Lakeside Park (song)
|Single by Rush|
|from the album Caress of Steel|
|B-side||Bastille Day (promo only)|
|Genre||Rock, progressive rock|
|Writer(s)||Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
Lyrics by Neil Peart
|Producer(s)||Rush, Terry Brown|
Lakeside Park is a single from Rush's third album Caress of Steel. The music was written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson and the lyrics were written by Neil Peart. The song details Peart's memories of many summers spent at the park.
The "Lakeside Park" mentioned is in Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines, on Lake Ontario in Canada. Peart lived very near Lakeside Park, and spent summers as a child working and playing there. The lyrics mention the "24th of May" which is Victoria Day, commemorating Queen Victoria's birthday.
Lee gave a somewhat unfavourable mention of the song in a 1993 interview:
A lot of the early stuff I'm really proud of. Some of it sounds really goofy, but some of it stands up better than I gave it credit for. As weird as my voice sounds when I listen back, I certainly dig some of the arrangements. I can't go back beyond 2112 really, because that starts to get a bit hairy for me, and if I hear "Lakeside Park" on the radio I cringe. What a lousy song! Still, I don't regret anything that I've done!
— Geddy Lee, Raw Magazine
- Johnson, Howard (27 October / 9 November 1993), "A Farewell to Bings", Raw Magazine (135): 93
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