by Rush

  • Signals transmitted
    Message received
    Reaction making impact

    Elemental telepathy
    Exchange of energy
    Reaction making contact

    Reaction burning hotter
    Reflection on the water
    No flow without the other
    Oh, but how
    Do they make contact
    With one another?

    Electricity, biology?
    Seems to me it's chemistry

    Emotion transmitted
    Emotion received
    Music in the abstract

    Elemental empathy
    A change of synergy
    Music making contact

    One, two, three
    Add without subtraction
    Sound on sound
    Multiplied reaction
    No flow without the other
    Oh, but how
    Do we make contact
    With one another?

    Electricity, biology?
    Seems to me it's chemistry Writer/s: GEDDY LEE, ALEX LIFESON, NEIL ELWOOD PEART, KI CHAN LEE
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Comments: 8

  • Taizo from Mercato San Severino, ItalyOne,two,three Add without subtraction...It sounds like Single, couple,family. It happened to me.
  • Paul from Fredericksburg, VaAfter having strayed away from RUSH for a very long time, Clockwork Angels came along and it made me hunger to re-discover this band's music. It made me realize there are few truths in this world. One of them is RUSH is truly something to behold and to appreciate. I smile everytime I hear an intro to any RUSH song. What is truly wonderful is when you trip upon a forgotten classic; which is any song by RUSH that isn't in "heavy rotation" on the radio. That seems to be their etire library these days, but I tripped upon this and I got the S--t Eating grin on my face and couldn't stop smiling for hours.
  • Elias from Buffalo, Nyi have always interpreted this number as a love song, disguised as an extremely cerebral, scientific piece of art describing what makes relationships between 2 people (or elements) work..'signal transmitted, message received'...'emotion transmitted, emotion received'....the chorus is all metaphor and poetic, never gave me a full feeling that i was in lab class, more like trying to impress my chick, in a nerdy rush like way...the question is then asked 'Oh, but how do we make contact with one another?' ' electricity? biology?' ...that sounds sexual in nature, but the writers respond with... 'seems to me it's chemistry'...the electricity and biology are easy just like sex, but without the chemistry between the two lovers, they cannot coexist together.
  • Jim from Mburg, PaThis was a really cool song to see live during the '83 Signals tour. When I saw them play it, Alex did the taurus pedal part while playing guitar ("Eye to eye...") and it truly blew me away because I'd never seen a band do that before, plus I always wondered how they did it on the album.
  • Eric from Bend, OrI always thought it was interesting that Rush did a song about science (and specifically, chemistry). But I've always enjoyed Rush's thoughtful lyrics.
  • John from Asheville, NcI've always enjoyed this one from Signals.
  • Jesse from L.a., CaI always thought that the lyrics to this song should be in every science classroom!
  • David from Reading, EnglandThat reads like it's a quote by Neil Peart, lyricist and drummer, rather than by Alex Lifeson.
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