January 10th, 2020 – That’s Cold

This song has been a favorite of mine since my days at Port Richmond High School. Let’s say from way back. I like the melody, the catchy chorus, yada yada.

This band is an early “super group” kinda sorta. It seems that many a talented musician from the early 70’s were willing to team up with some of their contemporaries and create, or at least play, some really great music.

Rainbow – “Stone Cold”

Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist of Deep Purple fame, put Rainbow together in 1975 and in some form or another with interchangeable singers and other members. This particular song came out in 1982 with singer Joe Lynn Turner on vocals. Pretty successful tune with a 12 week run on Billboard and peaking at 40, this song still wound up number 1 on Billboard‘s top tracks of 1982.

Fun fact about Ritchie Blackmore, a progressive musician who proved his mettle long before Rainbow’s notable chart hits, he sought out cello lessons from Hugh McDowell of ELO fame so he could learn to construct more complex arrangements. Now that is a true progressive.

The song was born out of band member Roger Glover‘s marriage breakup. Turner said that Glover, when recounting the tale of the failed relationship, said “She left me stone cold” which prompted Turner to pen the lyric when he went back to his hotel room.

Some critics credit the songs success to heavy rotation of the video on MTV. Of course, that was in the music channel’s heyday when they actually played videos. But don’t look too closely at the video. It’s terrible. In fact in spite of the fact that I am posting the videos to these songs I hope that if you want to listen to any of them you are seeking them out on whatever music platform you use and listening to them with headphones, the only true way to appreciate good music. If you do decide to just watch the videos I post instead of through Apple or Pandora…the experience is just going to leave you cold.

~Lew Hastings

Every night I have the same old dream
‘Bout you and me and what’s in between
So many changes, so many lies
Try to run, try to hide
From everything that I feel inside
But I can’t escape you or your frozen eyes…
Searching in the darkness
Fading out of sight
Love was here and gone like a thief in the night…
Stone cold…
And I thought I knew you so well
Stone cold
Can’t break away from your spell

Another dark and empty night
If I was wrong I wanna make it right
But you are so distant, so far away
Your words like ice fall on the ground
Breaking the silence without a sound
Oh familiar strangers with nothing to say
Searching in the darkness
Fading out of sight
Love was here and gone like a thief in the night…
Stone cold…
And I thought I knew you so well…
Stone cold
Can’t break away from your spell…
You leave me stone cold

Searching in the darkness
Fading out of sight
Love was here and gone like a thief in the night…
Stone cold…
And I thought I knew you so well
Stone cold
Can’t break away from your spell
You’re stone cold…yeah
I can’t break away from your spell
Stone cold…baby
I thought I knew you so well
You’re stone cold…ice cold
Can’t break away from your spell
(You put me in the deep freeze)
(Oh baby don’t you leave me)
(Stone…cold, you’re leavin’ me cold)
Stone cold…I thought I knew you so well
Stone cold…can’t break away from your spell

Writer/s: Ritchie Blackmore/Roger Glover/Joe Lynn Turner 

January 9th, 2020 – Pack Your Bags

I told you this was going to be a journey through my playlist. Incidentally it’s in no particular order until I write the blog post then I am reordering the playlist to match just for giggles. So with every journey, as those of you who have been on long road trips already know, you drive through a variety of landscapes and neighborhoods that don’t look like anyplace you have ever been or don’t look anything like where you come from. Then there it is, a corner of the world that is new and yet has a hint of familiarity to it. Something comforting, welcoming.

I’m going to put this song in that category musically. New yet familiar. So I like it.

Love and Theft – Runaway

So here it is. The first Country entry into this blog. Or is it? It’s tough to call this a “real Country” tune with the poppy, memorable chorus, watered down guitar lead and strumming reminiscent of the mega radio hits of the 80’s and 90’s. But I think that happens to be the brilliance of the “new country” genre. They have repackaged the template that made rock/pop superstars (who they call classic now) famous and replicated the sound and just added a bit of a twang here and there.

Love and Theft began as a trio back in 2009 writing songs with and for themselves and other country artists. At the time of their initial signing, they were also signed as the opening act for Taylor Swift. Appropriate, given the similarity in pop country sound. This song, “Runaway” from their debut album “World Wide Open”, cracked the top 10 on the Country charts and made its way into Billboard’s Top 100 as well.

