"Grand Designs" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
A to be
Different degrees

So much style without substance
So much stuff without style
It's hard to recognize the real thing
It comes along once in a while

Like a rare and precious metal
Beneath a ton of rock
It takes some time and trouble
To separate from the stock
You sometimes have to listen to
A lot of useless talk

Shapes and forms
Against the norms
Against the run of the mill
Swimming against the stream
Life in two dimensions
Is a mass production scheme

So much poison in power
The principles get left out
So much mind on the matter
The spirit gets forgotten about
Like a righteous inspiration
Overlooked in haste
Like a teardrop in the Ocean
A diamond in the waste
Some world-views are spacious
And some are merely spaced

Against the run of the mill
Static as it seems
We break the surface tension
With our wild kinetic dreams
Curves and lines
Of grand designs

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"Grand Designs" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart


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  • +2
    General CommentI think the principles & ideas in this song can be applied to a variety of worldly issues, the whole vanity over meaningfulness thing.

    Personally I believe this song is about the music industry, and it's as relevant now as it was back then - there's such a proliferation of awful, vapid yet sellable trash in the music industry, solely for the capitalist purpose of making a tonne of money.

    The first verse states this fact and basically says finding something worthwhile, music with heart, is quite rare. etc etc

    "So much poison in power, the principles get left out " pretty much sums up my point here
    jamceeeeon April 02, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about 'thinking outside the box', being ambitious and breaking through the inertia of the world around us to experience or create something authentic.

    There's also subtext about the 'two-dimension scheme' - the cliche of swimming with or against the stream. In the end, someone with real ambition and action "breaks the surface tension" (transcends the dichotomy of culture vs counterculture).

    If Power Windows is about 'expressions of power', Grand Designs is about the power of creative expression.
    johnstton January 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe that brought this back for the Clockwork Angel tour. I'm going to see them but, it's strange why they're pulling so much off this album. It must be near the end.
    digitalmanon July 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about how the power of talk can bury the things that truly matter, and only bring to light stuff that lacks any depth. Power Windows is such a great album.
    Mistar_Glasson January 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI second that last statement. Except instead of great, I'd probably use AMAZING!
    NUMBER 4on September 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Kinetic Dreams" is one of my favourite rush expressions. I think we even named one of our bands that in high school.
    ebo2112on August 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy point of view is that explains how human beings modify the environment for own convenience...and even when this is an admirable thing, could be good or bad depending on intentions and consequences.
    Eduardo76on September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of their best albums as a whole...believe it or not the only song i dont love off of PW is one of their biggest hits..The Big Money
    magicalrushon January 06, 2011   Link

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