Rush - Middletown Dreams Lyrics




The office door closed early
The hidden bottle came out
The salesman turned to close the blinds
A little slow now, a little stout
But he's still heading down those tracks
Any day now for sure
Another day as drab as today
Is more than a man can endure

Dreams flow across the heartland
Feeding on the fires
Dreams transport desires
Drive you when you're down
Dreams transport the ones
Who need to get out of town
Out of town

The boy walks with his best friend
Through the fields of early May
They walk awhile in silence
One close, one far away
But he'd be climbing on that bus
Just him and his guitar
To blaze across the heavens
Like a brilliant shooting star

The middle aged Madonna
Calls her neighbor on the phone
Day by day the seasons pass
And leave her life alone
But she'll go walking out that door
On some bright afternoon
To go and paint big cities

From a lonely attic room

Dreams flow across the heartland
Feeding on the fires
Dreams transport desires
Drive you when you're down
Dreams transport the ones
Who need to get out of town
Out of town

It's understood
By every single person
Who'd be elsewhere if they could
So far so good
And life's not unpleasant
In their little neighborhood

Dreams flow across the heartland
Feeding on the fires
Dreams transport desires
Drive you when you're down
Dreams transport the ones
Who need to get out of town
Out of town

Dreams transport desires
Drive you when you're down
Dreams transport the ones
Who need to get out of town

They live in...
They dream in Middletown
They dream in Middletown





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  1. emuna119

    THIS song reminds me of a friend. Not together anymore.

  2. alex dornelli

    even rush writes boring songs...

  3. Martin Lundberg

    One of the best songs ever written. 11/10.

  4. Hank Armstrong

    Wore this cassette out in 1986. Loved POWER WINDOWS. Got my Koss Portable Cassette Player and jammed on this everyday for an extended period of time with cool folding headphones that fit in a small bag. The bag is still around.

  5. ENRIQUE DUCASSE

    Rush: the band of my dreams. Simply perfect.

  6. k Gio

    Intro sounds like the terminator

  7. Steve Whitehouse

    Sounds like the office door but if you listen closely i think it.s the Offer store ??

  8. Stephen Price

    " DAY BY DAY THE SEASONS PASS" GREAT LINE

  9. Elma risco

    Wow, in the TV, there's an image from "the Big Money" video.

  10. Beethoven, Ludwig van

    This is basically subdivisions pt. 2

    Mike Fernandez

    That's right; and it's even that much better. It's also related to "Losing It", from Signals.

  11. Douglas Embry

    Absolutely love this album!!

  12. Mowac

    The sound of that Wal bass just slays me everytime I hear this song.

  13. Scott Bridgeforth

    day by day the seasons pass and leave her life alone .......

    Scott Bridgeforth

    But she ll go walking out that door on some bright afternoon to go and paint big cities from a lonely attic room

  14. Flame Boy

    That bass tone could bring world peace.

  15. Júnior Ary

    The office door
    closed early
    the hidden bottle
    came out

    the salesman turned
    to close the blinds
    a little slow now
    a little stout

    but he's still heading
    down those tracks
    any day
    now for sure

    another day
    as drab as today
    is more than a man
    can endure

    dreams
    flow across the heartland
    feeding on
    the fires

    dreams
    transport desires
    drive you when
    you're down

    dreams
    transport the ones
    who need
    to get out of town

    the boy walks
    with his best friend
    through the fields
    of early May

    they walk awhile
    in silence
    one close
    one far away

    but he'd be climbing
    on that bus
    just him
    and his guitar

    to blaze across
    the heavens
    like a brilliant
    shooting star

    the middle-aged
    madonna
    calls her neighbour
    on the phone

    day by day
    the seasons pass
    and leave her life
    alone

    but she'll go walking
    out that door
    on some bright
    afternoon

    to go and paint
    big cities
    from a lonely
    attic room

    it's understood
    by every single person
    who'd be elsewhere
    if they could

    so far so good
    and life's not unpleasant
    in their little
    neighbourhood

    they dream in Middletown

    Steve Whitehouse

    Not sure but i think its The offer store ??

    Júnior Ary

    @Steve Whitehouse Thank you !!!
    source: rush.com

  16. Guy Boost

    New Wave meet The Shooting Star from 1970 s Bad Company Power
    Track with A Dose of Extra
    Keyboard s !

  17. Hammering Hank

    What a PoS song from such a great band. Is poppy and has aged badly from the times.

    Mowac

    I highly beg to differ, friend.

  18. Jeff A

    Fuckin A

  19. Richard Chard

    Rush has a way of hitting you right where you live. They don't get any better than that!!!

  20. Elvis Has left the building

    15 people have no dreams.

    Tom Rumler

    ... 26 , sad dim-witted people ....

  21. Daniel Rojo

    I just moved to NYC I don't know if thats the type of Middletown Dreams they sing about but I'm grinding at a day job to make my real dreams come true!

  22. 2112 tapewar

    Nadie ha logrado hacer algo igual , ni se le han acercado !!!!
    RUSH FOREVER IN MY MIND !!!!

  23. 21DaHoagie12

    everything about this song is pure perfection! Rush is just the greatest band that ever existed !