In 2011, founding member Brian Bandas left the band. Eric Gunderson and primary songwriter Stephen Barker Liles continued the group as a duo. All three had shared lead vocal and guitar playing duties so the loss of Bandas didn’t really affect them. In fact, in the same year, the two remaining members of Love and Theft signed a deal with RCA Nashville and their first release “Angel Eyes” hit Number 1 on the US Billboard charts and broke the Top 40 chart as well solidifying themselves as a bonafide crossover act. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

I do love some of the lyrics in this song as well. Like –“A hundred miles in, I got a stupid grin on my scruffy face. With every cigarette, I’m burning my regrets. Don’t want to leave a trace. And from the rear-view, I’ve got clear view of who I used to be.” Don’t you imagine that this is exactly what running away looks like?

~Lew Hastings

It’s been a long week, I’ve got a slow leak, in my left front tire.
I’m sick of where I work, my boss is such a jerk, don’t care if I get fired.
My backs about to break, no money in the bank, and she don’t call me anymore.
I’m down to my last ring, it’s time to sell my things

And pack my bags, and never look back,
Run a parallel line with the railroad tracks, and make my get away.
I put the pedal to the metal as the sun goes down.
Leave everybody sleepin’ in this sleepy town tonight,
And at the break of day, I’ll be a runaway!

A hundred miles in, I got a stupid grin on my scruffy face.
With every cigarette, I’m burning my regrets.
Don’t want to leave a trace.
And from the rear-view, I’ve got clear view of who I used to be.
A little bit faster now, don’t wanna turn around.

I’m gonna pack my bags, and never look back.
Run a parallel line with the railroad tracks, and make my get away.
I put the pedal to the metal as the sun goes down.
Leave everybody sleepin’ in this sleepy town tonight.
And at the break of day, I’ll be a runaway! I’ll be a runaway!
I’ll be a runaway, I’ll be a runaway! (I’ll be a runaway!)

It’s crazy, I know, to count on this road and give me what I need.
But with every state line, somehow I find, another part of me.
Yeah

I’m gonna pack my bags, and never look back.
Run a parallel line with the railroad tracks, and make my get away.
I put the pedal to the metal as the sun goes down.
Leave everybody sleepin’ in this sleepy town tonight,
And at the break of day, I’ll be a runaway!
I’ll be a runaway! I’ll be a runaway!
I’ll be a runaway! I’ll be a runaway!
I’ll be a runaway! I’ll be a runaway!
I’ll be a runaway!

Writer/s: JAMES TODD SMITH, ASHANTI S. DOUGLAS, SHARIF EMIL SLATER, JEAN CLAUDE OLIVIER, JARAMYE JAEL DANIELS, AKIL KING, JAMES BROWN, LYNNE COLLINS 
Publisher: Peermusic Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

January 8th, 2020 – Violent Green

Sometimes you get into music because you dig the melody or better yet, you relate to the lyrics on an emotional, almost spiritual level. And then there are times when you hear something and go, what the heck did I just listen to and what does it mean? This falls into the category of the latter.

Based on a news story about some crackpot beating up newsman Dan Rather in an elevator in 1986, this song has all the hallmarks of a train wreck you just can’t look away from.

R.E.M. – “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

“What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” was the first single off of R.E.M.‘s ninth album Monster in 1994 and topped out at 21 on the Billboard charts. However that did not negatively influence me or my interest in the song. In fact, the band I played in at the time rehearsed and covered this song in some Jersey Shore clubs back in the day.

R.E.M. was well established and according to most authorities was the pioneer of grunge/garage/alternative music long before the onslaught of the genre in the late 80’s, early 90’s.

The weird circumstance that inspired the song is part and parcel of the fascination I have with it. A random attack on well known national newscaster Dan Rather by a deranged man who thought that messages were being beamed directly into his brain (think tinfoil hat stuff) through the evening news. As the assailant punched and kicked Rather he repeated “What’s the frequency Kenneth?” even though neither the man nor Rather has the first (or last) name Kenneth. Just a man “desperate to understand the younger generation” singer Michael Stipe was quoted as saying about the lyrics.

