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2112 by Rush

Album: 2112Released: 1976
  • This piece is 20 minutes long and takes up an entire side of the album. It was the second time Rush did this, the first being "The Fountain of Lamneth" from the album Caress of Steel.
  • The song is considered a "suite" and divided into 7 chapters: I) Overture, II) The Temples of Syrinx, III) Discovery, IV) Presentation, V) Oracle: The Dream, VI) Soliloquy, VII) Grand Finale. In the printed lyrics, each chapter begins with a text story, describing the events. Part one is the overture of the year 2112. Part two is about the Temples of Syrinx and the Priests that rule them. Part three is about a man who discovers an "ancient device" that is actually a guitar. Part four is the presentation (hence the part title) of the device to the priests. The priests say that there is no need for this ancient way, and crush it to pieces beneath their feet. Part five is about the man going back to his cave by the waterfall and falling asleep, dreaming of the "elder race" (the oracle) leading him back to his world. In the year 2112 the elder race of man live on a planet far far away from the Federation. Part six is about the man being unable to live under the Federation's control any longer. His only hope is that with his death he will pass into the next world. Part seven is the instrumental Grand Finale. (thanks, Tyler - Houston, TX)
  • The lyrics are based on the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, a writer and philosopher who grew up in Russia, but moved to the US as a young adult. She often wrote about the concept of "Objectivism," which focuses on reason, self-interest, and objective reality. The narrator of this story is never named. (thanks, adam - mechanicsburg, PA)
  • There was no complete live recording of this song until the release of the 1998 Different Stages: Live three disc set. An abbreviated version appeared on the 1976 live disc All The World's A Stage.
  • The first words sung - "And the meek shall inherit the earth" - are a reference to a passage in The Bible: "Blessed are the meek, for the meek shall inherit the Earth." (thanks, Jeff - Haltom City, TX, for all above)
  • This was considered a "concept-album" and was an example of "Prog-Rock" (progressive rock), a grand style of music popular in the '70s with bands like Yes.
  • This song is actually a criticism of the music industry, and how they try to control song length and style. (thanks, Michael Polsky - Toronto, Canada)
  • There is a hidden feature (Easter egg) on the Rush In Rio DVD. On the second disc, select the 2nd multi-angle video and let it begin. Then go back to the menu then select the 1st multi-angle video. Let it begin, then go back to the menu, then 1st again, then 2nd again: "2nd-1st-1st-2nd." It will open a video from 1975, "Anthem."
  • This song was recorded live for the first time in it's entirety for the Test For Echo tour and released on the 3-CD set Different Stages in 1998. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 2)
  • The song and album title spawned an image used as Rush's' logo from this time on, known as "The Starman." Long time Rush album artist/designer Hugh Syme is credited with it's creation. See it here.
  • 21:12 is military time for 9:12. 9/12 is September 12, Neil Peart's birthday. (thanks, Jake - Bellevue, IA)
  • On the inside of the CD cover, these words are attributed to "Anonymous, 2112": "I lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of Megadon. City and sky become one, merging into a single plane, a vast sea of unbroken grey. The Twin Moons, just two pale orbs as they trace their way across the steely sky. I used to think I had a pretty good life here, just plugging into my machine for the day, then watching Templevision or reading a Temple Paper in the evening. My friend Jon always said it was nicer here than under the atmospheric domes of the Outer Planets. We have had peace since 2062, when the surviving planets were banded together under the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The less fortunate gave us a few new moons. I believed what I was told, I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found something that changed it all..."
    Megadon was a coin-operated arcade game from the '80s that is listed as very rare now. The game merged maze games like Pac-Man with space shooting games, like Space Invaders. (thanks, Ryan - West Chester, OH)
  • 21/12 (December 21st) is the date of the winter solstice, a very important event in some cultures, and the beginning of the lunar Calendar. (thanks, Allen - Coquitlam, Canada)
  • Bassist Peter Ewers and guitarist Björn Gelotte of the metal band In Flames own a burger joint called "2112" in Gothenburg, Sweden, which was named after this song.
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Comments: 91

