I always liked Rush in high school. But after the Moving Pictures album it seemed like they wanted to reinvent themselves as Canada’s answer to The Police. I did like the song “Great White North,” their collaboration with Bob and Doug McKenzie in the mid-80s. But by then it was too late. I was off Rush.
But lately I’ve been listening to Rush again. I just got the 3-LP set Rush Archives, which contains the first 3 Rush albums in their entirety (Rush, Fly By Night & Caress of Steel).
There’s a song on the first album that’s been puzzling me. It’s called “In the Mood.” In the chorus bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee sings:
Hey baby, it’s a quarter to eight
I feel I’m in the mood
OK. I’m with you so far, Geddy. It’s 15 minutes till 8 and you’re horny. But then the next line goes:
Hey baby, the hour is late
I feel I got to move
Now here I have a problem. Does Geddy Lee consider 7:45 to be “late?” Because to me, either AM or PM, 7:45 is hardly “late.” I have three theories.
1. Geddy Lee habitually goes to bed very, very early.
2. We’re talking about 7:45 AM and Geddy has been up all night. So, from his perspective, 7:45 is, indeed, very late.
3. Maybe Geddy himself doesn’t go to bed that early, but perhaps Canadians in general turn in early and he is reflecting a culturally ingrained habit.
I reject theory #1 because Geddy, being a rock & roller would hardly be able to go to bed habitually early even if he wanted to given the hours at which he worked. Theory #2 seems more plausible. But the song gives the impression that he has just met the young lady in question, with lines like “I like your style” and “won’t you come talk to me for a little while” and so on. There are no other references to the two having stayed up all night, which would seem to be the theme of the song if theory #2 is correct. So I have to reject theory #2 as well. This leaves theory #3, which I can neither confirm nor disprove.
Canadian readers feel free to comment, or they or others can submit alternative theories.