Monday, August 06, 2007

Subdivisions - Aug 6

This is perhaps my favorite Rush song. While YYZ and 2112 are also fantastic, I think this song means the most to me personally. I can definitely empathize with the geek in the video. I see a lot of him in me as I was growing up in Brampton. The footage is in and around Toronto. I did notice the 404/DVP with a TTC train passing by. That maze of roads is where the 401 and the 404 meet. The street shots appear to be Yonge St.. Subdivisions is off the 'Show of Hands' (1988) album and the video was made the same year. The boat/car and the wide lapels look so cheesy now. Lyrics provided by

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

Nowhere is the dreamer
Or the misfit so alone

Subdivisions ---
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
Subdivisions ---
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out
Any escape might help to smooth
The unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe
The restless dreams of youth

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

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

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

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