I always thought the name was from the year, but the characters in Rand's Anthem were identified by numbers instead of names.Vince - Windcrest, Tx
I recently got a 2112 shirt on my 16th birthday and the next day I wore it to school. It's seems that the first thing people think when they see this is that I listen to Satinist music and followings, and that's unfortunate. It hurts me when people don't understand things like music album covers and just assume it's something from their own knowledge. Same for the Holy Bible, I'm a Christian and I ask some people what they think the bible is about and every response I usually get out of them is it's a book of laws you must follow or be punished when it's actually different than that, it means something else not so harsh and condemnful. The Satanism star is shaped differently and has lines in its middle, the Rush one doesn't, but then again I could see how people can get messed up with that sort of situation. Anyways, I've gone a little off topic, for those who don't know what the red star with the man in front of it means, here's what it does mean. In the album, there's a large group of individuals called the Red Stars of the Solar Federation who tell people what to do and what they can't do, sort of like Socialist Government (no offense). The naked man in front of the cover star represents the main character of the story, who's nameless. He is trying to stop the star from making its way into himself. He's pure and is creative instead of corrupt and brainwashed. The whole point is making sure his pureness is not washed away by the wrong. It matches up to sort of my scenario, if only people who don't understand things be wise and look it up instead of making up stuff they don't know about and assuming its right. Hope the resemblance above help solve your answers.Drake - Huntington Beach, Ca
I actually believe that my father sold or leased the music and words composed on the 2112 album by Rush, because I last performed the music in 4000 B.C.E. (Earth Years) on Planet Zerex as a Priest of Syrinx. I have received 5 Electroencephalograms since my birth in 1964, and at least one in my previous life in 1962. My father translated the tracers and died in 1979, before he ever described the translations to me, and promoted several other movies and books therefrom. As for the Author of Anthem; I have yet to discover her involvement or history as described herein.Brian - Columbus, Oh
I miss Rush from these days when they would produce broad, sweeping, conceptual pieces like this one. Their recent stuff, while good, feels like they are trying too hard and overengineering everything. Don't get me wrong - their stuff is still LEAPS AND BOUNDS above most anything out there, I just long for their overture-driven stuff from the old days that had a theme.Dp - Mount Airy, Md
RE: - Barry, Manchester , England

"Why would the powers that be anounce themselves 'Attention All Planets Of The Solar Federation We Have Assumed Control'?When the priests tell us in no uncertain terms they total control in 'Temples Of Syrinx' 'We have taken care of everything...' "

Maybe they are afraid that their secret is out and they have to regain control of the Federation since it had been compremised? What better way than to do it heavy handedly?

Just a thought.

For those of you that don't think that Ayn Rand wasn't and inspiration for Neil/Rush you either need to take either one more or one less bong hit. She absolutely was!!!! She has been mine. I like to go back to the old saying, "If your not a Liberal at 20 you don't have a heart....If you're not Conservative at 30 You don't have a brain. Creative people are not all mind numbed robots.

