"The Anarchist" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
Will there be world enough and time for me to sing that song?
A voice so silent for so long
For all those years I had to get along, they told me I was wrong
I never wanted to belong - I was so strong

(I lack their smiles and their diamonds; I lack their happiness and love
I envy them for all those things, I never got my fair share of)

The lenses inside of me that paint the world black
The pools of poison, the scarlet mist, that spill over into rage
The things I've always been denied
An early promise that somehow died
A missing part of me that grows around me like a cage
A missing part of me that grows around me like a cage

In all your science of the mind, seeking blind through flesh and bone
Find the blood inside this stone
What I know, I've never shown; what I feel, I've always known
I plan my vengeance on my own - and I was always alone

(I lack their smiles and their diamonds; I lack their happiness and love
I envy them for all those things, I never got my fair share of)

The lenses inside of me that paint the world black
The pools of poison, the scarlet mist, that spill over into rage
The things I've always been denied
An early promise that somehow died
A missing part of me that grows around me like a cage
A missing part of me that grows around me like a cage

Oh - They tried to get me
Oh - They'll never forget me

The lenses inside of me that paint the world black
The pools of poison, the scarlet mist, that spill over into rage
The things I've always been denied
An early promise that somehow died
A missing part of me that grows around me like a cage
A missing part of me that grows around me like a cage


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"The Anarchist" as written by Geddy Lee Alex Lifeson

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  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI think the fourth verse should be "In all your science of the mind, seeking blind through flesh and bone"

    "bone" instead of "blood"
    PenskeFileon September 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCould not agree more ... definitely my favorite song on what is one of their finest albums in years. (Saying that without ANY contempt for previous albums ... this one is just a cut above IMHO).

    This song works on SO MANY different levels. Although it is lyrically dark, it is also dichotomous in that it is also very inspiring. The line "A missing part of me that grows around me like a cage" is beautiful and ingenious. I think we all have something that is missing and inhibits are growth. And to those who don't ... I am envious like the character in the song. :)
    OneQuickSixon August 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreatest Rush album in years, I just wonder where's the "anarchist" in this song!

    bensommer.com/blog/my-anarchist-songs-contribution/
    bensommeron August 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song off of this fine album. It introduces the antagonist of the story. He feels the world has slighted him, so he plots his revenge against the steam punk society in which he lives. He doesn't view the world the way the rest of his contemporaries as his feelings constantly gnaw at him - "The lenses inside of me that paint the world black".

    This is also one of Geddy's catchiest bass lines in a career full of catchy bass lines. Great tune!
    RushAsson August 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonThe riff at 0:57 is actually a reworking of the riff in Beneath Between Behind where it starts on C then D then down to F and up to G.
    elechliteron December 19, 2012   Link

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