"Afterimage" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
Suddenly, you were gone
From all the lives you left your mark upon

I remember
How we talked and drank into the misty dawn
I hear the voices

We ran by the water on the wet summer lawn
I see the footprints
I remember

I feel the way you would
I feel the way you would

Tried to believe but you know it's no good
This is something that just can't be understood

I remember
The shouts of joy, skiing fast through the woods
I hear the echoes

I learned your love for life
I feel the way that you would
I feel your presence
I remember

I feel the way you would
This just can't be understood


Lyrics submitted by shed27, edited by digitalman

"Afterimage" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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  • +4
    MemoryThis is such a meaningful and powerful song to me. My father was a huge rush fan, and after he passed away in 98 (when he was nine), it changed my life forever. A few years ago i was going through some of his old stuff, when i happened to find his rush cd collection in a small zip-up cd case. the first cd i listened to was grace under pressure, the first track just blew me away, it was so different, and actually had very interesting synth use. and then Afterimage came up, Woah, such powerful lyrics! It literally brought me to tears, the first line says it all: "suddenly... you where gone, from all the lives you left your mark upon. It still bring a tear to my eye, everytime i listen.
    now, i am a die hard rush fan, Thanks to my father, who i miss very much.
    Weirdalokon June 05, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about the sudden loss of Robbie Whalen. He was an engineer on the Rush albums Permanent Waves, Exit Stage Left, Moving Pictures, and Signals. He was killed in a car accident outside the Rush studios in northern Ontraio in a snowstorm when leaving the studio one night.

    Neil Peart wrote this song in tribute to him. Ironically the lyrics "Suddenly you were gone from all the lives you left your mark upon" were later used in art form on the 3 cd live disc Different Stages in tribute to the sudden loss of Peart's daughter Selena in a car accident 40 miles away from Whalen's accident.As well as for his wife who died 10 months later of cancer that suddenly appeared.
    myfaveheadacheon May 01, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's interesting how Peart tries hard to stay objective........even when it comes to death. I applaud the bravery it takes to do this.
    pmasseyon May 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta song about the passing of a good/close friend and the memories he/she left behind..during 1995 one of my best friends was killed in a motorbike accident..we played this at his funeral......"suddenly you were gone..from all of the lives you left your mark upon"....it still brings a tear to the eye now and of course in neil`s case it can apply to both his own tragedies..."i feel the way you would"
    dirklerxtpraton January 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn emotional song! Gives me goosebumps everytime i listen to this ... nothing like having it playing full blast in my earphones, whilst walking my dog on a cold winters day ..
    em2112on August 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti had no idea that was what this song was about...i liked it in the first place, but knowing that makes it an even more unbelievable song. Neil Peart writes some of the best lyrics.
    shed27on June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentvery moving tribute to Robbie and to Neil's wife and daughter (R.I.P.)

    its tough to listen to the song and not get a little choked up
    masterofpuppets80on May 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthats fucked up, but its a reat song. Geddy's vocal/bass playing...YES!
    Razormasticatoron June 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my all-time favourite Rush track. Obviously not for the subject matter, but for the sound. The guitar solo for me is Alex's best, it sounds like his guitar is actually crying. Geddy's vocals do the same thing and if anyone has a copy of the "Through The Camera Eye" video, Neil's look at the end of the song. All these things are testament to the loss suffered.
    lerxstgkon June 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlex does such an awesome job in this song in that he really does shoot straight and expresses Neil's heartwrenching lyrics right to the point.
    BMaloneyon August 29, 2006   Link

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