"The Analog Kid" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
A hot and windy August afternoon
Has the trees in constant motion
With a flash of silver leaves
As they're rocking in the breeze

The boy lies in the grass with one blade
Stuck between his teeth
A vague sensation quickens
In his young and restless heart
And a bright and nameless vision
Has him longing to depart

You move me
You move me
With your buildings and your eyes
Autumn woods and winter skies
You move me
You move me
Open sea and city lights
Busy streets and dizzy heights
You call me
You call me

The fawn-eyed girl with sun-browned legs
Dances on the edge of his dream
And her voice rings in his ears
Like the music of the spheres

The boy lies in the grass, unmoving
Staring at the sky
His mother starts to call him
As a hawk goes soaring by
The boy pulls down his baseball cap
And covers up his eyes

You move me
You move me
With your buildings and your eyes
Autumn woods and winter skies
You move me
You move me
Open sea and city lights
Busy streets and dizzy heights
You call me
You call me

Too many hands on my time
Too many feelings
Too many things on my mind
When I leave, I don't know
What I'm hoping to find
When I leave, I don't know
What I'm leaving behind

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"The Analog Kid" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart


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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is about, as has been said, a boy who falls in love. It's not that hard to get when you know it, but I can understand some people might not come up with it because of Peart's formulation.

    The best thing about this song is the lyrical co-operation with Digital Man.
    An analog signal is a signal that is written as it is recorded, without having anything encrypted. A digital signal is an encrypted signal that needs to be decoded, a digital signal only gives a positive or a negative signal, a 0 or a 1.
    This is something that shines through in the songs. The Analog Kid is about a boy who is overwhelmed with straight-forward emotion. Digital Man is about a heartless, calculating man.

    My guess would be this is where the album title comes from. I can't say for sure though, as I don't know much Rush history.
    GiantBunkleon May 08, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentFirst off, Bunkle's connection with Digital Man is spot on. To me, the song is not so much about love, but about moving forward versus and staking your claim in life or staying behind for the familar and comfortable.

    First Stanza: metaphor for the flexibility (bending of tress in the wind/constant motion), even temper (hot and windy), and potential for great success (silver leaves) or failure (rocking in the breeze) that awaits analog kid if he pursues his 'nameless vision.'

    Second Stanza: The use of 'quickens' could be related to 'quickening', which is described as the first time a mother can feel her fetus move. This occurs between 18 and 20 weeks generally. The kid in the song is probably around 18 to 20 years old. He feels that first sensation of wanting independce and success. Though he's not sure what his vision is, he's got something stirring in his soul driving him to want to pursue bigger things somewhere else.

    Main Chorus: Only time he mentions being moved, it almost sounds like he's describing a city like New York or another metropolitan ocean front place and it's calling to him.

    Third Stanza: The girl is on the edge of his dream, giving her less importance, but nonetheless, reminding him of what he'll leave behind. Her voice ringing in his ears, while sweet and nice to hear (like music of spheres) could be begging him to stay with her instead of pursue his dreams.

    The hawk passing by as his mom calls out to him is his sign that it's time to strike out on his own. He ignores mom's call, and is beginning to grow and and possibly follow his amition.

    I believe the last stanza pretty sums it all up.
    lwyzon August 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song remindes me of tripping on LSD and laying in a field in absolute awe of the sky and nature. The Music of the spheres refers to the song of life and the universe. I think this song is really deep and not just about a boy moving to the city. That's not what Rush are about.
    Childlighton May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song ! there's nothing like dreaming about a fawn-eyed girl with sun-browned legs...fantastic !
    xl5ronon June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA really awesome song.

    It's just some kid dreaming -- but it has to mean something deeper than that.

    But I have no idea wtf it's supposed to mean. none at all.

    that sort of freaks me out.
    everyday_gloryon July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. The vocal melody is absolutely genius
    Vannarothon December 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a kid who has just recently started liking girls, and there is one particular girl that he likes and he is dreaming about her.
    Anilandon December 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI interpret it as a young person moving beyond simple living and going to the city to strike his fortune.
    realitycrashon January 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about the growing up of boys to men, it was summer, she was usualy out playing baseball, but this day was different, he dreamed of a girl for the first time and towards the end of the song his mother calls him and its back to reality for him, hes still just a boy
    nyi22789on May 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood call Bunkle! Although I do believe love is an important aspect of this song, I also believe the overwhelming feelings of youth, freedom, being trapped in a world that has lost this "feeling" and the trapped nature of being a kid in a world that doesn't hear you.

    This is one of my favorite songs period and even at 40 I can still feel the grass beneath me and the wind on that mythical hill.
    Othelo1on August 25, 2007   Link

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