The Larger Bowl (A Pantoum)

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"The Larger Bowl (A Pantoum)"
Single by Rush
from the album Snakes & Arrows
Released June 25, 2007
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 4:07
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Lifeson/Lee/Peart
Producer(s) Rush & Nick Raskulinecz
Rush singles chronology
"The Larger Bowl (A Pantoum)"
"Caravan" (2010)

"The Larger Bowl (A Pantoum)" is the fourth track and third single from Rush's 2007 album Snakes & Arrows.

Inspiration and lyrical structure[edit]

The lyrics were written by the drummer and primary lyricist Neil Peart. The title was inspired by a "dysentery dream" he had while touring West Africa on his bicycle in 1988.[1]

Neil Peart's book The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa includes a chapter entitled "The Larger Bowl" in which he describes the dream. The excerpt in which he mentions the song is as follows:

Anyway... a song was playing in the store, a plaintive ballad called "The Larger Bowl." Something about loneliness and the misfortunes of life, I recall. No such song as far as I know, but I like the title.[2]

In the early 1990s, Peart put words to the title.[1] The song is written in the form of a pantoum.

See also[edit]