The Spirit Of The Radio Lyrics


Rush - The Spirit Of The Radio Lyrics


Inspired by 'The Spirit of Radio' in Toronto, alive and well (so far).
Words by Neil Peart, Music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

Begin the day
With a friendly voice
A companion, unobtrusive
Plays that song that's so elusive
And the magic music makes your morning mood

Off on your way
Hit the open road
There is magic at your fingers
For the Spirit ever lingers
Undemanding contact
In your happy solitude

Invisible airwaves
Crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle
With the energy
Emotional feedback
On a timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price ---
Almost free...

All this machinery
Making modern music
Can still be open-hearted
Not so coldly charted
It's really just a question
Of your honesty

One likes to believe
In the freedom of music
But glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion
Of integrity

"For the words of the profits
Are written on the studio wall,
Concert hall ---
Echoes with the sounds...
Of salesmen."


Rush's "The Spirit of the Radio" is a song from their 1980 album Permanent Waves. It was written by vocalist and bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart.

The song celebrates the power of radio to bring people together in its lyrics. Released on January 1st, 1980, it quickly became one of Rush's signature songs. The single peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been featured in movies and television shows. The band has performed the song live throughout their career, including during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

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