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Vapor Trails
Remixed

Originally Released: May 14th, 2002
Remixed Released: September 30th, 2013
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Highest Billboard Chart Position (Original Album): 6
Highest Billboard Chart Position (Remixed Album): 35

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Liner Notes

Geddy Lee - bass guitar, vocals
Alex Lifeson - electric and acoustic guitars, mandola
Neil Peart - drums and cymbals

Produced by Rush and Paul Northfield

Recorded by Paul Northfield, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson, at Reaction Studios, Toronto, January - November, 2001, assisted by Chris Stringer
Mixed by David Bottrill
Assistant engineer: Mike Monson

Mastered by Andy VanDette
Management by Ray Danniels, SRO Management, Toronto
Executive Production by Anthem Entertainment: Liam Birt and Pegi Cecconi
Equipment care and feeding by Lorne (Gump) Wheaton

Art Direction, paintings, and portraits by Hugh Syme
Reissue design by Lisa Glines

Thanks to everyone at Reaction Studios: Ormond, Claire, Chris, and Jeff, and everyone at SRO: Ray Danniels, Pegi Cecconi, Sheila Posner, Andy Curran, Meg Symsyk, Cynthia Barry, Shelley Nott, Steve Hoffman, Bob Farmer, Randy and Frances Rolfe.

As always, we owe our families a huge debt
of love, gratitude, appreciation, and attention.
We also owe them an apology.


For technical help and contributions, our thanks to Jim Burgess and Ed Wilson at Saved By Technology, Andrew MacNaughtan, Barry and b. zee brokerage, Paul Reed Smith, Fender bass guitars, Coll Audio, Tyme Rogers at Tech 21, Mackie Digital Systems, Steve and Mark at Hughes and Kettner amplification, Dean Markley, Sean Browne at Yamaha, Drum Workshop, Avedis Zildjian, Promark, Remo, Roland electronic percussion, and -- ΩTM

Still brought to you by the letter "3"

2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation & Anthem Entertainment


Articles
  • Alex Lifeson on the Making of Rush's 'Vapor Trails' - JAM! Showbiz, May 2002
  • Rush: Hiatus Evaporates into Vapor Trails - Canadian Musician Magazine, May 2002
  • Vapor Trails (Review) - Orange County Register, May 2002
  • One Little Victory - Aquarian Weekly Magazine, May 2002
  • Alex Lifeson Interview - North York Post City Magazine, June 2002
  • Rush: On The Road With Hard Rock's Comeback Kings - Now Magazine, July 2002
  • Rush: Sweet Miracles! - BW & BK Magazine, July 2002
  • Alex Lifeson: Back In The Limelight - Guitar Player Magazine, August 2002
  • Neil Peart: The Fire Returns - Modern Drummer Magazine, September 2002
  • Rush Rolls Again - Onstage Magazine, September 2002
  • Joy and Pain, All In a Rush - Orange County Register, September 2002
  • Rush / Time and Motion: The Cleveland Shows - Music's Bottom Line Magazine, November 2002
  • Vapor Trail Afterglow: An Interview with Geddy Lee - Bass Guitar Magazine, January 2003
  • Rush's Neil Peart: Rockin' and rollin' ...rollin' ...rollin' - Cycle World Magazine, February 2003

  • Track Listing (click on any track for the lyrics)

    1. One Little Victory (5:08)
    2. Ceiling Unlimited (5:28)
    3. Ghost Rider (5:40)
    4. Peaceable Kingdom (5:23)
    5. The Stars Look Down (4:28)
    6. How It Is (4:05)
    7. Vapor Trail (4:57)
    8. Secret Touch (6:34)
    9. Earthshine (5:38)
    10. Sweet Miracle (3:40)
    11. Nocturne (4:49)
    12. Freeze (Part IV of "Fear") (6:21)
    13. Out Of The Cradle (5:03)



    One Little Victory
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    A certain measure of innocence
    Willing to appear naive
    A certain degree of imagination
    A measure of make-believe

    A certain degree of surrender
    To the forces of light and heat
    A shot of satisfaction
    In a willingness to risk defeat

    Celebrate the moment
    As it turns into one more
    Another chance at victory
    Another chance to score

    The measure of the moment
    Is a difference of degree
    Just one little victory
    A spirit breaking free
    One little victory
    The greatest act can be
    One little victory


    A certain measure of righteousness
    A certain amount of force
    A certain degree of determination
    Daring on a different course

    A certain amount of resistance
    To the forces of the light and love
    A certain measure of tolerance
    A willingness to rise above


    Ceiling Unlimited
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    It's not the heat
    It's the inhumanity
    Plugged into the sweat of a summer street
    Machine gun images pass
    Like malice through the looking glass


    The slackjaw gaze
    Of true profanity
    Feels more like surrender than defeat
    If culture is the curse of the thinking class
    If culture is the curse of the thinking class


    ceiling unlimited
    world so wide
    turn and turn again

    feeling unlimited
    still unsatisfied
    changes never end


    The vacant laugh
    Of true insanity
    Dressed up in the mask of Tragedy
    Programmed for the guts and glands
    Of idle minds and idle hands


