"Caravan" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
In a world lit only by fire
Long train of flares under piercing stars
I stand watching the steamliners roll by

The caravan thunders onward
To the distant dream of the city
The caravan carries me onward
On my way at last
On my way at last

I can't stop thinking big
I can't stop thinking big

On a road lit only by fire
Going where I want, instead of where I should
I peer out at the passing shadows
Carried through the night into the city
Where a young man has a chance of making good
A chance to break from the past
The caravan thunders onward
Stars winking through the canvas hood
On my way at last

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    General CommentIt's a song about the band and how they've pressed forward in the face of adversity (Neil's tragedy and much criticism for the mainstream) and how they've never stopped "thinking big" and doing what they "want instead of what they should".

    Speaks to Rush's uniqueness and power as a band that has existed and flourished slightly on the outside. Very deep.
    DasBear017on August 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYeh this song really rocks, really like the new sound they have been goin with since snakes and arrows. As for its meaning I think the caravan is a metaphor for the band as a whole going forward and pressing on. Something else I thought of was the movie back to the future with the the lyric on a road lit only by fire. The time travel theme would work with my theory of them as a whole looking to the future and thinking bigger and bigger with their music.
    colokurton June 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNeil writes so with many common threads, multi-leveled,and semi-thematically, as usual. The two previous comments here sum up this great rocking song so eloquently. I can’t wait to see the second leg of the Time Machine Tour and the DVD likely to come out later. The band is planning to film it in Cleveland (as most of you know) and the first DVD filmed in the USA. Cleveland is where they got their big break and ironically the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of -facade. I’m from that region of the country originally (Youngstown, Oh) and those fans are always really fired up for RUSH !Also I love the seemingly histornic hard rocking aspect and the interesting rhythm section in the later half of this one too! What an awesome and entertaining band.

    kinglerxst2112on January 19, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningWhat an awesome song. Gives me the chills. (The whole CD does...!)
    I see this simply as following your heart and dreams despite adversity.
    I picture myself on my way to achieving all my dreams despite how lofty many may believe they are. Barreling down fire lined roads in a caravan, alone, but somehow laying in the back seat, gazing at the stars with a feeling of enthralling uneasiness and determination and the anticipation of the life I'm eternally dedicated to crafting by my own hand.

    It touches on a pervading theme in Neil's lyrics of Objectivism and individuality, a large portion of it seemingly inspired by the writings of Ayn Rand.

    Unreal. Rush and Neil's lyrics are just unreal.
    geddycornon October 16, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNo comments yet? Both these new Rush tunes are fuckin great.
    Digityon June 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is the best they can do now? I'm one of the hugest Rush fans and like all their mood changes but, everything Vapor Trails and after is mediocre and anyone who disagrees is kidding themselves. The live show aren't over but, the music is. There albums used to be different! Moving Pictures and Signals for example. Vapor Trail to now has sounded exactly the same.
    digitalmanon July 22, 2013   Link

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