K/H D
William - Reno, Nv
On the Clockwork Angels album cover, the time clock shows the time of 9:12, which is of course in military time, 21:12. Not sure if anybody ever noticed that.Skip - Colchester, Vt
last year i saw YouTubers say world ending in 2012 + was wondering of what Allen, Coquitlam said = so thought 2112 maybe predicting it too THEN searched to find this page ALSO a YTube video said it won't be end of world but end of an age to start the next age like Aquarius =who really knows ? only God Yahweh
+ this is my favorite long song to play on guitar n my 2nd fav is Xanadu = 3rd Limelight tottally rules the earth
hey - i heard Rush changed their style in 1982 Signals cuz they accepted Christ n Jesus saved them + they no longer believe that old way = is that true ?
Ram - Nashville, Tn
On the record, 2112 was recorded a half step up. On all digital versions (Itunes, Youtube) and new CD's it is recorded in standard tuning.Blake - Thunder Bay, On
Is 2112 48 X 44 or 96 X 22 or 24 X 88, etc. or is it (46^2) -4? Just wondering ...Chris - Houston, Tx
Just so this song wouldn't be lost in today's music, Guitar Hero's latest (and last, for now) video game, "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock" used this song as a last resort to bring back Prog.....well, in my opinion, anyway. ;)Michael - Deridder, La
It seems strange to me that so many of you make comments about how this was such a big part of the rock experience of your youth and yet no takes issue with all the interpretations of its meaning even though on the back of the original album the band states this story of this song was relayed to them from a patient in a mental hospital. Am I the only one that remembers this? I know my friends and I were testing several different chemically-induced states of consciousness, but reading that made us all view the song with mystical reverence.Tom - Antelope, Ca
I have a friend who likes Slipknot, Green Day, Evanescence and so on. He doesn't even know Anthrax! So I showed him 2112... looks like it's working. Now I'm going to make him listen Moving Pictures and some Ayreon. Maybe that way he'll see what is real musicShark - Quito, Ecuador
Alright. You want to know the REAL reason why they call it 2112? The first 3 lines of the last verse"Attention all planets of the solar federation" has 7 words. They reapeat 3 times and thats 21. The last line "We have assumed control" has 4 words. They reapeat it 3 times and thats 12. Together it's 2112.Izzy - Orlando, Fl
A six month obsession in the 10th grade when I first discovered it and to this day still my favorite album from my childhoodJohn - Beckley, Wv
2112 was also considered the band's last gasp at the recording industry. Each member decided that if this was going to be their last album they would gladly go back to their day jobs knowing that they created an album worthy of their best efforts to make something personally powerful and meaningful unto themselves. The band considered their career over due to their failure to connect with the record company and audiences willingness pay for an album they couldn't understand or identify with. As it turned out, it was a smashing success and sealed their official place as recording artists who handled every facet of recording, packaging and all.Malcolm - Aberdeen, Wa
I forgive Neil Peart his infatuation with Ayn Rand, since he was in his 20s.Rufus - Wheeling, Wv
When I heard this for the first time back in 76, the rest is history. Been a hardcore fan eversince. Too many people I know try to put to much into what either they are trying to say! or what kind of statement they are making, CHILL-OUT and enjoy what musicianship is all about. Waiting for the next R30 (R60?)Hector - Bakersfield, Ca
I love the quiet part of 2112 with the flowing water (this comes in after "The Temples of Syrinx"). You have to listen in headphones, it's in stereo, and sounds so soothing!!! Alex then adds some tasty guitar licks above the water sound effects. A nice touch.Barry - New York, Nc
i know this has the musical quote from the "1812" song but what connection does it have did they just randomly choose the name
is it like a modern version of "1812"
and yes it is very similar to Anthem by Ayn Rand i had to read that for school
Wes - Mt. Dora, Fl
Regarding the meaning of 2112 (21:12) and the Starman: 12 is the "mirror image" if you will of 21 (obviously, numbers would be backwards, but you know what I mean). Anyway, if you think of 12 as the mirror image of 21, go further and take a small, unframed mirror and place it standing up on the Starman with the mirror face facing to the left. The mirror should be placed directly through the center of the Starman from the top center of the star through the middle of the two bottom legs of the star. You will notice that in the mirror a devil appears. I have no idea what the meaning of this is, or if it has anything to do with their personal religious beliefs, but it's definitely there!Brian - Streetsboro, Oh
It's funny how Rush is labeled as libertarians after writing 2112, but their lifestyle mimics more of a liberal viewpoint. For example
01) Rush never publishes a song if anyone is not happy with the song. They all need to have a say. Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8efyecEyDRI&fmt=18 i:10 into the video, Neil says, "In all cases, it truly becomes the holistic idea of the greater of the sum of the of the parts..." thus opposing the Ayn Rand's philosophy of individualism.

