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Freewill (song)


Freewill (song)

Single by Rush
from the album Permanent Waves
B-side "Jacob's Ladder"
Released January 1, 1980
Format vinyl record (7" / 12")
Recorded 1979, Le Studio, Quebec
Genre Hard rock, Progressive rock
Length 5:23
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
Producer Rush and Terry Brown

Permanent Waves track listing
"The Spirit of Radio"
"Jacob's Ladder"
Exit...Stage Left track listing
"Tom Sawyer"

Freewill is the second track on progressive rock band Rush's 1980 album Permanent Waves. It is written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with lyrics by Neil Peart. The song's lyrics deal with the subject of free will, emphasizing that free will is not a gift but rather a choice; explaining that Man can attempt to evade the fact that he must choose, but that evasion is itself a choice.[1]

Geddy Lee has stated that the end part of "Freewill" is at the highest part of his vocal range.[2] An early version of this song along with "The Spirit of Radio" were played on the Permanent Waves Warm-Up Tour in late 1979.

See also

  • List of Rush songs


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