Rush’s “Heresy” Lyrics Meaning

In the song “Heresy”, the narrator speaks about the destruction of the Berlin Wall which brought an end to at least 40 years of Communist rulership. The narrator goes on to detail the end of communism in Russia and how a lot of time had been wasted prior to this.

The choruses of the song delve into the feeling of liberation and the emotions felt by the people who had been oppressed by communism. It addresses how the fall of the wall made way for others to trade in the global economy and the thought of systems getting smoother.

This track was produced by Rush and Rupert Hine. It was released on January 1, 1991 as the seventh track off their Roll the Bones album.

The fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was a physical barrier that divided West from East Germany or the German Democratic Republic. However, the breakdown of the Polish parliamentary election, coupled with the opening of the Hungarian-Austrian fence, marked the beginning of the fall of the wall. Upon hearing the news of the opened Hungarian border, over 13,000 East Germans tried to escape to Austria through Hungary.

After a series of events, the Hungarian government prevented more Germans from entering into the country. The stranded East Germans then crowded at the embassy of West Germany. The number of travelers began to increase over the years which became a concern to the government of East Germany. In November 1989, Günter Schabowski, a government official mistakenly announced the opening of the border which gave the travelers access to West Berlin.

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