02) They live in the U.S. but they never gave up their Canadian citizenship thus paying more in taxes. Kinda opposite of the Libertarian philosophy, eh?
Arf - Los Angeles, Ca
This is one of my all-time favorite songs...Jim - Long Beach, Ca
I know of one interpretation that says the song predicts the fall of communism...

... Oh, admit it! There are several parralels! Such as the Priests censorship of all media, and (probably the most blatant) the "Red Star of the Federation". It makes sense because Rush was always a very libertarian band. And in Communism, the gov't controls and owns everything.

Long live Rush! Long live Neil Peart! Long live Prog!
Zachary - State College, Pa
You never forget your first concert: I saw something truly amazing that night at
Hersheypark arena on May 13, 1980. During one of the guitar breaks on Overture, Neil tossed one of his drum sticks almost up to the point where you couldn't see it near the ceiling. Then, as it came down he caught it, only looking up once during the whole thing for a SPLIT second and caught it just as his part came in without missing a beat! The Soliloquy ended with Geddy's voice just echoing while holding on the word "over." The Permanent Waves show was truly one to remember!
Jim - Mburg, Pa
When I first heard this it was just because I wanted to hear a 20 minute song... and now this is my favorite song, and I've got my friend hooked into it to. Rush is epic!Jd - Fairfield, Oh
"2112" was my intro to Rush, and I was hooked from the first couple of notes. Incredible coverage of the rock spectrum, from gentle acoustic passages to all-out metal!Dougee - San Bernardino, Ca
I first saw Rush in 1975 with Max Webster as the opening act...Not getting any younger but still enjoy listening to great pieces of music such as this classic.
Thank God, these guys are still around and rocking the planet!
Joseph - Montreal, Qc
I love this song by Rush!
It is the ultimate epic!
You should buy the album Different Stages,they play all parts live.
As I said ULTIMATE EPIC.
Not my favorite though.
Clay - Gonzales, Tx
I got a 2112 T-shirt... it's got a red dot a little above the word "rush" ! :-O Is it an printing error?Alex - Boucherville (montreal), Qc
favorite rush album with my favorite rush song (title track)! i wish the other songs were as good as this one, it would make the album even godlier! Geddy Lee = bass godPhil - Philadelphia, Pa
I can't believe no-one has mentioned that Alex's solo towards the end of 'Overture' includes a musical quote from Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.Ryan - Eaton, In
This is one of my favorite rush songs ever. I just saw them in concert for the first time the other day and it was absolutely amazing! They played this song and it was awesome. They might be old, but they still rock!Jared - Palmyra, Pa
sorry is one of my faves isne was a type-oKevin - New York, Nd
GREATEST SONG EVER 2112 isne of my favesKevin - New York, Nd
amazing song espicially if your really baked :DEvan - Calgary, Canada
I must also say I have no childhood ties to this album, although I'm old enough to have had them...so this song really has no nostalgic or sentimental significance. I'm sure that makes a bit of a difference to some.John - Asheville, Nc
