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
Record Label(s): 1980 The Island Def Jam Music Group Inc
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BoyChild September 24, 2012-0:02

Ummmm. Cant both be right? I mean Rush is pretty show both sides of profit and prophet. Both are correct and yeah....way to overthink it people! haha
Ralph Yancy Emerson March 8, 2012-1:47

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 January 11, 2012-14:29

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 October 1, 2011-7:07

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 June 16, 2011-1:03

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 April 11, 2011-20:06

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 April 2, 2011-21:53

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 February 26, 2011-17:48

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 January 25, 2011-0:09

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 January 14, 2011-17:54

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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