In the house where nobody laughs
And nobody sleeps
In the house where love lies dying
And the shadows creep
A little girl hides shaking
With her hands on her ears
Pushing back the tears
'Til the pain disappears

Mama says some ugly words
Daddy pounds the wall
They can fight about their little girl later
Right now they don't care at all

No matter what they say
No matter what they say
No matter what they say
No matter what they say

Everyday people
Everyday shame
Everyday promise shot down in flames
Everyday sunrise
Another everyday story
Rise from the ashes and blaze
Of everyday glory

Rise from the ashes and blaze
Of everyday glory

In the city where nobody smiles
And nobody dreams
In the city where desperation
Drives the bored to extremes
Just one spark of decency
Against a starless night
One glow of hope and dignity
A child can follow the light

No matter what they say
No matter what they say
No matter what they say
No matter what they say

Everyday people
Everyday shame
Everyday promise shot down in flames
Everyday sunrise
Another everyday story
Rise from the ashes and blaze
Of everyday glory

Rise from the ashes and blaze
Of everyday glory

If the future's looking dark
We're the ones who have to shine
If there's no one in control
We're the ones who draw the line
Though we live in trying times
We're the ones who have to try
Though we know that time has wings
We're the ones who have to fly

No matter what they say
No matter what they say
No matter what they say (rise from the ashes)
No matter what they say (in the blaze of every day glory)


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Everyday Glory Lyrics as written by Alex Lifeson Geddy Lee

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  • +3
    General Comment

    This song is not about child abuse.

    It's the essence of ... we are the only ones who can make things better. We can only depend on ourselves to make tomorrow a better place. We can't give up until things are right.

    "Though we live in trying times, we're the ones who have to try."

    Though there are thousands of amazing Rush quotes, this is the one that gets me every time. Thus, the namesake of my username.

    everyday_gloryon July 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    my favorite song from my favorite album. this was my first album from rush. i was in junior high.

    "A little girl hides, shaking, With her hands on her ears Pushing back the tears, 'til the pain disappears

    Mama says some ugly words Daddy pounds on the wall They can fight about their little girl later But right now, they don't care at all "

    you know sometimes parents just shouted whatever they want in front of their child n don't care what their child feeling. always taught that they care about their child. but in the end only care about theirself. neil nailed in the song what happen perfectly.

    this song is perfect for people who have face what happen if their parents get divorce or they cheated each other. i always give this song to my friends or junior who face family problem:

    If the future's looking dark We're the ones who have to shine If there's no one in control We're the ones who draw the line Though we live in trying times-- We're the ones who have to try Though we know that time has wings-- We're the ones who have to fly

    vapoon September 21, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    This song is so powerful and emotional. Absolutely the most underrated Rush song ever and it's also my absolute favorite! The bridge verse literally gives me chills. Maybe my band could ask for permission to cover this song and make it a hit.

    GB97on April 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    everyday glory, you hit the nail on the head :)

    Rushofhipposon June 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is absolutely gorgeous and inspiring, like many Rush songs. I get chills every time I hear it.

    hecatetriviaon June 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I think this does a good job of discussing child abuse. But technically it's not about that, because there's no abuse to the child happening. The child is a witness to the verbal and physical abuse. But it's just as bad, because it's about a child living in darkness. There might be a technical term for it, I don't know. I'll call it second hand abuse. Their parent's are supposed to guide them and bring joy to them. But they are arguing, and yelling at each other. Which is not how a parent should be a role model to their kids.

    And I don't think anyone's mentioned the second part. Which, might be the most important, actually. The child looks at the world and sees its darkness as well. How sad everyone is. But read this:

    Just one spark of decency Against a starless night One glow of hope and dignity A child can follow the light

    Now what I can't tell here is if the child is the spark or someone else is the spark, but it's basically the same thing. Someone decided to bring joy to the community. Hope and dignity.

    And that leads into the lines of the last part: We're the ones who have to shine We're the ones who draw the line We're the ones who have to try We're the ones who have to fly

    We have to shine in order to bring the light to everyone else. Share the joy.

    It's almost as if this is a lot like something else that was written a long time ago. (Matthew 5:14-16) But Ayn Rand forbid that a Rush lyric is similar to a Bible verse.

    TrooperSevenon December 21, 2022   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Sounds right to me.

    Smokleron January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    ahh.. a great cut from the mostly dark an forboding 90's counterparts. the gloom of tracks like srick it out we must endure societies woes, nobodys hero about an aids victim forgatten, and alien shore, speaking to the distance and discord amongst the same. Enter the last track, an upbeat melodic tune with a positive, just got to laugh and see it through message. It srems so definite in its intention I see the band singing about typical Canadians and what they go through, ehat we all go through and how we all learn that it is life itself the adventute, the ups and downs our daily bread, and ourselves in our commonality the everyday glory. At the core, us. With all our imperfections, problems and such, we can have faith the sun will rise tommorow for another chance to shine. Despite the apathy, cynicism and cruelness explored in the other tracks, everyday people everyday shame another everydaypromise shot down in flames, rise from the ashes a blaze of EVERYDAY GLORY...

    noni109900on February 19, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    Are Rush sounding a call to order regarding the issue of child abuse?

    lerxstgkon June 10, 2005   Link
  • -2
    General Comment

    I agree everyday glory. it's about persisting to overcome darkness that is bothabundent in us and othiers ....Rise from the ashes-- A blaze of everyday glory*

    note *man's everyday glory, will one day become a blaze when our MAKER we meet

    Clmax311on January 03, 2008   Link

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