Neil Peart – “Limelight” (1981)

June 15, 2009 at 6:41 pm (Poetry & Literature)

Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage

Cast in this unlikely role,
Ill-equipped to act,
With insufficient tact,
One must put up barriers
To keep oneself intact 

Living in the limelight,
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem

Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation,
Get on with the fascination,
The real relation,
The underlying theme 

Living in a fisheye lens,
Caught in the camera eye
I have no heart to lie,
I can’t pretend a stranger
Is a long-awaited friend

All the world’s indeed a stage,
And we are merely players,
Performers and portrayers,
Each another’s audience
Outside the gilded cage.

Neil Peart

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