"Tai Shan" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
High on the sacred mountain
Up the seven thousand stairs
In the golden light of autumn
There was magic in the air

Clouds surrounded the summit
The wind blew strong and cold
Among the silent temples
And the writing carved in gold
Somewhere in my instincts
The primitive took hold

I stood at the top of the mountain
And China sang to me
In the peaceful haze of harvest time
A song of eternity

If you raise your hands to heaven
You will live a hundred years
I stood there like a mystic
Lost in the atmosphere

The clouds were suddenly parted
For a moment I could see
The patterns of the landscape
Reaching to the eastern sea
I looked upon a presence
Spanning forty centuries

I thought of time and distance
The hardships of history
I heard the hope and the hunger
When China sang to me

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"Tai Shan" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart


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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about a spiritual experience. I guess even agnostics can have them. (I think Peart is an agnostic, anyway.) But anyone who has ever had his or her breath taken away by the stars on a dark night, or being in the presence of some natural wonder (like the red rock mountains of Sedona, AZ for example), can relate to the feelings expressed here.

    And I disagree totally with the "no feeling" comment. This is one of the most heartfelt Rush songs I've ever heard.

    I said it before, I'll say it again...Hold Your Fire is the best Rush album ever. The guys were at their peak when they did this one. Especially Geddy. His development and maturity as a singer reeally shined on this album. His bass playing was nothing to sneeze at, either.
    Phx4stringeron October 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBreathtaking, epic and yet concise, a masterpiece, no two ways about it.
    Razormasticatoron December 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshed27 - this song doesn't have any feeling? Are you sure we're even listening to the same song here? This song is amazingly powerful and evocative.
    RUSHMANon April 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthow can you say this song doesnt have feeling? i think it's one of rush's most emotional songs. i love this song. it makes me smile everytime i hear it.
    inmyhead888on November 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentClearly this is Neils first person perspective of visiting China and how it moved him. I'm not sure where he went, but it seems that he describes whatever he was feeling in those moments.
    Kingtacoon November 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhile every fan has a favorite band - and knows every song of that band - everyone of them will have a song that is thier "least favorite". that's fair enough. But to say this song doesn't have "any feeling" - well now... if this is coming form a true-blue Rush fan, well I'm simply astounded.

    This song is tremendously beautiful in it's simplicity and elegance.

    Every track on Hold Your Fire was an excellent, and, in my opinion - underrated - peice of work.

    A Legendary Rock Band can be described as one whose "junk songs" STILL stand head and shoulders above most of the best songs of other non-Legendary Rock Bands.

    some examples: (no particular order) Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, etc.
    tigerx2374on May 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGeddy and Alex have both said that repeatedly that this was their least favorite Rush song. I haven't read any of the explanations why except that Geddy said it was "a Neil song" that "just didn't work for him in hindsight".
    jf998247on October 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA cinematic representation of the groups' visit to the mountain when in china. This song relates in structure to "cygnus" and "countdown".
    lerxstgkon November 19, 2004   Link
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    My OpinionThis song does not lack emotion, it lacks conviction. The lyrics - which I like - were all too much Peart. It didn't work out for Lee to sing them and make them his own.

    The middle part (If you raise your hands to heaven) sounds too artificial, but otherwise a lovely song.
    dreamtimeon January 12, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis is my least fav. rush song...the song just doesnt have any feeling
    shed27on June 22, 2003   Link

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