Cinderella Man: Background
Based loosely on Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, a 1936 comedy starring Gary Cooper about a small-town man who inherits a fortune, the piece has the character of a fable. Lyrics by Geddy, with help from Alex.
The piece has a “beautiful melodic chorus. The band is able to soften its approach here without losing any of its intensity.”—Bill Banasiewicz, Rush Visions
Musically, it “contrasts acoustic and electric guitars dynamically in a manner consciously addressed in the Rupert Hine years [Presto, Roll the Bones], with songs like ‘Roll the Bones.’ it would serve an encore track on the A Farewell to Kings tour.”—
Martin Popoff, Contents Under Pressure
Geddy in the program guide to the tour describes the middle section of the piece as almost funky.—Songfacts
~ by rvkeeper on January 11, 2011.