Rush - The Spirit Of Radio

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The Spirit Of Radio Lyrics

Begin the day with a friendly voice
A companion, unobtrusive
Plays the song that's so elusive
And the magic music makes your morning mood

Off on your way, hit the open road
There is magic at your fingers
For the spirit ever lingers
Undemanding contact in your happy solitude

Invisible airwaves crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle with the energy
Emotional feedback on timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free

All this machinery making modern music
Can still be open-hearted
Not so coldly charted it's really just
A question of your honesty, yeah, your honesty

One likes to believe in the freedom of music
But glittering prizes and endless compromises
Shatter the illusion of integrity, yeah

Invisible airwaves crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle with the energy
Emotional feedback on timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free

For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall
Concert hall
And echoes with the sound of salesmen
Of salesmen, of salesmen

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Songwriter(s): Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart
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Meaning to "The Spirit Of Radio" song text (10 meanings)
BoyChild 09/24/12,00:02
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Ummmm. Cant both be right? I mean Rush is pretty smart...so...they show both sides of profit and prophet. Both are correct and work....so yeah....way to overthink it people! haha
Ralph Yancy Emerson 03/08/12,01:47
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The word salesmen actually means drummers. The drummer was often refered to as the salesman in the old days.. Like when salesmen drum up saes prospects.
ShawnS 01/11/12,14:29
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John's right. Prophets write words, even figuratively, not things like profits. It means those who only want to make profits on all this machinery are ubiquitous.
Lance 10/01/11,07:07
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The beauty of the lyrics is that both words fit into the message - profit and prophet. Maybe Neil, genius that he is, wanted to leave it up to the listener to interpret it as they wish.
Jeff 06/16/11,01:03
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The song is actually written as a tribute to a Toronto radio station - 102.1 CFNY. Its corporate run crap now but from '78-'02 it was a legit station that played only the best music of the time.
Jason 04/11/11,20:06
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It is 'profits'. It is about radio (music), being alone, is beautiful, uplifting, and free. But the corporate world has tainted music with their 'glittering prizes...etc.' Hence '...salesmen...'
mark 04/02/11,21:53
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It is a prophet. A prophet spews words to write on a wall. Similar to a lyricist that believes they are a prophet.
O'Dee 02/26/11,17:48
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I'm pretty sure from the context that it's prophets, that he's stating that the voices coming through the radio (musicians) are treated like modern day prophets!
Dani 01/25/11,00:09
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And the sign said, 'The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls, and whispered in the sounds of silence'. Simon and Garfunkel. Rock!
Tim 01/14/11,17:54
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Rick is correct. It is not 'subway wall.' I think it's 'profit' as suggested by the last words, 'of salesmen.'
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