Occupy WallStreet As Described By Rush

No, not Limbaugh, not that Rush.  You know – Rush.

I had to drive cross-state yesterday on a sales call, so I grabbed some CD’s to play, and one was Gold, by Rush – a compilation of their biggest hits.  The Trees struck an appropriate chord.

At the very least, you’ve got some Neil Peart percussive excellence to jump-start your morning…

There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their please.

The trouble with the maples,
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade.

There is trouble in the forest,
And the creatures all have fled,
As the maples scream “Oppression!”
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
“The oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light.”
Now there’s no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.

5 Responses to Occupy WallStreet As Described By Rush

  • Gosh, when you take a little Ayn Rand and mix a bit of Neitchze and put it to music, it sounds cool! Rock on!

  • I contend that Alex Lifeson, as a phenomenal guitarist, is the “weak link” in the band’s musicianship. Bought a black and white fender jazz bass back in 1999 because I like Geddy Lee’s chops.

  • Heh. Some “weak link”, Tex, but I know what you mean.

    No doubt Peart is heavily influenced by Rand and much of Rush’s music reflects it. However, like in the case of the Trees a point is made – the consequences of an error identified. The same tale could have easily been penned by a Catholic.

    There is a lesson about nature, and about what really constitutes justice and what doesn’t. A perfect example where us Catholics confront this is when advocating for the unborn. To many pro-aborts it is a matter of perceiving the natural differences between men and women as a matter of injustice, rather than simply a difference. They want to turn nature on its head and force-fit their idea of justice however blunt and regardless of a higher order of morality or ethics. Whether some, many, or all die or are maimed in the process of this “correction”, it doesn’t matter to them.

  • I’ve loved this song since I was a teen, and I never, ever read it as an endorsement of that type of, er, Randian lumberjacking. Rather as a be-careful-of-what-you-wish-for tale, a satire of unjust false “equality”. Harrison Bergeron meets progressive rock.

    But Alex, please turn down the phasing, we want your music to be dizzying, not your effects pedals.

  • Great just what I needed – a push to go on my 20th Rush kick since high school.
    I have a test tomorrow – curse you! ; )

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