Freewill Lyrics - Rush
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There are those who think that life has nothing left to chance take,
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 freewill.
There are those who think that they were dealt a losing hand,
The cards were stacked against them; they weren't born in Lotusland.
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.
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt that's far too fleet.
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Lyrics for the ages!!! | Reviewer: C Sense | 3/26/14
Freewill. These lyrics are simply brilliant, thought provoking and inspirational. Through the ages, most humans who were never forcibly indoctrinated into specific religions, have been gratefully aware of the powerful meaning of this concept. Others were killed by zealotry...think Spanish Inquisition. Fortunately, The Information Age is allowing more people in than ever before when it comes to seeing the real 'truth'. Humanist numbers are growing...
Why wouldn't you choose Freewill??
Is there free will | Reviewer: ANNIE LACEY | 11/14/13
Did you ever fell in love at first sight? How we came to be together Ididn't have much choice over. The 30 years we lived together we did of our own free will. So, I don't have any answers. My husband came from a family of classical musicians. I would say that Rush are now certainly world class musicians.I've been listening since the late 70's.By the way,I think I'll wear my RUSH ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME T shirt to church this Sunday. Peace.
song lyricks for Awarness Of Nothing | Reviewer: theresa constantineau | 6/26/13
I can vaguely remember the rythem of the sun shine rain and I can tell that the pictures on the wall have been perfectly arranged I look backward and forward and try to recapture it all this awareness of nothing is driving me straight up the wall
choice | Reviewer: stacey | 3/29/13
This song served as a reminder to me that i must make my own choices or they will inevitably be made for me. By choosing not to decide, that is still making a choicce, but one which leads to no action on my part. I must choose to believe in my god each day and make the effort and by doing so, i am exercising the free will he gave me. Stacey
Tired of Neil's anti-religion insanity | Reviewer: Mr. Spin | 11/20/12
I like Rush, but the more recent albums seems to have anti-religion themes in almost every song. Neil himself admitted he has wrestled to come to grips with the belief systems of so many people around him in Canada and the Southeastern U.S. I find that so many of those that talk about religious tolerance are so intolerant of Christians.
But don't get me wrong, I still think Rush kicks ass. I just skip over the songs that go nuts with the atheistic themes.
Surrendering Freedom. | Reviewer: Ralph Yancy Emerson | 3/7/12
By exercising the act of free will you are choosing the higher path of good. In Service to Evil is chosen servitude. If you look at the Devil card in the Tarot, the man an woman chained at the feet on Bezelbub have collars the are loose enough to remove themselves at will. To surrender your free will is to let Evil take control of your life.
The real meaning behind Freewill | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/9/12
Freewill is a song Neil wrote as a tribute to Ayn Rand and her philosophy called Objectivism. Google it. So in a lot of ways it is very much anti-religion and anti-government if you know anything about Rand's philosophy.
My interpretation of the real purpose of this song. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/8/12
In this world we have been brought up in we all end up as either unknowing puppets of satan doing more damage to those around us then we could ever imagine. or we are knowingly spirits of god. ALL drugs take away our self controll even marijuanna and take us off gods plan for us. If everyone in the world realized this to be true and listened to Rush, Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Kansas, and SWITCHFOOT the new album in context, you can learn and grow spiritually alot.
My view | Reviewer: Nobody | 11/5/11
I am personally a religious person, and I don't take this song as an attack on religion, but an assertion of freewill. Ultimately that is everyone's right, choice to follow or not follow.
Religious people often overlook the reality of religious hypocrisy which forces people at times to assert their natural right to exercise free will.
Favorite Rush Song from a Christian | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/9/11
Well said DRange.
Donny Wallace - it was John Calvin that proposed pre-destination and this is not believed by all Protestants. "Whosoever belives in Him shall not perish" (Freewill).
Great civil discussion here on an awsome song from one of the greatest bands.
