Rush Reboot – Cinderella Man (1977)

I thought it might be nice to showcase one of the rare songs that Neil did not write and publish it for this week’s Reboot.

The song is Cinderella Man, and it is from the album A Farewell to Kings. Note that the lyrics for this one was actually written by Geddy Lee.


Neil Peart (from “A Condensed Rush Primer,” A Farewell to Kings Tourbook: “‘Cinderella Man’ is a strong story written by Geddy with some help from Alex, and it concerns some of his reactions and feelings engendered by the film Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. This one features a very unusual (for us) middle instrumental section that might even be called (shudder) funky!”


This was one of my favorites when I first heard the album back in 1977. I felt a bit of a kindred spirit to this song, as it seemed to call out very loudly to that part of that feels for others.

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Geddy Lee

A modest man from Mandrake
Traveled rich to the city
He had a need to discover
A use for his newly-found wealth

Because he was human
Because he had goodness
Because he was moral
They called him insane

Delusions of grandeur
Visions of splendour
A manic depressive
He walks in the rain

Eyes wide open
Heart undefended
Innocence untarnished
Cinderella Man
Doing what you can
They can’t understand
What it means

Cinderella Man
Hang on to your plans
Try as they might
They cannot steal your dreams

In the betrayal of his love he awakened
To face a world of cold reality
And a look in the eyes of the hungry
Awakened him to what he could do

He held up his riches
To challenge the hungry
Purposeful motion
For one so insane

They tried to fight him
Just couldn’t beat him
This manic depressive
Who walks in the rain

14 comments

  1. I do not remember this one, but it is fascinating!

    “Because he was human
    Because he had goodness
    Because he was moral
    They called him insane”

    I get that a lot. 😉

    Good share, brother. Did Geddy ever suffer from depression himself, do you know?

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    1. Hey Tom. I was actually thinking of you when I chose this one to post. I wondered if you knew it, or what you would think. I got that a lot as a young boy myself. I hadn’t known about the movie connection until I researched it.

      I never heard that he did, but I don’t know.

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  2. Good morning dear Wolfie. This is a great film that I have viewed with cinema obsessed son Giani, who has prodded me to get all the film applications you can possibly imagine, including “Filmstruck” of course. I liked the remake but the black and white version is still better. Now we are going thorough all the James Cagney films (a real pro) a big hug. Guau!

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