A Farewell to Kings is the title track from Canadian progressive rock trio Rush's 1977 album A Farewell to Kings. The song, while not one of Rush's better known songs, has been included on the double-disc Rush compilation album Chronicles.
The song begins with a serene, medieval-sounding ditty played by Lifeson on classical guitar, before opening into a full-out rocker. Most notably, is the song's distinct mid-section, containing a tricky alternating 5/8, 7/8 time signature. Geddy Lee and Neil Peart hold a constant rhythm over this, while Lifeson performs a unique guitar solo, showcasing some of his best attributes: heavy use of the tremolo bar, pinch harmonics and lightning-fast arpeggios.
The last verse of the song contains a reference to one of Rush's best known songs, Closer to the Heart, another track on the album.
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