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Anthem

by Rush

Lyrics

Know your place in life is where you want to be
Don't let them tell you that you owe it all to me
Keep on looking forward, no use in looking 'round
Hold your head above the ground and they won't bring you down
full lyrics
Know your place in life is where you want to be
Don't let them tell you that you owe it all to me
Keep on looking forward, no use in looking 'round
Hold your head above the ground and they won't bring you down
full lyrics

Features of This Track

electric rock instrumentation
extensive vamping
demanding instrumental part writing
intricate melodic phrasing
major key tonality
a vocal-centric aesthetic
electric guitar riffs
an emotional male lead vocal performance
upbeat lyrics

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Comments

Anthrax does a good cover of this Rush classic on their Anthems cover disc.
This song rocked out my daze in 70 s individualit y man yeah!
...and by the way daryl: It is YOU'RE an a**, and not the possessive YOUR.
daryl.hollan d : Why am I an a**? Because I've read more books than your backwater town has managed to burn?
popparthur
Come on! Who doesn't like a little Anthem to put a kick in your step.
daryl.hollan d
Pete crisis your an a**
Rand, Coleridge, Hemingway, Heinlein, Asimov.... Neal Peart ripped them all off.
Truly a progressive rock band--fusing objectivist philosophy with insane musical talent. Magnificent
Don't knock Rush for their Ayn Rand fixation. One, it was 30 years ago. Two, they refer to her characters refusing to conform, and I think that's the main takeaway they have from her work. And that ain't so bad, is it? So everyone get off em. Long live Rush!
neilobennett
Sweet riffs
horrible lyrics - incredible guitar.
I hear this song & immediately expect it to go into 'Bastille Day' before the verse. It was mixed that way in their R30 Overture.
djbu2b
Anthem is a rockin' tune. RUSH ROCKS!!!
Yeah, I've heard that Neil describes himself as a left-liberta r i a n . And the songs based on Rand tend to be based on Anthem (both Anthem and 2112) which is more free spirit themed, as opposed to Atlas Shrugged.
stweinzirl
Rush are artistic/soc i a l libertarians . Neil has said as much in various interviews. It's not so much political as it is standing up against conformity and the pressures put on them by a money-hungry record industry. That's also what 2112 was all about - Neil's words, not mine. I have really hard time believing these guys represent the current accepted definition of libertarian.
samjohnson19 6 8
GEDDY'S bass drives this song
I'm with you Robb! Lirbitarians are a half free, half right sort of people. They think they can make it on their own. They think they have to. These guys have beautiful souls though, even Rand couldn't change that.
ayn's drum fills on this tune are awesome!
peart's drumming in this song is insane!
For me, the devotion to Ayn Rand is the only thing bad about Rush. I'm able to overlook it because Rush is awesome.
yeah, Ayn Rand kicks total a**
I didn't appreciate this song the way I do now before I read the book last year
atlas is shrugging now
I love this song and the Ayn Rand book it was based on!

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