
    So that which I imagine
    Is that which I believe "

    In the end, she is confronted by her nephew (the soon to be God Emperor) who gives her the choice between a Trial of Possession or an exit through the window high above the temple steps. She chooses the latter, as described abruptly in the ending verse:
    "On the edge of sleep, I awoke to a sun so bright
    Rested and fearless, cheered by your nearness
    I knew which direction was right
    The case had been tried by the jury inside
    The choice between darkness and light... "
    byteskaton May 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone waiting for judgment, and the nightmares that haunt his sleep as a result.
    Chocolate Is Yummyon June 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about choices. It is very hard sometimes to make a choice specially when you know that you could harm someone.
    Sometimes you want to do something that you know is not perfectly right:

    My precious sense of honor
    Just a shield of rusty wire

    My precious sense of rightness
    Is sometimes so naive

    So it is very hard to decide between darkness and light.....
    Coteon January 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDuality in every person. As humans, we do things we know we are not supposed to do. And we make excuses to justify those things, then later regret them. 'Wilderness of mirrors' represents the illusions we allow ourselves to be fooled by. Drugs and addiction could be examples of this...'where would you rather be? Anywhere but here' could mean someone not being happy with their state in the present. Again, drugs and needing to get high....From what I understand, Neil was quite fond of cocaine...whether this inspired the lyrics? We may never know.
    sonoflifeon July 01, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentTHIS IS MY FAVOURITE RUSH SONG EVER!

    Counterparts was an amazing album also.
    Xanadu-on October 14, 2004   Link

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