Closer to the Heart (2:52)

Cover of A Farewell to Kings

From A Farewell to Kings and 189 other releases

“Closer to the Heart” is a single by Rush, released 1977, from the album A Farewell to Kings. It was the first Rush song to have an external co-writer, namely Peter Talbot, a friend of Neil Peart. Issued as a single for Christmas 1977, it was their first hit in the United Kingdom, reaching No.36 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1978, and sparked a dramatic change in the band’s fortunes outside of the United States. The B side is, unusually, larger than the A side, consisting of one track which is shorter than the others but two which exceed the length of “Closer to the Heart” by over a minute.

It is one of Rush’s most popular recordings, receiving a fair amount of radio airplay during a time when the band was in the middle of its ‘epic song’ days. The song has also been part of the set list on nearly every tour since 1977. The band then dropped “Closer To The Heart” for the bulk of their Vapor Trails Tour and R30: 30th Anniversary Tour because, according to Peart, “we got sick of it.”

On their live albums A Show of Hands and Different Stages, Rush appended several minutes of jam type playing at the end of the performance of this song.

On the original track and live performances from October, 1977 to May 1983 and then again from November 1996 to January 2005, Peart played his acoustic drum kit but used a Simmons (then later DDrum) electronic drum kit in live performances of the track from June 1984 to May 1994.

During the third season of the showcase television show Trailer Park Boys, Alex Lifeson makes an appearance as well as the song. Near the end of the episode Lifeson and Bubbles (a character from the show) cover it.


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  • bobo9390

    another timeless classic from Rash [2]

    25 Aug 2:46am Reply
  • cannibal_ism666

    the comments on this are so typical for rush fans oh my god [2]

    23 Aug 9:01pm Reply
  • NickWire77

    hahaha I love Bubbles!!!!

    15 Jul 4:50pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    That word is horrid

    13 Jul 9:15pm Reply
  • quietrob


    4 Jul 1:38pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    A decidedly short and snappy number, this is one of the few Rush songs to feature material written by a songwriter outside of the band. Owing to its short length and pop appeal, “Closer to the Heart” has become a radio staple since its release and has been featured on most Rush tours. Recorded in the United Kingdom, it also proved to be more successful there, hitting the 36th spot on the UK charts while peaking at number 76 on the American charts. -- watchmojo

    21 Jun 1:48am Reply
  • bossmark1

    This is Groovy

    8 May 3:22pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    another timeless classic from Rash

    24 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • marjo47

    Fab. band like the vocals of Geddy Lee.

    15 Mar 7:16pm Reply
  • JohnusMaximus

    Bubbles rocks

    10 Feb 4:06pm Reply
  • ShockWave3124

    Great mix of acoustic intro to guitar solo.

    2 Feb 11:38pm Reply
  • radio_face


    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • radio_face

    Canadians Rock>

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • radio_face

    Button up my sleeve, just listen.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • phillipkilch316


    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    Either you like Rush or your a hoser. Plain and simple

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Belgyc

    RUSH_mi banda preferida ,,,,,

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    Great that they finally got their invitation to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.... long over due[2] However, they have been in my personal Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for decades!

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Eliallday

    love this song a lot and the sprit of the radio and freewill

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • pingywings


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