The lyrics contain many ideas based on the theories of Carl Jung. Jung called our collective unconsciousness our "inner space," containing knowledge we are all born with. This knowledge he called archetypes, which are demonstrated by the creative experiences shared by fairy literature around the world, represented in the song by the various fairy tale allusions. More importantly, however, is the fact that all the imagery in the song alludes to the archetype symbolizing the unconscious female component of the male psyche, the Anima. Its "counterpart" is the Animus, symbolizing the unconscious male component of the female psyche.
Suggestion credit: Rick - Omaha, NE
Neil Peart (Modern Drummer magazine, February 1994): "I used a basic R&B rhythm that I played back in my early days, coupled with that hypnotic effect that a lot of the British bands of the turn of the '90s had -- bands like Curve and Lush. The middle section of the tune is the result of the impact African music has had on me, although it wasn't a specific African rhythm."
Suggestion credit: Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Eric from Bend, OrThis is one of my favorite Rush songs, or maybe it's the whole Counterparts album that is one of my favorite works of Rush. There isn't a song on Counterparts that I don't like.
I first bought a copy of Counterparts on cassette when I was 14, and I listened to it quite a bit over my spring break. :) When I first listened to it, I thought it was an awesome album, and it continues to be one of my favorite Rush albums to this day.
John from Asheville, NcI've always liked this song...and Counterparts is one of my favorite Rush albums. Always played slower live. I prefer the peppier studio version I must say. Great groove.
Jesse from L.a., CaDuring the 30th Anniversary Tour, Rush performed a slightly shorter version of this song, in contrast to the almost 6 minute version on the album.
Mike from Mountlake Terrace, WashingtonThe Line "My counterpart, my foolish heart" hence the name of the album, Counterparts. In addition the album contains picture references to counterparts, e.g. a rabbit riding a turtle, salt and pepper shakers, tooth and a nail etc.