Bastille Day (4:38)

Cover of Caress Of Steel

From Caress Of Steel and 42 other releases

“Bastille Day” is the first song from Rush’s third album Caress of Steel. The music was written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson and the lyrics were written by Neil Peart. It is about the storming of the Bastille in the French Revolution. Bastille Day was last played on the Moving Pictures Warm-Up Tour; however, it made a re-appearance on the R30 CD and DVD as part of the instrumental “R30 Overture”.

The first verse contains a reference to the infamous phrase, “Let them eat cake”.


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There's no bread, let them eat cake
There's no end to what they'll take
Flaunt the fruits of noble birth
Wash the salt into the earth

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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  • radio_face

    Songs do not know, what the albums can tell.

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • radio_face

    Geddy be in a trance here. For sure.

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dawesy24

    the best band ever

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • phillipkilch316

    "See them bow their heads to die, as we would bow when they rode by" is such a ridiculously excellent lyric

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
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    7 May 2013 Reply
  • Panecea

    ♥♥♥ RUSH ♥♥♥

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • StupidGenius

    "See them bow their heads to die, as we would bow when they rode by" is such a ridiculously excellent lyric.

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DrBlur

    The "majestic" ending is why Dream Theater first called themselves Majesty when they formed at Berklee in the mid-1980s, because that's exactly how they described the ending of this song (and they were/are HUGE Rush fans)

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Sheik777

    What a majestic ending!

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Ludes79

    Caress of Steel is my favorite... followed by 2112. Saw Rush twice... what an amazing sound to come from a 3 piece band.

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Joizo

    I love this <3

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • muninnsfeather

    This song reminds me of Game of Thrones. One of my favorites by them, actually. <3

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • behemouth

    I remember there was a club back in the late 70's called the Bastille. Motto: Let your body rock and your head roll. There was a knock down drag out every weekend. I got banned from

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • FearDeimos

    I love this song and the album. They are so great

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MissRushandRoll

    Yes 100 Rush listens! A wonderful opening for a great and unfairly maligned album.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • rushfan1

    Detroit TIME MACHINE show was a 'TRIP' down memory lane! Played songs not played in years. RECOMMEND 'highly'!

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Zeldadaft96

    I'm going to see the Bastille, I'm going to try and not start singing this really loud.

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • gkey2112

    Mmm - lemony cake!

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Panecea

    Heads will roll.

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sebadagostino

    But they're marching to Bastille Day! La guillotine will claim her bloody prize!

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
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