"Peaceable Kingdom" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
All this time we're talking and sharing our rational view
A billion other voices are spreading other news
All this time we're living and trying to understand
Why a billion other choices are making their demands

Talk of a Peaceable Kingdom
Talk of a time without fear
The ones we wish would listen
Are never going to hear

Justice against The Hanged Man
Knight of Wands against the hour
Swords against the kingdom
Time against The Tower

All this time we're shuffling and laying out all our cards
While a billion other dealers are slipping past our guards
All this time we're hoping and praying we all might learn
While a billion other teachers are teaching them how to burn

Dream of a Peaceable Kingdom
Dream of a time without war
The ones we wish would hear us
Have heard it all before

A wave toward the clearing sky
A wave toward the clearing sky

The Hermit against The Lovers
Or the Devil against the Fool
Swords against the kingdom
The Wheel against the rules

All this time we're burning like bonfires in the dark
A billion other blazes are shooting off their sparks
Every spark a drifting ember of desire
To fall upon the earth and spark another fire

A homeward angel on the fly
A wave toward the clearing sky

A homeward angel on the fly
A wave toward the clearing sky
A wave toward the clearing sky


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"Peaceable Kingdom" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Alex Zivojinovich

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    General CommentFor me this is a reference to the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. There seems to be links between tarot cards and events from that day - "Time against the Tower" and "The Hermit against the lovers" - Any other comments from anyone? Would be interested to hear...!
    lerxstgkon January 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Peaceable Kingdom" is a literary vice about the old world when animals all lived in peace before mankind came around. Now that we are beyond that time period, all we can do is hold onto some of these past truths of peace and justice.
    realitycrashon January 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNeil did mention that it indeed was about the 9/11 attacks. Listen closely...
    geddysgirlon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is my someone informed INTERPRETATION.

    Peart was actually a non returner (see buddhist teachings). "Away toward the clearing sky"
    fireinside87on July 12, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"all this time we're talking and sharing our rational views, a billion other voices are spreading other news"

    my interpretation for this is that no about of intellectualizing about buddhist teachings yields a clear experiential understanding of them. also, there is just the grim idea that sometimes theres no about of thinking or talking about a problem that will solve it... because time keeps ticking on by the world keeps spinning, and sometimes in some situations everything just isn't going to be ok.
    fireinside87on July 12, 2014   Link
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    General CommentMost of the references you cited refer to tarot cards. I'm not sure what the significance of tarot cards is in the song, but I am pretty sure the song is not meant to reference the 9/11 terror attacks.
    nemton January 20, 2006   Link

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