Begin the day
With a friendly voice
A companion, unobtrusive
Plays that song that's so elusive
And the magic music makes your morning mood

Off on your way
Hit the open road
There is magic at your fingers
For the spirit ever lingers
Undemanding contact
In your happy solitude

Invisible airwaves
Crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle
With the energy
Emotional feedback
On a timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price,
Almost free

All this machinery
Making modern music
Can still be open-hearted
Not so coldly charted
It's really just a question
Of your honesty

One likes to believe
In the freedom of music
But glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion
Of integrity

For the words of the profits
Are written on the studio wall,
Concert hall,
Echoes with the sounds, of salesmen

Lyrics submitted by hammerhead300

"The Spirit of Radio" as written by Seung Hwan Lee, Ji Eun Lee

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment:This is partly a tribute to the former Toronto FM station, CFNY 102.1, the "Spirit of Radio" (their tagline.) I was a teenager growing up listening to CFNY circa 1980-86. There was nothing else like it on Toronto airwaves, if not in all of North America. The DJs basically played what they liked - New Wave, Punk, New World Music, etc., and a lot of Brittish stuff. It stood in great contrast to all of the other FM "Rock" stations, at times appearing seemingly amateurish, yet intellectual at the same time. I can not adequately descibe the wonderful feelings I would have, as a teenager, discovering some great obscure song that they would start playing. It was like a breath of fresh air putting that station on in the mornings. I gather that that is what Neil Peart felt when he would put it on -it was just such a contrast to all of the other stations, where it was the same top 40 songs with stupid contests all of the time. For some archived shows, visit the fanpage
    palofcyrusson August 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:When you wake up the morning, you might turn on the radio,
    and everyday, reliably, you can hear the familiar voices or songs.
    As you set out to do your morning activities the radio sets you at ease.

    When you get in your car, the stereo is there,
    and even though you are by yourself, you have the radio to lift your spirits.
    The radio asks nothing in return, and so in many ways, it can be an ideal "friend".

    As if by magic, the radio reaches you through the air,
    and the price you have to pay is nothing compared to the joy it brings.

    As time goes on man has made devices to make music easier to make and reproduce (auto-tune, synthesizers, etc)
    So long as the artist maintains his or her integrity, there is no reason not to put these
    devices to good use.

    However, there are always going to be parties that exploit the technology purely for financial gain
    and not for artistic merit. It's up to the listener to determine the difference between art and business or commercialism.

    Remember that a lot of the music or programming you hear on the radio is played only because
    someone is paying them to pay it.

    aharmon April 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:about radio's effect on people and the music business being more and more about profitability
    dasquien!on May 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:dasquien! is exactly right, but 1 POST ON SPIRIT OF RADIO?? WTF???
    Green Weezer Dayon June 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I suppose there aren't many posts because the song is so literal. It means exactly what it says, but to me it is a metaphor for a broader dilemma we face as a society. The pursuit of the almighty dollar is ruining a great many facets of our society. As Rush so adeptly points out, morning radio used to be about the MUSIC, now you are lucky to hear two songs in 30 minutes of disc jockeys promoting this or that "Of salesmen, Of salesman" Money is just plain ruining entertainment. There are twice as many commercials every hour on TV as compared to 20 years ago, you can't go to a ballgame anymore with the kids without spending $100 or more, ever see ticket prices for children's entertainment like Dora the Explorer? They cost more than concert tickets!! One has to wonder if capitalism will absolutely ruin the spirit of artistic and athletic expression.
    handiman22on August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:fuckin' classic
    you could hear this on a different planet and it would still move you
    aaron_grahamon August 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:jesus only 4 comments?! thats all?!! its spirit of the radio people! this song is gloriously amazing
    Sunset Rubdownon November 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:For the words of the profits were written on the studio walls
    And concert halls
    And echoes with the sound of salesmen

    words of the profits - fucking genius.
    tragikon November 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:"For the words of the profits were written on the studio walls /And concert halls / And echoes with the sound of salesmen"
    That is a quite obvious reference to "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel where it says:
    "The words of the prophets / are written on the subway walls / And tenement halls. / And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.".

    Probably to highlight how the desire to publish good and beautiful music has been replaced with greed etc. nowadays?
    I wonder if there are more references to other songs in Spirit of Radio...
    JustusvVon December 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Two words: Clear Channel


    Asian Rush Fanon January 06, 2007   Link

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