Kind of a causality catch 22 | Reviewer: DRange | 8/17/11
Here's the true beauty of this song: some topics have a strange way of justifying themselves. Agree or disagree, atheist or religious, pro, con or neutral, simply by WRITING here and registering your opinion or non-opinion, you are doing this song and topic justice, and I'm sure, pleasing the author in doing so!
A Matter of Choice | Reviewer: Jessica Deamer | 7/23/11
Freewill is stating that the writer chooses to take responsibility for his own actions, or inactions, to be the master of his own destiny and not leave it to fate ("I will choose a path that's clear/I will choose freewill"), nor to not blame his potential failure on, or credit his success to, fate, god, whatever ("Blame is better to give than receive").
Moreover, he suggests that in order to do so, he will not subscribe to the philosophies or control of religion ("There are those who think that life has nothing left to chance take,
A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance.").
However, he does not direct or instruct the rest of us what decisions to make, allowing us to make our own decisions about whether to subscribe to religious thought ("You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice."), agnosticism ("If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice"), or superstitions ("You can choose from phantom fears").
However, he does point out that to blame one's failures, or lack of success, on fate, the gods, etc., is an abdication of responsibility, of thought, or decision ("There are those who think that they were dealt a losing hand,/
The cards were stacked against them/.../All preordained/ A prisoner in chains/A victim of venomous fate.").
Finally, he gives his take on the concepts of eternal life, on the concept of being created in god's image and on the concept of a benevolent, empowering god: he rejects them, we're genetic, not god's creations ("Genetic blends"), are not directed or predestined ("With uncertain ends") and there is no eternal life ("On a fortune hunt that's far too fleet."), fleet meaning short, quick.
Is this a pro-Christian, or pro-religion song? No. Nor is it an anti-Christian or anti-religious song. It is simply a song stating the author's belief that there is no god, according to his belief/non-belief, and that we are masters of our own destiny, if we choose to be.
For further evidence of this philosophy, look up the lyrics to Rush's more recent song, "Faithless":
"I don't have faith in faith,/I don't believe in belief/You can call me faithless,/ You can call me faithless,/But I still cling to hope/And I believe in love,/And that's faith enough for me"
Correction on Free Will lyrics. | Reviewer: Donny Wallace | 7/17/11
Giddy never said in the interview if the song is Christian or not- the writer for the site made that up. But if I am going strictly by the lyrics and nothing else the song says "you can't pray for a place in Heaven's unearthly estate". It has already been stated earlier in the song that the words before this point are "there are those who believe". The explicit implication is that you definately can pray for a place..." That you are not a prisoner in chains or not based on God's Will from the start of time. So since the song definitely has these words in the lyrics then I will use my free will and interpret them from the only way I have heard these range of words utilized. In particular, so far I only understand them to be used to argue against Protestants telling us that we are damned or saved from the beginning of time by God and no one can affect this decision because it is set in stone from the beginning of time. By the way it is known from carbon dating that Martin Luther inserted the words faith alone into the Bible which creates a contradiction with James who also tells us that faith without works is dead. Reread that verse of the lyrics- I think if you are willing to be honest then you will admit that it is a Christian statement against Protestantism. If you say anything else that is your free will but understand the lyrics are words that are used in a Christian sense about 100% of the time.
Song Meaning according to Geddy Lee | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/7/11
"The song is about freedom of choice and free will, and you believing in what you decide you believe in." - Geddy Lee, in the December 4, 1989 "Rockline" interview
Straight from Geddy Lee himself. There was no Anti-Religious or Anti-War context in the song when Neil Peart wrote the Lyrics.
Just like many have chosen their interpretations of the song, they have free will to make their choice of the songs meaning.
I personally love the song and what it stands for.
I wish today's music was as deep and thought provoking as this. Now music is just shallow and the some musicians have the record label execs as their puppeteer.
Not every song is anti-religion | Reviewer: Brian | 5/5/11
I think 90% of lyric interpretations I read on the internet, someone tries to twist the words into some anti-religion theme. While I'm sure there are many songs criticizing organized religion, I sometimes thin atheists and agnostics trip all over themselves trying to prove their point.
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