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Song Released: 1982


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  1. anonymous
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    Dec 16th 2019 report

    At the time the song was written, Generation X were teenagers, so I would not put it at the feet of the "milennials" (Generation Y?)

    To me, "New World Man" is a metaphor for the United States, particularly in the 1980s, with its revived Cold War tensions. Trying to save the day for the Old World Men (Western Europe), and trying to pave the way (other than the Soviet Way) for developing nations.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 14th 2019 report

    Simple - like Tom Sawyer, Limelight, Faithless and many other Rush songs it is about the life of the writer Neil Peart.

  3. kooljohn176
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    Dec 11th 2015 report

    Great song by Rush, that reminds with the New Generation called ''The Millenials'' that are more civic minded with a stronger sense of community both on a local and global scale trying to understand the individual soul that at times compromises against his principles to keep up with the so called ''New World Man'' in him that is developing a faster, but rigid state of mind by the technological age that can harden into a robotic type of extremism to suppress us [our souls] in a death culture of nihilism that he tries to survive and escape it's trappings. Afraid not to turn into a ''Third World'' if he fails towards the long fall down and Away from the ''Old World Man'' that he truly wants to embrace for wisdom and guidance. '' When once upon a time in the Americans, the life force of each individual soul was conciderd very sacred in communial ties''. In that ''If anybody was seened to gather many material goods for himself was looked upon as a Destruction Force'' that can lead in turning the individual into a selfish robotic existential, pushed to do whatever it takes to get what he wants by lieing,stealing and even killing that can turn him into a ''Third World Man'' eventually ''where the wagers of sin must be paid'' if we keep letting ourselves go to far.


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