Honestly I think the song is overrated, although I do get the historical significance of the tune and, moreso, the album...particularly as it relates to paving the way for Rush's recording career to continue. It's a *good* epic...but I'd much rather listen to the consistent dynamic of a tune like Xanadu. Still and all, for an album-side's worth of material they did well. It's a "far cry" (rim shot) better than Fountain Of Lamneth, that's for sure!John - Asheville, Nc
Only being 14, my parents and their friends are very impressed with my knowledge of all things classic rock.
2112 without a doubt was Rush's best work!!!
Very well thought out, definatly Rush's calling card.
You can't think "Rush" without 2112
2112 ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Allie - Pine Knob, Mi
Their best work. Brings back so many memories of youth!Jules - Negaunee, Mi
Rush's 2112 is also, of course, a tribute to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. In the first segment of 2112 (the Overture), the guitar part near the end actually quotes one of the main themes from Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.Phil - Harrisonburg, Va
Hey Derek,Monroe,CT that sounds pretty cool and i cant wait to try it but ijust have one question...... How the HELL did you figure this out. Were you just randomly sitting in your room and decided "Hey, I'll go see if 2112 fits with Willy Wonka." ????Evan - Arkansas, Al
After his Dream/Astral journey 'Oracle:The Dream 'I believe he made contact with 'The Elder Race',and through this contact they came to the'Planets Aid'.My reason for this interpretation is that the 1st words uttered are 'And the meek shall the earth'[note this is a biblical quote,in 7 days God made the earth,7 songs may be just a coindence]The 2nd song 'Temples Of Syrinx' invokes a sense of total domination.Where as the 'Grand Finale' feels uplifting,a complete shift in conscious.The 'Elder Race' as come to rescue those they left behind from the suppression of self expression,etc.Why would the powers that be anounce themselves 'Attention All Planets Of The Solar Federation We Have Assumed Control'?When the priests tell us in no uncertain terms they total control in 'Temples Of Syrinx' 'We have taken care of everything...'Barry - Manchester , England
I had just finished a 3600 page study of mine on Ezekiel the prophet. In the last eight chapters he sees an angelic vision of a future temple of God. The angel gave Ezekiel the dimensions and arrangements of the buildings in this complex. Whenever I hear the song "we are the priests of the temple of Syrnix" I get excited. Of course, Rush is dscribing some fictious high tech futuristic religion, so why not get excited-God in heaven must have some big computers of his own!Tony - Toledo, Oh
Awesome album......this album was always playing sitting in those basement parties on a Friday or Sat. nite when I was in high school...Dave - Coal Valley, Il
Chuck is right. The Mayan Calendar ends on 12/21/12
Not forgoing further correlation to the mysticism of this number, there are several other civilizations that pinpoint this day as being the "end of times".

