A Farewell to Kings

September 1977 . 5th Studio Recording

All The World’s A Stage 1976 Hemispheres 1978

Cygnus X-1: Book One: The Voyage Lyrics

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Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

In the constellation of Cygnus
There lurks a mysterious, invisible force
The Black Hole
Of Cygnus X-1

Six Stars of the Northern Cross
In mourning for their sister’s loss
In a final flash of glory
Nevermore to grace the night…

To telescopic eye
The star that would not die

All who dare
To cross her course
Are swallowed by
A fearsome force

Through the void
To be destroyed
Or is there something more?
Atomized — at the core
Or through the Astral Door —
To soar…

I set a course just east of Lyra
And northwest of Pegasus
Flew into the light of Deneb
Sailed across the Milky Way

On my ship, the ‘Rocinante’
Wheeling through the galaxies,
Headed for the heart of Cygnus
Headlong into mystery

The x-ray is her siren song
My ship cannot resist her long
Nearer to my deadly goal
Until the Black Hole —
Gains control…

Spinning, whirling,
Still descending
Like a spiral sea,

Sound and fury
Drowns my heart
Every nerve
Is torn apart….

To be continued…