“K” – A to Z blogging challenge – Day 11

“Kid Gloves” from 1984’s Grace Under Pressure

The theme of the album from which this song comes is humanity’s action and reaction to various circumstances:  whether or how we can react “under pressure.”  Some of the other tracks on the album are more well known, with “stories” that are easier to follow, such as “Red Sector ‘A’ ”, which harkens back to mother of singer Geddy Lee’s time in a concentration camp during World War II1, or “Distant Early Warning” with its echoes of the Mutually Assured Destruction of the cold war2.

But I like this one.  Heavy, deep guitar tones, and a comparison of how differently one can feel depending on their circumstances: learning on one hand that it’s “cool to be so tough,” and then discovering that “it’s tough to be so cool.”

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
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 cool3

A lot of emotion packed into just over 4 minutes, as the band is shortening their songs while maintaining the ambition of their composition and lyricism.

Good stuff.

1Rush.  “Red Sector ‘A’.” Lyr. Neil Peart.  Grace Under Pressure.  Atlantic Records.  1984. CD

2Rush.  “Distant Early Warning.” Lyr. Neil Peart.  Grace Under Pressure.  Atlantic Records.  1984. CD

3Rush.  “Kid Gloves.” Lyr. Neil Peart.  Grace Under Pressure.  Atlantic Records.  1984. CD

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