"Emotion Detector" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
When we lift the covers from our feelings
We expose our insecure spots
Trust is just as rare as devotion
Forgive us our cynical thoughts
If we need too much attention

Not content with being cool
We must throw ourselves wide open
And start acting like a fool
If we need too much approval
Then the cuts can seem too cruel

Right to the heart of the matter
Right to the beautiful part
Illusions are painfully shattered
Right where discovery starts
In the secret wells of emotion
Buried deep in our hearts

It's true that love can change us
But never quite enough
Sometimes we are too tender
Sometimes we're too tough
If we get too much attention

It gets hard to overrule
So often fragile power turns
To scorn and ridicule
Sometimes our big splashes
Are just ripples in the pool
Feelings run high


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"Emotion Detector" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is really just about the complications of love. You have to take risks when you reveal how you feel to someone. There is that chance that they don't feel the same way and that can be painful.

    "So often fragile power turns to scorn and ridicule." Very often relationships start out gentle and loving and end so very terribly.
    killroy134on April 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'll attempt to pick this song piece for piece.


    "When we lift the covers from our feelings
    We expose our insecure spots
    Trust is just as rare as devotion--
    Forgive us our cynical thoughts"

    This is pretty obvious. When you express your feelings you show your emotional weaknesses, and it is hard to trust someone to share your feeling with. So forgive us when we don't want to express our feelings.


    "If we need too much attention --
    Not content with being cool
    We must throw ourselves wide open
    And start acting like a fool"

    Perhaps this means that if you want attention, sometimes you will have to risk being "cool".

    "If we need too much approval
    Then the cuts can seem too cruel"

    However, if you want to be cool, then getting laughed at or insulted will be very harsh.


    "Right to the heart of the matter
    Right to the beautiful part
    Illusions are painfully shattered
    Right where discovery starts
    In the secret wells of emotion
    Buried deep in our hearts"

    This is probably talking about your true emotions.(the beautiful part) And when you discover who you really are, the illusion of yourself is painfully shattered. To find yourself though, you'll have to dig deep into your heart.


    "It's true that love can change us
    But never quite enough
    Sometimes we are too tender
    Sometimes we're too tough"

    When you find true love, you can be changed but not enough to become a new person. You'll always be too passive or too dominate.


    "If we get too much attention
    It gets hard to overrule
    So often fragile power turns
    To scorn and ridicule
    Sometimes our big splashes
    Are just ripples in the pool"

    If you get too much attention and want to be less famous, it'll be hard. So often your fragile power turns on you and you'll get insulted. In the end, your big moments are just small events in the big picture.


    It seems like Rush has two different "stories" going on to show the difference between who you truly are and what you try to be.










    WholeGrnon May 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, this song is straight up about love and the risks / complications involved. Come on, when you first meet someone you are just imagining who you think they are. You WILL come to find that they are not that perfect person that you hoped and imagined they were. In the last part it states that love can change us but never quite enough. If you fall in love with someone and intend on changing them, it will not work. They will always be who they are for the most part. :)

    Illusions illusions are painfully shattered. When he says this he is not just repeating himself. We each try to put up an illusion of how we want to be perceived. Everyone has their own illusion about who we really are. Sometimes you can never see through both of these to learn who someone IS!
    killroy134on March 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't really figure out the true message in the song but Neil Peart makes some great observations - "Illusions are painfully shattered right where discovery starts" - isn't that the truth eh?
    lerxstgkon June 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow only 1 comment this is a kick ass song ,i really have no idea on the meaning but its a awesome song ,so i thought id just say that
    *Modest_ Mouse*on July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning isn't clear to me. I just love the line "Sometimes our big splashes, Are just ripples in the pool".
    earthshineon January 17, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe only section that I can make heads or tails out of is the first verse. I think it's saying that you must take certain risks -- giving up you reputation of being cool, and start acting a little silly. Not caring what other people think of you. As long as you are happy with who you are, that's all that matters. I could be way off, but that's what I see in that first verse.
    NUMBER 4on May 28, 2007   Link

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