“Losing It” from 1982’s Signals
This is an exceptional song. Another fan favorite that makes it onto every petition to be played on tour, this song gives us a glimpse into the life of two artists. One an aging dancer, saddened as her body begins to fail her. The other, a writer, reminiscent of Earnest Hemingway, who finds his creative well drying up as he attempts to continue his work, only to be confronted with the blank page.
The use of synthesized stringed instruments lends an incredible pathos to the piece, and reflects the fear of every artist, regardless of choice of medium.
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…1
The final line’s nod to Hemingway is heartbreaking. A thing of beauty, really.
1Rush. “Losing It.” Lyr. Neil Peart. Signals. Atlantic Records. 1982. CD