How Rush Wrote “Tom Sawyer”

How Rush Wrote “Tom Sawyer” | Society Of Rock Videos

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Rush’s iconic song “Tom Sawyer” draws inspiration from a character introduced by Mark Twain in his 1876 book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Throughout the book, Tom Sawyer goes through several experiences, going through rites of passage and experiencing profound personal growth.

Drummer and lyricist Neil Peart shared in December 1985 that “Tom Sawyer” was a collaboration with Pye Dubois, known for his work with Max Webster. Dubois initially crafted lyrics portraying a modern-day rebel navigating the world with a free-spirited and purposeful demeanor. (

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