2112 (20:36)

Cover of Rush in Rio (disc 2)

From Rush in Rio (disc 2) and 46 other releases

2112 is the title track from Canadian progressive rock band Rush’s album of the same name, released in 1976. The overture and the first section, Temples of Syrinx, were released as a single and are still popular among Rush’s setlists today.


In the year 2062, a galaxy-wide war results in the union of all planets under the rule of the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The world is controlled by the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx, who determine all reading matter, songs, pictures… everything connected with life during the year 2112 (“The Temples of Syrinx”).

In the midst of this assembly line living, a man discovers what was once known years before as a guitar (“Discovery”). The man begins to pluck the strings and turn the knobs, discovering that he can make his own music - a music very different from that of the Temples. He rushes to tell the priests of his discovery (“Presentation”), but to the man’s dismay, the priests destroy the instrument, saying it doesn’t fit the plan of the Solar Federation.

The man returns to the cave in which he found the guitar and, during a dream, is led by an oracle to a land of incredible beauty and serenity (“Oracle: The Dream”). Upon awakening, he can not believe it was a dream — the beauty was so real.

He remains in the cave for several days, becoming more and more depressed with each passing hour (“Soliloquy”). The man decides he can not go on as part of the Federation and takes his life to move on to a better one. As he dies, another planetary battle begins (“Grand Finale”) resulting in the (perhaps deliberately) ambiguous ending “Attention all planets of the Solar Federation: We have assumed control.


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  • IgIanBarrett

    I hope people will still be listening this in the year 2112 [5]

    29 Apr 8:49pm Reply
  • viky1711

    I hope people will still be listening this in the year 2112 [4]

    9 Apr 5:12pm Reply
  • forgraph

    I hope people will still be listening this in the year 2112 [3]

    29 Mar 1:12pm Reply
  • crrrrs

    The "Soliloquy" part gives me goosebumps!! [2]

    14 Mar 9:22pm Reply
  • Jackjss

    Fans of this should listen to Caress of Steel. Almost as good imo

    11 Mar 10:27pm Reply
  • Navesrising

    I hope people will still be listening this in the year 2112 [2]

    12 Jan 6:22pm Reply
  • corpsetastic


    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Priestofsyrinx

    There can only be one. 2112.

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • niQboy

    I hope people will still be listening this in the year 2112. ;__;

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    Goes all over the map, need about seven maps for this.

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Doppz

    I've always really liked the first drum fill around 4:30.

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • 2112lamneth

    Arghh! We are the pirates of the Temples of Syrinx, all the gifts of life are down below. Avast Matey!

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Clocking in at a colossal 20 and a half-minutes, this is the track, along with its parent record, that put Rush on the musical map. A concept album set in the dystopian future of 2112, the work was exactly what the band's label didn't want, but exactly what the public did. Meanwhile, the title track, which is divided into 7 parts, has Peart taking his lyrical inspiration from novelist Ayn Rand. Featuring elements of prog, hard rock and heavy metal, “2112” is an incredible showcase of Rush’s storytelling and musical talents, which is why it lands here. -- watchmojo

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • CountOfTuscany_

    Attention all planets of the Solar Federation. Attention all planets of the Solar Federation. Attention all planets of the Solar Federation. We have assumed control. We have assumed control. We have assumed control... [2]

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • vinman76

    Takes me back to the 2112 show!

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski


    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • theytsejamer

    Day? 21/12. Hour? 21.12 Song? 2112

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    incredible musicianship like nothing i heard before or probably ever

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Another Great Epic!

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • giggleloop1

    And the meek shall inherit the earth......

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
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