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Rush - 'Limelight' (Live In YYZ 1981 / Audio)

Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage

Cast in this unlikely role,
Ill-equipped to act
With insufficient tact
One must put up barriers
To keep oneself intact

Living in the Limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem

Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme

Living in a fisheye lens
Caught in the camera eye
I have no heart to lie
I can’t pretend a stranger
Is a long-awaited friend

All the world’s indeed a stage
And we are merely players
Performers and portrayers
Each another’s audience
Outside the gilded cage

Η αλλαγή της δεκαετίας (από τα 70ς στα 80ς) βρήκε έτοιμους τους Rush, οι οποίοι προσαρμόστηκαν εύκολα στα νέα (ηχητικά κι όχι μόνο) δεδομένα των 80ς. Μπορεί οι (κλασικοί τους) δίσκοι στα 70ς να παραμένουν απλησίαστοι (ακόμη και από τους ίδιους), όμως η μετάβαση έγινε και ήταν ομαλή. Το "Moving Pictures" (που κυκλοφόρησε τον Φεβρουάριο του 1981) περιλαμβάνει πιθανά το πιο δημοφιλές τραγούδι των Καναδών progsters, το (εναρκτήριο) "Tom Sawyer".

Ο δίσκος των Rush 'Moving Pictures'
Στην παρούσα ανάρτηση όμως θα σταθούμε στο μουσικό κομμάτι "Limelight" (στίχοι: Neil Peart και μουσική: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson) και θα ακούσουμε την "ζωντανή" εκτέλεσή του από την επανακυκλοφορία του δίσκου υπό τον τίτλο "Moving Pictures (40th Anniversary)", η οποία περιλαμβάνει ολόκληρη την συναυλία τους στο Τορόντο στις 25 Μαρτίου 1981.

Όσον αφορά το τραγούδι ("Limelight") ο Alex Lifeson είχε πει στο βιβλίο "Classic Rock Stories: The Stories Behind the Greatest Songs of All Time":

«Is about being under the microscopic scrutiny and the need for privacy - trying to separate the two and not always being successful at it.»

Το 1988 ο Geddy Lee είχε δηλώσει σε συνέντευξή του στην ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή "In the Studio with Redbeard":

«Limelight was probably more of Neil's song than a lot of the songs on that album in the sense that his feelings about being in the limelight and his difficulty with coming to grips with fame and autograph seekers and a sudden lack of privacy and sudden demands on his time... he was having a very difficult time dealing with. I mean we all were, but I think he was having the most difficulty of the three of us adjusting; in the sense that I think he's more sensitive to more things than Alex [Lifeson] and I are, it's difficult for him to deal with those interruptions on his personal space and his desire to be alone. Being very much a person who needs that solitude, to have someone coming up to you constantly and asking for your autograph is a major interruption in your own little world.»

Αρκετά χρόνια μετά, τον Ιούλιο του 2007, ο Alex Lifeson επανήλθε για το "Limelight" στο περιοδικό "Guitar World":

«It's funny: after all these years, the solo to "Limelight" is my favourite to play live. There's something very sad and lonely about it; it exists in its own little world. And I think, in its own way, it reflects the nature of the song's lyrics - feeling isolated amidst chaos and adulation.»

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