A world of difference
A world so out of touch
Overwhelmed by everything
But wanting more so much

Call it blind frustration
Call it blind man's bluff
Call each other names
Your voices rude
Your voices rough
Then you learn the lesson
That it's cool to be so tough

Handle with kid gloves
Handle with kid gloves
Then you learn the lessons
Taught in school won't be enough
Put on your kid gloves
Put on your kid gloves
Then you learn the lesson
That it's cool to be so tough

A world of indifference
Heads and hearts too full
Careless of the consequence
Of constant push and pull

Anger got bare knuckles
Anger play the fool
Anger wear a crown of thorns
Reverse the golden rule
Then you learn the lesson
That it's tough to be so cool

Handle with kid gloves
Handle with kid gloves
Then you learn the weapons
And the ways of hard-knock school
Put on your kid gloves
Put on your kid gloves
Then you learn the lesson
That it's tough to be so cool


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Kid Gloves Lyrics as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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  • +4
    General Comment

    I think it's implying that you have to do things the hard way sometimes. Kids are new to some things, and so they don't know the outcome whatever new thing they're trying. Most likely they make mistakes the first time, or even a second third or the hundredth time. But finally they learn the lessons.

    And then taking that and incorporating that with school, it really sends a message of what it's like to be in school. People have reps, belong to groups. Popularity is a huge factor, and they talk more about that in Subdivisions. Overall, this is a great song. Neil Peart has an awesome imagination, and is a true artist with his poetry. (That's what it is, though, is poetry. All songs come from written poems.)

    NUMBER 4on May 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I believe that this song is about people who can't grow up and mature. Their lack of responsibility, outlook on life and habits (like being a "tough" guy, the class clown or a drama queen) from their adolescence stay with them through adulthood. That is, however, until they realize that the way they're living is negatively affecting themselves and others and make the decision to change.

    Bonesawon November 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Kid gloves were made from the hide of a goat because it is very soft. They were worn when holding something very delicate to prevent damage to it. Lessons from whoshere.

    whoshereon November 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This is one of my favorite Rush songs. To me, it's all about stages of maturity, about learning to avoid conflict by being careful about how we treat others and their beliefs. I'm particularly fond of the clever reversal that begins with "it's cool to be so tough" but concludes with it's "tough to be so cool." I think everyone can identify with that progression of understanding, but it takes a poet like Neil Peart to articulate it so beautifully.

    rvidilon November 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I cant believe that no-one has commented on this song yet, its amazing! the melody is amazing, and the song has such bounce and purpose, it really is irrepresable! but yeah, the lyrics deal with finding ones way in school and such like. Aah, school daze.

    Razormasticatoron February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I agree with Number 4 completely

    meaningofsongon February 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    Its saying that we need to handle things with caution,

    bjg0493on March 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    Its saying that we need to handle things with caution,

    bjg0493on March 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is the only song on the album whose title phrase actually occurs within the lyrics.

    jerambamon December 28, 2014   Link

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