When our weary world was young The struggle of the ancients first began The gods of love and reason Sought alone to rule the fate of man
They battled through the ages But still neither force would yield The people were divided Every soul a battlefield
[II. Apollo / Dionysus]
[Apollo: Bringer Of Wisdom] 'I bring truth and understanding I bring wit and wisdom fair Precious gifts beyond compare We can build a world of wonder I can make you all aware I will find you food and shelter Show you fire to keep you warm Through the endless winter storm You can live in grace and comfort In the world that you transform'
The people were delighted Coming forth to claim their prize They ran to build their cities And converse among the wise But one day the streets fell silent Yet they knew not what was wrong The urge to build these fine things Seemed not to be so strong The wise men were consulted And the Bridge of Death was crossed In quest of Dionysus To find out what they had lost
[Dionysus: Bringer Of Love] 'I bring love to give you solace In the darkness of the night In the Heart's eternal light You need only trust your feelings Only love can steer you right I bring laughter, I bring music I bring joy and I bring tears I will soothe your primal fears Throw off those chains of reason And your prison disappears'
The cities were abandoned And the forests echoed song They danced and lived as brothers They knew love could not be wrong Food and wine they had aplenty And they slept beneath the stars The people were contented And the gods watched from afar But the winter fell upon them And it caught them unprepared Bringing wolves and cold starvation And the hearts of men despaired
[III. Armageddon: The Battle Of Heart and Mind]
The universe divided As the heart and mind collided With the people left unguided For so many troubled years In a cloud of doubts and fears Their world was torn asunder into hollow Hemispheres
Some fought themselves, some fought each other Most just followed one another Lost and aimless like their brothers For their hearts were so unclear And the truth could not appear Their spirits were divided into blinded Hemispheres
Some who did not fight Brought tales of old to light 'My Rocinante sailed by night On her final flight' To the heart of Cygnus' fearsome force We set our course Spiralled through that timeless space To this immortal place
[IV. Cygnus: Bringer Of Balance]
I have memory and awareness But I have no shape or form As a disembodied spirit I am dead and yet unborn I have passed into Olympus As was told in tales of old To the city of Immortals Marble white and purest gold...
I see the gods in battle rage on high... Thunderbolts across the sky... I cannot move, I cannot hide... I feel a silent scream begin inside...
Then all at once the chaos ceased A stillness fell, a sudden peace The warriors felt my silent cry And stayed their struggle, mystified
Apollo was atonished Dionysus thought me mad But they heard my story further And they wondered, and were sad
Looking down from Olympus On a world of doubt and fear Its surface splintered Into sorry Hemispheres
They sat a while in silence Then they turned at last to me 'We will call you Cygnus The god of Balance you shall be'
[V. The Sphere: A Kind Of Dream]
We can walk our road together If our goals are all the same We can run alone and free If we pursue a different aim Let the truth of love be lighted Let the love of truth shine clear Sensibility Armed with sense and liberty With the heart and mind united in a single Perfect Sphere
Rick from AnaheimThis song is perfection! Geddy's vocals and melody lines are at their best. I never get tired of listening to this song.
Rrradam from Denver, NcLike Ayn Rand's Anthem inspired 2112, Book 2 was inspired by Fredrick Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music, in which he espouses on what he calls the Apollonian and Dionysian philosophical concepts. Certainly my favorite literary composition, ever written, in any form... Both beautiful and profound. Even clever, where the Hero, after having being ripped apart (atom by atom) when entering the black hole in Book 1, reemerges as Cygnus in Book 2.
Christopher from Coweta, OkI know they've said they were done with songs like this, but just one more.... It blows my mind how good this song is.
Diego from SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil"Apollo was atonished /Dionysus thought me mad" I personally found this passage to be really interesting ...The contrasting adjectives to each god . Asnonishing the god truth and prophecy and being considered mad by who some considered to be the god of madness !
Larry from Ft. Pierce, FlWOW! Even Homer would have been amazed with this song! The streets of Athens would echo with its sounds.
Moose from Chicago, IlRush is arguably the best story-telling band ever. Their ability to write an engaging, epic story and combine it with stellar accompanying music is unparalleled. While plenty of other bands come to mind (The Who's 'Tommy' :)), Rush has a plethora of epic's - The Necromancer, The Fountain of Lamneth, 2112, Xanadu, Cygnus X-1, the 'Fear' series (The Weapon, Witch Hunt, The Enenmy Within, & Freeze), and more.
Moises from Mexico, Mexicoi am also astonished about this song... its a dream song.. the beautiful mithology made song... the eternal battle between reason and love.... and finally that battle is in ourselves, in our hemispheres, in our beautiful and complex mind...and all joined with that professional music... thats really beautiful, i have just listened to it and thats my opinion
Devon from Uniontown, Pai believe that dionusus was the god of wine and revelry, not love. that would be aphrodite, who is a goddess.
Travis from Calgary, AbActually Chuck, their second longest song I believe is Fountain of Lamneth from Caress of Steel, with 2112 as the longest.
Though if you count both parts to Cygnus X-1 then it would be quite a deal longer.
John from Asheville, NcI like this song quite well, though I'm not a fan of album-length epics. One of their better ones though and light years stronger than the close to the Kings album. Much better effort this go 'round.
Chuck from Houston, TxIf I'm not mistaken, this is the second longens rush song the band ever made.
Kent Lyle from Cincinnati, OhAlex's richly harmonic 12-string electric defines his sound as much as anything he's ever done.
David from N.providence, RiArguably one of the best Rush songs ever. I'm not sure how well Countdown fits as a closer to Cygnus X-I and X-II, but it's a thought I suppose.
Tj from Chicago, IlThis could be my number 1 rush song along with xanadu (exit... stage left/live) & the camera eye. The way Geddy's shrieking, high pitch tone swings with the music is simply ASTOUNDING.
Wil from Milwaukee, WiListen to this IMMEDIATELY after Cygnus X-1 from A Farewell To Kings!!! Then finish up with Countdown fron Signals!! What a trilogy!!!
Chris from Spencerport, NyThis has to be one of my favorite Rush songs. The story flows so well and the music fits perfectly.
Paul from Spring, TxTotally awesome song, I love the story, with its extremelly moving lyrics, and a melody that fits perfectly with the mood and sounds great.
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