Losing It Lyrics - Rush

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The dancer slows her frantic pace
In pain and desperation,
Her aching limbs and downcast face
Aglow with perspiration

Stiff as wire, her lungs on fire,
With just the briefest pause
The flooding through her memory,
The echoes of old applause.

She limps across the floor
And closes her bedroom door...

The writer stares with glassy eyes
Defies the empty page
His beard is white, his face is lined

And streaked with tears of rage.

Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
With passion and precision,
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But now his mind is dark and dulled
By sickness and indecision

And he stares out the kitchen door
Where the sun will rise no more...

Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we'd like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
For you, the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee...






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Hemingway | Reviewer: RushReader | 6/12/13

The references to Hemingway are numerous. "Where the sun will rise no more" alludes to his 1926 novel, "The Sun Also Rises" the other literary reference is "The bell tolls for thee" a reference to his great work "For Whom the Bell Tolls" published din 1940. Starting in 1959-1960 Hemingway was unable to clearly organize his writing and resorted to receiving help from A.E Hotchner. He was also reported to be suffering from failing eyesight: "For you the blind who once could see..." Hemingway committed suicide in 1961.

Focus | Reviewer: S. Lazz | 8/14/11

What would be sadder..

to watch how my creative skills develop, reach their full potential, deliver and then decay.
or never even try anything and pass the time just dreaming about it??

clearly the first case. Sadder but more deserving of a salute when it all ends.
I agree with Peart, and kudos to all tree for the music arrengement

Losing it | Reviewer: Dooge | 7/26/11

To my mind this is one of, if not the best, Rush songs.
I've always liked it . The first time I heard Signals it stood out.
The music sits so well with the lyrics it feels like both have come from the same person.
Neil always writes deep thought provoking words, but something about this goes much further, at it's root is the subject of suicide and how many artists take that step because with age the ability to create is slowly taken away. For many artists, musicians,painters, sculptors, whatever, their love for what they do must be stronger then the love they have for those around them.
When life takes away their ability to perform what they love the world/life must become a very lonely and desolate place.
I once knew a brilliant artist, Fredrick Sands, who in his early 80's because of failing eye site could no longer paint. He left behind a brilliant legacy of work. But also a family and friends.
To me this song is about the many people, successful or not, like Mr Sands.
Is this a review? Absolutely not. It's just my thoughts on a brilliant song by an amazing group of musicians/ artists.

Aussiejohn | Reviewer: John | 7/24/11

This particular song struck a chord with me years ago. A rush fan from ,78.. I recall the song “Losing it” popping in to my brain as my friend and I spoke of our former glories, walking of the sports field.. Stiff as wire!!! It lives with me today, as much older, I hear those around me basking in former glory. Nothing’s changed, a great song, by a much under-rated band

A different view | Reviewer: Maniac | 5/12/11

To me the song is a salute to those who lived to move the world. And, despite the death of their craft (or abilities), it is still sadder for those who stood by and merely watched (the critics?) The bell tolls for thee line seems to be a reference to John Donne's poem "No man is an island" Historically, the bell tolls to signify a death in the community...so when one asked "for whom the bell tolls?" the response was that "the bell tolls for thee." The general interpretation is that, when a person or thing dies, it takes a part of all of us with it. Again, a salute to those who lived to move the world.

Losing It Review | Reviewer: Jamie Douglas | 2/1/11

This particular song from a very underated record "signals" is clearly one of my 5 favorites from the trio. It makes me realize how wonderful life really can be without even understanding Pearts perspective as he wrote it. Geddy and Alex also just play the role in this piece. They wrote a great melody to mesh beautifully with Neils adamant beliefs in that new decade we now refer to as "the eighties".

Commercially this record was a huge disappointment in comparison to their last one a year ago, that being " Moving Pictures ". However, this brilliant and somewhat touching song reflects the way society in general can forget the old and in with the new, so to speak, even in a split microsecond...I truly believe that when we leave our loved ones to go on to pursue another world, "Losing It" will be forever in our memories as RUSHFANS. Peace man...RUSH rule..April 19th in Hammertown Viktor K Copps Coliseum folks..see u there with cowbells on LOL

Jamie Douglas aka RUSHFAN8

A sad reflection | Reviewer: Anders Gjersöe | 4/7/10

For some reason, Rush stuck with me. And in high-school I too heard this song for the first time. Now, 25 years later, the lyrics are painfully relevant. Also the song " Time stand still" reflects the the inevitable passing of time and the loss of people, precious moments and the heady enthusiasm of youth.
In the same vein, the song "The pass" also addresses the rude awakening from the insolent confidence of a young man.

"HOW MANY "CHANCES" ...REMAIN FOR US?" | Reviewer: Paul | 1/1/10

It may seem strange(to some)that I can actually equate this song to a "fragmented relationship" that appears to be at it's end, but I do. I am...the "Writer". The "Dancer" is a lady I befriended, but hurt. I won't expound any further. I just...relate to it, profoundly!
This last verse TOTALLY resonates with me!

Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we'd like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
For you, the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee...

Lyrically, "Rush" is one of the best groups-ever! It just seems-at the least-they are "current". At their best-they are "light years ahead" of most of the rest of us.

Paul-


I Get it Now | Reviewer: Scott H. | 10/28/09

I first heard this song when I was still in high school. I didn't fully understand it then, but now as I grow older myself I feel this song with a depth I never expected. I often find myself quoting the "writer" section to myself as I go about many of my daily tasks. I can truly identify.

Scott

Losing it in Review | Reviewer: Randy Gully | 7/28/09

I must admit seeing Rush for over 20 Concerts + ,,this song is one of those you just "Dream about" and Vision "What if" ...
I have been involved with Rush's Music since 1977 and have seen the Signals concert and the Hard Rockers they have always been ,it just goes to show there divercity in Lyrics and music ..When my time comes as it will be for many ...** this will be the only Rush song that will be in the collage to grace my pier's and give presence to the man who once was ...
Yes i admit ...at 48 I listen , work, and play with the music of Rush surounding me and when ever I hear this one in particular I always Feel the Pain in the song ...Neil is no master as he admits ... He is actually a F*$&^ Genius ... you hear a Rush song and Dam it if it doesn't come up in Future view in the news...
Yes one of my favourites out of 20 + albums and one I pray one day they do ....Live ..

Clarification for Mr. Daehsinep | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/21/08

TheN foolding through my memory is perhaps the best clarification. Clearly the writer was reaching and striving for more, as in climbing the "writer stairs"........Or perhaps, it is best to read the liner notes from the published album. :)

One of their best | Reviewer: Helvete | 3/19/08

Too bad they'll never play it live. This song came this close to having me in tears. Ernest Hemingway, one of the saddest historical figures. Yet made great stories. I forever salute him, and of course, Rush. May both live on forever.

Clarification for Mr. Andrino | Reviewer: Jack Daehsinep | 8/22/07

From a literary and grammatical standpoint you are quite correct; however, having said that you must take Mr. Peart's poetic view into context. The word "writer" used in this sense is actually an adjective, and the word "stare" is used in the noun sense (ie; thousand yard "stare"). I hope that this helped to clarify things.
JD

Almost Perfect | Reviewer: Ed Andrino | 4/5/07

You have written here
The writer stare with glassy eyes
the word stare should be stares The writer stares with glassy eyes.

Poor writer. Other than that it's flawless. Thanks This bell tolls for thee. :)



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