Hope (instrumental)

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Song by Rush
from the album Snakes & Arrows
Released May 1, 2007 (2007-05-01)
Genre Instrumental
Length 2:02
Label Atlantic
Composer(s) Alex Lifeson
  • Rush
  • Nick Raskulinecz
Snakes & Arrows track listing
"The Way the Wind Blows"

Hope is an acoustic instrumental from Rush's 2007 album Snakes & Arrows. It was performed on a twelve-string guitar in D Modal (D-A-D-A-A-D) tuning.[citation needed]


"Hope" is one of the three instrumentals on the Rush album Snakes & Arrows. According to Neil Peart, the title of the instrumental was inspired by the chorus of the ninth Snakes & Arrows track "Faithless", which contains the word "Hope".[1] It is the band's second shortest studio-album-song, clocking in at 2 minutes 2 seconds. Unusual for Rush's compositions, the song was written by Alex Lifeson alone. It is played on a twelve-string guitar and was recorded in two takes. The second take was "just for the heck of it".[2]

A live version of "Hope" was nominated for a Grammy Award, which appeared on the compilation disc Songs for Tibet. The song was recorded on May 25, 2008 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peart, Neil. "The Game of Snakes and Arrows" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  2. ^ Randall, Mark (June 2007). "Rock's Gold Standard: Alex Lifeson mixes vintage, acoustic, and modern sounds on Rush's latest album". Guitar One. 
  3. ^ "Songs for Tibet now available on iTunes". August 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-23.