    I rest my case -
    Or at least my vanity
    Dressed up in the mask of Comedy
    If laughter is a straw for a drowning man
    If laughter is a straw for a drowning man


    ceiling unlimited
    windows open wide
    look and look again

    feeling unlimited
    eyes on the prize
    changes never end

    winding like an ancient river
    the time is now again

    hope is like an endless river
    the time is now again



    Ghost Rider
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Pack up all those phantoms
    Shoulder that invisible load
    Keep on riding north and west
    Haunting that wilderness road
    Like a ghost rider


    Carry all those phantoms
    Through bitter wind and stormy skies
    From the desert to the mountain
    From the lowest low to the highest high
    Like a ghost rider


    Keep on riding north and west
    Then circle south and east
    Show me beauty, but there is no peace
    For the ghost rider


    Shadows on the road behind
    Shadows on the road ahead
    Nothing can stop you now

    There's a shadow on the road behind
    There's a shadow on the road ahead
    Nothing can stop you now


    Sunrise in the mirror
    Lightens that invisible load
    Riding on a nameless quest
    Haunting that wilderness road
    Like a ghost rider


    Just an escape artist
    Racing against the night
    A wandering hermit
    Racing toward the light

    From the White Sands
    To the Canyonlands
    To the redwood stands
    To the Barren Lands

    Sunrise on the road behind
    Sunset on the road ahead
    There's nothing to stop you now
    Nothing can stop you now


    Peaceable Kingdom
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    A wave toward the clearing the sky

    All this time we're talking and sharing our Rational View
    A billion other voices are spreading other news
    All this time we're living and trying to understand
    Why a billion other choices are making their demands

    Talk of a Peaceable Kingdom
    Talk of a time without fear
    The ones we wish would listen
    Are never going to hear


    Justice against The Hanged Man
    Knight of Wands against the hour
    Swords against the kingdom
    Time against The Tower

    All this time we're shuffling and laying out all our cards
    While a billion other dealers are slipping past our guards
    All this time we're hoping and praying we all might learn
    While a billion other teachers are teaching them how to burn

    Dream of a Peaceable Kingdom
    Dream of a time without war
    The ones we wish would hear us
    Have heard it all before

    A wave toward the clearing sky
    A wave toward the clearing sky


    The Hermit against The Lovers
    Or the Devil against the Fool
    Swords against the kingdom
    The Wheel against the rules

    All this time we're burning like bonfires in the dark
    A billion other blazes are shooting off their sparks
    Every spark a drifting ember of desire
    To fall upon the earth and spark another fire

    A homeward angel on the fly
    A wave toward the clearing sky



    The Stars Look Down
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Like the fly on the wheel, who says
    "What a lot of dust we're raising"
    Are you under the illusion
    That you're part of this scheme?
    Seems like a lifetime ago
    You could look with pride
    On your world of dreams

    What is the meaning of this?
    And the stars look down

    What are you trying to do?
    And the stars look down

    Was it something I said?
    And the stars look down


    Like the rat in a maze who says,
    "Watch me choose my own direction"
    Are you under the illusion
    The path is winding your way?
    Are you surprised by confusion
    When it leads you astray?
    Have you lived a lifetime today -
    Or do you feel like you just got carried away?

    What is the meaning of this?
    And the stars look down

    What are you trying to do?
    And the stars look down

    Was it something I said?
    And the stars look down

    Something you'd like me to do?
    And the stars look down


    The stars look down


    How It Is
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Here's a little trap
    That sometimes catches everyone
    When today's as far as we can see
    Faith in bright tomorrows
    giving way to resignation
    That's how it is - how it's going to be

    It's such a cloudy day
    Seems we'll never see the sun
    Or feel the day has possibilities
    Frozen in the moment -
    the lack of imagination
    Between how it is and how it ought to be

    Here's a little trap
    That sometimes trips up everyone
    When we tire of our own company
    Sometimes we're the last to see beyond the day's frustrations
    That's how it is - how it's going to be

    It's such a cloudy day
    Seems we'll never see the sun
    I feel the day is all uncertainty
    Burning in the moment - trapped by the desperation
    Between how it is and how it ought to be

    Foot upon the stair
    Shoulder to the wheel
    You can't tell yourself not to care
    You can't tell yourself how to feel


    That's how it is

    Another cloudy day


    Vapor Trail
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Stratospheric traces of our transitory flight
    Trails of condensation held
    in narrow bands of white
    The sun is turning black
    The world is turning gray
    All the stars fade from the night
    The oceans drain away

    Horizon to Horizon
    memory written on the wind
    Fading away, like an hourglass, grain by grain
    Swept away like voices in a hurricane

    In a vapor trail


    Atmospheric phases make the transitory last
    Vaporize the memories that freeze the fading past
    Silence all the songbirds
    Stilled by the killing frost
    Forests burn to ashes
    Everything is lost

    Washed away like footprints in the rain

    In a vapor trail



    Secret Touch
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    The way out
    Is the way in
    The way out
    Is the way in...


