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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)
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks
and how she captured a song from a dream.
As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.