Rush - Tom Sawyer (Official Video)




"Tom Sawyer" is a song by Canadian rock band Rush, originally released on their 1981 album Moving Pictures as its opener. The band's lead singer, bassist, and keyboardist, Geddy Lee, has referred to the track as the band's "defining piece ... from the early '80s". It is one of Rush's best-known songs and a staple of both classic rock radio and Rush's live performances, having been played on every concert tour since its release.


The song was written by Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart, and guitarist Alex Lifeson in collaboration with lyricist Pye Dubois of the band Max Webster, who also co-wrote the Rush songs "Force Ten", "Between Sun and Moon", and "Test for Echo".


According to the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an episode to the making of Moving Pictures), "Tom Sawyer" came about during a summer rehearsal vacation that Rush spent at Ronnie Hawkins' farm outside Toronto. Peart was presented with a poem by Dubois named "Louis the Lawyer" (often incorrectly cited as "Louis the Warrior") that he modified and expanded.


Lee and Lifeson then helped set the poem to music. The "growling" synthesizer sound heard in the song came from Lee experimenting with his Oberheim OB-X. For "Tom Sawyer", Lee switched from his Rickenbacker 4001 to a Fender Jazz Bass he purchased from a pawn shop.







Lyrics


A modern day warrior

Mean, mean stride

Today's Tom Sawyer

Mean, mean pride


Though his mind is not for rent

Don't put him down as arrogant

His reserve, a quiet defense

Riding out the day's events

The river


What you say about his company

Is what you say about society

Catch the mist, catch the myth

Catch the mystery, catch the drift


The world is, the world is

Love and life are deep

Maybe as his skies are wide


Today's Tom Sawyer

He gets high on you

And the space he invades

He gets by on you


No his mind is not for rent

To any god or government

Always hopeful, yet discontent

He knows changes aren't permanent

But change is


What you say about his company

Is what you say about society

Catch the witness, catch the wit

Catch the spirit, catch the spit


The world is, the world is

Love and life are deep

Maybe as his eyes are wide


Exit the warrior

Today's Tom Sawyer

He gets high on you

And the energy you trade

He gets right on to the friction of the day