Red Sector A (5:09)

Cover of Grace Under Pressure

From Grace Under Pressure and 78 other releases

“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 as to apply to the experiences of atrocity of any similar prison camp scenario.

It also has to do with singer/bassist Geddy Lee’s remembrance of his mother’s accounts of the Holocaust, which she survived.

The song title ‘Red Sector A’ comes from the name of the NASA launch area at Kennedy Space Center, where the band was granted special permission to view the launch of Columbia on April 12th, 1981.

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  • niQboy

    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.

    22 Nov 1:33pm Reply
  • vinman76

    I do believe Geddy s relations were in some sort of concentration camp which inspired this song. Beautiful song.

    7 May 3:07pm Reply
  • radio_face

    OH CANADA!!

    7 Feb 10:31pm Reply
  • theytsejamer

    Clockwork Angels Tour version (w/strings ensemble) sounds amazing!

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • niQboy

    Yep, very chilling lyrics. To think people actually experienced something like this, makes you think how much we take for granted nowadays.

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    How did I overlook this song? Very powerful lyrics

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nopuppet

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

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Zaqq_the

    This song brings incredible feelings... Love it.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • xSolarDroidx

    The drums are really amazing to me in this track

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • Johnnybosox19

    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.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • wilson_cobain

    One of the all time greatest Rush tracks [5] amazing

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • darkfuneral18

    Ja pierdole co za ładunek emocjonalny

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • RustInRush

    I'm pretty sure I'll like Rush until the day I die

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • cragratbob

    The soundtrack to my exams in 1984 if my memory serves me correctly, what an album! So many great tracks!

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • FearDeimos

    Yepp, once more.

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • FearDeimos

    Uuhps! Can´t do better. You can´t improve the best.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    One of the all time greatest Rush tracks [4]

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ms3mx5

    This whole album is amazing.

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • rushfish

    best

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • FearDeimos

    I can´t even count how many times i´ve heard that song in my life. One of my absolutely favs.

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
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