The lyrics, "Rise from the ashes and blaze" refer to the mythological death and rebirth of the Phoenix.
Geddy Lee (from the Bass Player Online archives): "This song ended up being an analog-tape mix. For the last few years I've mixed only to digital, because I figured it was just a better tape recorder. But certain songs have a heavier midrange content, and on playback the analog recorder softens the midrange a bit, giving it a more likeable sound. It's not as efficient-sounding in terms of the top and bottom end, but it's just nicer to listen to."
Suggestion credit: Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 2
Louis from Glendale, AzThe song talks of what a child sees in the corruption of today's world.
John from Asheville, NcI love the chorus here, especially...and the lyrics are strong throughout, as I think they are on all of Counterparts. Wonderful album closer.
Louis from Phoenix, AzLike any song we would see at the end of an album, Rush seems to always make those well-made, yet emotional ending songs.
Dave from Cardiff, WalesPre-empted the aggressive guitar-based rock sound that was still lying a year or two over the horizon... The "Counterparts" album had a really wild, fresh, spirited feel about it, but in fact many of the songs on it were downward-looking...