Afterimage (song)

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Single by Rush
from the album Grace Under Pressure
B-side "The Body Electric"
Released 1984
Format 7"
Recorded 1984
Genre Progressive rock
Length 5:03
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Producer(s) Peter Henderson and Rush
Rush singles chronology
"Red Sector A"
"The Body Electric"

Afterimage is the second track from Rush's 1984 album Grace Under Pressure. The track was dedicated to Robbie Whelan, a friend of the band who worked as an assistant engineer on some of Rush's earlier albums, most notably Moving Pictures and Signals.[1][2] The track deals with the loss of a friend and the emotional aftermath that follows.

The single was a Japan-only release.[3] The opening lyric was quoted in the liner notes for Rush's 1998 live release, Different Stages, as a dedication to drummer Neil Peart's daughter and wife, who died in 1997 and 1998, respectively.[4] The memoriam is as follows:

" were gone...from all the lives you left your mark upon..."
In loving memory of Jackie and Selena


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Grace Under Pressure". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Robbie Whelan: Credits". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Different Stages Live". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Different Stages Live:". Retrieved 27 July 2012.