Rush Lyrics

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


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, oh, 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


Held within the pleasure dome
Decreed by Kubla Khan
To taste my bitter triumph
As a man, immortal man
Never more shall I return
Escape these caves of ice
For I have dined on honey dew
And drunk the milk of paradise, whoa, paradise

Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

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I remember listening to this in my room in 1979 when I was 13. Thinking to myself “why doesn’t everybody know about these guys?”. Each song was a little adventure in my mind. When my parents went to sleep, I would grab my dads Koss headphones and listen all night long. Didn’t matter if I had school the next day. Man, Seems like a lifetime ago. Hell, I guess it was.

Mike K

I'm a little older than you (I was 24), and this is still one of my favorite Rush songs. It was done with raw musical ability, unlike some of their later stuff that had slowly morphed into synth-rock, with all the fancy electronics and technology. At the time, I travelled fairly regularly to the USA, and Rush was well know south of the border, they were regularly played on all the major USA FM stations. You didn't have to switch the radio tuner more than a slight turn to find the next FM band station that played them. They were only ignored at home, like most of the rest of the talented Canadian musicians and performers, and spent a lot of their tour time in the US, and elsewhere in the world. Many moved there and stayed. Too bad. We've lost so many talented people to the US for financial and notoriety reasons. Bigger market and better tax structure. They let you keep more of your money. It's frustrating that Canada is still a small market country, with brutal taxation, to pay for all the "free stuff".

Kay Ward


Christopher Gibson

Wow. You and I both! Couldn't say it better myself!


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Edward Anthony Leone

My first Rush album was 2112. I was blown away. Then this came out Sept 77. Had just stared my senior year of HS. Anxiously, I AFTK on my Dual turntable. Turned on my Marantz 2245 receiver, plugged in AKG K240 headphones. Off I went! Listened to it over n over for a week. Even now, I can't listen to too much Rush!

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Lillie Bernal

This is the first song my dad tried to teach me to play on the guitar. I regret I never followed through. Every time I hear this song, I get emotional. RIP Daddy and thank you for bringing this band to my life. I wish I could have seen R40 with you, but you were there in spirit. ❤️

Mozartfon Correia

Pode apostar, ele estava ao seu lado!!!

Stephen Lewis

Godspeed to you and your Dad... That's awesome he influenced you this way.

Chris Yasus

It's OK. His love for you is what matters. Stay good pop is up there watching

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