Cold Fire
by Rush

Album: Counterparts (1993)
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  • Cold fire
    It's such a cold fire
    It's a cold fire
    It's a cold fire

    It was long after midnight
    When we got to unconditional love
    She said, "Sure, my heart is boundless
    But don't push my limits too far"

    I said, "If love is so transcendent
    I don't understand these boundaries"
    She said, "Just don't disappoint me
    You know how complex women are"

    I'll be around
    If you don't let me down too far
    I'll be around
    If you don't let me down

    It was just before sunrise
    When we started on traditional roles
    She said, "Sure, I'll be your partner
    But don't make too many demands"
    I said, "If love has these conditions
    I don't understand those songs you love"
    She said, "This is not a love song
    This isn't fantasyland"

    Don't go too far
    A phosphorescent wave on a tropical sea is a cold fire
    Don't cross the line
    The pattern of moonlight on the bedroom floor is a cold fire
    Don't let me down
    The flame at the heart of a pawnbroker's diamond is a cold fire
    Don't break the spell
    The look in your eyes as you head for the door is a cold fire

    I'll be around
    If you don't push me down too far
    I'll be around
    If you don't push me down

    I'll be around
    If you don't push me down too far
    I'll be around
    If you don't push me down

    Don't go too far
    A phosphorescent wave on a tropical sea is a cold fire
    Don't cross the line
    The pattern of moonlight on the bedroom floor is a cold fire
    Don't let me down
    The flame at the heart of a pawnbroker's diamond is a cold fire
    Don't break the spell
    The look in your eyes as you head for the door is a cold fire

    I'll be around
    If you don't let me down too far
    I'll be around
    If you don't let me down

    I'll be around
    If you don't push me down too far
    I'll be around
    If you don't push me down

    I'll be around
    If you don't let me down

    It's a cold fire
    Love is blind if you are gentle
    It's such a cold fire
    It's a cold fire
    Love can turn to a long, cold burn
    It's such a cold fire Writer/s: Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Elwood Peart
    Publisher: OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Matthew Deibert from Usa This song has a heavy REM influence to it, or at least I hear that. Love the vocal harmonies in the bridge. I think this is the only song on Counter Parts with the classic "Neil Peart ride pattern".
  • Alex Manne from Tallahassee, Fl'This is not a love song, This isn't fantasy land' - GREAT line. Exactly how I feel about 98.5% of the love songs out there. It's taken me many years to really appreciate this song and album. Neil Peart keeps it real with this song.
  • Rufus from Wheeling, WvMaybe my least favorite, recent Rush release (as opposed to the early stuff), but this is one of my favorite songs overall. "the flame at the heart of a pawnbroker's diamond is a cold fire"
  • Eric from Worden, MtBeing a long time Rush fan, I understood how momentous it was for them to to have a song about love, "This is not a love song". I love the crazy guitar sound, and the cymbal work, but most of all the analogies in the the chorus are so poetic. Truly, one of their best songs
  • John from Asheville, NcIt's an awesome song, musically and lyrically. Love the imagery in the chorus. Probably my favorite song on one of my favorite Rush records.
  • Tom from Highland, Nygreat imagery surrounding love gone a rye.
  • Joe Public from Anytown, Al"The toxic emission from a factory smokestack / Is a coal fire..."
  • Jesse from L.a., CaWhen Rush played this song live, Alex Lifeson played a country diddy to introduce it.
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