The Pass (song)

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"The Pass"
Single by Rush
from the album
Released 1990
Format CD promo
Recorded 1989
Genre Progressive rock, soft rock
Length 4:51
Label Atlantic (except Canada)
Writer(s) Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee
Producer(s) Rupert Hine and Rush
Rush singles chronology
"Show Don't Tell"
"The Pass"

"The Pass" is the second single from Rush's 1989 album Presto. The lyrics by drummer Neil Peart address teenage isolation and the tendency to romanticize it. The song peaked at #15 on the U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and a music video was made for the song.

The line "All of us get lost in the darkness/Dreamers learn to steer by the stars/All of us do time in the gutter/Dreamers turn to look at the cars" alludes to Oscar Wilde's "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" from his play Lady Windermere's Fan.

On the Rush in Rio DVD (2003), bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee introduces the song to the audience by saying it is one of the band's favourites. On the same DVD, in the documentary "The Boys in Brazil," Peart says he always gets emotional while playing the song, "not only for what it expresses explicitly lyrically, but because it is one of our better crafted ones."

A cover version was made by Brazilian band Fleesh in 2016.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "The Pass" (Radio Edit) Peart Rush 4:04
2. "The Pass"   Peart Rush 4:51