"Lock And Key" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
I don't want to face
The killer instinct
Face it in your or me

We carry a sensitive cargo
Below the waterline
Ticking like a time bomb
With a primitive design

Behind the finer feelings
This civilized veneer
The heart of a lonely hunter
Guards a dangerous frontier

The balance can sometimes fail
Strong emotions can tip the scale

Don't want to silence
A desperate voice
For the sake of security
No one wants to make
A terrible choice
On the price of being free
I don't want to face
The killer instinct
Face it in you or me
So we keep it under lock and key

It's not a matter of mercy
It's not a matter of laws
Plenty of people will kill you
For some fanatical cause

It's not a matter of conscience
A search for probable cause
It's just a matter of instinct
A matter of fatal flaws

No reward for resistance
No assistance
No applause

We don't want to be victims
On that we all agree
So we lock up the killer instinct
And throw away the key

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"Lock and Key" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart


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    General CommentMany songs on "Hold Your Fire" are written around a central theme of instinct, inner feelings and primal urges. In particular, some of the songs (this one included) seem to address how people let things slide for the sake of a quiet life or a clear conscience. Check out "Second Nature", "Turn The Page" and "Open Secrets"
    lerxstgkon January 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, cool video too. I agree with lerxstgk fully on this one.
    FenJazzon May 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI find this tune a little puzzling. It almost seems like they are saying that keeping our primal urges to kill under control is a BAD thing.

    Perhaps it's just a reminder that those impulses are there, and we need to be on the look-out for them surfacing. That seems lame, (especially for Rush), so it's got to be something else. That's why I came to this page, hoping someone had some insight on it. Oh well!

    Still a great tune. Hold Your Fire is, in my opinion, Rush's greatest album.
    Phx4stringeron October 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's not saying about how our own primal urges are good or bad, but because of others' we face the difficult (although sometimes all too easy) option of locking them away
    eggboy1988on February 15, 2012   Link

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