Freewill (song)

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Single by Rush
from the album Permanent Waves
B-side "Jacob's Ladder"
Released January 14, 1980
Format vinyl record (7" / 12")
Recorded 1979, Le Studio, Quebec
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 5:23
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
Producer(s) Rush and Terry Brown
Permanent Waves track listing
"The Spirit of Radio"
"Jacob's Ladder"
Exit...Stage Left track listing
"Tom Sawyer"

"Freewill" is the second track on progressive rock band Rush's 1980 album Permanent Waves. It is written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with lyrics by Neil Peart. The song's lyrics deal with the subject of free will, emphasizing that free will is not a gift but rather a choice; explaining that Man can attempt to evade the fact that he must choose, but that evasion is itself a choice.[1]

Lee has stated that the end part of "Freewill" is at the highest part of his vocal range.[2]

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  1. ^ Kaelber, Randy (2005-08-09). "The Rush Frequently Asked Questions on the Internet File". Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  2. ^ Buttner, Christopher. "Geddy Lee - Vapor Trail Afterglow". PR That Rocks Agency. Retrieved 2008-09-25. [dead link]