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Rush - 2112

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Released: March 1976
Certified Gold by RIAA: November 16, 1977 -- Certified Platinum by RIAA: February 25, 1981 -- Certified 2x Platinum by RIAA: December 1, 1993 -- Certified 3x Platinum by RIAA: November 17, 1995
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 61
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The Year 2112 Arrives In
2111-12-31 28:00:00 GMT+00:00 (EST)

Liner Notes

"I lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of Megadon. City and sky become one, merging into a single plane, a vast sea of unbroken grey. The Twin Moons, just two pale orbs as they trace their way across the steely sky. I used to think I had a pretty good life here, just plugging into my machine for the day, then watching Templevision or reading a Temple Paper in the evening.

My friend Jon always said it was nicer here than under the atmospheric domes of the Outer Planets. We have had peace since 2062, when the surving planets were banded together under the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The less fortunate gave us a few new moons.

I believed what I was told, I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found something that changed it all..."

-Anonymous, 2112
Alex Lifeson - guitars
Neil Peart - percussion
Geddy Lee - bass and vocals

Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
Engineered by Terry Brown
Arrangements by Rush and Terry Brown
Recorded and mixed at Toronto Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario
Mastered by Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine
Roadmaster - Howard (Herns) Ungerleider
Roadcrew - Major Ian Grandy, L.B.L.B., Skip (Detroit Slider) Gildersleeve

Graphics - Hugh Syme
Photography - Yosh Inouye, Gérard Gentil (Band)

Management by Ray Danniels, SRO Management, Inc., Toronto
Executive Production - Moon Records

A very special thank you to Ray, Vic, Terry, Howard, Ian, Liam, Skip, and Hugh for sharing the load.

Special guest Hugh Syme - keyboards on 'Tears'

Special thanks to ......(insert your name here)

© 1976 Mercury Records © 1976 Anthem Entertainment

With acknowledgement to the genius of Ayn Rand
  • Rush: Speeding Ahead - RPM Weekly Magazine, April 1976
  • Rush Goes Into Future Shock - Music Will Not Exist in 2112 - Circus Magazine, April 1976
  • Rush's Concept is Rock and Roll - Scene Magazine, June 1976
  • Rush to Judgement - Creem Magazine, June 1977
  • We Have Assumed Control - Sounds Magazine, June 1977

  • Track Listing (click on any track for the lyrics)

    1. 2112 (20:34)
    2. A Passage to Bangkok (3:34)
    3. The Twilight Zone (3:17)
    4. Lessons (3:51)
    5. Tears (3:31)
    6. Something For Nothing (3:59)

    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    I. Overture
    "And the meek shall inherit the earth."

    II. Temples of Syrinx
    ..."The massive grey walls of the Temples rise from the Heart of every Federation city. I have always been awed by them, to think that every single facet of every life is regulated and directed from within! Our books, our music, our work and play are all looked after by the benevolent wisdom of the priests..."

    We've taken care of everything
    The words you read
    The songs you sing
    The pictures that give pleasure
    To your eye
    One for all and all for one
    Work together
    Common sons
    Never need to wonder
    How or why

    We are the Priests
    Of the Temples of Syrinx
    Our great computers
    Fill the hallowed halls
    We are the Priests
    Of the Temples of Syrinx
    All the gifts of life
    Are held within our walls

    Look around this world we made
    Our stock in trade
    Come and join the Brotherhood
    Of Man
    What a nice contented world
    Let the banners
    Be unfurled
    Hold the Red Star proudly
    High in hand.

    III. Discovery
    ..."Behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room that was hidden beneath the cave, I found it. I brushed away the dust of the years, and picked it up, holding it reverently in my hands. I had no idea what it might be, but it was beautiful"...

    ..."I learned to lay my fingers across the wires, and to turn the keys to make them sound differently. As I struck the wires with my other hand, I produced my first harmonious sounds, and soon my own music! How different it could be from the music of the Temples! I can't wait to tell the priests about it! ..."

    What can this strange device be?
    When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
    It's got wires that vibrate, and give music
    What can this thing be that I found?

    See how it sings like a sad heart
    And joyously screams out its pain
    Sounds that build high like a mountain
    Or notes that fall gently, like rain.

    I can't wait to share this new wonder
    The people will all see its light
    Let them all make their own music
    The Priests praise my name on this night.

    IV. Presentation
    ..."In the sudden silence as I finished playing, I looked up to a circle of grim, expressionless faces. Father Brown rose to his feet, and his somnolent voice echoed throughout the silent Temple Hall"...

    ..."Instead of the grateful joy that I expected, they were words of quiet rejection! Instead of praise, sullen dismissal. I watched in shock and horror as Father Brown ground my precious instrument to splinters beneath his feet..."

    I know it's most unusual
    To come before you so
    But I've found an ancient miracle
    I thought that you should know
    Listen to my music
    And hear what it can do
    There's something here as strong as life
    I know that it will reach you.

