Waiting for the winds of change
To sweep the clouds away
Waiting for the rainbow's end
To cast its gold your way
Countless ways
You pass the days

Waiting for someone to call
And turn your world around
Looking for an answer to
The question you have found
Looking for
An open door

You don't get something for nothing
You don't get freedom for free
You won't get wise
With the sleep still in your eyes
No matter what your dreams might be

What you own is your own kingdom
What you do is your own glory
What you love is your own power
What you live is your own story
In your head is the answer
Let it guide you along
Let your heart be the anchor
And the beat of your own song


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Something For Nothing song meanings
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  • +4
    General Comment

    It's not: You don't get something for nothing You don't get freedom for free

    It's: You don't get something for nothing You can't have freedom for free

    rushpwnsxon June 25, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    This song is a statement that you must work to earn that which you desire, or you will not receive it.

    The first two verses describe that which is done commonly. "Waiting for the winds of change/ To sweep the clouds away, etc...." Most people wait for good fortune to come to them, they are looking for an open door.

    Well, the chorus is an answer to this outlook; no matter what it is you want, you won't get it without some kind of effort. Put up or shut up. TANSTAAFL!

    TheSuperSpudon July 20, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    ~this is another awsome song from this CD ( best rush CD - my opinoin )

    ~great base in this song too =)

    ~im definitly suprized to see only 3 commments =\

    -ZERO-on March 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I agree with TheSuperSpud...your right the song is about having to put some kind of effort to get what you want in life. You can't just take the easy way out or "looking for an open door" ...life just doesn't work that way...

    in order to have a good life, have a good house, job, etc...you must work at it, you wont just get wise/smart/rich if your lazy or don't do anything....the song shows one that they should strive to reach the life they want

    This is one of my favorite Rush songs because it has my all-time favorite quote... "In your head is the answer Let it guide you along Let your heart be the anchor And the beat of your song"

    that quote right there shows what the whole song is about; how one should live their life use your head/your brain/your mind/ your ego to get you where you want in life; use that as your "answer"

    and I LOVE the comparison of your heart being your "anchor"...its so original and so true...an anchor, yes is something that docks a ship, but its also defined as a source of security, stability, and support....is that not what love is?

    when your in love you feel stable/ secure with that person...if you follow your heart it will lead you to that path of love....

    i also LOVE how Rush compares your life being a song, "and the beat of your own song" this maybe a stretch but I think it means, a song that is written by you; the lyrics represent what YOU do with your life...the BEAT is the emotional/love factor that your heart provides

    Rush is my favorite band ever....I just dont think lyrics like this song or Cinderella Man, or Xanadu, or Closer to the Heart....can get any better

    steel07on January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Wow, I can't believe no one has commented on this song. I bet that is a new saying. Well to me this song means that you have to live with what you get. And when you do get something, you owe something in return. "You don't get somethign for nothing, you don't get freedom for free." Well that is what it means to me.

    I_super_on April 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Definitely my favorite lines in the song:

    What you own is your own kingdom What you do is your own glory What you love is your own power What you live is your own story

    Your life is YOUR story, nobody else's. Thats what this song is trying to say! Live your own lives! Don't rely on other people and follow your heart!

    "Let your heart be the anchor And the beat to your own song!"

    CloudyStrifeon August 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Definitely one of Neil Peart's most preachy songs. Peart was an Ayn Rand adept and you really hear it coming through in this song. In reality, Rush was an "open door" for Peart. He learned about the opportunity to audition for Rush through an associate. He was "looking for" such an opportunity at that time. The band was not his invention. It's worth noting because "open doors" are a necessary component in anyone's success.

    The risk with Rand, and with what Peart might suggest to some with this song, is an idealized self-hero worship that's a little out of touch with reality. Something tells me Peart would be the first to agree with me. Rush would probably be nowhere without Gene Simmons of Kiss who invited the band to tour with them in the early 1970s when Rush was an almost unknown one-hit wonder with their tune Working Man. Another open door. Success is not made of whole cloth or pure toil.

    No doubt Peart is talking from some experience. He is clearly a guy who has worked very hard to develop his talent. You just know that he met lots of other drummers while in school who had much different ideas about how they would be successful. He was also blessed with a profound talent. Good for him. He is one who could afford to go with his heart and it eventually panned out pretty damn well!

    One of the greatest rock tunes of all time for its positive import. Taken to heart in the right spirit it could be very motivating and awakening. It honors the unique self on its journey and the necessity of sustained effort. The other comments here did a pretty good job of covering the details. Hopefully there will be more.

    gifthorselyricson June 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I must add that I like the wordplay in this song. From wind and clouds to rainbow and (pot of) gold. From call to answer to answer of questions. From sleep to dreams. The words kingdom, power, glory, and story all fit well together. And yes, I can read into it an Ayn Rand influence and Objectivism, but I prefer the simpler and more direct take - don't sit around and wait for the world to come to you and solve your problems, go out and solve your own problems. Don't wait for someone to give you what you think you deserve, rather go out and earn it (what you want) or take it (opportunities). It is certainly a message that I need to hear from time to time, that I think we can all use being reminded of.

    nutshell02on October 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Farts! It's about farts people. You all read too much into it! :)

    Stude4arton May 17, 2019   Link
  • -1
    My Opinion

    I always thought 2112 was overrated. 2112 itself is good but, all the songs on side two are filler. I think that Caress Of Steel had much better short songs + The Necromancer than 2112. I'm thinking that 2112 and The Fountain Of Lamneth are a tie though. Still, did these guys put out a mediocre album before 2002? No!

    digitalmanon July 26, 2013   Link

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