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Rush — Freewill
Album: Permanent Waves
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Total ratings: 369

Released: 1980
Length: 5:16
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There are those who think that life
Has nothing left to chance
With a host of holy horrors
To direct our aimless dance

A planet of playthings
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
“The stars aren’t aligned –
Or the gods are malign”
Blame is better to give than receive

You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose free will.

There are those who think that
They were dealt a losing hand
The cards were stacked against them
They weren’t born in Lotus-Land.

All pre-ordained
A prisoner in chains
A victim of venomous fate
Kicked in the face
You can’t pray for a place
In Heaven’s unearthly estate

Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt
That’s far too fleet…
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Love Rush
Beauty! So much better than RHCP.
Feels like a cross between great rock and roll and a college essay.
Wow, on main mix!!! Awesome!
One of the best groups live...ever. Miss you Neil.
 sdn wrote:
What kind of weirdo would rate this a 1?
It would feel weird if someone didn't rate this a 1.  


Soooooooooo awesome.
I still remember their fabulous concert in the Netherlands many, many years ago. ..... so fantastic.
Always loved the prog- reggae riff in this.
Thanks for getting a little more Rush into the line up. Just - thanks.
 sdn wrote:
What kind of weirdo would rate this a 1?

Their Gods are malign
This song is nothing short of brilliant!...  I've always regarding it as a master class in musicianship and sheer technical proficiency.  As well, I only believe that musicians can truly appreciate what's going on here - sort of like looking at a blackboard filled with mathematical equations and saying "wow!", yet not actually understanding what one is viewing unless a mathematician.
RIP Neil...  Flashbacks to the opening of their show - 1982, Moving Pictures tour, Detroit;  the hair on the back of my neck is standing just thinking about it!
 sdn wrote:
What kind of weirdo would rate this a 1?

Someone what don't know nothin' 'bout music. Or someone's cat.
Farewell to a King, an inspiration to us all.
 sdn wrote:
What kind of weirdo would rate this a 1?
Not this weirdo...I went with an initial rating (first hearing here for me) of 8 and looking forward to hearing more Rush with Neil's passing....Long Live RP and RIP Mr. Peart!!
relatively unclassifiable sound. huge breadth. amazing musicianship. 

it is insane for anyone to dislike all of Rush. Only the most ignorant would suggest such a thing.
RIP Neil Peart.  It seems we are losing those who help human flourishing, leaving us with the venal and petty.  Somehow, I think, Neil would disagree with this.  That thought is heartening.
We will miss you Neil!
Neil shines on this (and all others).
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Thank  you for playing.  I've had  tears in my eyes since Friday!! Long live Rush and Radio Paradise!
RIP from Oregon as well
One of my all-time favorite songs from my favorite band. So positive in the face of life's troubles and uncertainty. Glad to see this on the main channel and long live Rush!
RIP Neil Peart, you were one, if not the best at your craft.
RIP Neil Peart.  Ecxellence.  
R.I.P. Neil
Amazing album cover  deserves at least rate 8 !
What kind of weirdo would rate this a 1?
Damn, that guitar solo!  Hell, they're ALL soloing in that passage!  Great!
An appropriate anthem. 
Yes! More Rush!
Yay much much more of this please
Yes. More of this,please!