Rush Reboot – Xanadu (1977)

I decided to wax poetic for this week’s reboot. Some of this choice is in homage to our tribe’s friendly, neighborhood curmudgeon. Paul once mentioned to me he thought this song had the greatest opening intro of just about any song he had ever heard. Who’s one to argue with a bodhisattva? This song is Neil’s version of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge classic Kubla Khan.  While it is over 11 minutes in length, please note the depth and degree of sounds that 3 musicians are able to generate using hands and feet. This is, also, one of the best examples of Neil Peart the percussionist and not just a drummer. For those that might not remember, A Farewell to Kings is the first album I ever heard by Rush and is what began my lifelong love of the band, the members, and their artistry. I give you the song Xanadu .

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

9 comments

        1. We’ll have to ask those that do not love them. I find that it is like the prog rock of the 60’s and 70’s. People got tired of the weight of the pieces they felt were musical masturbation. I can see how it might be that way for some. For me, however, it’s just the visceral reaction I have to the blending of the themes, words, and music speak to my soul and heart.

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          1. I’ll have to disappoint you. This isn’t really my music either. Musical masturbation, yes, thank you.
            On the other hand, romanticism is definitely my thing. Those who don’t like it are the ones who either never read it or misunderstood it.

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            1. You don’t disappoint me. I understand. I do not judge anyone for what does or does not move them and for the reason’s why. It is also why I do not let their opinions sway how I feel about the things I do.

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