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Rush - A Farewell to Kings

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Released: August 29th, 1977

Certified Gold by RIAA: November 16, 1977
Certified Platinum by RIAA: December 1, 1993
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 33
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Liner Notes

Neil Peart - Drums, orchestra bells, tubular bells, temple blocks, cowbells, wind chimes, bell tree, triangle, vibra-slap
Geddy Lee - Bass guitar, twelve string guitar, Mini Moog, bass pedal synthesizer, vocals
Alex Lifeson - Six and twelve string electric guitar, six and twelve string acoustic guitar, classical guitar, bass pedal synthesizer

Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales, June 1977
Engineered by Pat Moran and Terry Brown (Broon)
Mixed at Advision Studios, London
Engineered by Terry Brown, Assisted by Declan
(not Norman!) O'Doherty and Ken Thomas

Art direction and graphics by Hugh Syme
Cover photography by Yosh Inouye
Sleeve photography by Roger Stowell
Liner photographs by Fin Costello
Design assistance by Bob King

Mastered at JAMF, Toronto by George Graves
(Remastered by Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee at
Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine)

Management by Ray Danniels, SRO Management, Inc., Toronto
Executive Production--Moon Records

Roadmaster and lighting director--Howard (Herns) Ungerleider
Concert sound engineer and effects consultant--Major Ian Grandy
Stage right technician--Liam (Elfbjörn) Birt
Stage left technician--Skip (Slider) Gildersleeve
Centre stage technician--Larry (The Saint) Allen
Stage Manager--Mike (Lurch) Hirsh
Chauffeur extraordinaire--(Ms.) Jorge Hoadley

Hello and thank you to National Sound and Crew, See Factor
Lighting and Crew (U.K. too!), Electrosound U.K. and Crew,
Graham The Coach Driver, Alans Moore and Kearsley, all at
Rockfield and Pat (Duffo) Moran, (Farewell to Kingsley),
Max Websters' Dancing and Crew, The Cult and Crew, Fabrissio,
The Percussion Centre, Tony (Old School Thai) Kelly,
Continental Tom Berry, and all our friends in the U.K.
(and everywhere!) we remember Brooklyn.

A special thank you to Dirk, Lerxst, and Pratt.

Our thanks also go out to the good people of Gibson Guitars,
Rickenbacker Guitars, and Slingerland Drums for their personal
help and consideration.

Dedicated to Nancy, Charlene, and Jacqueline

© 1977 Mercury Records © 1977 Anthem Entertainment

  • Rush - An International Happening - RPM Weekly Magazine, September 1977
  • Rush: Canada's Most Successful (and Least Recognized) Rock Band - Georgia Straight Magazine, September 1977
  • Rush - Performance Newspaper, October 1977
  • To Hell With Bob Dylan. Meet Rush. They're In It For The Money - Maclean's Magazine, January 1978
  • Black Holes: Close Encounters With RUSH - Sounds Magazine, February 1978
  • Is The Canadian Rush On? - Music Week Magazine, March 1978
  • The Rush Tapes, Part 1: Neil Peart Sizes Up 'Farewell to Kings,' the Latest Canadian Rock Opus - Circus Magazine, October 1977
  • Rush Scores Gold Albums Without Top 40 Radio Play - Winnipeg Free Press, October 1977
  • Power Pop? 'What's That' Say the Rush Fans - Record Mirror Magazine, March 1978

  • Track Listing (click on any track for the lyrics)

    1. A Farewell to Kings (5:51)
    2. Xanadu (11:08)
    3. Closer To The Heart (2:53)
    4. Cinderella Man (4:21)
    5. Madrigal (2:35)
    6. Cygnus X-1: Book I: The Voyage (10:25)

    A Farewell to Kings
    Music: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    When they turn the pages of history
    When these days have passed long ago
    Will they read of us with sadness
    For the seeds that we let grow
    We turned our gaze
    From the castles in the distance
    Eyes cast down
    On the path of least resistance
    Cities full of hatred
    Fear and lies
    Withered hearts
    And cruel, tormented eyes
    Scheming demons
    Dressed in kingly guise
    Beating down the multitude
    And scoffing at the wise
    The hypocrites are slandering
    The sacred halls of Truth
    Ancient nobles showering
    Their bitterness on youth
    Can't we find
    The minds that made us strong
    Can't we learn
    To feel what's right and wrong
    Cities full of hatred
    Fear and lies
    Withered hearts
    And cruel, tormented eyes
    Scheming demons
    Dressed in kingly guise
    Beating down the multitude
    And scoffing at the wise
    Can't we raise our eyes
    And make a start
    Can't we find the minds
    To lead us closer to the Heart

