"The Temples of Syrinx" as written by and Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart....
And the meek shall inherit the earth....

We've taken care of everything
The words your read, the songs you sing
The pictures that give pleasure to your eye

It's one for all, none for one
We work together common sons
Never need to wonder how or why

We are the priests of the temples of Syrinx
Our great computers fill the hallowed halls
We are the priests of the temples of Syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls

Look around this world we've made
Equality our stock and trade
Come and join the brotherhood of man
Oh what a nice contented world
Let the banners be unfurled
Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand

We are the priests of the temples of Syrinx
Our great computers fill the hallowed halls
We are the priests of the temples of Syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls


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  • +2
    My InterpretationWhile I also realize that the song is part of a larger album and story, the song on it's own seems to reflect upon a society who's information is controlled by a select few. In many ways a reflection on how things really have evolved in our current society today. When RUSH wrote this they might not have realized how vital computers have become and how everyone would eventually be connected in such a way. I mean, the song echos "We are the priests of the temples of Syrinx
    Our great computers fill the hallowed halls" and back to the opening "We've taken care of everything
    The words your read, the songs you sing
    The pictures that give pleasure to your eye"

    It's definitely about a society where all information, music you listen to, things you read, news, stories, etc., etc is controlled by a select few. Much like the way things really are now.
    mikem1968on March 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNeil Peart did an exceptional job of adapting Ayn Rand's book Anthem to the album-side manifesto known as 2112. Whereas in Anthem, the lost identity in the future society was in the elimination of the word "I," in 2112 Peart created the concept of a musicless society. Temples of Syrinx is the song that introduces the listener to this society and sets the stage for the hero who discovers an ancient artifact, a guitar from a bygone era. 2112 still remains one of my favorite concept albums from the Prog Rock era, and certainly one of the most political and intellectual pieces in rock history.
    maxthedorkon June 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGood point Max. But from what i got out of it, it was talking about the former USSR. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd verses explain about how life was like. Basicaly, they set out rules and limits citizens were forced to enjoy/except them. The \'temples of syrinx\' would be an illusion to a new world order, communism, but they were talking about the Soviet Union. But what really gives you the clue that they are talking about the Soviet Union is when they say the line \'hold the red star proudly high in hand\'. One of thier symbols was a red star.
    graffiti_mysoulon April 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, it just dawned on me after a discussion on communism in one of my classes that this song is exactly about communism. Throught the song refernces are made on how everything in everybodies lives are controled by a few people, which is pretty much how communsim works.
    Augon February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with max, this is a concept song about a musicless society in the future.
    ACDCPinkFloydQueenon June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought the first line was part of the overture.
    addseale2on December 22, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Yeah, it just dawned on me after a discussion on communism in one of my classes that this song is exactly about communism. Throught the song refernces are made on how everything in everybodies lives are controled by a few people, which is pretty much how communsim works."

    More of this in "Red Lenses".
    NUMBER 4on June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn classical mythology, Syrinx (Greek Συριγξ) was a nymph and a follower of Artemis, known for her chastity. Pursued by the amorous Greek god Pan, she ran to the river's edge and asked for assistance from the river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow water reeds that made a haunting sound when the god's frustrated breath blew across them. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which were thence forth known as syrinx.
    orangebeakeron November 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a society opposed to music and one man's legacy to fight the priests and bring music to the people.
    orangebeakeron November 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSOME TIMES WE SEE WHAT WE WANT TO! I FEEL THE POWERFULL SPIRIT IN RUSH MUSIC! < BROTHER HOOD> TTT
    tom1000054on August 22, 2014   Link

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