The Clockwork Angels tour includes a video dedication to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died on August 25, 2012.
Every single thing Neil says about his second daughter, Olivia, born in August of 2009. Every. Single. Thing. He made her a picture book explaining why he was away from home so often and that he'd always come back because he hates being away from her when she asked questions about why daddy wasn't home much. He loves her so much, he is willing to write her her own childrens' book to help her deal with him not being there. Awww!
If you don't, you will after reading his March 2014 update, Not All Days Are Sundays, featuring tales of snowshoeing, sledding, and other wintry family fun in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec in February 2014. (Beware of the Mood Whiplash straight into Tear Jerker territory about midway through, though.)
The ending to Cygnus X-1. When the protagonist sees the two gods fighting, he convinces them to resolve their differences and work together. In response, they make him Cygnus, God of Balance. Not only does it prove that these gods are more noble than their original counterparts, but it's also great to see the protagonist having that kind of reward after being sucked through a black hole. What's more, it has a happy ending unlike 2112 .
"Distant Early Warning" is, in essence, a Cold War progressive rock love song from Canada to the United States about how the former had the latter's back in case the Soviet Union tried to launch nuclear weapons. note Distant Early Warning was the name of Canada's nuclear weapons detection system, functioning as America's first line of defense in case such an attack was carried out.
At the end of the song, Geddy Lee sings "Absalom, Absalom, Absalom!", which is the name of King David's eldest son, who died fighting his father for the throne. Neil added these lyrics after reading a novel about Absalom by William Faulkner. Geddy's own son appears in the official music video, riding a missile in homage to Dr. Strangelove. All of this adds further meaning to the song when it hits you that the lyrics can also be about parental concern over nuclear weapons:
The world weighs on my shoulders
But what am I to do?
You sometimes drive me crazy
But I worry about you
I know it makes no difference
To what you're going through
But I see the tip of the iceberg
And I worry about you
It's a bit of a recondite one, but — for any fan of the band who found it difficult to understand what exactly Neil saw in the works of Ayn Rand, to hear or read him talk about her now in terms of "Yeah, I was in my early twenties and I lacked confidence and I needed someone to confirm that it was okay for me to be doing what I was doing and not selling out, but basically I'm over that now, because I can see, having grown up, that that philosophy lacks compassion and brings out some of the worst in people" is genuinely heartwarming.
The last verse of Everyday Glory:
If the future's looking dark, we're the ones who have to shine
If there's no one in control, we're the ones who draw the line
Though we live in trying times, we're the ones who have to try
Though we know that time has wings, we're the ones who have to fly
The song "One Little Victory". It's the band's first song after Neil's family tragedies, and it's Neil telling listeners that absolutely no matter what happens to you, you absolutely can get past it; all you have to do is look at even small victories as... well, that, a victory. It's worth noting too that this message is coming from a man who lost his teenage daughter in a horrific auto accident and his wife to cancer in the same year. It's Neil's message to everyone in a total pit of despair, saying, "You got out of bed? Good. Keep going. Fight every challenge that comes your way. You've got this."
For those who want more context: Neil Peart wass known for being notoriously shy, and at the end of every other concert up to R40, he had always gotten up from the drums, immediately exited, and drove off on his motocycle without so much as taking a bow for the audience. At the end of R40, however, take a bow for the audience is exactly what he did. Yeah, RUSH fans were in shock that day. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
All of the tributes Neil Peart got from fellow musicians, ranging from Gene Simmons, Brian Wilson, Lol Tolhurst of The Cure, even Chuck D of Public Enemy, and fans on social media when his death was announced in 2020, which shows how much he was loved.