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"Subdivisions" is a song by Canadian progressive rock group, Rush, 
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Rush Subdivisions 1982 Single Cover

released as the second single from their 1982 album, Signals.The song has been a staple of the band's live performances, is played regularly on classic-rock radio, and appears on several greatest-hits compilations. It was released as a single in 1982, and despite limited success on the UK charts, the song had significant airplay in Great Britain.[citation needed] In the United States, it charted at #8 on the Album Rock Tracks chart.[1] Played live prior to its release, numerous pre-release live versions have circulated among collectors for years.Contents  [hide] 1 About2 Personnel3 Music video4 Covers5 See also6 ReferencesAbout[edit] The song is a commentary on societal pressure to adopt a certain lifestyle, whether the "cool" youth culture or a comfortable, mundane suburban existence in a housing subdivision. Anyone who does not conform to these expectations is regarded as an outcast."Subdivisions" was one of five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010. The band asked Jacob Moon to perform his version of the song at the gala in their absence.[2]The song became available as downloadable content for the music video game Rock Band 3 on November 2, 2010, in Basic rhythm as well as PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar, bass guitar, and standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits in addition to vocals.[3][4] "Subdivisions"MENU0:00"Subdivisions" from Signals.Problems playing this file? See media help.Personnel[edit] Geddy Lee - lead vocals, bass, synthesizers (Oberheim OB-X, Minimoog)Alex Lifeson - guitarNeil Peart - drumsMusic video[edit] The promotional video scenes were filmed in the Toronto, Canada area. The downtown scenes were filmed in downtown Toronto, while the suburbs scenes were filmed in Scarborough, Ontario, near Warden and Finch Avenues. The high school scenes were filmed at L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, in the same area. The video also features scenes of the Don Valley Parkway and a busy TTC subway station. The student that walks downtown in the video is Dave Glover, a student at the L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute at the time.[citation needed]Covers[edit] A version of "Subdivisions" appears on Jacob Moon's The Loop (Signpost, 2008), as well as in a viral online video of him playing the song solo live on a rooftop.PS I Love You covers "Subdivisions" on their 2011 Paper Bag Records release "Figure It Out".Rhode Island-based solo artist Andrew Lima covered "Subdivisions" on his debut covers album "Rediscoveries"(2011)[5]Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum covered the song on their 2013 album "Beyond" as a bonus track in the Limited Edition release.


Lyrics



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 predecided 

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...  

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

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