Beneath, Between and Behind
by Rush

Album: Fly By Night (1975)
  • Ten score years ago
    Defeat the kingly foe
    A wondrous dream came into being
    Tame the trackless waste
    No virgin land left chaste
    All shining eyes but never seeing

    Beneath the noble bird Between the proudest words
    Behind the beauty, cracks appear
    Once with heads held high
    They sang out to the sky
    Why do their shadows bow in fear

    Watch the cities rise
    Another ship arrives
    Earth's melting pot, and ever growing
    Fantastic dreams come true
    Inventing something new
    The greatest minds, but never knowing

    The guns replace the plow
    Facades are tarnished now
    The principles have been betrayed
    The dreams's gone stale
    But still let hope prevail
    Hope that history's debt won't be repaid

Comments: 7

  • Richard from Gatehead UkI've been listening to this song since I was 11 and have never had a clue what any of the words were, let alone what the song was about. It's bonkers.
  • Kirk from Santa CruzThe song's about Watergate, which was finally over around the time when I first heard it on my Canadian girlfriend's mono tape deck.
  • Arturo from Mexico CityAs a Rush fan since 1974... with this song I discovered the Trio, all about this song is great: voice, guitar, Bass & drums in perfect synchronization with great riff, speed & lyrics... I felt the same Kent Lyle says: some flavour with "Heartbreaker". In those days at México it was very difficult to get records from abroad, specially from Canada, and what I started was a 45 RPM single with side A "Fly By Night", side B "Beneath Between & Behind"... like 6 months later I got my LP 33 RPM FLY BY NIGHT. Some folks told me this was a "studio group"... well, that´s not true What do you guys think about "Making Memories"? With the time it became my favourite track from "Fly by Night"

    Cheers from México to all!
  • Brad from Chicago, IlJesse... Geddy goes higher on a few songs...attempt to range with "Sound and fury drown my heart, every nerve(vocal cord) is torn apart!! from Cygnus X-1.
  • Kent Lyle from Cincinnati, OhThe main riff seems to be an adaptation of the middle section of Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker".
  • Kent Lyle from Cincinnati, OhThis is the only song in Rush's catalog co-written by Peart and Lifeson, without Lee's influence. The album _Fly By Night_ predated the standard arrangement of Lee and Lifeson writing the music with Peart writing the lyrics.
  • Jesse from L.a., CaHow the hell does Geddy sing this song? It's about the highest I've heard anyone sing, besides his screaming on the Bridge in "Freewill"...
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