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    Rush Cygnus X-1 Book Ii_ Hemispheres текст песни

    Cygnus X-1 Book Ii_ Hemispheres

    I. Prelude

    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

    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

    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

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