Permanent Waves is the seventh studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on January 1, 1980. It was recorded at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, and mixed at Trident Studios in London, UK. Permanent Waves became Rush’s first US top five album hitting #4 and was the band’s fifth gold (eventually platinum) selling album.
A notable track on Permanent Waves is “Jacob’s Ladder”. Exploring odd time signatures, the song possesses a dark, ominous feel. The song’s lyrics are based on a simple concept; a vision of sunlight breaking through storm clouds. The title is a reference to the natural phenomenon of the sun breaking through the clouds in visible rays, which in turn is named after the Biblical ladder to heaven on which Jacob saw angels ascending and descending in a vision.