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Red Barchetta (6:09)

"Red Barchetta" is a song by rock band Rush from their album Moving Pictures.

The song describes a post-petroleum future in which the "primitive" gasoline-burning sports cars are prohibited by "the Motor Law." The narrator's uncle has kept one of these illicit vehicles (the titular red Barchetta) in pristine condition for some "fifty-odd years" and keeps it hidden at his secret country home (previously a…

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My uncle has a country place that no one knows about
He says it used to be a farm before the Motor Law
And on Sundays, I elude the eyes, hop the turbine freight
Too far outside the wire, where my white-haired uncle waits

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  • does anyone else think this song is the best thing ever. i've loved it for years. geddy's bass, man.
  • ... where my white haired uncle waits....
  • My favorite Rush song! :D
  • If you’re in a band, it’s highly likely you’ll one day write a song about a car. Based on a Richard Foster short story about a future where most cars have been banned, this tune is an ode to joy riding and the freedom of the road. Building on the radio-friendly Permanent Waves album, “Red Barchetta” features tight interplay between Lee and Peart and chompy, rocking guitar tones from Lifeson. The song also makes mild use of synths, which was a sign of sounds to come for Rush. -- watchmojo
  • that intro ♥
  • Sci-fi brilliance. Made me dream of things to come as a teenager. Yep, I was disappointed, but got more Rush, so, all is right with the world...I think...
  • Dr. Krieger was here...
  • check out Working Men Tribute version!
  • What a RUSH!
  • An album that I played over and over and over. I Love it.

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