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Tai Shan Lyrics

High on the sacred mountain
Up the seven thousand stairs
In the golden light of autumn
There was magic in the air

The clouds surrounded the summit
The wind blew strong and cold
Among the silent temples
And the writing carved in gold

Somewhere in my instincts
The primitive took hold

I stood at the top of the mountain
And China sang to me
In the peaceful haze of harvest time
A song of eternity

If you raise your hands to heaven
You will live a hundred years
I stood there like a mystic
Lost in the atmosphere

The clouds were suddenly parted
For a moment I could see
The patterns of the landscape
Reaching to the eastern sea

I looked upon a presence
Spanning forty centuries

I stood at the top of the mountain
And China sang to me
In the peaceful haze of harvest time
A song of eternity

I thought of time and distance
The hardships of history
I heard the hope and the hunger
When China sang to me...
When China sang to me

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Meaning to "Tai Shan" (1 meaning)
WAReynolds 06/22/14,05:32
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The song "Tai Shan", which is Chinese for Mount Tai, references drummer/lyricist Neil Peart's journey to Mount Tai. Mount Tai, which rises over five thousand feet and has over seven thousand steps to reach the summit, is the most sacred place in China, as well as being the most climbed mountain in the world, and has been climbed by emporers and tourists for thousands of years. Neil's lyrics speak of the journey to the top, the history of the mountain and the mystical qualities of such a sacred place.
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