The fourth song on the self-titled first album
by the Canadian band Rush
. Words and music by Geddy Lee
and Alex Lifeson
. John Rutsey
plays the drums, while Lifeson and Lee provide guitar and bass, respectively. Lee also does the vocals.
"Here Again" is a slow-moving, reflective piece. It is the longest song on the album at over seven and a half minutes, including a 40 second introduction, 45 second interlude after the second stanza and a two minute guitar solo at the end.
The way I hear it, this song describes what can happen when you perform a repetitive task (e.g. studying a subject, playing a song, working a job) for a long time. There comes a point where the more you look, the more you see. This feeling of evolution appears in the first stanza as "the melody keeps repeating/ growing new ideas/ ...like a mountain river bleeding". The river "bleeding" refers to the way a flooded waterway will sometimes forge new channels as it overflows the original banks; the resulting rivulets go all over new territory. Because of these continual involuntary changes, it can be difficult for a person to stay mentally balanced (i.e. avoid stress). That is the thrust of the second stanza, which ends with "the hardest part...is to stay on top of a world forever churning".
On the other hand, the singer seems unsure in the last two stanzas, asking "will it ever change/ will it stay the same". It's tempting to assume he is talking about a relationship that has grown dull when he states "I've been in one place too long". Perhaps he personifies his work, using "face" as a metaphor for an important aspect of his job. Another way to interpret the lyrics is to imagine the singer is talking to himself in a mirror: "I've seen your face before/ why, I've seen it everywhere". He accuses himself of lying "you say you can laugh/ but I can see that your eyes are glass" and the phrase "without a scent revealing" can be taken either metaphorically (i.e. concealment) or literally (i.e. an illusion).
Because of copyright restrictions, only a small sample of the lyrics is reproduced below.
I said I played this song
So many times before
That the melody keeps repeating
Growing new ideas
Flowing chords and notes
Like a mountain river bleeding
Sources: My Rush CD collection