Rush's Geddy Lee Looks Back At '2112' Songs
Here is Lee's comments about the first three tracks: "It begins with the 'Overture', which - despite being the first thing you hear - was the last piece to be written, much like with any classical overture. We wanted to take the most important musical threads from each of the subsequent parts to create a 'new' piece of music that would represent the album as a whole. So that's where it all starts."
"And then 'The Temples Of Syrinx' sets the scene, because 2112 is about a totalitarian society that controls everything about your life, including the music that you hear. It manufactures it all, so that's what we wanted to say with this track. It sets up the hierarchy in this futuristic world that we've arrived in."
"'Discovery' is where the hero of the story finds a device in a cave. It's a guitar, but he doesn't know it because they don't exist in his time period. So he picks it up and realizes that it's a device that can make music and create sounds. Previous to that point, everything he'd ever heard had been provided to him by the people that run his world." Read Lee's reflection about the remaining songs here.