A modern-day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today's Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride

Though his mind is not for rent
Don't put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day's events
The river

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide
Today's Tom Sawyer, he gets high on you
And the space he invades, he gets by on you

No, his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent
But change is

And what you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide

Exit the warrior
Today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the energy you trade
He gets right on to
The friction of the day


Lyrics submitted by knate15

Tom Sawyer Lyrics as written by Geddy Lee Weinrib Alex Zivojinovich

Lyrics © OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP

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  • +7
    General CommentThis song covers a lot of concepts.
    Primarily it is a description of today's rebel hero, Tom Sawyer.
    This person is independent and self-aware.
    Several in TS recurr in other Rush songs:
    ..."He knows that changes aren't permanent...but Change is": change is the only constant
    ..."Love and life are deep...maybe as his eyes are wide": reality is defined by our perception of it.
    mutzon May 19, 2002   Link

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