"Cut To The Chase" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
It is the fire that lights itself
But it burns with a restless flame
The arrow on a moving target
The archer must be sure of his aim

It is the engine that drives itself
But it chooses the uphill climb
A bearing on magnetic north
Growing farther away all the time
Can't stop - moving
Can't stop - moving
Can't stop

You may be right
It's all a waste of time
I guess that's just a chance
I'm prepared to take
A danger I'm prepared to face
Cut to the chase

It is the rocket that ignites itself
And launches its way to the stars
A driver on a busy freeway
Racing the oblivious cars

It's the motor of the western world
Spinning off to every extreme
Pure as a lover's desire
Evil as a murderer's dream

Young enough not to care too much
About the way things used to be
I'm young enough to remember the future
The past has no claim on me

I'm old enough not to care too much
About what you think of me
But I'm young enough to remember the future
And the way things ought to be

What kind of difference
Can on person make?
Cut to the chase

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"Cut to the Chase" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart


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    General CommentOne of Lifeson's best solos. Sweet!
    chuckofalltradeson November 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning of this song shares many common themes with many of Peart's other lyrics. Basically, it's about chasing a dream, ignoring naysayers and excuses; failure is not an option.

    "What kind of difference can one person make" is the naysayer trying to dissuade the dreamer from his course. The dreamer responds "Cut to the chase!" Similar to the themes and message of the song "Show Don't Tell."
    RUSHMANon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"It is the fire that lights itself, but it burns with a restless flame." "It is the engine that drives itself, but it chooses the uphill climb."

    At the end of the day, we're the only ones who can help us reach our wildest dreams -- no one else.
    everyday_gloryon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is easily my favorite song from Counterparts. I agree it could be about the self-motivated dream chaser, but the last line "What kind of difference can one person make?" could be interpreted to be more specifically about those who dedicate their lives to helping others and/or "changing the world".

    But I would like to take this a little deeper and suggest that it may really be about the numerous times in our lives when we can choose to be selfish and short-sighted or choose to consider the greater good of humanity as we make decisions and form our opinions.
    FlyIgglesFlyon December 12, 2010   Link

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