Another interesting fact about the song was that there is a tempo change toward the end of the song where it slows down. The band was following bassist Mike Mills lead and it turned out that MIlls was having an attack of appendicitis during the recording that required the band to rush him to the hospital afterwards. They never bothered to re-record the track and left in the speed change.

I like the quirkiness of the track and enjoy some nonsensical lyrics every now and again. Am I the only one that envisioned Bruce Banner in that green shirt they sang about?

~Lew Hastings

“What’s the frequency, Kenneth?” is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
I was brain-dead, locked out, numb, not up to speed
I thought I’d pegged you an idiot’s dream
Tunnel vision from the outsider’s screen
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh

I’d studied your cartoons, radio, music, TV, movies, magazines
Richard said, “Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy”
A smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh

“What’s the frequency, Kenneth?” is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
Butterfly decal, rear view mirror, dogging the scene
You smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh
I couldn’t understand
You said that irony was the shackles of youth, uh-huh
I couldn’t understand
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I couldn’t understand
I never understood, don’t f*ck with me, uh-huh

Writer/s: BILL BERRY, PETER BUCK, MICHAEL MILLS, MICHAEL STIPE 
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

January 7th, 2020 – Sometimes Goodbye

I love emotional songs sung from the gut and this one foots the bill. In fact, this blog is going to be loaded with songs that come from a place where deep emotions are born and bred.

Shinedown has flown under my radar until fairly recently, if that term can actually be invoked for a band that started in 2001. Now that I think of it, that is 18 years ago isn’t it? Sheesh.

Shinedown – “Second Chance”

Written by lead singer Brent Smith this song from Shinedown‘s third album “The Sound of Madness” is a personal expression of Smith’s feelings of what it took to leave the safety of his hometown and family to follow his dreams for better or worse.

This was Shinedown‘s biggest hit reaching number one on Billboard top 10 even though the band was technically labeled alternative. They reached number 1 in the alternative category and adult top 40 as well. Clearly this song resonated with many people including me. My life has been replete with the desire to start over and in some cases I did so by moving halfway across the country in search of a new life in my younger days. I remember the day I moved to Wyoming in 1998. My mother helped pack up the kitchen of my apartment and stood in the parking lot and waved as I drove a less than functional U-haul out of New Jersey.

I love the fact that in addition to naming Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, and Metallica as influences they also included Pink Floyd, The Doors and Otis Redding. Technically labeled alternative and post grunge, members of the band maintain that they are just plain old rock and roll with a different somewhat progressive slant.

I also love the fun, quirky part of rock and roll. The tour riders bands request be put into their contracts are legendary. Back in the day when I was playing in a band, we opened for Ace Frehley of Kiss. The promoter gave us a peek at his backstage rider which included the demand of having a half baked chicken for the food backstage. The fun fact about Shinedown is that they request “good ole fried chicken” a homage to their southern roots, “Snapple sweet tea” and “no purple skittles, purple is for terrorists”. Those crazy rock n roll kids.

~Lew Hastings

My eyes are open wide
By the way
I made it through the day
I watch the world outside
By the way
I’m leaving out today

I just saw Haley’s comet, shooting
She waved, said, “Why are you always running in place”
Even the man in the moon disappeared
Somewhere in the stratosphere

Tell my mother, tell my father
I have done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I’m not angry, I’m just saying
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance

Please don’t cry one tear for me
I’m not afraid of what I have to say
This is my one and only voice
So listen close it’s only for today

I just saw Haley’s comet, she waved
She waved, said, “Why are you always running in place”
Even the man in the moon disappeared
Somewhere in the stratosphere

Tell my mother, tell my father
I have done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I’m not angry, I’m just saying
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance

Here is my chance
This is my chance

Tell my mother, tell my father
I have done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I’m not angry, I’m just saying
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance

Sometimes goodbye is a second chance
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance

Writer/s: BRENT SMITH, DAVE BASSETT 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

January 6th, 2020 – Classic to 21st Century

I’m not going to tell you I haven’t been a fan of this band for a long, long time cause I have been. In fact, I don’t think anyone alive can say that they do not like at least ONE Aerosmith song and with a career that spans nearly five decades I don’t think that is a stretch.

