In the Mood (Rush song)

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"In the Mood"
Single by Rush
from the album Rush
B-side"What You're Doing"
ReleasedMarch 1, 1974
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Songwriter(s)Geddy Lee
Rush singles chronology
"Finding My Way"
"In the Mood"
"Fly by Night"

"In the Mood" is a song by the Canadian rock band Rush from their 1974 debut album Rush. It was at least two years old when recorded for the album.


"In the Mood" is three minutes and 34 seconds long. The song was composed in the key of A major and is in 4/4 time.[1][2] It is the only song on the album written entirely by Geddy Lee (the music on all other songs is co-written by guitarist Alex Lifeson).

Lee said that this was the first song he wrote with Lifeson that they "kind of liked".[3]

Lifeson said It "was probably at least two years old, if not three, when we recorded the first album". He also said: "Ged came in and said, 'I've got a good idea for a song' and played it from beginning to end".[4]  

Live performances[edit]

The song was always performed in concert (often in a medley, and usually near the end of the final encore) until the 1992 Roll the Bones Tour, when it was permanently dropped. In live performances, the line "Hey, baby, it's a quarter to eight" was often altered to include a woman's name in place of the word "baby".   The St. Louis classic rock radio station KSHE used to play the song every Friday night at 7:45 ("a quarter to eight").[5]


Ultimate Classic Rock thought that it was the worst Rush song released.[6]

Greg Prato of AllMusic called "In the Mood" predictable.[7]

Odyssey rated the song 2.5/5, writing that its lyrics were funny and that its intro riff was very catchy.[8]  


The song was covered by Canadian band Sloan for the 2002 movie FUBAR.[9]  



Charted version is a medley of "Fly by Night" and "In the Mood" from 1976's live album, All the World's a Stage.

Chart Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 88

See also[edit]


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  6. ^ "This Website Uses Cookies". Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  7. ^ Prato, Greg. "Rush - Rush". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  8. ^ Clouse, Matthew. "Rush: Rush Album Review". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  9. ^ "FUBAR: The Album – Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Rush – Chart history | Billboard".

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