“Double Agent” from 1993’s Counterparts
Another song from one of the band’s more underappreciated albums, this one describes the personal battles between positive and negative (both internal and external). With growling spoken word interludes between the choruses, this song just rocks (and the chorus just resonates so much, capturing our inherent dissatisfaction and/or fear of the NOW, and the dreams of the ELSE), and reaffirms how to fight that battle.
If you didn’t want to be HERE, NOW, where would you be? With good and evil, light and dark, positive and negative, pulling at you, how do you know what to do?
The known and the nameless, familiar and faceless
My angels and my demons at war
Which one will lose depends on what I choose
Or maybe which voice I ignore…1
Which do you choose? Which do you choose for your writing, for your characters, for your stories?
For your life?
1Rush. “Double Agent.” Lyr. Neil Peart. Counterparts, Atlantic Records. 1993.CD.