You all know the hits and this song is no different having reached Number 1 on the Billboard charts. But I feel like this is different than the songs we grew up hearing from Aerosmith. I also don’t want to have all the obvious choices on my playlist either. I could just listen to the radio for that. I feel like this one didn’t have the staying power the rest of them did but should have. It made my playlist because it employs all of the tricks of a rock/pop hit – the slow start, the stop and the blast into the chorus. I just love that stuff.

Aerosmith – “Jaded”

Coming in from the band’s first album of the new millenium Just Push Play, Jaded was one of three singles from the album to chart. The song was written by Steven Tyler and Marti Frederiksen. Tyler claims he was lamenting how he was never there for his youngest daughter due to touring and addiction and that he felt he had jaded her and also himself and penned this song to express that.

It always amazes me to see the classic rock icons blaze new paths, gain new and younger fans many years after their initial success. Once the “bad boys of rock and roll”, famous for drug excesses and the trashing of hotel rooms rock star style, they have definitely slowed down over the last decade or so. More power to them. In fact, Aerosmith also belongs to an exclusive club of artists who have Diamond certified albums. That is, albums that have sold over 10 million copies. There are only 92 albums with that status and Led Zeppelin holds 4 of those 92 spots.

Jaded was recorded in Joe Perry‘s home studio (The Boneyard) and the album was the first produced exclusively by Perry and Tyler. Interestingly, Joe Perry thought the album was their worst to date citing that they all didn’t need to be present at the same time to record it. He felt that Aerosmith’s strength was the energy that they could produce when they all played live together.

Yep, Aerosmith was going to be on my playlist somewhere and it might not be the last time you see them in this blog. So go ahead, just push play and enjoy.

~Lew Hastings

Hey j-j-jaded, you got your mama’s style
But you’re yesterday’s child to me
So jaded
You think that’s where it’s at
But is that where it’s supposed to be
You’re gettin’ it all over me, ex-rated

My my baby blue
Yeah I been thinkin’ about you
My my baby blue
Yeah you’re so jaded
And I’m the one that jaded you

Hey j-j-jaded
In all it’s misery
It will always be what I love and hated
And maybe take a ride to the other side
We’re thinkin’ of
We’ll slip into the velvet glove
And be jaded

My my baby blue
Yeah I’m thinkin’ about you
My my baby blue
Yeah I’m so jaded
And baby I’m afraid of you

Your thinking’s so complicated
I’ve had it all up to here
But it’s so overrated
Love and hated
Wouldn’t trade it
Love me jaded

Hey j-j-jaded
There ain’t no baby please
When I’m shootin’ the breeze with her
When everything you see is a blur
And ecstasy’s what you prefer

My my baby blue
Yeah I’m talkin’ about you
My my baby blue
Yeah I’ve been thinkin’ about you
My my baby blue
Yeah you’re so jaded
Baby, jaded, baby
You’re so jaded
‘Cause I’m the one that jaded you

Writer/s: MARTI FREDERIKSEN, STEVEN TYLER 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

January 5th, 2020 – …and your little dog too…

This band is one of the only groups that appear on my playlist several times. I will space out their appearances so as not to inundate you with their amazingness. Trust me.

Back in 1978 this was one of the first albums I purchased with my own money, all based on their debut single “Hold the Line”. I might have even bought it at the old Korvettes store near the Staten Island Mall. Now that’s going back a ways.

So we could characterize this group as a “super group” of sorts, though not in the traditional sense. Super groups are usually bands made up of members of other (usually rock) groups that have already attained some level of commercial success. I have a couple examples in my playlist as you will see when we get to them.

But this group is a little different. This group of professional studio musicians are so good at their craft that they have played on or produced for just about everyone you have ever heard of in music.

Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Warren Zevon, Boz Skaggs, The Bee Gees, The B52’s, Don Henley, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Crosby Stills & Nash, Madonna, Celine Dion, Dire Straits, Chicago, Hall and Oates, etc. shall I go on? Can we safely say that these are the musician’s musician? Who does the mega star turn to for professional help? These guys.

So you have heard these musicians before on some of music’s mega hits, just not together in one place. Which makes Toto all the more amazing.

