Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In between the bright lights
And the far unlit unknown

Growing up it all seems so one-sided
Opinions all provided
The future pre-decided
Detached and subdivided
In the mass production zone

this is and ever shall be a song about alienation, about being young and cast out. i was there. were you? and here we are now.

Nowhere is the dreamer
Or the misfit so alone

it happened, didn’t it? it did.

In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out

In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out

at this point we pause and pledge not to cast anyone out. please. inclusion.

Any escape might help to smooth
The unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe
The restless dreams of youth

these things happen. and hurt when they do. this song takes me back many decades, and also brings to mind things things happening now, not necessarily to me. onward:

Drawn like moths we drift into the city
The timeless old attraction
Cruising for the action
Lit up like a firefly
Just to feel the living night

yes. drawn, into the night, searching.

Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight

not selling my dreams for anything. but not to say they’ve never been sold. they have.

Somewhere out of a memory
Of lighted streets on quiet nights…

i’ll go for a small walk on those streets tonight, here in the suburbs. and i’ll remember younger days and be glad for what is.

good night.


9 thoughts on “subdivisions

  1. Thank you for this….and expecially this..
    “not selling my dreams for anything. but not to say they’ve never been sold. they have.”
    amen..never again..

  2. “Subdivisions” is my second-favorite Rush song. I always liked the fact that Rush seemed to be one of those bands who was able to carry social consciousness in their music into the ’80s and early ’90s, when rock seemed to ditch those roots and turn towards topics like sex, drugs and fast cars.

  3. I *heart* Rush! Always have, always will. Subdivisions, The Trees and Closer to the Heart are three of my favorites because the words always got me thinking and feeling things that seemed so much more important than the usual high school crap. Damn…I need to go out and buy Chronicles now…yeah…

  4. i have many of their cds, but the ubergeek who works where i work keeps telling me he has pretty much everything rush ever recorded, in mp3s, on one cd. and he tells me this, and then he forgets to make me a copy.

    it drives me crazy, just thinking of such a wonderous thing.

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