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The Spirit of Radio by Rush comes under the genre Rock,General. It was released on 06 May 1997 under the label of Island Def Jam. Copyright holded by (C) 1980 The Island Def Jam Music Group Inc..

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Lyrics of The Spirit of Radio

Inspired by the spirit of radio in toronto, alive and well (so far).
Words by neil peart, music by geddy lee and alex lifeson

Begin the day
With a friendly voice
A companion, unobtrusive
Plays that song thats so elusive
And the magic music makes your morning mood

Off on your way
Hit the open road
There is magic at your fingers
For the spirit ever lingers
Undemanding contact
In your happy solitude

Invisible airwaves
Crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle
With the energy
Emotional feedback
On a timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price
Almost free...

All this machinery
Making modern music
Can still be open-hearted
Not so coldly charted
Its really just a question
Of your honesty

One likes to believe
In the freedom of music
But glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion
Of integrity

For the words of the profits
Are written on the studio wall,
Concert hall
Echoes with the sounds...
Of salesmen.


'The Spirit of Radio' is a song released in 1980 by Canadian rock band Rush from their album 'Permanent Waves'. The song's name was inspired by Toronto radio station CFNY's slogan. The song was significant in the growing popularity of the band. The band had grazed the UK Top 40 two years earlier with 'Closer to the Heart', but when issued as a single in March 1980, 'The Spirit of Radio' soon reached number 13 on the UK singles chart and remains their biggest UK hit to date. 'The Spirit of Radio' was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, Rush's only such entry.

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