Rush drummer Neil Peart wrote the lyrics about how his generation started off great - concerned with peace and love - but in the end the ended far off: "It's a far cry from the world we thought we'd inherit." It also talks about the homeless and dependency on electronics.
Eric from Bend, OrRush is one of my favorite bands, and I think this is a good song, but this song (and its style) is not among my favorites of Rush. Rush has changed their style several times throughout their history; Presto and Counterparts (and maybe Roll The Bones) so far are the only albums of Rush's that I like since their change back to a more guitar-driven sound. I've never been much of a metal or hard rock fan, and I feel a little alienated at Rush's change in style. Then again, I am thankful for their change in styles, as some of my favorite Rush music is their 80s stuff, as well as some of their early 90s stuff.
Allison from A Little Ol' Town In, MiI love this song. I am not a metal fan but that sounded great. I LOVE RUSH!!! I was kind of anxious about how they would fare in 2007 and wondered if they would have the same soudn that they had before, but it was totally worth it going for another album. Most classic bands aren't cut out to survive this long, but like the Stones and Aerosmith, I think Rush can do it just as well or maybe better then those bands
Kevin from New York, NdAWESOME metal intro great solid song BRINGS out the best of Rush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John from Asheville, NcVery strong album opener. Song grows on you like crazy even though the first listen is solid to begin. My son, who's not really into Rush, grabbed onto this tune quickly.
Michael from Frederick, MdGreat opener from what I feel is Rush's best CD since Grace Under Pressure. Many of the cuts from "Snakes and Arrows" are just awesome to see live... this one especially.
Paul from Rothesay, New Brunswick , CanadaThe story goes that Geddy and Alex had come up with the music for this track during a time when lyricist/drummer Neil Peart wasn't around. He was traveling back and forth from the States during the recording of the album. Geddy happened upon some old lyrics that Neil had left behind, and found that they fit with the music that Lee/Lifeson had created.