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Music / A Farewell to Kings

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"The hypocrites are slandering the sacred Halls of Truth/Ancient nobles showering their bitterness on youth/Can't we find the minds that made us strong? Can't we learn to feel what's right and what's wrong?"

A Farewell to Kings is the fifth studio album by the Canadian Progressive Rock band Rush, released in 1977. The followup to their Breakthrough Hit 2112, it continues in a similar style, although it takes a more philosophically mature approach to the themes used in that album, and it is also the only of the band's albums in this period not to contain a side-length epic. Like the previous release, it was commercially successful, spawning the hit single "Closer to the Heart", and is well liked by fans, also containing fan favourites "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage". The latter of these was another Science Fiction Rock Opera whose story would be continued on the band's next album Hemispheres.




  • Geddy Lee: vocals, bass and twelve-string guitar, Minimoog, bass pedal synthesizers
  • Alex Lifeson: electric and acoustic six- and twelve-string guitars, classical guitar, bass pedal synthesizers
  • Neil Peart: drums, orchestra bells, wind chimes, bell tree, vibraslap, triangle, tubular bells, temple blocks


  • Terry Brown: spoken vocals on "Cygnus X-1"

Track listing

Side One

  1. "A Farewell to Kings" (5:51)
  2. "Xanadu" (11:05)

Side Two

  1. "Closer to the Heart" (2:54)
  2. "Cinderella Man" (4:20)
  3. "Madrigal" (2:35)
  4. "Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage" (10:25)


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