Closer to the Heart
A Farewell to Kings.jpg
A Farewell to Kings
Family Friendly
Released 1977
Genre Classic Rock
Language English
Source Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock
Available May 19, 2009 (Pack)
Playable in
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
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Rock Band Blitz
Lego Rock Band
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Basic Pro
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Male singer
2-part Harmonies

Closer to the Heart is a song by Rush which is about people who run governments, and how they should be responsible for initiating harmony among themselves, just as blue collar workers do: "And men who hold high places must be the ones to start to mold a new reality, Closer to the Heart, Closer to the heart." The next part talks about a blacksmith and an artist and how they forge their creativity in their art. Then we hear about the role of philosophers and ploughmen in sowing a new mentality - a new way for people to view life. Finally, "You can be the captain, I will draw the chart, sailing into destiny, closer to the heart" - achieving your goal is like sailing; someone needs to guide you or be your role model, but you have to draw the charts to navigate toward your destiny. The goal is to be "Closer to the Heart." (thanks, Nathan J. Smith - Bensenville, IL)

Since this was originally released, it as appeared on 7 other Rush albums, including all their live albums.

This was not on the set list for their 2002 Vapor Trails tour until they played in South America (the last two shows). The decision was made to include it due to how popular it was with their fans there. Therefore, it was included on Rush In Rio.

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says this is the ultimate Rush song.

Lifeson (Guitar For The Practicing Musician, 1991): "There was a feeling that the song had changed a bit. It opens up into a bit more of a ham towards the end. It probably translates better live, visually, than it does on the record. But there is an energy to it, and it's a very positive song. It's been connected with the band for over 13 years." (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 4)

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