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Subdivisions

by Rush

Lyrics

Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In between the bright lights
full lyrics
Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In between the bright lights
full lyrics

Features of This Track

electric rock instrumentation
jazz influences
varying tempo and time signatures
call and answer vocal harmony (Antiphony)
repetitive melodic phrasing
demanding instrumental part writing
a clear focus on recording studio production
groove based composition
mixed minor & major key tonality
heavy syncopation
melodic songwriting
electric guitar riffs
an electric guitar solo
a dynamic male vocalist
prominent use of synth
subtle use of strings
prominent drums
political lyrics
use of odd meter
emphasis on instrumental arranging

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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Comments

The lyrics just stun me!! Where does Neil come up with this stuff... It's amazing!!
For 35 years my all time favorite! Smart and so unbelievably talented.
Best band ever
You either like em or hate em no in between,I LOVE EM.one of the most talented bands in the history of rock period a lot of bands owe their existence to rush
Rush still has its hooks on me...
They opened with this song(subdivi s i o n s ) when I saw them this past July. Amazing show.
Saw these guys in November '13! They still F**kin ROCK!!! AMAZING SHOW THEY PUT ON!!!!
Rush is the best band in the universe
What ryhad said.
Great song off a great album. simply mind blowing especially LIVE! This song will never die out musically or lyrically, it Can still relate to how young people interact even today, I couldn't thank these guys enough for all the great music!!
10/10
Saw them on the Grace Under Pressure tour. I was in High School during Rush's 80s Heyday. Subdivisions was REALLY what high school cliques were like. The video for this song was a snapshot of those times.
rushlarz2
Sweet song!
After sifting through the comments, I feel there is little to add. Subdivisions is pure Rush at its best, great live and speaks to almost all of us who ever went to high school.
favorite Rush tune! Youth in the 80's
This is an awesome song by rush!!
Pretty much accurately sums up what growin' up is like, whether in 1982 when this came out, or 31 years later! They opened the current tour with it. And, yep, still the definitive bass tone for me when Ged steps away from the keys to play bass during the chorus.
jefowl
Such a powerful song. The musicianship is amazing, just as all Rush songs are! This is one I could literally listen to continuously and not get tired of. Rush is amazing!!
Cruise to the edge tour march 25-30 2013 out of fort Lauderdale great prog rock tour to Jamaica and gran Cayman.
Great band wish they were on cruise to the edge tour with YES, Steve Hackett Carl Parlmer, Saga tangerine dream, glass hammer.
best.song.ev e r . enough said
djbu2b
This song would be in my top 5 favorite RUSH tunes. RUSH ROCKS!!!
Saw them in Texas..
One of my favorite songs of all time.
stphdriggs
Listen to this with Peter Gabriel's Not One of Us.
Love this song, for all the reasons below.
This song is just awesome..... .
Amazing song, never gets old. Also a great reference for sociology projects. I suggested it to my daughter when she was in high school (she got a A) and I used a couple of quotes for an organization a l behavior class. Rush is timeless, as time passes their work is still relevant. May Rush keep "endlessly rocking"!
a truly magical song--i can never tire from listening to it
"Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone..."
I know that I'll never conform to the hip and happening of todays society.

Never.
Long live rock n' roll, and Rush.
mrazmeritsa
A shear masterpiece. . . I love this song so much that seriously, I want it played at my funeral!
tputland
@mjpiccirill i : AMEN to what you said!
Not an extra note played, not a single note missing.

Subdivisions is perfect. A perfectly weighted equation. Something about this song is very symmetrical in my musical mind. I don't listen to this song; I partake in it.
joeyluca2003
The drumming is just incredible on this track
Luv Neal Peart
mjpiccirilli
One of my favorite songs from this album. It spoke of the alienation I felt back when it came out, and it still has its relevancy now. And...it rocks!
estradacaste r
Its nice to hear subidivions, it still sounds good.
Alex Lifeson is the greatest guitarist of all time. I still don't understand how he plays the solo for Freewill. My hand just don't move that fast. He's playing the rythem & solo both, even live (so it aint studio overdubs). Subdivisions is a classic example of how he can add to a song that was clearly writen on keyboard. Genious !!!
yyztsejam
I completely agree with all of the comments listed here! Subdivisions is one of my favorite Rush songs, it is completely captivating from the very first synth note. I have only had the opportunity to see Rush live just once - hope to at least once more before they hang it up! It is amazing to me that Rush has continued to produce such amazing music over the years, despite personal tragedy (God bless you Neil) and they continue to tour like it's nobody else's business. Rush will live forever!
gb2112
Not only are the lyrics profoundly insightfull, the music is incredible,
the song is just as relevent now as it was over twenty years ago when writtten.
Rush is one of a very few bands that are truly transcendant . Live they are impeccable. Thank you Rush for 30+ years of great music, may there be many more. I hope I can see you a 12th time live. the last 11 are unforgettabl e .
this song kicked a** live Pittsburgh 7-2-08
amazing lyrics, and i love the synth
The synth intro to this song will rattle your ribcage if you see them live, which just happens to be one of my favorite things to do.
My Spanish teacher is obsessed with this song. He says that the lyrics are very profound.
arthur26
One of Rush's best songs ever...simpl y awesome.

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