The first four lines in the chorus are Neil Peart's homage to nineteenth century poet, playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde. It comes from a line in the third act of Wilde's vastly successful play entitled, Lady Windermere’s Fan
, a renown Victorian-era comedy that has continued to be performed on stages throughout the world ever since it opened in February, 1892. The sardonic line reads:“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Both the original and Neil Peart's more contemporary update (a 20th century twist) express the essence of an artist's soul in the desire to find wonder and beauty even in the most unlikeliest of places.