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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rush mentioned in New York Times profile of Senator Rand Paul
6:07PM EST | comments (40) |

Rand PaulPotential Republican presidential candidate and current Senator Rand Paul was profiled for a piece in the New York Times over the weekend titled Rand Paul's Mixed Inheritance. The piece focuses on the Senator's libertarian-leaning philosophy and mentions Rush at one point when discussing his high school years:

...Rand was engrossed in his own course of libertarian study: He received a set of Ayn Rand novels for his 17th birthday. And he followed the rock band Rush, some of whose lyrics had libertarian themes.

Gary L. Gardner Jr., a high school friend, said: "I remember even back then being on a swim team bus and a Rush song comes on. I think it was the song 'Trees' - and he said, 'Man, listen to the words of this, you know those guys have got to be conservative.' "

"The Trees" tells the story of maples, overshadowed by tall oaks, that form a union to bring equality to the woods "by hatchet, ax and saw." ...

During Paul's run for Senate back in 2010 he would regularly use Rush music in his campaign videos. Rush eventually got wind of this and had their lawyer send the campaign a letter asking him to stop.

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#40 - Posted 1/31/14 @7:49AM by jupeguy [contact]

It's just f#*king trees talkin' to each other!
#39 - Posted 1/31/14 @7:28AM by jupeguy [contact]

Here's the best take on "The Trees".

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#38 - Posted 1/31/14 @1:36AM by hellion1963 [contact]

As I recall the Maples represented the French culture while the oaks represented the English, if you listen to the song from that angle the lyrics make it quite clear . Quebec wanted more control and power to protect their culture. Union = Independent state

There is unrest in the Forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the Maples want more sunlight
And the Oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the Maples
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the Oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the Oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made
And they wonder why the Maples
Can't be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the Forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the Maples scream 'Oppression!'
And the Oaks, just shake their heads

So the Maples formed a Union
And demanded equal rights
'The Oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light'
Now there's no more Oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet,
Axe,
And saw...
#37 - Posted 1/30/14 @5:41PM by random_sample [contact]

Not to mention...his interpretation of the song "The Trees"...is a little out of whack, if I'm not mistaken!
#36 - Posted 1/30/14 @5:40PM by random_sample [contact]

I kinda wish this Rand Paul guy would stop mentioning Rush...because inevitably, dumb people will assume things about Rush and associate Rush with a certain "political" belief...and we all know what kinda trouble the topic of politics can cause.
#35 - Posted 1/30/14 @12:51PM by jaeger [contact]

Conservative? WT...
#34 - Posted 1/30/14 @11:04AM by Homey M Holmes

Yeah, what's up w/ these people, interpreting rock lyrics?
#33 - Posted 1/30/14 @9:12AM by MIkey Z

I get so sick of people interpreting the lyrics to The Trees, and so hopefully Neil's own take on the lyrics will put an end once and for all to the amateur philosophers' meanderings.
He once explained the lyrics as being 'what would happen if trees acted as stupidly as people.'
#32 - Posted 1/30/14 @8:33AM by vaporsdad. [contact]

Ahhh, the beauty of Rush Lyrics, we all get something out of it, yet it is often diverse, if not contrary.
#31 - Posted 1/29/14 @9:33PM by Hill

Uuuggghhh. There is NO place for politics on Rush is a Band.

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