"Losing It" as written by and Neil Peart Alex Lifeson....
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
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, bell tolls for
For you, the blind who once could see
Bell tolls for thee, bell tolls for thee

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"Losing It" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart


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  • +4
    General CommentWhen I was in 9th grade Signals was released. I was trying desperately to create my identity as most freshman do. It was sports for me, until I had an accident and it crippled me from sports. I was so lost internally. I hid in my room from the world. I was a Rush fan from 2112. So I was aware of their power, subconsiously. Well, the song "Losing It" literally saved me from internal breakdown. In my world I had 'lost it'. There are times in our lives when people touch you forever.... I can't thank Neil and they guys enough for what they created in my lost soul in ninth grade. I am 42 now and I still tear up when I listen to the song that saved me.
    Seanycon October 11, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningPeart is heavily influenced by Hemmingway many times in his lyrics. This one is a complete tribute to Hemmingway - he was a tough guy hunter / fisherman / boxer / bullfighting enthusiast who found it intolerable as he got older and lost his abilites, especially his writing ability, then killed himself. 'Where the sun will rise no more' is a direct reference to his novel 'The sun also rises', and 'the bell tolls for thee' a reference to his novel 'For whom the bell tolls'. So, Hemmingway is the writer finding that the words will not flow with passion and precision (he is known for his precise style). Look at a photo of the old Hemmingway and he has a white beard. Interestingly, Hemmingway coined the phrase 'grace under pressure', the name of the next Rush album. Hemmingway was not able to find grace under pressure, and shot himself.
    tgibbs3on July 13, 2012   Link
  • +2
    TranslationWhat a song. Neil is a genius when it comes to writing.

    The song is about how when someone lives their early years in the limelight, doing something very well, and reflecting on it towards the end of their life, saddened that it is over, and that they never can do it again.

    1st verse - An unidentified dancer who used to perform in front of large audiences, and now it brings them pain to dance as they once did. They know that they in incapable to ever do it again, and are deeply saddened by that, with memories flowing back.

    2nd verse - Writer (Ernest Hemingway?) who is full of himself, and can't write near how he once did, thirty years ago. He is enraged and sick.

    Chorus/Bridge - This talks about how some become superstars, and move the world, while others sit and dream about being those people. And how it is far more painful to watch something you love die away, rather than never having known it in the first place.
    FarCry2112on July 12, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is by far the saddest song by Rush there is. Especially the line "sadder still to watch it die than never to have known it" forces the tears to wet my eyes. As Alex said on the Boys In Brazil documentary, you should do every thing in life as if it is the very last time.
    Fathertimeon January 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI couldn't sing this without crying. My favouite part is the last stanza.
    NUMBER 4on August 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA tale of getting old, of former glories fading away, and the pain it causes for those it afflicts.
    Razormasticatoron April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the verses about the writer relate to Ernest Hemingway. The song as a whole seems to highlight the agony of not being able to perform, or deliver any more, that which once came so easily. Ben Mink's electric violin is beautiful!
    lerxstgkon June 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is yes, one of the most saddest rush tunes they made, but by far one on the most beautiful songs as well. The guitar is played perfectly and really puts one in the mood in which it was made to.
    tomkid2112on February 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI still love the electric violin played by Hugh Syme.
    rufustfireflyon January 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLast line should be "The bell tolls for thee," not "The bell tolls for the..."
    tjv3487on June 16, 2009   Link

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