I enjoy this interview with Neil Peart, because it touches on something that I love about music: A good lyric is open to vast interpretation by the listener. Inevitably, we are going to derive our own meaning from the lyrics regardless of what the writer intended. Take this review by my buddy Aaron Lebold. “Distant Early Warning” had a meaning completely unique to him. Meanwhile, it had a very different meaning to me.
In this clip from the Presto tour, Neil Peart discusses crafting lyrics with MuchMusic. It’s a brilliant lesson from The Professor so pay attention!