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There are those who think that life has nothing left to chance,
A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance.

A planet of playthings,
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
"The stars aren't aligned,
Or the gods are...


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    Apr 14th, 2008 4:07pm report

    To the idiot who said this song is about a singer coming out of the closet.....you are a moron. Freewill is about humans having the ability to have the freedom to choose and make their own decisions.


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    May 14th, 2008 5:20pm report

    Neil Peart is inspired by the philosophy of Ann Ryand, who was a devout atheist (notice the oxymoron). For example, in Tom Sawyer: "though his mind is not for rent to any God or government." In this song there are the lines "kicked in the face you can pray for a place in Heaven's unearthly estate." He despises this religiousity and is stating his own philosophy concerning free will. I happen to disagree with him. I think you can both belief in God and recognize the existence of free will. Neil Peart is an exceptional man; but I respectfully disagree with his devout atheism.


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    Feb 28th, 2012 2:34pm report

    Freewill; To me this song means that one does not need a God or a type of religion to be a good person. Some of us do not need a "ready guide in some celestial voice" to guide us in our daily lives. We choose a path that is clear to us and do right by our fellow man all of our own accord.If I choose not to decide on what religion is right, I still have made a choice, a choice of free will to live my life guided by my own good fortunes, not by phantom fears or kindness that can kill. Because this fortune hunt that we call life really is far too fleet.


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    Sep 6th, 2019 9:27pm report

    This song could be about any libertanian or just about any free thinking individual man or woman, not believing or allowing today's ficticious government[s] set-up by men as ''appointed gods'' that they think and believe they are and want to rule over one's mind with their own kind of self righteous and legalized religious laws. by which want to get sovereign freemen to make unhealthy and unchristian choices for themselves that would only profit them in the end. ''if you rent your mind out to them and their unlawful radical ideas''. The protagonist seems to know the workings of this world and oneself well enough to make clear headed choices with a ''freewill'' that one thinks and believes one has to see and control it's outcome. Or in a less positive way this song could be about any human person who has been radically deceived to think and believe that one has a ''freewill'' for choosing and making it's own choices, when one may be in a fallen state of mind. in which one is easily programmed and guided to buy into today's corporational government[s] psychology as a scientific religion without a true God that the false ego lisens to and follows it's choosing, thinking and believing one has a ''freewill'', where freedom is always in question and out of reach.


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    Aug 23rd, 2013 8:36am report

    Man certainly has free will. Otherwise God would be unjust to choose some to be saved and others to be lost based just on his whim.


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    May 2nd, 2011 5:01pm report

    Awesome song its about gay pride and good gay things in life.

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    Apr 9th, 2008 4:30pm report

    It's about the singer coming out of the closet.

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    Apr 21st, 2007 4:41pm report

    I thought Neil had a mate in jail at the time called 'Will', and he wanted him to be released....only kidding....roll on October (GLASGOW)... This will be my 10th time seeing the masters. do you think I will get a gold watch off the boys? I'm only 42, but I seen the gods at the APOLLO 3 times.Hope the go on for another 30 years....

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    Oct 5th, 2006 10:25pm report

    The song is about freewill and neil's belief of freedom of choice not fate. Some people believe that things happen for a reason that are out of their control ie like puppets who dance on strings of powers they can not perceive. They believe that everything is controlled by fate. Neil believes in freewill. He believes that he can make his own choices


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    Dec 29th, 2005 12:15pm report

    Neil is saying you need to do something with your life make a choice, you can't be a rebel and choose not to choose because you still have made a choice.

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    Nov 21st, 2005 11:26pm report

    I love this song, the lyrics really say wat it means.

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    Oct 16th, 2005 10:19pm report

    One of Neil Peart's many statements of his personal beliefs. It explains why he disagrees with other worldviews, and explains his own.

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