Rush is unusual in that their drummer, Neil Peart, writes their lyrics, which are interpreted by lead singer Geddy Lee. It took a while for them to get on the same page with this song. "I wanted the delivery to be like punctuation, and the chorus had to be more passionate and more rhythmically active," Peart told Bruce Pollock
. "It was hard to express exactly how I wanted it. The first time we worked on the music, they had phrased the lyrics in a very slow manner and I had to protest. The phrasing of the line was two short lines and then a long line and two short lines and then a long line. There were internal rhymes and internal relationships among the words and within the delivery that had to remain intact for it to make sense at all. It was so carefully crafted that it couldn't be delivered any old way."