"Marathon" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
It's not how fast you can go
The force goes into the flow
If you pick up the beat
You can forget about the heat
More than just survival
More than just a flash
More than just a dotted line
More than just a dash

It's a test of ultimate will
The heartbreak climb uphill
Got to pick up the pace
If you want to stay in the race
More than just blind ambition
More than just simple greed
More than just a finish line
Must feed this burning need
In the long run

From first to last
The peak is never passed
Something always fires the light
That gets in your eyes
One moment's high
And glory rolls on by
Like a streak of lightning
That flashes and fades
In the summer sky

Your meters may overload
You can rest at the side of the road
You can miss a stride
But nobody gets a free ride
More than high performance
More than just a spark
More than just the bottom line
Or a lucky shot in the dark
In the long run

You can do a lot in a lifetime
If you don't burn out too fast
You can make the most of the distance
First you need endurance
First you've got to last


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"Marathon" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song analyzes our potential as human beings to desire, create and achieve goals in our "lifetime". The metaphors may be used to reflect our potential as individuals. Neil Peart once explained that this song was inspired by the Chinese proverb "A journey of 1000 miles starts with the first step", that can be associated with "You can do a lot in your lifetime, if you don´t burn out too fast", Peart here is evoking our capacity to understand our pace in Life, be patient and strive for great deeds and to maximize our existence, not with "ambition or greed", but with the joy of achieving our inner dreams. It´s probably the only way to respect our human nature. The main differential with other species is that we have imagination and emotions, why not use this capacities as a trigger for the realization of our mission?
    davialexanderon February 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPower Windows = Best Rush Album
    NUMBER 4on September 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much. i have it on a work out cd i made and it just keeps me going when im running.
    poohblueskyon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA Rush song that I don't remember liking the first time I heard it, but now that I listened to it a second time it's grown on me.
    floydfan87on January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with floydfan, I didn't like it at first but then started loving it, like most other songs on power windows.
    Vannarothon May 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPower Windows is a terribly underrated album - it's definitely their prize from their experimentation with synthesizers and electronics - they still remained edgy, with a rock-taste but had that 80s flare - that flare that defined what the 80s was. I feel that Rush is probably one of those up there that defined the electronic sound of the 80s (sure there were pop artists, heavy metal artists, and dedicated electronic artists, but Rush definitely stood out).

    Anyway moving on, I personally didn't like Big Money but it was more of a radio-single than anything profound. But Mystic Rhythms, Marathon and Middletown Dreams are my favourite songs - that kind of cry out to you.

    Rush== Pinnacle of 80s Awesomeness. I wish I were about 15 years older just so I could have grown up to Rush: (
    hsingarajahon December 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpersonally i think alex is genious on this entire album...yea their 80s stuff went more poppy and geddy loved his synths but alex really shows the emotion he puts into his playing, you can really tell in the solo of this song.
    harper83087on April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI too, didn't care for the song much, at first...but it has grown to be one of my favorites. I like the live version on A Show of Hands best. That powerful ending is in full force on that one, whereas it fades out on the studio version, and can easily go unnoticed,

    I disagree with Number 4. I think Hold Your Fire is their best album...but Power Windows is certainly not too far behind.

    As far as the meaning of the lyrics goes, (the whole point of this website, remember?), I think it is pretty self-explanatory in this song. There have been a number of flash-in-the-pans in most fields of endeavor. Brilliant people who came along, with great feats...only to vanish as fast as they appeared. They allowed success to go to their heads, thought themselves invincible...and self-destructed. Sadly, not many stick around and keep producing, year after year.

    Rush practised what they preached in this song. They were in it for the long-haul, and did a lot in their lifetime.
    Phx4stringeron October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto NUMBER 4 ....

    top 3 albums for sure, arguably top 2, behind moving pictures...but hemispheres gets a vote...
    magicalrushon March 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song analyzes our potential as human beings to desire, create and achieve goals in our "lifetime". The metaphors may be used to reflect our potential as individuals. Neil Peart once explained that this song was inspired by the Chinese proverb "A journey of 1000 miles starts with the first step", that can be associated with "You can do a lot in your lifetime, if you don´t burn out too fast", Peart here is evoking our capacity to understand our pace in Life, be patient and strive for great deeds and to maximize our existence, not with "ambition or greed", but with the joy of achieving our inner dreams. It´s probably the only way to respect our human nature. The main differential with other species is that we have imagination and emotions, why not use this capacities as a trigger for the realization of our mission?
    davialexanderon February 06, 2012   Link

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