    Hammering Hank

    Agree they are a great band - but not because of the shit after MP.

    Scott Bridgeforth

    I know l know

  24. Greg Moore

    Damn i miss those guys

    Scott Bridgeforth

    GREG     beyond words how much I miss them my Brother

    Scott Bridgeforth

    Beyond Words did l mention that

    Äitsaari

    @Scott Bridgeforth Would love Neil touring by the Lake Saimaa like I've always recommended him and Brutus ans Michael & friends to do ; )

  25. Terau Gene

    If you’re a guitar player like me,you’ll really appreciate the volume swells on the outro of this song Alex!🙌 only Lifeson could pull this off

    idoj654123

    I'm not a guitar player but I do have a guitar, a couple of pedals, and a small amp. I bang on the shit, it's fun. So no, I can't appreciate what the fuck he's doing, but I do someday hope to be able to reproduce that razor-sounding rhythm. It starts at 1:33, the lyrics, Boy walks with...

    If I can eventually piece that out and get the right effects, I'm gonna get one of them wireless rigs and walk down the street trying to bust open shop windows, cut right through them. But I won't do it halfassed. So I'll probably never do it but I never had a dream and this seems like a workable substitute, if you follow.

    And all kinds of other Lerxt magic. No one sounds like him. Or any of them.

    idoj654123

    Also, I think, if I'm not mistaken about "outro," the last notes of Different Strings are the sickest sounds ever pulled from the strings of a guitar.

  26. Terau Gene

    This song has saved my life and soul so many times.Thank You Alex,Geddy,and Neil.

  27. Alan Scott

    Great bass, vocals, drums, keyboards and guitars....brilliant song, sublime.

  28. Zachary Smith

    Quando comprei este disco há mais de 30 anos atrás em vinil, só o conseguia escutar em altíssimo volume, todos os instrumentos estavam em destaque e bem distribuídos entre todas as músicas

  29. Jon Donoghue

    The arrangement lyrics & how this track comes across is truly awesome. My fave rush track off there. Best album to date. They got it so right then.

    Hammering Hank

    In NO way is this better than Hemispheres or Permanent Waves or MP.

  30. Renato Santos

    I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!!

    Jeff A

    Renato Santos Me too.

  31. Terau Gene

    Damn I love those volume swells at the end from Alex

  32. The Wraith

    This song reminds me of my dad.
    We both share a love of rush. And this song is a huge part of our relationship. he and I listen to this song when life gets too much. I absolutely love rush and I love the memories me and my old man created listening to this song.

    (Edit)
    Me and my dad can have our days and no matter what this song has a way of reminding us that we need to put petty stuff behind. Part of the reason this song is so great is it reminds me that my dads got my back 100% and it reminds him we got bigger problems to worry about than what car goes where or what dishes got done. It reminds us not to dream in middletown and shoot for the stars. Cause it wont be ok. You dont work hard to get to ok. You should work hard to make everything better all the time. So to anyone reading this just remember. it'll all be awesome just wait.

    The Wraith

    @Josep Duran I'm so sorry to hear about that. Just keep up hope and dont stop fighting. Thats what I'd do.
    Everything will turn out awesome in the end. You just gotta get out of middletown.

    Josep Duran

    @The Wraith Thanks man all the best to you and your dad!

    Scott Douglas

    This song also reminds me of my dad. He passed away last year. Man, cherish your dad while you still have him.

    Allen Rabideau

    Disrespectful, he is your father or Dad not old man

  33. KAISERSIGMAX3

    Dreams transport desires
    Drive you when you're down...

  34. nathan hopkins

    How does this video only have 41 likes? I am very highly disappointed.

    bassmanjoe

    Can't please everyone

    KAISERSIGMAX3

    Simply put: Not everyone knows this masterpiece.

    Daniel Rojo

    The world never appreciated truth and beauty. Its the curse of human nature

    SonicVision

    Because this was only posted a year ago and there are several other versions on youtube.

  35. B J

    This song is a classic Rush song from their "MIDI period" (1983-1992 or so).

    Is there a live version out there that's relatively "live studio" quality (at least A Show of Hands) and from the 1980s? Listening to the live version of this song on "A Clockwork Angels" made me sad because Geddy didn't have the vocal chops to quite pull this off anymore, making this version the best one out there.

    Joshua Roberts

    https://youtu.be/jvAfVeb6ZfQ Don't know if you found it but here's one I love. Not the greatest video quality but still good

    Vincent Valentine HD

    Ha, Geddy did the high note at the beggining in CA live. Lol

    Mowac

    Rush INVENTED midi

    idoj654123

    I kinda start it at Permanent Waves, run through Presto.

  36. Michael Watson

    Power windows my favorite cd. Every song good.

    Padrick Handley

    Mr too.

  37. Xitrus Gaming

    Isn't rush the best band ever with only 3 people it sounds like 16 people its crazy to think about🤯🤯🤯🤯

    Bill Upton

    Rush is part of the glue that has kept me and my buddies together since I was 13 years old - I'm 54 now :) Unbelievable band.

    rivotrich7

    With Geddy playing 12 of the instruments simultaneously 😮

    Paul Glasser

    You need to check,Triumph. Another three man band. Awesome.