This is an incredibly peppy-sounding song that masks the fundamental truth it reveals: every choice we make can turn out for good or ill.
Just another winner, pours his life down the drain
Just another island in a hurricane
Just another loser, like a cat in the rain
Just another day — in the path of a speeding train1
The real heart of this song, though, is the verse structure Peart puts together listing a countless array of labels we might apply to ourselves or be saddled with. Ironically, those labels may or may not have any real or lasting effect on our lives.
anarchist reactionary running-dog revisionist
hindu muslim catholic creation/evolutionist
rational romantic mystic cynical idealist
minimal expressionist post-modern neo-symbolist
armchair rocket scientist graffiti existentialist
deconstruction primitive performance photo-realist
be-bop or a one-drop or a hip-hop lite-pop-metallist
gold adult contemporary urban country capitalist1
I’m actually amazed that Geddy could sing those verses. More importantly, try figuring out where you fit on this (not inclusive) list!
1Rush. “You Bet Your Life” Lyr. Neil Peart. Roll the Bones. Atlantic Records. 1991. CD.