Lyrics to Rush - Hemispheres Cygnus X-1 Book II Hemispheres I. Prelude - When our weary wo

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------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lyrics to Rush - Hemispheres ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres I. Prelude ------ --- ---- -- ----------- - ------- When our weary world was young The struggle of the ancients was begun. 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: 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 storms. 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. III. 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. IV. 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. V. 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." 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. Circumstances ------------- A boy alone, so far from home, Endless rooftops from my window. I felt the gloom of empty rooms On rainy afternoons. Sometimes, in confusion, I felt so lost and disillusioned, Innocence gave me confidence To go up against reality. All the same, we take our chances, Laughed at by Time, Tricked by Circumstances. Plus ca change, Plus c'est la meme chose, The more that things change, The more they stay the same. Now I've gained some understanding Of the only world that we see. Things that I once dreamed of Have become reality. These walls that still surround me Still contain the same old me, Just one more who's searching for a world that ought to be. The Trees --- ----- There is unrest in the forest, There is trouble with the trees, For the maples want more sunlight And the oaks ignore their pleas. The trouble with the maples, (And they're quite convinced the're right) They say the oaks are just too lofty And they grab up all the light. But the oaks can't help their feelings If they like the way they're made. And they wonder why the maples Can't be happy in their shade. There is trouble in the forest, And the creatures all have fled, As the maples scream `Oppression` And the oaks, just shake their heads So the maples formed a union And demanded equal rights. "These oaks are just too greedy; We will make them give us light." Now there's no more oak oppression, For they passed a noble law, And the trees are all kept equal By hatchet, axe, and saw. La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise in Self-Indulgence) (Instrumental) -- ----- ---------- -- -------- -- ---- ---------- Includes: 1. Buenas Noches, Mein Froinds! 2. To sleep, perchance to dream... 3. Strangiato Theme 4. A Lerxst in Wonderland 5. Monsters! 6. Danforth and Pape 7. The Waltz of the Shreves 8. Never turn your back on a Monster! 9. Monsters! (Reprise) 10. Strangiato Theme (Reprise) 11. A Farewell to Things X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X Another file downloaded from: The NIRVANAnet(tm) Seven & the Temple of the Screaming Electron Taipan Enigma 510/935-5845 Burn This Flag Zardoz 408/363-9766 realitycheck Poindexter Fortran 510/527-1662 Lies Unlimited Mick Freen 801/278-2699 The New Dork Sublime Biffnix 415/864-DORK The Shrine Rif Raf 206/794-6674 Planet Mirth Simon Jester 510/786-6560 "Raw Data for Raw Nerves" X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X

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