4 Rush Songs That Will Help Strengthen Your Work Ethic

Let me guess—you need a jolt of quintessential Canadian rock to liven up your otherwise dull and uninteresting life? Well, my friend, you need Rush! What’s that you say? You also need advice on how to strengthen your work ethic? Again, you need Rush!

It may sound ridiculous, but there’s really no substitute for the amount of intellectual depth and unrestrained bravura that this hard-rocking triumvirate brings to the forefront with their personal brand of avant-garde arena rock. Accept no substitutes, because Rush is a one-way ticket to musical ecstasy. Here’s the interesting part: the Rush brand of rock is predominately optimistic, and tends to reinforce a number of positive values. Confidence, strength of character, and the importance of critical thinking are just a few of the ideas that the band touches on, making their music an ideal motivator during those tough days on the job. Here’s what I mean:

Working Man

This is REAL work!

With a title like “Working Man” under their belt, you know that Rush cares a great deal about the plight of the, umm, working man. Just knowing that they’re looking out for “the little guy” should be enough to bolster anyone’s confidence, but when they go the extra mile to show their sincerity, they really drive the point home:

It seems to me
I could live my life
A lot better than I think I am
I guess that’s why they call me
They call me the working man

You know what, if Rush isn’t going to let life hold them down by the bootstraps, then why should any of us?! Keep that chin up when you’re in the middle of a tough shift. You’ll get through it; we all do. Tougher days just take a little more perseverance, that’s all.

The Trees

Yes, they made a song about trees. No, that’s not all the song is about; not entirely, anyway:

Pictured: a tree!

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

This song actually ends with the maples forming a union in order to put a stop to their oppression under the oaks’ regime. It’s really more of a statement than anything else, but there’s more than just allegorical value here. If anything, this song reminds us to be appreciative for the way that workplaces in the U.S. tend to operate nowadays. Reasonable working conditions and fair treatment have become more and more commonplace in the past couple decades. In short, things could always be a heck of a lot worse. So, cheer up!


PLEASE NOTE: this is NOT Rush -- this is clip art.

Talk about inspiring! This is one of the trio’s most popular tunes, and it’s easy to see why. Catchy, literary, insightful, exciting—this is a damn-near perfect song:

Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation, the underlying theme

Think there’s not much value in what you do at work? Think again. It may seem at times like you’re just spinning your wheels for no reason, but even the lowest guy (or girl) on the totem pole contributes in some small way to the overall objective at their place of business. At the end of the day, it may just be time for you to get in touch with the purpose your job serves in the greater scheme of things.

Tom Sawyer

Forget all that Mark Twain nonsense. If you ask me (and by reading this, you already have), Rush is responsible for the only Tom Sawyer that matters. So, if you want to be a “modern day warrior,” heed the following advice:

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Though his mind is not for rent
Don’t put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events

Sometimes the best advice is to just ride things out and see where the current takes you. There may be a thin line between confidence and arrogance, but don’t be afraid to tread that line. Just keep moving forward. After all, there’s no sense in moving back, and staying still won’t get you anywhere.

Like I said, accept no substitutes. The next time you need a boost of confidence to get you through your work day, try throwing a little Rush on at your desk, cubicle, or workspace. Need a little motivation to accomplish some household tasks? Again, Rush. In fact, just have their music running at all times—that should keep you motivated!

How about you? Know any other Rush songs that you think should’ve been included? What other bands are great for strengthening your work ethic?

Joseph Giorgi

Joseph is the head of the Media Team at Quality Logo Products. He's a video specialist, blogger, perfectionist, and all-around likeable guy. When he's not busy focusing on the nitty-gritty details of his written and visual work, he's normally listening to bad 80s music and scouring the internet for useless information on useless subjects. You can also connect with Joe on Google+.


  1. Cybernetic SAM

    You should have included the lyric, “OF SALESMAN!!!!!!!!!” Just saying because I think it’s appropriate. This is ridiculous! But awesome!

  2. Jana Quinn

    I must say that I like the message you took from Limelight. Each department in a company contributes to its overall success. Especially in an economy like this, there’s no extra fluff clogging the hallways. For example, while the promotional products consultants’ contribution here at QLP can be measured through sales stats, the content people are creating shareable content and SEO-optimizing the site to expand the brand and keep the phones ringing FOR those sales. There are also people who work on web design, data entry, and vendor relations in order to keep the web site pretty, up-to-date, and diverse. Everyone contributes, even if there’s no easy way to measure it.

    10 points for giving props to “Tom Sawyer,” negative 10 billion points for doing it at the expense of the sacred Mark Twain. FOR SHAME.

    In other news, all we need to do now is a post on Rush University Medical Center, and we’ll have the Rush trifecta complete!

  3. Prog Nerd

    Can we start an argument about how Neil Peart isn’t the best drummer in the world? I’m bored.

    • Joseph Giorgi

      I can only name two or three drummers, so I wouldn’t fare well in that argument.

  4. amy

    Great post Joe!! A great blog to end the day before the long weekend. 🙂

  5. Amanda

    I love this post Joe! =) It’s very positive! Excellent tips and thoughts for a Friday afternoon. I didn’t realize that Rush’s songs were like this–good to know.

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Thanks, Amanda! Yeah, Rush’s sound is very positive, energetic, and enjoyable! Check out their Greatest Hits if you’re a classic rock fan. 🙂

  6. Mandy Kilinskis

    Besides your unprovoked attack on one of the founding fathers of American literature, your evaluation of Rush’s songs were great tips for any work place! These little tips will settle in the back of my mind as I go out and have a fantastic ID4 weekend.

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Pssssh! Mark Twain, Shmark Twain. 😉

      I plan to enjoy the “ID4” weekend as well. Thanks for catching that! 🙂

  7. JPorretto

    WOOOSH!!! Right over my head. I know absolutely nothing about Rush. So while I can understand the concepts you have put forth (nice job btw), sadly all subtlety is lost on me. =[

    • Joseph Giorgi

      I would think that you of all people would be a Rush fan, Jeff. After all, you’re a musician and you’re into rock. I’m kinda surprised. In any case, I’m glad you liked my points. 🙂

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