Prive Mover Rush (Hold Your Fire) Basic elemental instinct to survive Stirs the higher passions Thrill to be alive Alternating currents in a tidewater surge Rational resistance to an unwise urge Anything can happen... From the point of conception To the moment of truth At the point of surrender To the burden of proof From the point of ignition To the final drive The point of the journey is not to arrive Anything can happen... Basic temperamental filters on our eyes Alter our perceptions Lenses polarize Alternating currents force a show of hands Rational responses force a change of plans Anything can happen... From a point on the compass To magnetic north The point of the needle moving back and forth From the point of entry Until the candle is burned The point of departure is not to return Anything can happen... I set the wheels in motion Turn up all the machines Activate the programs And run behind the scene I set the clouds in motion Turn up light and sound Activate the window And watch the world go 'round From the point of conception To the moment of truth At the point of surrender To the burden of proof From the point of ignition To the final drive The point of a journey Is not to arrive Anything can happen...
It's funny how things don't really change, no matter how much time passes. Prime Mover has always been one of my favorite Rush songs. It speaks about enjoying the travel itself as much as the destination, to remember that the point of the journey is not the place you depart from or the place you arrive to but the journey itself... the people, the places and the situations you find yourself in.
After Amsterdam this song takes on a whole new meaning.
Saw this story in Chris Guillebeau's website and it made me think about a lot of things. Sure, it's always easier to do this kind of crazy things in Europe where you need one passport for 13+ countries.
But there also has to be a willingness to do it. There has to be a passion and an idealism that it's not always there.
There's another Rush song from this era that came to mind when writing this for its own reasons.