My Sunday Song – “Tom Sawyer” by Rush

For My Sunday Song #43, I had to choose one of the best Rush songs of all time…”Tom Sawyer”.  The song is the opening track of their top-selling album, ‘Moving Pictures’.  ‘Moving Pictures’ was my introduction to Rush.  When I first heard “Tom Sawyer” on MTV, I was blown away.

The sound of Geddy Lee’s synthesizer and that drum beat by Neil Peart throughout is spectacular.  And not to be out done, Alec Lifeson’s solo is perfect.  It is one of those songs that is unforgettable and for me is the defining song of Rush.  It was this song and the album ‘Moving Pictures’ that made me a Rush fan.  And one of the best concerts I have even been to was Rush!

All three members of the band were involved in writing the song along with Pye Dubois. Pye Dubois was the lyricist for another Canadian band called Max Webster.  For me that is interesting because one album I got in a box of vinyl from my brother-in-law was Max Webster.  I was completely unfamiliar with them and was going to start listening to it when I discovered the connection with Rush.  Now it really makes me want to check them out.  I really love when bands have these little connections between one another.

“Tom Sawyer” is inspired by the book by the same name by the great Mark Twain.  It is about a modern day kid that has that rebellious spirit.  It brings together how he is perceived by others with how he really is as a person.  It would be nice to think that we all have a little of this “Tom Sawyer” inside each of us.

If you want to read a great article on the story behind the song by Paul Elliott at Teamrock.com, just click on the link.

Now go check out the song and if you aren’t familiar with it, you are in for a treat.  Enjoy and Happy Sunday!!

“Tom Sawyer”
A modern day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride
Though his mind is not for rent
Don’t put him down as arrogant
He reserves the quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events
The river
What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift
The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide
Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets by on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you
No, his mind is not for rent
To any God or government
Always hopeful yet discontent
He knows changes aren’t permanent
But change is
What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit
The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide
Exit the warrior
Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets by on you
And the energy you trade
He gets right on to the friction of the day
Songwriters: Alex Lifeson / Geddy Lee Weinrib / Neil Peart / Pye Dubois

13 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Tom Sawyer” by Rush

  1. Today you are an honorary Canadian!
    Obviously I love this song…and the video. As for Max Webster, I have only reviewed a couple of their albums. They are very different from Rush but similarly intelligent rockers. They are more like Zappa than Rush. Check out possibly their weirdest and wildest Toronto Tontos! After Max Webster, Pye went on to work with Kim Mitchell as a solo artist, and that’s where tracks like “Go For Soda” come from.

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    1. I need to listen to the Max Webster one as it has been calling my name for a year now. I have other Canadian stuff coming in about 3 weeks. You people in the ‘Great White North’ will love it eh! It is something that has been sitting in the box vinyl and do to a recent news article I saw, I thought I would pull it out and write about it.

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    2. “Go For a Soda” by Kim Mitchell is one of those songs I really like and yet do not know why I like it so. Now mikeladano and John here at 2loud2oldmusic have connected the dots, from this Rush song (great) to Pye Dubois (who?) to Max Webster (what?) to Kim Mitchell (hmm) to “Go For a Soda” (yes!). Reading this blog is a blast.

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  2. Nice to see this posted John!
    Check out the 5 song Kim Mitchell EP from 1982! Some of the best axe-manship on the 6 string around.
    Dig around mine and Mikey’s site as we have both reviewed this EP!

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  3. Great choice. Only Rush album I have and definitely a stand-out track. And it’ll always be relevant.

    “No, his mind is not for rent
To any God or government
Always hopeful yet discontent
He knows changes aren’t permanent”

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