Song Meanings from Songwriters

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Featured Song Meaning: Rush – 2112

“I dreamed up this story of music being invented against a dystopian, totalitarian society. I felt this great sense of injustice, that this mass was coming down on us and telling us to compromise and compromise was the word I couldn’t deal with. I grew up as a child of the sixties and was a strong individualist and believed in the sanctity that you should be able to do what you wanted to do (without hurting anyone). When I realized that the story was paralleling ‘Anthem’, I felt I had to say something about Ayn Rand and the association with 2112 so, at the bottom of the lyrics, just put “With acknowledgement of the genius of Ayn Rand”.

“That’s the good guys, that’s the cavalry coming in at the end so it actually, to me, had a happy ending as it were that the Solar Federation was going to be shut down by the vision that our hero has of this other way of living, the people coming at the end, that’s how I intended it.”

Neil Peart (1264)

RIP Neil. A great lyricist and storyteller but simply the best drummer.

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