Lock And Key
by Rush

Album: Hold Your Fire (1987)
  • I don't want to face
    The killer instinct
    Face it in you or me

    We carry a sensitive cargo
    Below the waterline
    Ticking like a time bomb
    With a primitive design

    Behind the finer feelings
    This civilized veneer
    The heart of a lonely hunter
    Guards a dangerous frontier

    The balance can sometimes fail
    Strong emotion can tip the scale

    Don't want to silence
    A desperate voice
    For the sake of security
    No one wants to make
    A terrible choice
    On the price of being free
    I don't want to face
    The killer instinct
    Face it in you or me
    So we keep it under lock and key

    It's not a matter of mercy
    It's not a matter of laws
    Plenty of people will kill you
    For some fanatical cause

    It's not a matter of conscience
    A search for probable cause
    It's just a matter of instinct
    A matter of fatal flaws

    No reward for resistance
    No assistance
    No applause

    I don't want to face
    The killer instinct
    Face it in you or me
    So we keep it under lock and key

    I don't want to face
    The killer instinct
    Face it in you or me
    So we keep it under lock and key
    Lock and key

    I don't want to face
    The killer instinct
    Face it in you or me
    So we keep it under lock and key
    Lock and key

    We don't want to be victims
    On that we all agree
    So we lock up the killer instinct
    And throw away the key Writer/s: Neil Elwood Peart, Gary Lee Weinrib, Alex Zivojinovich
    Publisher: OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 9

  • Patrick from Bedford, TxRead the lyrics and didn't have high hopes. Pressed play and heard s--tty keyboards. Damn. My dudes, I respect keyboards, but use one that doesn't sound like mine, that I bought from Target, for less than fifty dollars.
  • Mathieu from Saint-hyacinthe, QcThe movie contained in the music video and in the beginning of the "Show of Hands" show is The Last Mile, a 1932 movie. Also, he plays on a 4-string bass in the show, he replace the lower notes by the note an octave higher, e.g. when he's supposed to play a E#2, he plays a E#3.
  • Alessandro from Danbury, Oni like your song a lot but i don't know what it's about.
  • John from Asheville, NcI like this song quite well. Not a favorite from Hold Your Fire, but I like it. Interesting lyric.
  • Brett from Regina, CanadaAt the live show he uses a 4 string wal also.
  • Chuck from Houston, TxLets look at song title and the album title, they go hand and hand. "Keep it under lock and key" and "Hold your fire" - thats a good claboration, in my opinion.
  • Jordan from Port Hope, CanadaThis song is basically saying that we could all be killers. We could all have a killer instinct. But we control it -- we keep it under lock and key.
  • Stephan from Moedling, AustriaVery interesting that in the video Geddy uses his 4string Wal
  • Edward from Deptford, NjThis is one of Rush's most moving songs. The video is great. How true are the lyrics to this song, "we carry a sensative cargo, below the water line". Every one has a side to hide.
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