It is believe by scientists that our solar system will pass thru the eliptical plane of the Milky Way (IE top to bottom) and during the transition will be diametrically aligned with the center of our galaxy, a spot believed to contain a massive black hole. also, our sun has massive solar flares every 7 years and the last flare was in december of 2005. (recall the blackout anyone?) add 7 years to 2005 and you get 2012. these solar flares could potentially occur at the same time we are in the excessive gravitational pull of the black hole thereby effectively incinerating every planet in the solar system. this information was taken from a special called "Doomsday:2012" on the History Channel. CANT WAIT TILL DECEMBER 21,12
William - Twin Falls, Id
100 years before the story of this song is set to take place (2012) the miyan calender ends. I could be wrong, but I do remember the day being December 21st of that year.Chuck - Houston, Tx
I have to think that the song with the "weird voices" in it is actually Cygnus X1: "In the constellation Cygnus there lurks a powerful, invisible force"Michael - Pittsburgh, Pa
One of my favorite albums of all time.Kenny - Wilmot, Nh
2112 is an awsome song i'm learning to play the bass for it it gives me a whole new appretiation for itJustin - Kingsville, Canada
lookin forward to snakes and arrows on may 1stRocco - Toronto, Canada
tom is right making this song twenty minutes and twelve seconds long would have been coolRocco - Toronto, Canada
It would be a compromise to the music to try and make the song a certain length. They would have to edit tempos or alter verses and make the song feel unnatural. If you needed an additional 40 pages for a book (but no more), you would put in filler writing, but you wouldn't feel as if the book was as good as it could be, so why would a song be any different?Kickflipthecat - Podunk, Nj
Oh come on! They couldn't have added just another minute of music to make this song 21 minutes and 12 seconds?!? :-)Tom - East Lyme, Ct
Ashley, the song with strange voices is most likely "The Necromancer", from "Caress of Steel". Buy it!Thomas - Homer, Ga
To Zak from KY: A concept album is where all the songs follow a similar theme or story...2112 is one example. Three other artists are Jethro Tull (Thick as a Brick & Passion Play), Yes (Tales From Topographic Oceans & The Gates of Delirium) and The Moody Blues (Days of Future Passed, In Search of the Lost Chord, To Our Children's Children's Children, & On The Threshold of a Dream).Wil - Milwaukee, Wi
I never actually said Neils birthday is why they called it 2112!!! If you REALLY look, you will see that I never said this. I said this as a CONNECTION!Jake - Bellevue, Ia
Whats Aconcept album, i said whats a concept albumZak - Versailles, Ky
Presentation is the best part. love it. so cool how it goes from the narrator to the preist. the best bit is "Yes we know, its nothing new!"Luke - Adelaide, Australia
I have been a Rush fan since I was 16 (1975) and I am STILL amaze at their musicianship!! They are the MOST TALENTED musicians in rock music. BTW, the boys are currently working on a NEW studio offering (their 18TH!!)!!Wil - Milwaukee, Wi
To tony, Lindenhurst, NY: exactly. This is the 2nd greatest song of all-time (behind Led's mind-blowing "Stairway To Heaven") and is incredible. I've alwys thought they should make a movie out of the song's story, kind've like PF's "The Wall".Mitchell - Redding, Ca
The world is "suposidly" meant to end on the 21st of decemeber 2012... 2112?? aye... thats also my birthday arn't i a progster.. Rush are amazing i believe 2112 saved their music career or something like that but i am very grateful to you folk who know all this stuff cause i ahve learnt alot!! JenxxJenjen2112 - Aberdeen, Other
i think if we're going to get into the discussion about neil's birthday, i should also remind people that december 21st (21/12) is the day of the winter solstice, the beggining of the lunar year, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. also, it's the celebration of life in many pagan cultures. In addition, dec 21st, 2112 is the day the mayan calender ends, and the world begins a new phase of existance.. all of which are symbolized in the song. one would think that's a little more ingenious than the obvious 9:12 refferenceAllen - Coquitlam, Canada
for guitar playingBen - Nyc, Ms
Alex Lifeson and Jeff Beck are my inspirationBen - Nyc, Ms
Fountain Of Lamneth is a better written song. Deeper.Ben - Nyc, Ms
While I have to commend the depth of thought (and wishful thinking) that ties 2112 to Neil's birthday and other such things, the truth is that 2112 does indeed represent a year. It is also a tribute to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (cannon fire and all).

