The Present Tense

In this piece, living in the present tense is not a bad thing. You’re not carrying any baggage from the past with you (“Nothing to blame / No victim of consequence”) and you don’t pretend to know what the future holds (“And the future makes no sense”).—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault

“The Present Tense winds down a bit [from opener ‘My favorite Headache’] in terms of aggression, but Geddy’s bass and compositions are no less fantastic. Here is where his voice really starts to shine in its new style—less screaming and more melodic. Many of the tracks on the album are just that—melodic and very reflective.”—King By-Tor on Prog Archives

“‘The Present Tense’ lavishes us with pleasant guitar and bass work, alternating between loud choruses and quiet verses. As will be the case with this album, the vocal melody is incredibly creative and memorable. The bridge doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the song, at least at first, but repeated listens can remedy that.”—Epignosis on Prog Archives

“When the acoustic arpeggios of ‘The Present Tense’ that suitably portray the folky verses are traded in for a faux-southern riff as the chorus comfortably slides in, it becomes increasingly clear that musically, none of the musicians are playing off their beat, clearly contributing masterfully to the overall sound. Not once do any of the members participate in over-indulgent wankery or technical ‘progressive’ blather (which is kind of disappointing, to be honest).”— Caleb MacAlpin on Sputnik Music

“‘Working at Perfekt,’ ‘Runaway Train,’ ‘Still,’ and ‘Present Tense’ are very good songs, no doubts here. They rock, they catch and stick their little choruses in your brain like termites on hardwood. The guitar work is, of course, not as great as Lifeson’s and the drum is simple, but done by a popular 90’s icon, Matt Cameron, from the regretfully dead Soundgarden.”—Menswear on Prog Archives

“‘The Present Tense’ surprised me a little bit at how much it reminded me of the Vapor Trails album sound.”—Mellotron Storm on Prog Archives

Lyrics

Living in the present tense
When you lose the past
And the future makes no sense
You’re living in the present tense

Crawling out, secure and confident
Imbued with innocence
Ready for the whirl
Suddenly the view was more intense
Living in a different kind of world

You’re living
Living in the present tense
There’s nothing to blame
No victim of consequence
You’re living in the present tense

Something you said
It made me
Step outside the moment
Eyes pan right and left
Around my world

Open yourself
Up to the possibility
Aware of some reality
Outside your world

In a silent universe
The moment can be so real
You almost can’t stand it

In a distant universe
Distracted from ourselves
You can’t help but wonder

In a crowded universe
When the talking turns to noise
You almost start laughing

You’re living
Living in the present tense
When you lose the past
And the future makes no sense

You’re living in the present tense
Nothing to blame
No victim of consequence
You’re living in the present tense

Tablature

By Don Dianetti (nrgii@eznet.net)

Excerpted from Ultimate Guitar.

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-5—5—+-5-1/–+—t———–+-5-5-5—5-3-+-5-5-5—5—+–

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-5-5-5-1/–+—t———–+-5/-+——+-t—–+-3-3-3-2-3\-+

Q q e e e Q h e Q q e e e Q q Q Q q e e e
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———–+——-+———–+——–+—–5—5-+-

For complete tab, go to Ultimate Guitar.

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