    The Priests:

    Yes, we know
    It's nothing new
    It's just a waste of time
    We have no need for ancient ways
    Our world is doing fine
    Another toy
    That helped destroy
    The elder race of man
    Forget about your silly whim
    It doesn't fit the plan

    I can't believe you're saying
    These things just can't be true
    Our world could use this beauty
    Just think what we might do

    The Priests:

    Don't annoy us further
    We have our work to do.
    Just think about the average
    What use have they for you?

    V. Oracle: The Dream
    ..."I guess it was a dream, but even now it all seems so vivid to me. Clearly yet I see the beckoning hand of the oracle as he stood at the summit of the staircase"...

    ..."I see still the incredible beauty of the sculptured cities, and the pure spirit of man revealed in the lives and works of this world. I was overwhelmed by both wonder and understanding as I saw a completely different way to life, a way that had been crushed by the Federation long ago. I saw now how meaningless life had become with the loss of all these things..."

    I wandered home though the silent streets
    And fell into a fitful sleep
    Escape to realms beyond the night
    Dream - can't you show me the light

    I stand atop a spiral stair
    An oracle confronts me there
    He leads me on, light years away
    Through astral nights, galactic days

    I see the works of gifted hands
    Grace this strange and wondrous land
    I see the hand of man arise
    With hungry mind and open eyes

    They left the planet long ago
    The elder race still learn and grow
    Their power grows with purpose strong
    To claim the home where they belong

    Home to tear the Temples down
    Home to change -

    VI. Soliloquy
    ..."I have not left this cave for days now, it has become my last refuge in my total despair. I have only the music of the waterfall to comfort me now. I can no longer live under the control of the Federation, but there is no other place to go. My last hope is that with my death I may pass into the world of my dream, and know peace at last."

    The sleep is still in my eyes
    The dream is still in my head
    I heave a sigh, and sadly smile
    And lie a while in bed

    I wish that it might come to pass
    Not fade like all my dreams
    Just think of what my life might be
    In a world like I have seen

    I don't think I can carry on
    This cold and empty life

    My spirits are low, in the depths of despair
    My lifeblood
    Spills over....

    VII. The Grand Finale
    Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
    Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
    Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation

    We have assumed control.
    We have assumed control.
    We have assumed control.

    A Passage to Bangkok
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Our first stop is in Bogota
    To check Colombian fields
    The natives smile and pass along
    A sample of their yield
    Sweet Jamaican pipe dreams
    Golden Acapulco nights
    Then Morocco, and the East,
    Fly by morning light

    We're on the train to Bangkok
    Aboard the Thailand Express
    We'll hit the stops along the way
    We only stop for the best

    Wreathed in smoke in Lebanon
    We burn the midnight oil
    The fragrance of Afghanistan
    Rewards a long day's toil
    Pulling into Katmandu
    Smoke rings fill the air
    Perfumed by a Nepal night
    The Express gets you there

    The Twilight Zone
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    A pleasant faced man steps up to greet you
    He smiles and says he's pleased to meet you
    Beneath his hat the strangeness lies
    Take it off, he's got three eyes
    Truth is false and logic lost
    Now the fourth dimension is crossed

    You have entered the Twilight Zone
    Beyond this world strange things are known
    Use the key, unlock the door
    See what your fate might have in store
    Come explore your dreams' creation
    Enter this world of imagination

    Wake up lost in an empty town
    Wondering why no one else is around
    Look up to see a giant boy
    You've just become his brand new toy
    No escape, no place to hide
    Here where Time and Space collide

    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Alex Lifeson

    Sweet memories  Flashing very quickly by
    Reminding me  Giving me a reason why
    I know that  My goal is more than a thought
    I'll be there  When I teach what I've been taught

    You know we've told you before
    But you didn't hear us then
    So you still question why
    You didn't listen again

    Sweet memories  I never thought it would be like this
    Reminding me  Just how close I came to missing
    I know that  This is the way for me to go
    You'll be there  When you know what I know

    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Geddy Lee

    All of the seasons
    And all of the days
    All of the reasons
    Why I've felt this way
    So long
    So long

    Then lost in that feeling
    I looked in your eyes
    I noticed emotion
    And that you had cried
    For me
    I can see

    What would touch me deeper
    Tears that fall from eyes
    That only cry?
    Would it touch you deeper
    Than tears that fall from eyes
    That know why?

    A lifetime of questions
    Tears on your cheek
    I tasted the answers
    And my body was weak
    For you
    The truth

    Something For Nothing
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Waiting for the winds of change
    To sweep the clouds away
    Waiting for the rainbow's end
    To cast its gold your way
    Countless ways
    You pass the days

    Waiting for someone to call
    And turn your world around
    Looking for an answer to
    The question you have found
    Looking for
    An open door

    You don't get something for nothing
    You don't get freedom for free
    You won't get wise
    With the sleep still in your eyes
    No matter what your dreams might be

    What you own is your own kingdom
    What you do is your own glory
    What you love is your own power
    What you live is your own story
    In your head is the answer
    Let it guide you along
    Let your heart be the anchor
    And the beat of your own song