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Rush - Freewill - Lyrics Meaning

The song 'Freewill', is a 1980s song featured on the album Permanent Waves and was written and performed by the band Rush. The song speaks of freewill, or a person having that will. Some lyrics are: "I will choose a path that's clear - I will choose freewill." The song has a strong meaning to it and it's easy to misunderstand the song's true meanings.

The song also speaks of misfortune and hardships ("all preordained - a prisoner in chains"). Neil Peart (Rush songwriter and band member) really emphasizes on the fact of obtaining freewill. According to Rush, the feel of the song and its album was in concert to a surreal feeling of their experiences of the '80s.

Even today the song has a strong symbolism. If you think that choices are hard now, in fact they have always been - but you do have a choice in it all. The song teaches, you don't have to be alone in this world and people don't have to make decisions for you. The artists want you to realize this. Still a lot of people don't think that they have the power to choose without discord; just think long and hard enough, everyone has freewill.

Meanings of other songs by Rush:
Tom Sawyer
Fly by Night
The Trees

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