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"Red Sector A" is a song by Rush that provides a first-person account of a nameless protagonist living in an unspecified prison camp setting. "Red Sector A" first appeared on the band's 1984 album Grace Under Pressure.

Lyricist Neil Peart has stated that the detailed imagery in the song intentionally evokes concentration camps of the Holocaust. Peart has stated that while Nazi concentration camps of World War II were his primary lyrical motivation, he decided to abstract the lyrics so… read more

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All that we can do is just survive
All that we can do to help ourselves is stay alive
All that we can do is just survive
All that we can do to help ourselves is stay alive

Rush - Red Sector A Lyrics

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  • It's just amazing to me how vividly Peart can illustrate his thought with lyrics. I don't think I've ever been so emotionally struck by a song before.
  • I do believe Geddy s relations were in some sort of concentration camp which inspired this song. Beautiful song.
  • OH CANADA!!
  • Clockwork Angels Tour version (w/strings ensemble) sounds amazing!
  • Yep, very chilling lyrics. To think people actually experienced something like this, makes you think how much we take for granted nowadays.
  • How did I overlook this song? Very powerful lyrics
  • All that we can do is just survive All that we can do to help ourselves is stay alive
  • This song brings incredible feelings... Love it.
  • The drums are really amazing to me in this track
  • Was at a Toronto Blue Jays game in 2011 sitting behind the plate, and about 10 rows infront of us, directly behind the plate, was Getty Lee. I was pretty amazed and was hoping to meet him, but after the game he exited onto the field and went out through the Blue Jays' dugout. Bummer. Was hoping to atleast get a picture or something.

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