Songfacts®: You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.
This song was written about how narrow minded and judgmental people can get when confined to certain group of people, like those in the suburbs. This is shown in the chorus: "Subdivisions. In the high school halls. In the shopping malls. Conform or be cast out." It tells of how when you don't meet a certain standard you are basically shunned. (thanks, Chris - Bradenton, FL)
From Success Under Pressure: "After ploughing through countless children's adventure stories, Neil (Peart) went on to develop a passion for fantasy and science fiction works, which provided him with an element of escapism from the grim reality of everyday life in suburbia. In fact, this was a theme he later touched upon with the song "Subdivisions," which he describes as "an exploration of the background from which all of us (and probably most of our audience) have sprung."
Mark Dailey, evening newscaster and "The Voice" of Toronto television station City-TV and also MuchMusic, is the voice that repeats the chorus line "Subdivisions." (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 2)
Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash
The Wishbone Ash guitarist on how touring with The Who inspired one of their most enduring songs, and why they moved to America at the peak of their powers.
La La Brooks of The Crystals
The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."
One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."
Jason co-wrote many of Colbie Caillat's hits, including "Bubbly" and "Realize."