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Time Stand Still by Rush

Album: Hold Your FireReleased: 1987Charted:
  • Aimee Mann from the group 'Til Tuesday sang backing vocals and appeared in the music video.
    Geddy Lee (1988): "We knew that the part she sings on was a feminine part. We didn't want to use a keyboard or have Alex or myself sing it, so we started looking for a female singer. It's a very attractive opportunity for us to work with a female singer. We just looked until we found a voice, that was suitable. In listening to Aimee's last record, we loved the way she sang, so we just asked her."
  • Neil Peart (1988): "My first idea was to write about time and the first song I wrote was 'Time Stand Still'. But the more I thought about it and played around with the ideas, the more expanded idea of temperamental barriers took shape. 'Time Stand Still' applies to that concept in that it deals with the attitude of enjoying life and not letting it whisk by without appreciating it." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 2
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Comments: 31

This song got to me even when I was 30ish, and it's harder to listen to every passing year. We poor mortals.Jim - Pleasant Hill, Ca
For the last 35 or so years, I have had an ongoing love affair with music. I have taken nothing with me more important, or influential on my state of being. Rush is one of the bands that has always been there with me! They are awesome, and"Time stand still", is one of my favorite songs of all!Paul - Redding, Ca
most amazing band i've ever heard. and i'm 46 lol. rock on rush !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Wess - Moorhead, Mn
Best song off of Hold Your Fire, and those lyrics ("Summer's going fast, nights growing colder, children growing up, old friends growing older") are some of Peart's best. Live in the moment.Rufus - Wheeling, Wv
Not sure if its true, but a lot of these lyrics can relate to sex.
this song is almost a command for time to stop
Austin - San Jose, Ca
I've known this song since it's release in 1987, but I never knew Aimee Mann was the person who performed the "Time Stands Still" part of the song. I guess you do learn something new each day...Aidan - Boiling Springs, Pa
This is my all time FAV Rush song. The part where it says, " See more of the people and the places that surround me now" especially talks to me. Neil is such a great lyricist. This song literally transports me to a specific place in time. I love that about music!Steve - Philadelphia, Pa
I've been a fan of Rush since I was about 9 years old. I first bought a copy of their Hold Your Fire album in cassette form when I was 12 (1992). At that time, I was thinking about my transition from young childhood and getting older, and this song stuck out to me and helped me to look around and appreciate what it meant to be a young child.Eric - Bend, Or
The lines "I'm not looking back, but I want to look around me now" are in direct contrast to Anthem's "Keep on looking forward; no use in looking 'round" produced by a younger Rush.Steve - Cullman, Al
I believe time stands still and 2112 are about the Mayan prediction of Dec 21, 2012, when time will supposedly cease to exist (May or may not happen). 2112 is 100 years later, d-uh!, and the 21 and 12 are mirror images of each other. If you do a lot of numerology, the numbers 11 and 12 come up again and again, like the 12th of never by jim nabors. Also Dec 21, 2012 1+2+2+1+2+1+2=11.

9/11 9+1+1=11. 2001+11=2012!

I was born May 16, 1974. 5+1+6=12!!! Then add 1+9+7+4=33 Break up 33 3+3=6x2=12!
Andrew - Coquitlam, Bc
For 3 days I've been thinking of what to say about this song and the only thing I came up with is that in my opinion it's the most beautiful song by Rush, gives me the chills each and every time. Something phenomenal right here.Jaakko - Pudasjärvi, Finland
I personally think that this awesome, kick-ass song by Rush is about the regrets people have. That's why they're ordering for time to stand still and to "freeze this moment a little bit longer". FYI, my absolute favorite Rush song. RUSH ROCKS PERIOD!Myra - Chicago, Il
This song, like "Red Sector A", has the effect of extracting tears from me. My father passing, getting married, my children born and growing, it goes to the truly unique nature of RUSH and their music. I am grateful to the Lord that RUSH lives and creates such reflection in my soul. They express life in their music. The lyrics are timeless! If the world became catastrophe and RUSH's music was discovered in rubble 10,000 years from now, people would still be jamming to it, learning from it, enriching themselves with it!Richard - Royal Palm Beach, Fl
What I like about this song is that it sounds a little more like a pop song than most of Rush's stuff. They're obviously phenomenal musicians, but too often they feel compelled to prove it over and over again, to the detriment of the song. In this one they let the focus be on the song a bit more. (My answer to James' question is: Elvis Costello.)Andy - Yakima, Wa
I had sex with this girl and it was so intense and satisfying that at one point if was as if "Time Stood Still"! Pretty Wild, huh? That is what I remember when I hear this song, eh?Tony - Toledo, Oh
One of my many favorites of Rush!Dave - Coal Valley, Il
This song is totally atemporal. It has over 20 years and the meaning will be the same un 100 years more!María José - Santiago, Chile
Great song. It sounds exactly like a cannabis trip to me.Steffan - Providence, Ri
i think that not only is this song about getting the most out of life, but also there are certain moments in life where it feels like you are in the most fun place u could be.and u just wish you could freeze time and look around or just enjoy the momment...Ian - Greensboro, Nc
I use this quote whenever i sign a yearbook, it just seems so fitting. "summer's going fast, nights growing colder children growing up old friends growing older..."Justin - Montpelier, Vt
The older I get, the more relevant the song becomes. This song evokes a measure of sadness in me yes, but it also serves as a call to action to live life to its fullest and not take a single moment for granted.Mike - Cheshire, Ct
In answer to James, what about Rush themselves?? Aimee Mann has been more commercially successful than the band with whom she scored her first hit as a featured vocalist in 1987, but both have had critical acclaim and revilement in equal measure...Dave - Cardiff, Wales
It's about living in the moment, not taking time to look back as Geddy says, and squeezing every moment for what it's worth.Manuel - Puerto Rico, United States
Yea this song gives me a deep feeling of nostalgia when I listen to it too.Ty - Marion, In
Freeze this moment a little bit longer...
I love the way this song is put together, like the lyrics. And i agree with Pete from toronto (two below)
Jen - Freddy Beach
Really powerful song, it always brings me a feeling of nostalgia. Gets me every time.Paul - Spring, Tx
Summer's going fast, nights growing colder
Children growing up, old friends growing older

that line makes me sad whenever I hear it, one of my favourite Rush songs
Pete - Toronto, Canada
Has anyone ever received more critical acclaim, with less commercial success, than Aimee Mann?

(Probably. But still...)
James - Westchester, England
It's powerful because it's like he's ordering time to stand still. Like you say "Dog, sit."Stephen - Camp Pendleton, Ca
The opening guitar ditty and the guitar solo section of this song is in 7/4 time.Sam - Boise, Id
really neat video. rush is really creative for there videos. also in mystic rythems tooKeith - Shamokin, Pa
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