Toto – Goodbye Elenore

This song was from Toto‘s third album Turn Back in 1981. While the album produced no commercial hits it showcased the remarkable talent of these incredible musicians. Of course the world would really discover Toto with their next album Toto IV. Goodbye Elenore was written by keyboardist and vocalist David Paich who also wrote most of Toto‘s mega hits including Africa and Rosanna from Toto IV. I find the lyrics lacking here but the song kicks.

If you recognized some familiar recording tricks during this song good for you. Toto recorded this album with Geoff Workman who was also the recording engineer for Queen, The Cars, Journey, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and Foreigner among others.

I regret not seeing these guys in concert over the years, that is when they rarely played live, but I am glad that I continued to follow them and buy their albums for 30 years. Their music has given me great joy so I was willing to take the criticism from those who saw Toto as a wimpy band who only wrote mushy, pop music. Little did they know they were making fun of the very people who helped make their own favorite artists sound so good for all these years. Now you know the truth behind Toto. Welcome to Oz.

~Lew Hastings

I want to give her something she’ll remember
And she say, “No, no, no, no, no”
I want to squeeze her tight and not offend her, yeah
She said, “No, no, no, no, no”
(And he thought that she was coming back, but she wrote him a letter)
Sealed it with a kiss and placed it in front of my door

Seems as though you’ve got your way before
You left me standing helpless just when I need more
You broke my heart for the last time, you broke my heart for the last time
You broke my heart for the last time, goodbye Elenore

I tried to tell the boys all about her, yeah
And they say, “No, no, no, no, no”
They told me she was loose, no doubt about her
Well I say, “No, no, no, no, no”
(And he thought that she was coming back, but she wrote him a letter)
Sealed it with a kiss and placed it in front of my door

Seems as though you’ve got your way before
You left me standing helpless just when I need more
You broke my heart for the last time, you broke my heart for the last time
You broke my heart for the last time, goodbye Elenore

You stole my heart and now you’re gone forevermore

Songwriters: David F Paich

Goodbye Elenore lyrics © Spirit Music Group

January 4th, 2020- Musical Wreckage

The 90’s was a great time for new artists to be discovered and some bands literally went from their garage to MTV. A new wave of rebellion was born in rock and roll after the onslaught of the hair bands and power ballads of the 80’s.

That’s not to say that everything that came out was good and I was pretty selective about my music. Meaning that I rarely colored outside the lines with my record purchases. However, I myself was experimenting with music for a few years and at the same time this band was emerging, the band I was in began to branch out into playing the bar scene. Sometimes all a band needed to spark a following was that one song.

Sponge – “Plowed”

This song from the 1994 album “Rotting Pinata” helped Sponge burst onto the scene with this raucous 3 minute and 11 second growl against the state of the world. The distinctive guitar riff, sustained notes, feedback and driving snare drum power this tune making it a perfect song for any playlist if you plan on taking on a long drive. Think white line fever.

The fact that the band I was playing in was in the clubs at the same time this song was popular gave so many, including myself, hope that there was a piece of the music world out there for all of us. I mean they were signing grunge, garage and alternative bands left and right and all you needed, it seemed, was that one tune. Little did we know that there would be so much musical wreckage.

~Lew Hastings

Will I wake up
Is it a dream I made up
No I guess it’s reality
What will change us
Or will we mess up
Our only chance to connect
With a dream

Say a prayer for me
I’m buried by the sound
In a world of human
Wreckage
I’m lost and I’m found
And I can’t touch the
Ground
I’m plowed into the sound

To see wide open
With a head that’s broken
Hang a life on a tragedy
Plow me under the ground
That covers the message
That is the seed

Songwriters: Mike Cross / Tim Cross / Mark Dombroski / Joey Mazzola / Jimmy PaluzziPlowed lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Spirit Music Group, BMG Rights Management

January 3rd, 2020- Finding Out

I have to admit that I have an affinity for the soft rock genre. Sometimes you just don’t need all the crash bang and in your face angst that is such a staple in rebellious rock music. Of course this changes with the days events and the clowns bent on hot rodding their way into your lane when all you are trying to do is get home unscathed after a long day at the office.

This band had it’s struggles. Indeed they only managed to put out six studio albums in the last 30 years. But for jangly alternative rock, as they were categorized at the time, they managed to muscle their way onto the Billboard charts several times with 15 single releases.

