"The Enemy Within (Part I of Fear)" as written by Seung Hwan Lee and Ji Eun Lee....
Things crawl in the darkness
That imagination spins
Needles at your nerve ends
Crawl like spiders on your skin
Pounding in your temples
And a surge of adrenaline
Every muscle tense to fence the enemy within

[Chorus:]
I'm not giving in to security under pressure
I'm not missing out on the promise of adventure
I'm not giving up on implausible dreams
Experience to extremes
Experience to extremes...

Suspicious looking stranger
Flashes you a dangerous grin
Shadows across your window...
Was it only trees in the wind?
Every breath a static charge,
A tongue that tastes like tin
Steely-eyed outside to hide the enemy within
To you, is it movement or is it action?
Is it contact or just reaction?
And you...revolution or just resistance?
Is it living, or just existence?
Yeah, you! It takes a little more persistence
To get up and go the distance

[Chorus]


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"The Enemy Within" as written by Seung Hwan Lee, Ji Eun Lee

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    General CommentI think this was the first song played on Much Music back in 1984. Seems to contain more of a funkier style rather than synthesizers, which Rush tended to use alot in the mid 1980's.
    floydfan87on January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I LOVE this song. It pushed me through so much of intense sports training I went through. To me, it's just about overcoming the only thing in your way; you. You have to live your life, conquer your fears, push through it, and stop holding yourself back. I love it. I-love-it.
    stephanierush07on March 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI feel you 100%, stephanierush07. It's about conquering fears and everything you said. But also about doing things for yourself -- not letting yourself get in the way.
    NUMBER 4on July 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"It's part one of a trilogy but it's the last one to appear. The last three albums have each contained a part of that trilogy, and I started thinking about them all at the same time, but they appear in the order in which they were easiest to grasp. In other words, "Witch Hunt" was the first one, dealt with that mentality of mob rule, and what happens to a bunch of people when they come together and they're afraid, and they go out and do something really stupid and really horrible. That was easy to grasp, and you see plenty of examples of that in real life as well as in fiction and in films of course, too. So that was easy to deal with. The second one was "The Weapon," and it was dealing with how people use your fears against you, as a weapon, and that took a little longer to come to grips with, but eventually I got my thinking straightened out and the images that I wanted to use, and collected them all up, and it came out. And then finally, "The Enemy Within" was more difficult, because I wanted to look at how it affects me, but it was more than about me. I don't like to be introspective as a rule. I think I'm gonna set that down as my first rule, as "never be introspective!" But, uh, I wanted to, at the same time I wanted to write about myself in a universal kind of way, I want to find things in myself that I think apply."
    --- Neil Peart

    I kinda stole that quote from a dude that accidentally posted on an Arch Enemy song of the same name. But yeah, you get the idea.
    samwaltonon August 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Enemy Within describes phobias and other situations that scare people intentionally, thus causing paranoia and worry. Instrumentally, the song begins with a sharp attack and ends by fading out, thus feeling like the first movement of a trilogy.
    Geddyon November 29, 2008   Link

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