"Superconductor" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
Packaged like a rebel or a hero
Target mass appeal
To make an audience feel
He really means it

Package the illusion of persona
Careful to conceal
The fact that she's only too real
She's got to screen it

Hit you in a soft place
A melody so sweet
A strong and simple beat
That you can dance to

Watch his every move
Orchestrate illusions
Watch his every move
Hoping you'll believe
Designing to deceive
That's entertainment

He can put a target on the market
Bask in your applause
Reality withdraws
Now he believes it

The role becomes the actor
She's addicted to applause
The stage a world because
She never leaves it

Hit you in a soft place
With sentimental ease
They know the fantasies
That you romance to

Watch her every move
She can manipulate reactions
Watch her every move
Pin the donkeys on her tail
Fantasy for sale
That's entertainment

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"Superconductor" as written by Geddy Lee Neil Peart


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  • +1
    General CommentGreat song highlighting the ease in which one can become a musical celebrity! - People exist (agents and such) that will blow sunshine up your arse and hype you out of all comprehension. I don't know who the fool is in this - the would be sucker or the consumer for listening to the "superconductor" in the first place.
    lerxstgkon November 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIt was written as a corny 80's song in order to poke fun at the music industry (and to a lesser extent themselves). If you can find the video on line (it's available on the delux version of Retrospective III) you'll see that very clearly.

    Still, there are some aspects of the song that ring true even for bands that aren't pop. All good performers are excellent at creating or instilling energy in those who watch them.
    sameeson April 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about mass media (especially contemporary movies/tv/music). Things are created to pull at your heartstrings and make you like/dislike them without any thought. This idea is nothing new, but it goes one step farther!

    The superconductor basks in your applause, and even he starts to 'believe it'
    'The role becomes the actor' - the people involved in spinning a web of illusory/deceitful media begin to believe in their fictional world, and reject the reality the rest of us live in.

    If you've ever wondered why all the "famous" musicians/actors/directors seem to all date other famous musicians/actors/directors, this is your answer.
    johnstton February 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI love the line "the stage a world", very reminiscent of Limelight. A great song, and the section after the "thats entertainment!" is very cool. Well worth a listen, as is any Rush song, but this one has a particular strength to blow you away.
    Razormasticatoron July 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe music video is great! John Goodman dancing was pretty hilarious.
    EarthHavocon September 11, 2005   Link
  • -2
    General CommentNot a great Rush song. Corny 80's...
    NUMBER 4on November 10, 2007   Link

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