Wednesday, June 25, 2008

R17 - Something For Nothing

What you own is your own kingdom
What you do is your own glory
What you love is your own power
What you live is your own story
In your head is the answer
Let it guide you along
Let your heart be the anchor
And the beat of your own song

The first Rush song I ever learned to play. A little Ayn Rand-y, but a good plea for individuality and trusting yourself. Again, to refer to Emerson - "To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius."

BTW, I've come to a different understanding of the line "What you love is your own power". As a 16 year old boy, that sounded like a description of a megalomaniac. Now, as a 45 year old man, it sounds like "the things you love are the things that give you power", about drawing power from and defining power by the things you love. Not sure if it was meant that way in the 70's, but that's how I read it here in the aughts.


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