"Closer to the Heart" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
And the men who hold high places
Must be the ones who start
To mold a new reality
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart

The blacksmith and the artist
Reflect it in their art
They forge their creativity
Closer to the heart
Yes closer to the heart

Philosophers and plowmen
Each must know his part
To sow a new mentality
Closer to the heart
Yes closer to the heart, yeah, oh

Whoa whoa
You can be the captain
And I will draw the chart
Sailing into destiny
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart
Well closer to the heart, yeah
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart
I said closer to the heart
Well closer to the heart, yeah
Closer to your heart
Closer to your heart, whoa


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"Closer to the Heart" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Alex Zivojinovich

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  • +3
    General CommentTo be honest, I'm amazed by some of Rush's work, which reflects my personal views better than most anyone else. Let me go into these lyrics in detail.




    And the men who hold high places
    Must be the ones to start
    To mould a new reality
    Closer to the Heart

    The first is quite obvious. Those who's voices carry the most weight in things must lead others "closer to the heart."



    The Blacksmith and the Artist
    Reflect it in their art
    Forge their creativity
    Closer to the Heart

    All things. Media, the building blocks of society its self must reflect the desire to go forward.



    Philosophers and Ploughmen
    Each must know his part
    To sow a new mentality
    Closer to the Heart

    It's everyone's part to do this. A place exists for everyone, and they need to know what that is, and do their very best in that, no matter who they may be.



    You can be the Captain
    I will draw the Chart
    Sailing into destiny
    Closer to the Heart

    This is probably the deepest part of the song. On the surface, it seemed like the songwriter's admission that he isn't the one to lead. Looking further though, it's an attitude that many should follow: Don't grab for power just because it's there. Let those that can do the job better than you, do that job. Focus on what it is you do best, and think about it.




    I take this song as something very inspirational, and without a doubt, one of their finest tracks ever.
    addseale2on December 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWe should give up hate and live closer to the heart.
    megadethtilldeath28on July 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery simply, these were Neil Peart's thoughts towards saving society from what appears to be its inevitable downfall (which is probably the best thing that could happen). As Einstein knew, the ONLY way to correct the mistakes of one system, is to approach the solutions with a DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.

    Modern Human society has built upon Lies, Greed, violence and control...these are all the trademarks of Fear, the antithesis of Love. The only possible answer to our current society is LOVE, which would lead us to Equality, sharing, tolerance, understanding, resolutions and Peace...this change must occur within each part of our society...this is what Peart is saying...from politicians to tradesmen, we must exist and operate around others through the vibration of Love...if we do, this current "reality" will change 180 degrees...if we don't, society will eventually hit bottom in some cataclysm where change will be forced upon us...

    And remember this...the choice truly lies with the MASSES. We represent 99.9999% of everything...the ruling elites will likely always try to dominate us through their illusions and lies...but they are only ever successful b/c WE ALLOW THEM to be...we can change this reality in a heartbeat if we stopped working at "jobs", stopped worrying about money and the consequences of not having any, and start by just learning to love ourselves and our neighbours...everything else will "work out" just fine, if we choose to follow this path...the one that takes us Closer to the Heart...
    CharlieFreakon December 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteach of us must cooperate to stop materialism and be closer to the heart
    Maferon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentunbelieveable song. i love this song live especially on Exit Stage Left where the entire audience can b heard singing every lyric with Geddy
    shed27on June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother example of the duality that is a theme in Rush lyrics. Peart contrasts pairs of very different people (blacksmith and artist, Philosopher and ploughman, captain and navigator) and says that they all can cooperate and contribute to the creation of a new world
    TonyGon April 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou can be the Captain
    I will draw the Chart
    Sailing into destiny
    Closer to the Heart

    In my and Alex Lifeson's opinions this is the ultimate Rush song. To me some of the most beautifully sparce lyrics ever written. This song definately presents a strong positive message without saying much at all. This and Spirit of Radio are my favorite Rush songs. But this one wins. Even the audience agrees. My band does both songs, but Closer to the Heart always gets the biggest response. It's amazing. Our first performance was a battle of the bands against some other more established local teenage bands. We were given the last slot and did our set opening with Spirit of Radio and then our original metal/shred/hard rock originals and then I pulled out my acoustic 12-string and put in on a gracie stand and began the song. People went nuts, but i sometimes wonder if it was because i was playing a different instrument in a different style than the other bands. Then for the second verse I backed off and returned to bass duties and we rocked the song I must say and then closed with an impromptu jam at the end, a-la different stages, to push the song over the edge. Needless to say we ended up winning the battle. It was sweetness. But even almost 30 years this song is still a monster.
    johnpauljones86on September 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlthough shed27 wrote his statement nearly 2 years ago, I agree that the best versions of this song are live, expecially on "Exit Stage Left."

    The feeling you get when you have thousands of people singing along to a song this simple and pure. It's almost impossible to describe.
    NeoTwilighton March 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song live....the instrumental part towards the end...
    ahh, wonderful.
    this is my favorite song. of my favorite band. of all time.
    acrosstheuniverseon March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song thats all i know rush rocks!
    *Modest_ Mouse*on April 06, 2005   Link

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