"The Body Electric" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
One humanoid escapee
One android on the run
Seeking freedom beneath the lonely desert sun

Trying to change its program
Trying to change the mode, crack the code
Images conflicting into data overload

One zero zero one zero zero one
One zero zero one zero zero one
In distress
One zero zero one zero zero

Memory banks unloading
Bytes break into bits
Unit One's in trouble and it's scared out of its wits

Guidance systems break down
A struggle to exist
To resist
A pulse of dying power in a clenching plastic fist

One zero zero one zero zero one
One zero zero one zero zero one
In distress
One zero zero one zero zero

It replays each of the days
A hundred years of routines
Bows its head and prays
To the mother of all machines

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"The Body Electric" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart


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    General CommentI think alot like Subdivisions this is another song condemnig conformity and subjugation lemme know what you all think I do like communal thoughts lol
    Dylanthegreekon June 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTrue.
    It is also a song about young people leaving their parents and going out into the world on their own.
    TonyGon April 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgreat song ! it kind of reminds me of a replicant and a human trying to escape from the world as we know it now.
    xl5ronon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSome great replies and I think they all work. On one level, this can simply be about an android becoming self-aware and making a run for it. I liked xl5ron's "Blade Runner" take of a human and android escaping. Never thought to seperate those lines into two beings.

    On the flip side, it can also be about a human escaping the societal or self-imposed bonds that makes them less than human, be that parents, a job, or self held beliefs and thought patterns.

    The title of the song may have been inspired by the Walt Whitman poem "I Sing the Body Electric", which celebrates the human body in all its forms. It's also the title of a Ray Bradbury short story about a family who lose their mother and hire a robot grandmother to replace her.

    The numbers 1001001 are binary code for the capital letter 'I'.
    Arbiteron February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA basic robot gone haywire song, comparable to the killroy story, told in the lyrics of Mr. Roboto by Styx. An overall amazing song.
    robinjay490on September 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy dad bought this album when he was 18 and loved it. He always thought this song was cool. Anyhow I like the electrical synth sounds, the funky bass lines and that gotta love 80's electric guitar.
    Cortmanon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think Arbiter is 100% correct. Especially on the last paragraph. It looks to me that it's about robots replacing humans for everyday jobs. Then, eventually the androids or robots become more intelligent than humans, and run for it -- reprogram themselves; not live under control of humans. Kind of scary when you think about it: they could just destroy us all.
    NUMBER 4on June 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about the awakening of the indidudal within someone who has always lived a life os subjugation and slavery. As said above, 1001001 translates to "I", I imagine the robot screaming this as he realizes he is an indivudal with his own thoughts and belief. My question is whether or not the ending is a happy or sad one. Is he replaying all of the tasks he was forced to do and then he finally breaks reversing back to his ways?
    Galt2112on April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBest bass performance of the album
    tienon June 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentrush is all about hidden meanings and that is what makes them brilliant.
    You have the android seeking to create an identity, find his true self, make himself real and break away from the norm by thinking outside the box and running out on his own.
    But like in our lives identifying and sticking to what you believe in can end up in struggle and you think it over again and again.
    In your struggle you may fail and end up reverting back to a routine, the thing you tried to separate yourself from and the last resort is pray
    cochise215on August 23, 2009   Link

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