    Out of touch
    With the weather and the wind direction
    With the sunrise
    And the phases of the moon
    Out of touch
    With life in the land of the loving
    With the living night
    And the darkness at high noon

    You can never break the chain
    There is never love without pain
    A gentle hand, a secret touch on the heart

    Out of sync
    With the rhythm of my own reactions
    With the things that last
    And the things that come apart
    Out of sync
    With love in the land of the living
    A gentle hand, a secret touch on the heart

    A healing hand, a secret touch on the heart

    There is never love without pain
    Life is a power that remains


    Earthshine
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    On certain nights
    When the angles are right
    And the moon is a slender crescent

    Its circle shows
    In a ghostly glow
    Of earthly luminescence

    Earthshine

    A beacon in the night
    I can raise my eyes to
    Earthshine
    Earthshine

    A jewel out of reach
    Form a dream to rise to
    Earthshine


    Floating high
    In the evening sky
    I see my faint reflection

    Pale facsimile
    Like what others see
    When they look in my direction

    Earthshine

    Stretching out your hand
    Full of starlit diamonds
    Earthshine


    Reflected light
    To another's sight
    And the moon tells a lover's story

    My borrowed face
    And my third-hand grace
    Only reflect your glory

    You're still out of reach
    Form a dream to rise to
    Earthshine



    Sweet Miracle
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    I wasn't walking on water
    I was standing on a reef
    When the tide came in
    Swept beneath the surface
    Lost without a trace
    No hope at all
    No hope at all

    Oh - sweet miracle
    Oh - sweet miracle
    Of life


    I wasn't walking with angels
    I was talking to myself
    Rising up to the surface
    Raging against the night
    Starless night

    Oh - sweet miracle
    Love's sweet miracle
    Of life


    Oh salvation
    Oh salvation


    I wasn't praying for magic
    I was hiding in plain sight
    Rising up from the surface
    To fly into the light


    Nocturne
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Did I have a dream?
    Or did the dream have me?


    Set off on a night-sea journey
    Without memory or desire
    Drifting through lost latitudes
    With no compass and no chart

    Flying through hallucination
    Distant voices, signal fires
    Lighting up my unconscious
    And the secret places of the heart

    Dream - Temporary madness
    Dream - A voice in the wilderness
    Dream - Unconscious revelations
    The morning says, the answer is yes


    Floating through a darkened mirror
    Deep reflections in disguise
    Soaring through lost altitudes
    Without wonder, without fear

    Symbols on a field of visions
    Behind the curtain of sleeping eyes
    On the instant of waking
    Another world of dreams appears

    Dream - A walk in the wilderness
    Dream - Unconscious recreation
    The morning says, the answer is yes



    Freeze
    (part IV of "fear")
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    The city crouches, steaming
    In the early morning half-light
    The sun is still a rumor
    And the night is still a threat

    Slipping through the dark streets
    And the echoes and the shadows
    Something stirs behind me
    And my palms begin to sweat

    Sometimes I freeze - until the light comes
    Sometimes I fly - into the night
    Sometimes I fight - against the darkness
    Sometimes I'm wrong - sometimes I'm right


    Coiled for the spring
    Or caught like a creature in the headlights
    Into a desperate panic
    Or a tempest of blind fury
    Like a cornered beast
    Or a conquering hero

    The menace threatens, closing
    And I'm frozen in the shadows
    I'm not prepared to run away
    And I'm not prepared to fight

    I can't stand to reason
    Or surrender to a reflex
    I will trust my instincts
    Or surrender to my fright

    Sometimes we freeze - until the light comes
    Sometimes we're wrong - and sometimes we're right
    Sometimes we fight - against the darkness
    Sometimes we fly - into the night


    Blood running cold
    Mind going down into a dark night
    Of a desperate panic
    Or a tempest of blind fury
    Like a cornered beast
    Or a conquering hero

    Sometimes I freeze
    Sometimes I fight
    Sometimes I fly
    Into the night



    Out Of The Cradle
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    It's not a place
    It's a yearning
    It's not a race
    It's a journey

    It's not an act
    It's attraction
    It's not a style
    It's an action

    It's a dream for the waking
    It's a flower touched by flame
    It's a gift for the giving
    It's a power with a hundred names

    Surge of energy, spark of inspiration
    The breath of love is electricity
    Maybe Time is bird in flight
    Endlessly mocking
    Here we come out of the cradle
    Endlessly rocking
    Endlessly rocking


    It's a hand
    That rocks the cradle
    It's a motion
    That swings the sky

    It's method on the edge of madness
    It's a balance on the edge of a knife
    It's a smile on the edge of sadness
    It's a dance on the edge of life

    Endlessly r o c k i n g