Here’s what’s on my mind…

Open Secrets

Words by Neil Peart
music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
from the HOLD YOUR FIRE cd

It went right by me --
At the time it went over my head
I was looking out the window
I should have looked
At your face instead

It went right by me --
Just another wall
There should have been a moment
When we let our barriers fall
I never meant
What you’re thinking --
That is not what I meant at all...

Well I guess we all
Have these feelings
We can’t leave unreconciled
Some of them burned on our ceilings
Some of them learned as a child

The things that we’re concealing
Will never let us grow
Time will do it’s healing
You’ve got to let it go

Closed for my protection --
Open to your scorn
Between these two directions
My heart is sometimes torn

I lie awake with my secrets
Spinning around my head
Something that somehow
Escaped me --
Something you shouldn’t have said
I was looking out the window
I should have looked
At your face instead...

I find no absolution
In my rational point of view
Maybe some things are instinctive
But there’s one thing you could do
You could try to understand me --
I could try to understand you...

7 responses to “Here’s what’s on my mind…

  1. This doesn’t sound good. Or am I misinterpreting?

  2. Understand me, understand you, maybe that’s why we all blog and read blogs?

  3. Thought provoking – I like it.

  4. I often find Neil Peart’s lyrics thought-provoking. What things spin in your head late at night? Are there thoughts that you have over and over again, so much that they are “burned on the ceiling” from the thinking of them?

    I’m getting much better at just relaxing and falling asleep, but there are times when I lie awake and think of things I should have said/done… or things that I did say or do that I regret (or worry that someone took a different way than I meant).

  5. You need to get a dog! Kidding. I do understand those lyrics.

  6. I so GET THIS! I’m going to find this song right now.