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Song Stories

“2112”

Rush | 1976

When Neil Peart took over as main songwriter for Rush, the Toronto-based prog rockers' songs suddenly took on a more imaginative and cinematic scope. And this was never more evident than on the title track of 2112, which tells the story of a man discovering a guitar during a time in the future when music is forbidden. As Peart explained, "I dreamt up this story of music being invented against a dystopian, totalitarian society." The drummer and lyricist would also admit to being inspired by the writing of Samuel R. Delany and Ayn Rand, specifically the latter's The Fountainhead and Anthem.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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