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Geddy Lee (Rockline, Dec 4 1989): "The song is about freedom of choice and free will, and you believing in what you decide you believe in."
Neil Peart: "Lotus-land as it appears in 'Free Will' is simply a metaphor for an idealized background, a 'land of milk and honey.' It is sometimes also used as a pejorative name for Los Angeles, though that was not in my mind when I wrote it."
From the Rush FAQ: Lotus-land is mentioned in The Odyssey, where Odysseus goes to the land of the lotus-eaters. The people hang out and eat lotus petals, and are perfectly happy but basically brainless. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for all above)
In 1993, no movie was made about this song. You're thinking of Free Willy, which is about a boy and his love for a killer whale.
This song uses somewhat strange time signature changes. The time signature alternates 6/4, 7/4, 6/4, 7/4, 6/4, 8/4 and repeats during the first verse. (thanks, Billy - Miami, OH)
The lyric, "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice" was originally written "If you choose not to decide, you cannot have made a choice," but was later changed to make more sense logically. (thanks, Matthew Daubert - Mequon, WI)
The Permanent Waves album marked the band's transition from epic length tracks to more compact songs, generating increases in both radio airplay and album sales. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots
The STP drummer talks about how they write their songs, and how the process is different now that Chester Bennington has replaced Scott Weiland.
Webb talks about his classic songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park."
Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.
"Missing You" was a spontaneous outpouring of emotion triggered by a phone call. John tells that story and explains what MTV meant to his career.