The clouds prepare for battle
In the dark and brooding silence
Bruised and sullen storm clouds
Have the light of day obscured
Looming low and ominous
In twilight premature
Thunderheads are rumbling
In a distant overture

All at once,
The clouds are parted
Light streams down
In bright unbroken beams

Follow men's eyes
As they look to the skies
The shifting shafts of shining
Weave the fabric of their dreams

Lyrics submitted by maxthedork, edited by chp2112

Jacob's Ladder Lyrics as written by Alex Lifeson Geddy Lee


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    General CommentRush's metaphors can have all sorts of meanings.
    Not sure if anyone missed the snare drums rolling a marching cadence at the beginning, kind of sets me to think of this as being about the military.
    The dark sullen storm clouds could be nations at war, brooding because they have no easy way to win. Suddenly the clouds are parted and the war is won by a bright new technology that causes death to the enemy: atomic bombs split clouds with their light. The shining shaft of weave the death of their dreams.
    I'm not saying anyone's interpretation is wrong.
    The dark sullen storm clouds could be a more pesonal war in a person's head with drug abuse causing the conflict. The shining beams could be a revelation: finding God or something to get them out of the drug abuse.
    mrbubbleon June 14, 2008   Link

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