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Afterimage is the second track from Rush's 1984 album Grace Under Pressure. The track was dedicated to Robbie Whelan, a friend of the band who worked as an assistant engineer on some of Rush's earlier albums, most notably Moving Pictures and Signals.[1][2] The song deals with the loss of a friend and the emotional aftermath that follows.

"Afterimage"
Single by Rush
from the album Grace Under Pressure
B-side"The Body Electric"
Released1984
Format7"
Recorded1984
GenreProgressive rock
Length5:03
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Producer(s)Peter Henderson and Rush
Rush singles chronology
"Red Sector A"
(1984)
"Afterimage"
(1984)
"The Body Electric"
(1984)

The single was a Japan-only release.[3] The opening lyric was quoted in the liner notes for Rush's 1998 live release, Different Stages, as a dedication to drummer Neil Peart's daughter and wife, who died in 1997 and 1998, respectively.[4] The memoriam is as follows:

"Suddenly...you were gone...from all the lives you left your mark upon..."
In loving memory of Jackie and Selena

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  1. ^ "Grace Under Pressure". 2112.net. Archived from the original on 2009-11-21. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Robbie Whelan: Credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Different Stages Live". rushisaband.com. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Different Stages Live:". 2112.net. Archived from the original on 2012-08-07. Retrieved 27 July 2012.