Snakes & Arrows

May 2007 . 19th Studio Recording

R30: 30th Anniversary Tour 2005 Snakes & Arrows Live 2008

About Snakes & Arrows

Snakes & Arrows is Rush’s 18th full-length studio album and their first studio outing since 2004’s Feedback. It was also the band’s first complete studio album since Vapor Trails in 2002. It was recorded between November and December 2006 at Allaire Studios in New York’s Catskill Mountains and mixed and mastered at Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles.

The album was co-produced with Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz. Snakes & Arrows was the first time the band worked with Nick. It was completed months ahead of schedule, and as Alex recalled:

“We had access to two studios and nothing else to do at night.”

The studio’s very remoteness and a realized sense of harmony, spurred on the band to new creative heights.

  • Credits
  • Liner Notes
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Nick Raskulinecz and Rush


Richard Chycki

Mixed by

Richard Chycki

Additional engineering and mixing

Nick Raskulinecz


Rush and Nick Raskulinecz

Strings on "Faithless"

Ben Mink


Ray Danniels

Executive Production

Pegi Cecconi, Andy Curran, Lorne Wheaton

Equipment Supervision

Lorne Wheaton and Russ Ryan

Art direction, design, and illustrations

Hugh Syme

Liner Notes

Recorded at Allaire Studios
Shokan NY
November and December, 2006
Assistant engineer: Matt Snedecor

Additional recording at Grandmaster Recorders
Hollywood CA
Assistant Engineer: Andrew Alekel

Mixed at Ocean Way Recording
Hollywood CA
January 2007
Assistant engineer: Scott Moore

Preproduction at Cherry Beach Sound
May and September – October, 2006
Engineered by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, assisted by Inaam Haq

Cover painting The Leela of Self-Knowledge by Harish Johari, courtesy of Inner Traditions, Bear & Co.

Workin’ Them Angels” illustration created by Hugh Syme with the assistance of George Eastman House, who supplied the original Lewis Hine photograph on which the illustration is based

Bravest Face” illustration by Hugh Syme and Andrew MacNaughtan

Band photograph by Andrew MacNaughtan

All songs composed by Lee and Lifeson, with lyrics by Peart, except “Hope“, composed and performed by Lerxst Lifeson, all by his own self

All songs published by Core Music Publishing (SOCAN/SESAC)

Geddy would like to thank: Fender Musical Instruments and the Fender Custom Shop, Jim Burgess and Frank Szabo of Saved By TechnologyColl AudioTech 21, and Rotosound Bass Strings for their technical contributions, Duke and Ewan for their exceptional canine behavior in a supporting role, and last but certainly not least, my crowd at home: Nancy, Kyla, Julian and Lauren, for their unequivocal and loving support.

Alex would like to thank: Hans, Dennis, Paul, and Rudiger at H&K Amplification, Cara and Pat at GMI, Chris and Glen at Garrison Guitars, Dave at Dean Markley, Joel Singer and Audio Technica, Mike and Nina, Jerry, John and Nikki, Stephen Bennett, David Gilmour, Clatty, JP, Rob, Mike, Lukie, and especially Ade, Justin, Michelle, Taylor, and Chuckie.

Neil would like to thank: John Good, Don Lombardi, and Garrison at Drum Workshop, Mark Love and Chris Stankee at Sabian, Pat Brown and Kevin Radomski at Promark, Darren Shoepp at Roland, Michelle Jacoby at Remo, Greg Russell at Freddie Gruber, Matt Scannell, Lorne “Gump” Wheaton, all my “circle of brothers” (too many to list – you know who you are), and on the home front, Keith, Claudia, Jennifer, Adela. Winston, and – at the heart of it all – Carrie.

Our collective appreciation goes to Inaam, Shannon, Carmine, Chris, and David Godfrey Catering at Cherry Beach; Matt, Mark, Susan, Ken, Lisa, Rachel, Annalee, Thorn, Jay, Stephanie, Colby, and Julia at Allaire; Andrew and Jen at Grandmaster; Scott, Kelly, and Jessica at Ocean Way; Barry and Clint at BZ Brokers; and – Ω?

Extremely special thanks to our great support group at SRO/Anthem: Ray Danniels, Pegi Cecconi, Sheila Posner, Anna LeCoche, Cynthia Barry, Shelley Nott, Bob Farmer, Andy Curran, and Randy and Frances Rolfe.

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© 2007 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Canada.
Printed in U.S.A. Lyrics reprinted by permission. All Rights Reserved.
© 2007 Anthem Entertainment/Lyrics Used by Permission.


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Far Cry

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

Pariah dogs and wandering madmen
Barking at strangers and speaking in tongues
The ebb and flow of tidal fortune
Electrical changes are charging up the young

It’s a far cry from the world we thought we’d inherit
It’s a far cry from the way we thought we’d share it
You can almost feel the current flowing
You can almost see the circuits blowing

One day I feel I’m on top of the world
And the next it’s falling in on me
I can get back on
I can get back on
One day I feel I’m ahead of the wheel
And the next it’s rolling over me
I can get back on
I can get back on

Whirlwind life of faith and betrayal
Rise in anger, fall back and repeat
Slow degrees on the dark horizon
Full moon rising, lays silver at your feet

You can almost see the circle growing
You can almost feel the planets glowing

One day I fly through a crack in the sky
And the next it’s falling in on me
I can get back on
I can get back on