Vital Signs (Grace Under Pressure, Live) – Rush
28 Nov. 2011

Vital Signs (Grace Under Pressure, Live) – Rush


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“At the time it was mixed it was a very transitional song. Everybody had mixed feelings about it, but at the same time it expressed something essential that I wanted to say. That’s a song that has a marriage of vocals and lyrics that I’m very happy with. But it took our audience a long time to get it, because it was rhythmically very different for us and it demanded the audience to respond in a different rhythmic way. There was no heavy downbeat; it was all counterpoint between upbeat and downbeat, and there was some reflection of reggae influence and a reflection of the more refined areas of new wave music that we had sort of taken under our umbrella and made happen. That song took about three tours to catch on. It was kind of a baby for us. We kept playing it and wouldn’t give up.”

– Guitar For The Practicing Musician, by Bruce Pollock, , October 1986. Interviewee: Neil Peart. Transcribed by Gregg Jaeger

LYRICS – Vital Signs (Moving Pictures)Unstable condition
A symptom of life
In mental and environmental change
Atmospheric disturbance
The feverish flux
Of human interface and interchangeThe impulse is pure
Sometimes our circuits get shorted
By external interference
Signals get crossed
And the balance distorted
By internal incoherenceA tired mind become a shape-shifter
Everybody need a mood lifter
Everybody need reverse polarity
Everybody got mixed feelings
About the function and the form
Everybody got to deviate from the normAn ounce of perception
A pound of obscure
Process information at half speed
Pause, rewind, replay
Warm memory chip
Random sample, hold the one you needLeave out the fiction
The fact is, this friction
Will only be worn by persistence
Leave out conditions
Courageous convictions
Will drag the dream into existenceA tired mind become a shape-shifter
Everybody need a soft filter
Everybody need reverse polarity[themecolor][/themecolor][themecolor][/themecolor]
Everybody got mixed feelings
About the function and the form
Everybody got to elevate from the norm