Gin Blossoms – “Found Out About You”

Remarkably, the fourth single from their second album “New Miserable Experience” in 1992, “Found out about you” charted higher than any other breaking into the top 40 mainstream and charting at number one in modern rock tracks.

The band popped up at a time in the late 80’s that gave birth to many middle of the road acts that fit what would now be called adult contemporary. It is not hard to imagine this song being played at full tilt by an up and coming scrappy bar band to a packed house of bopping teens and early twenty-somethings.

Sadly the genius guitarist and principle songwriter of the group Doug Hopkins suffered from severe depression and alcoholism to a degree that not only got him kicked out of the band but also caused him to be forced to sign away royalties for the hits he crafted. The band continued to play the hits on the road and their popularity earned Hopkins a gold record. Soon after, Hopkins took his own life and while the band continued on they never achieved the same level of success with subsequent releases.

I think all of us at one time or another have felt the sting of an unfaithful partner and this song speaks to the heart of that realization and pain. It even goes so far as to not only accuse but confront the cheater letting them know that everyone now knows what kind of person they are. Of course, nothing really bad ever happens to the two-timing flirt. But for a moment, at least in the lyrics of this song, they are exposed to the whole world for what they are. But I’m not bitter.

~Lew Hastings

All last summer in case you don’t recall
I was your and you were mine forget it all
Is there a line that I could write
Sad enough to make you cry
All the lines you wrote to me were lies
The months roll past the love that you struck dead
Did you love me? Only in my head.
Things you said and did to me
Seemed to come so easily
The love I thought I’d won you give for free

Whispers at the bus stop
Well I heard about nights at the school yard
I found out about you

Rumours follow everywhere you go
And when you left I was last to know
You’re famous now and there’s no doubt
In all the places you hang out
They know your name and know what you’re about

Whispers at the bus stop
I heard about nights out in the school yard
I found out about you
I found out about you

Street lights blink on through the car window
I get the time too often on AM radio
You know it’s all I think about
I write your name drive past your house
Your boyfriend’s over I watch your lights go out

Whispers at the bus stop
I heard about nights out in the school yard
I found out about you

Writer/s: DOUG HOPKINS 
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

January 2nd, 2020- Cast Out

Usually I am an early adopter. Innovative technology, social media platforms, and just plain good music. More than one band or artist upon hearing them for the first time, usually their debut or sophomore offerings, have compelled me to jump out in support. I also am not too proud to say I have been premature in my assessment of what musical prowess sounds like, but we will save that for another post.

In the case of this song I arrived a little late to the party. Eight albums late to be exact.

Rush – “Subdivisions”

From the 1982 album Signals, this song is a step away from Rush’s progressive roots and while it was not one of the band’s most commercially successful songs nor did it chart on Billboard, it was a live favorite and on regular rotation with rock album radio stations. In 1982, there were no shortage of those stations especially in major markets like New York.

This song impacted me at the end of my high school years and I thought I could relate being not a part of any particular social group during that time. Of course, in high school, fitting in is paramount to a healthy transition to adult relationships. It is a pity that most of us are an awkward, klutzy mess at the very time we are encouraged to shine.

Ultimately, liking this song was my ticket to a seat at the cool kids table. I had finally accepted Rush into my musical library albeit long after most of my friends had thrown out their well worn 2112 concert tees.

~Lew Hastings

Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In-between the bright lights
And the far, unlit unknown

Growing up, it all seems so one-sided
Opinions all provided
The future pre-decided
Detached and subdivided
In the mass-production zone

Nowhere is the dreamer
Or the misfit so alone

Subdivisions
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
Subdivisions
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out

Any escape might help to smooth
The unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe
The restless dreams of youth

Drawn like moths, we drift into the city
The timeless old attraction
Cruising for the action
Lit up like a firefly
Just to feel the living night

Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight

Somewhere out of a memory
Of lighted streets on quiet nights

Subdivisions
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
Subdivisions
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out

Any escape might help to smooth
The unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe
The restless dreams of youth

Writer/s: ALEX ZIVOJINOVICH, GARY LEE WEINRIB, NEIL ELWOOD PEART 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, OLE MM, OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP