Mission
by Rush

Album: Hold Your Fire (1987)
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  • Geddy Lee (1988): "It basically grew out of a conversation Neil and I had about the kind of people we consider ourselves to be, people who always knew what they wanted to do in their lives and always had this ambition and desire, but couldn't make a choice as to what to do. It was always very clear that we had to do what we do - whether we were a success or a failure - we knew we would always play music in some way. 'Mission' also looks sadly at the people who have never really been sure what they should be doing and have never had a clear-cut idea where to put their creative ability to reach a final, ultimate conclusion."
  • Alex Lifeson (Guitar magazine, 1988): "Mission" came out a lot better than I thought it would. It had gone through quite a few changes since its inception and it ended up being a much better song than it started out." >>
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    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 2
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Comments: 14

  • Patrick from Bedford, TxNeil Elwood Peart, I'm taking away your middle name because you don't deserve it, you weak-ass lyric writing chump. Whoever is playing that keyboard, I'm going to take it also. Methinks this might not have been the best album for me to start with as a first time listener. Oh well, on to Turn the Page.
  • Johnny from Pomona, CaAyn Rand DID inspire Neil. In the album liner notes of 2112 it reads..."the genius of Ayn Rand."
  • Daniel from Mill Hall, PaThis is one of (if not My Most) favorite RUSH tunes. I have been a fan of the guys since the 70's, but when this album came out I LOVED it!! I have only been to see them once, in support of this album in 89, (It think it was); two of my best freinds got tickets to see them in Philly, and took me to see them as a birthday present! Who could have Better freinds??? This song Really gets me every time I listen to it, (and I get It!) Having said that, If I never get to see them again before I leave this world, I can go on knowing that I have experianced the sigle Greatest Musical and Lyrical entity in this world, or any other! Please be with us forever Alex, Geddy, And Neil, You have really enhanced My Life!!!
  • Tim from Toronto, OnThis is a favorite song for me on a favorite Rush album. Many early Rush fans don't like this album, but I play it front to back all the time.
  • Stacie from High Ridge, Moi cant describe the way this song makes me feel! i get butterflies! i been to 4 concerts i had 1st row the day my daughter was conceived and we named her with middle name rush (we later told them and neil gave us drumsticks when she was 3 weeks old!) then 3rd row then 6th and one not so great seat- but these 3 guys ged al and neil are incredible!!
  • Kevin from New York, Ndthis song is awesome and is a very powerful RUSH tune heh im listenin 2 it right now on my ipod
  • John from Asheville, NcThis is a huge standout tune for me....probably in my top 10 Rush all time. That comes mainly from a melodic standpoint, along with the lyrics. The last minute and a half or so in this song are arguably some of Rush's best and dramatic melodic moments in Rush's history. I get f-ing chills every time I hear it. Musically it's pretty minimalist...but what's there literally SOARS.
  • Mike from Indianapolis, InThis was the highlight for me on the summer tour! What a great live song! All the new stuff really rocked too, man what a great new album!
  • Adrian from Monterrey, MexicoThis song kicks a** live
  • Justin from Montpelier, VtI agree with Nick. The solo on the studio version would have been so much better if it had been even a minute longer. Regardless it is still a great solo.
  • Radly from Spring, TxAyn Rand DID NOT inspire Neil in any way. There was just a great similarity between the concept of 2112 and ayn rand's book anthem
  • Richard from Livonia, MiAn excellent example of Ayn Rand's influence on Neil Peart's lyrics...
  • David from Port Hawkesbury, CanadaI like this song, its very late 80's, early 90's.
    The lyrics fit quite well with the music.
  • Nick from Nyc, Nythe solo at the end of this song on "show of hands" is insane!!!
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