You can read more about the 1812 Overture here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_Overture
Def - Houston, Tx
Ashley, MOncton, Canada

Theres a song called The Neocromer thats about 12 minutes long if I'm thinking correctly.
Ben - Nyc, Ms
music has never been so good.Ben - Nyc, Ms
No, I don't believe 2112 has anything to do will Neil's birthday, but I like the connection.Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Wa
I might be mistaken but I though 2112 referred to the year, but Im pretty sure it doesnt have to do with Neil Pearts birthday.Travis - Phoenix, Ny
Classic. Temples of Syrinx is my favorite.Frodo - The Shire
At the end of the song, the final words to the song are:

Attention all planets of the Solar Federation,
Attention all planets of the Solar Federation,
Attention all planets of the Solar Federation,
We have assumed control.
We have assumed control.
We have assumed control.

The first three lines is 21 words long, and the last three lines is 12 words long.
Tim - Upper Darby, Pa
This is one deep song i love how it is like 7 songs in a row.Brooks - Warminster, Pa
It is argued about what the end of this song means. Most likely, it is the fall of the freedom of music. However, some believe it is a retaliation twords the totalitarian society.Bill - Moriches, Ny
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!!Jesse - L.a., Ca
21:12 is military time for 9:12 PM. 9/12 (September 12) is Neil Pearts birthday.Jake - Bellevue, Ia
Interesting to note that for recent performances of "2112" (on "Different Stages," for example,) the band have played it a whole step down. (Thus, the first two chords after the swooshing noise are D and Gm, instead of E and Am. This is presumably to give Geddy's voice a bit of deserved rest. Geddy and Alex seem to be using instruments tuned flat for this purpose, as to keep familiar fingering.Brian - Taipei, Taiwan
In the Showcase series "Trailer Park Boys", there is an episode where Rush is involved. When Ricky goes to Alex Lifeson's hotel room, the room number is #2112Ed - London, Canada
Can someone tell me what the name of the Rush song is that's like twelve minutes long and has some weird voices on it?Ashley - Moncton, Canada
great song, the first time i heard it, i was hookedPhil - Niagara Falls, Canada
If you watch "Willy Wonka" and start playing "2112" when wonka gets his walking stick stuck in the ground, the song seems to match up with the movie. Like, the second the kid pretends to shoot wonka the music gets real loud and energetic. And when they walk into the room with the waterfall, Discovery starts which has a waterfall sound in it. And when they are on the boat the same waterfall sound is heard from soliloquy. I found it cool. It also goes along with a passage to bangkok and lessons, but the rest doesnt make any sense.Derek - Monroe, Ct
awesome albumKeith - Shamokin, Pa
if moving pictures is a concept album thats the first i've heard of it.and tony from lindenhurst,ny. is exactly right about the story and it's influence.the futuristic guitar player ends up committing suicide at the end of the story.Brad - Streator, Il
Ive never heard all of 2112, only Overture and Temples of Syrinx because they are the two feature the most on their collection cds. Rush is purely AMAZING...and Canadian!Shana - Pembroke, Canada
That's right, Thomas of Victoria. In fact, I still have that particular issue of 'Defenders' in my personal comic book collection, and can't believe that I forgot to post this bit as a Songfact. Perhaps you should, since you pointed this out.Jeff - Haltom City, Tx
The water heard in Discovery is a waterfall. The story in the lyrics sheet tells of the narrator going to a waterfall cave were he finds the guitar.Mike - Clinton, Ma
This song inspired a "Defenders" comic book issue
-Thomas, Victoria, BC
Thomas - Victoria, Canada
There is a hidden feature (easter egg) on the RUSH IN RIO DVD on the second disc that if you select the 2nd multi-angle video let it begin then go back to menu then select the 1st multi-angle video let it begin then go back to the menu then 1st again, then 2nd again "2nd-1st-1st-2nd" it will open a video from 1975, Anthem.Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington
This song was not intentionally based on anything that Ayn Rand wrote, but came out that way in the end. As lyricist/drummer Neil Peart said in a 1991 "Rockline" interview: "The inspiration behind it was ... It's difficult always to trace those lines because so many things tend to coalesce, and in fact it ended up being quite similar to a book called Anthem by the writer Ayn Rand. But I didn't realize that while I was working on it, and then eventually as the story came together, the parallels became obvious to me and I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't want to be a plagiarist here.' So I did give credit to her writings in the liner notes."Thomas - Pittsburgh, Pa
Ayn Rand's novel "Anthem" depicts with a totalitarian society where the government controls each person's life, even assigning occupations. The hero of the novel, a street sweeper, working in secret in an abandoned subway tunnel, manages to rediscover the electric light bulb. When he brings his discovery to the government, he is punished for his originality.
In 2112, the hero rediscovers the electric guitar, with similar results.
The segment entitled "Discovery" even takes us down into the tunnel with the hero (we hear the echoing sound of running water as the segment begins)
Tony - Lindenhurst, Ny
Nah, I never considered this a "concept-album". Side one of the album does tell a complete story, while side two is a bunch of individual songs, that don't seem to fit in with any sort of concept. Rush would release several concept albums in the 1980s and 1990s, the first of these probably being "Moving Pictures", however.Jeff - Haltom City, Tx