“R” – A to Z blogging challenge – Day 18

“Resist” from 1996’s Test For Echo

A slow, moving piece about our ability to rationalize what we are willing to change or surrender things about our values, or our inability to prevent ourselves from succumbing, but not without hope that we might become better.  This song was originally more up-tempo, but was later performed live and became an acoustic number, lending it a more melancholic air, superior to the original.

First, we see how our weaknesses are inherent in our humanity: temptation and pain exposes those weaknesses.

I can learn to resist
Anything but temptation
I can learn to co-exist
With anything but pain

I can learn to compromise
Anything but my desires
I can learn to get along
With all the things I can`t explain1

But here we are redeemed.  We cannot turn a blind eye to injustice, and can make peace with the unknown.  Then a simple depiction of the necessity of succumbing to our weakness in order to make that spiritual connection that we all seek.

I can learn to close my eyes
To anything but injustice
I can learn to get along
With all the things I don`t know

You can surrender
Without a prayer
But never really pray
Pray without surrender1

Finally, a plea for persistence in the face of these seemingly insurmountable obstacles to our lives.

You can fight
Fight without ever winning
But never ever win
Win without a fight1

Another valuable tip from our friends in the Great White North.

If YouTube is working, have a listen to both versions.

Original Studio Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkIryrQZmEA

Live Accoustic Version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb1UaRu0JVA

1Rush.  “Resist”  Lyr. Neil Peart.  Test for Echo.  Atlantic Records.  1996.  CD.


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