Rush Reboot (bonus track)- A Farewell to Kings (1977)

This was the first song I ever heard as a young Brandecub of about 14. To say it forever changed me would be an understatement. I find the words incredibly, hauntingly, timely.

The song A Farewell to Kings from the album 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

16 comments

        1. Different style of course. Interesting fact that Neil was huge fan of Keith Moon, but he couldn’t handle the erratic chaos that was Moon’s style of drumming. Neil’s first drummer to influence him, though, was Gene Krupa.

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          1. My dad introduced me to Krupa and Swing/Jazz when I was young. Love the old stuff. So many, many great drummers. I also loved Buddy Rich and Danny Seraphine from Chicago in their early days

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                1. He also took us to see Maynard Ferguson once as well as Chuck Mangione. Way way back in the day when he was a young man, my dad actually played with the likes of Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, and Ronnie Cole.

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                  1. Oh wow!! What a great collection of memories to have with your dad. My dad was blessed (or cursed depending on who you talk to) with all girls. I was the one who followed his love of music. I love just about all genres, from classical to world music. Chuck Mangione was a favorite in my younger days. So much great music to enjoy. Sorry, for hogging your comment box. I just love music.

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