A. “Closer to the Heart” is a single by Rush, released in 1977, from the album A Farewell to Kings. It was the first Rush song to feature a non-member as a songwriter in Peter Talbot, a friend of drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. It was issued as a single for Christmas 1977 and was Rush’s first hit single in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 36 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1978. “Closer to the Heart” was one of five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010.
The song’s title was used for an episode of Trailer Park Boys, in which Alex Lifeson appears as himself. At the end of the episode, Lifeson and Bubbles (Mike Smith) play the song together. In 2005, Rush performed the song with Smith (in character as Bubbles) and Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies as part of a CBC telethon for the Canadian Tsunami Disaster Fund. This performance is included on the R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour DVD.
SONG MEANING: This is about people who run governments, and how they should be responsible for initiating harmony among themselves, just as blue collar workers do: “And men who hold high places must be the ones to start to mold a new reality, Closer to the Heart, Closer to the heart.” The next part talks about a blacksmith and an artist and how they forge their creativity in their art. Then we hear about the role of philosophers and ploughmen in sowing a new mentality – a new way for people to view life. Finally, “You can be the captain, I will draw the chart, sailing into destiny, closer to the heart” – achieving your goal is like sailing; someone needs to guide you or be your role model, but you have to draw the charts to navigate toward your destiny. The goal is to be “Closer to the Heart.”
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