For years, people have wanted to decipher the lyrics to their favorite songs. It’s one thing to sing along to your favorite track every time it appears on a playlist, but it’s a whole different thing when you’re trying to figure out what the band was really trying to say. There have been plenty of deep rock songs over the years, but there’s also no shame in writing something that doesn’t make sense.
While artists like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen pride themselves on writing some of the most engaging poetry the rock world has ever heard, it’s just as easy to grab your audience’s attention if you just have a tune. catchy to stick in their brain. People may think these bands are trying to achieve something more cerebral with their puns on these songs, but the real answer to all your questions is…nothing.
Even when interviewed about these songs, many of these bands were candid that they had no idea what they meant. It might be considered silly, but we all listen first with our ears and then with our brain. You can try to find a deeper meaning behind these, but these songs peaked by just saying gibberish.
Of all the progressive rock bands of the 70s, Rush almost boasted of being the most educated of the group. With resident drummer and genius Neil Peart penning the band’s lyrics, these long songs have become miniature tales of grandeur, talking about everything from extraterrestrial journeys to medieval duels between man and beast. At the same time, the group’s first steps into the progressive waters had a few sore spots.
Although it sounds like “Making Memories” should be a terrible song, the actual groove is quite nice by 70s rock standards. The only problem comes with the lyrics, which show that Peart is still becoming his own. Instead of being another bold step forward, the only thing this song manages to offer is the pleasures of touring. However, Peart isn’t really going anywhere with it, other than just saying “I like the road”.
Granted, many bands have gotten away with much less substantial lyrics, but when your other material is awesome concept art, it seems like it should have been left as a blunder or an ending rather than a trail of album. Considering the other heady tracks on Fly By Night, “Making Memories” is one of the last times Rush tried his hand at a simple deadly pun.