Cut to the Chase

Background and Commentary

“The line ‘ambition is the fire’ is subliminally heard in the second verse of the song, which recalls others from the Rush catalog. The line ‘young enough to remember the future’ recalls ‘New World Man.’ ‘Chooses an uphill climb’ recalls ‘Marathon,’ and a ‘bearing on magnetic north’ recalls ‘Prime Mover.'”—Robert Telleria, Merely Players

“Genius is the fire that lights itself.”—Neil in the liner notes for Burning For Buddy

Lyrics

It is the fire that lights itself
But it burns with a restless flame
The arrow on a moving target
The archer must be sure of his aim

It is the engine that drives itself
But it chooses the uphill climb
A bearing on magnetic north
Growing farther away all the time

Can’t stop moving
Can’t stop moving
Can’t stop

You may be right
It’s all a waste of time
I guess that’s just a chance I’m prepared to take
A danger I’m prepared to face
Cut to the chase

It is the rocket that ignites itself
And launches its way to the stars
A driver on a busy freeway
Racing the oblivious cars

It’s the motor of the western world
Spinning off to every extreme
Pure as a lover’s desire
Evil as a murderer’s dream

Young enough not to care too much
About the way things used to be
I’m young enough to remember the future
The past has no claim on me

I’m old enough not to care too much
About what you think of me
But I’m young enough to remember the future
And the way things ought to be

Cut
Cut

Cut to the chase
You may be right
It’s all a waste of time
I guess that’s just a chance I’m prepared to take
A danger I’m prepared to face
Cut to the chase
What kind of difference can one person make?
Cut to the chase

Tablature

By Luis Loyo (lloyo@vmtecqr2.qro.itesm.mx)

Excerpted from Fretplay.

Intro Verse
|——————–|———————-|——————–|
|–0—0—0—-0—-|—0—0—0—–0—-|—0—0—0—–0–|
|——————*-|———————-|——————–|
|2—2—2–2-2—-*-|-2—2—2—2-2——|-2—2—2—2-2—-|
|——————–|———————-|——————–|
|——————–|———————-|——————–|
Repeat twice
It is the fire that lights ….

|——————–|———————-|——————–|
|—3—3—3—–3–|—3—3—3—–3—-|——————–|
|——————–|———————-|—2—2—2—–2–|
|-5—5—5—5-5—-|-5—5—5—5-5——|——————–|
|——————–|———————-|-0—0—0—0-0—-|
|——————–|———————-|——————–|
burns with a restless ….

|——————–|———————-|——————–|
|——————–|—0—0—0—–0—-|—0—0—0—–0–|
|—2—2—2—–2–|———————-|——————–|
|——————–|-2—2—2—2-2——|-2—2—2—2-2—-|
|-0—0—0—0-0—-|———————-|——————–|
|——————–|———————-|——————–|
the archer must be sure of ….

(Repeat verse figure)
engine that ….

Bridge
|——————–|———————-|——————–|
|—3—3—3—–3–|———————-|—0—0—0—–0–|
|——————–|—2—2—2——2—|——————–|
|-5—5—5—5-5—-|———————-|-2—2—2—2-2—-|
|——————–|-0—0—0—0-0——|——————–|
|——————–|———————-|——————–|
Can’t stop – moving Can’t ….

Chorus
(Figure 1)
|——————-|—————————–|—————————-|
|—0—0—0—–0-|—————————–|—————————-|
|——————-|—————————–|————————-4-4|
|-2—2—2—2-2—|-5/7-7-7-7–5-5/7-7-7-7–5-5-|-5/7-7-7-7–5-5/7-7-7-7–4-4|
|——————-|-5/7-7-7-7–5-5/7-7-7-7–5-5-|-5/7-7-7-7–5-5/7-7-7-7–2-2|
|——————-|-3/5-5-5-5–3-3/5-5-5-5–3-3-|-3/5-5-5-5–3-3/5-5-5-5—–|
Can’t stop!

For complete tab, go to Fretplay.

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~ by rvkeeper on February 13, 2011.

 
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