"Digital Man" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
His world is under observation
We monitor his station
Under faces and the places
Where he traces points of view

He picks up scraps of conversation
Radio and radiation
From the dancers and romancers
With the answers, but no clue

He'd love to spend the night in Zion
He's been a long while in Babylon
He'd like a lover's wings to fly on
To a tropic isle of Avalon

His world is under anesthetic
Subdivided and synthetic
His reliance on the giants
In the science of the day

He picks up scraps of information
He's adept at adaptation
'Cause for strangers and arrangers
Constant change is here to stay

He'd love to spend the night in Zion
He's been a long while in Babylon
He'd like a lover's wings to fly on
To a tropic isle of Avalon

He's got a forcefield and a flexible plan
He's got a date with fate in a black Sedan
He plays fast-forward for as long as he can
But he won't need a bed
He's a digital man


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"Digital Man" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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    General Commentif you look into this song enough you can link analog kid and digital man together
    shredderboi14on January 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI used to push myself pretty hard and my wife would always tell me to get some rest. I would always tell her "I'll sleep when I'm dead." She hated when I said this. I think that's what the lyrics in the summation are about. The date with fate in the black sedan is his ever-nearer demise. Until then he pushes himself, playing it at fast forward and never fully resting as if there isn't enough time. Like treading water instead of swimming. Not really getting anywhere. focused on the task but never getting a sense of the scenery. I too see an arc with "The analog Kid" here, but then again Rush never hid the fact that on any given album all the songs are thematically linked.
    Brendanboyon April 25, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionNSA
    dsteff2112on April 18, 2014   Link
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    General Commentanother amazing Rush song which no-one has commented on yet! It deals with the influenece of technology on modern day living, and is also a very cool stroy about a digital man!
    Razormasticatoron June 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn 1983, I heard an interview of vocalist, Geddy Lee. He was asked about the meaning of this song. Geddy explained that during the recording of the album, Signals, a man visited the recording studio, whose job it was to digitize the recordings. If my memory serves me, Geddy mentioned that this guy had absolutely no personality but also seemed extremely confident in his abilities. In other words, I believe Geddy was trying to be nice and not say that the guy was a jerk. During the visit from this digital recording expert, the gentleman was asked if he needed assistance with sleeping arrangements. To this, the man sharply answered that he did not. Notice the lyrics at the conclusion of the song, "but he won't need a bed, because he happens to be a digital man."
    ChesRockwellon July 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentChesRockwell, that is a funny story. I once let my husband listen to this song (he's a Physics major and a Computer Engineer) and asked him what he thought it was about and he said he thought it was about a computer hacker who hacks into computers all over the world, so it's almost like he's everywhere all the time. I thought that was an interesting interpretation, seems to fit for me.
    Rushofhipposon June 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTell me that opening bassline doesn't get you hyped! Before reading the interpretations on this site, I thought the song someone who had to live in a very modern and high-tech world in order to keep up with his job and to appear hip to his friends and girlfriend. However, he dreams of escape from this digital world for the older, analog world that is filled with romance and fantasy.
    Jutsushineon July 13, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"he`s got a force field and a flexible plan.he`s got a fate with fate in a black sedan"...unusual metaphors,any ideas on its meaning ?
    dirklerxtpraton February 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a man who is changing quickly with the times. The world is progressing so quickly and it's often hard to keep up with it all. The song is about a man who does it all. He doesn't need a bed, because he's never going to rest - never going to stay the same
    DasBear017on November 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a man who is changing quickly with the times. The world is progressing so quickly and it's often hard to keep up with it all. The song is about a man who does it all. He doesn't need a bed, because he's never going to rest - never going to stay the same
    DasBear017on November 15, 2010   Link

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