    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart
    "To seek the sacred river Alph
    To walk the caves of ice
    To break my fast on honey dew
    And drink the milk of Paradise..."
    I had heard the whispered tales
    Of immortality
    The deepest mystery
    From an ancient book. I took a clue
    I scaled the frozen mountain tops
    Of eastern lands unknown
    Time and Man alone
    Searching for the lost --- Xanadu
    Xanadu --- To stand within The Pleasure Dome
    Decreed by Kubla Khan
    To taste anew the fruits of life
    The last immortal man
    To find the sacred river Alph
    To walk the caves of ice
    Oh, I will dine on honey dew
    And drink the milk of Paradise
    A thousand years have come and gone
    But time has passed me by
    Stars stopped in the sky
    Frozen in an everlasting view
    Waiting for the world to end
    Weary of the night
    Praying for the light
    Prison of the lost --- Xanadu

    Xanadu --- Held within The Pleasure Dome
    Decreed by Kubla Khan
    To taste my bitter triumph
    As a mad immortal man
    Nevermore shall I return
    Escape these caves of ice
    For I have dined on honey dew
    And drunk the milk of Paradise

    Closer to the Heart
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart and Peter Talbot

    And the men who hold high places
    Must be the ones to start
    To mould a new reality
    Closer to the Heart

    The Blacksmith and the Artist
    Reflect it in their art
    Forge their creativity
    Closer to the Heart

    Philosophers and Ploughmen
    Each must know his part
    To sow a new mentality
    Closer to the Heart

    You can be the Captain
    I will draw the Chart
    Sailing into destiny
    Closer to the Heart

    Cinderella Man
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Geddy Lee
    A modest man from Mandrake
    Travelled rich to the city
    He had a need to discover
    A use for his newly-found wealth
    Because he was human
    Because he had goodness
    Because he was moral
    They called him insane

    Delusions of grandeur
    Visions of splendour
    A manic depressive
    He walks in the rain
    Eyes wide open
    Heart undefended
    Innocence untarnished
    Cinderella Man
    Doing what you can
    They can't understand
    What it means

    Cinderella Man
    Hang on to your plans
    Try as they might
    They cannot steal your dreams

    In the betrayal of his love he awakened
    To face a world of cold reality
    And a look in the eyes of the hungry
    Awakened him to what he could do
    He held up his riches
    To challenge the hungry
    Purposeful motion
    For one so insane

    They tried to fight him
    Just couldn't beat him
    This manic depressive
    Who walks in the rain

    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    When the dragons grow too mighty
    To slay with pen or sword
    I grow weary of the battle
    And the storm I walk toward
    When all around is madness
    And there's no safe port in view
    I long to turn my path homeward
    To stop awhile with you

    When life becomes so barren
    And as cold as winter skies
    There's a beacon in the darkness
    In a distant pair of eyes
    In vain to search for order
    In vain to search for truth
    But these things can still be given
    Your love has shown me proof

    Cygnus X-1: Book One: The Voyage
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart


    In the constellation of Cygnus
    There lurks a mysterious, invisible force
    The Black Hole
    Of Cygnus X-1

    Six Stars of the Northern Cross
    In mourning for their sister's loss
    In a final flash of glory
    Nevermore to grace the night...


    To telescopic eye
    The star that would not die

    All who dare
    To cross her course
    Are swallowed by
    A fearsome force

    Through the void
    To be destroyed
    Or is there something more?
    Atomized --- at the core
    Or through the Astral Door ---
    To soar...


    I set a course just east of Lyra
    And northwest of Pegasus
    Flew into the light of Deneb
    Sailed across the Milky Way

    On my ship, the 'Rocinante'
    Wheeling through the galaxies,
    Headed for the heart of Cygnus
    Headlong into mystery

    The x-ray is her siren song
    My ship cannot resist her long
    Nearer to my deadly goal
    Until the Black Hole ---
    Gains control...


    Spinning, whirling,
    Still descending
    Like a spiral sea,

    Sound and fury
    Drowns my heart
    Every nerve
    Is torn apart....

    To be continued...