Cygnus X-1 Book II Hemispheres (18:08)

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In the constellation of Cygnus lies a mysterious black hole that is simply titled “Cygnus X-1” (Cygnus X-1 is believed to be an actual black hole). An explorer aboard the ship “Rocinante” is curious about the black hole and begins to investigate. As he moves closer, it becomes increasingly difficult to control the ship and he is eventually drawn in by the pull of gravity. His final words in Book I are: “Sound and fury drowns my heart/Every nerve is torn apart.”

The explorer re-enters the story midway through Book II. His body has been destroyed by the black hole, but his spirit is intact and has emerged in a mysterious land, where he witnesses a society caught up in the struggle between Heart and Mind. Prior to his arrival, the logical thinkers are led by Apollo and the emotional people are ruled by Dionysus. Apollo had shown the people how to build cities and explore the depths of science and knowledge, but Dionysus had lured many of them into the wild forests and provided love, which many felt that Apollo’s society was missing. A civil war now breaks out as the two different ways of life clash. Short snippets of Book I are heard in the background to mark the point at which the explorer’s spirit arrives in this land.

When he reflects on what he sees, he becomes tormented in the lack of balance of the people who insist on one extreme or the other.

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  • Harmonia-Mundi

    "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 perfect sphere." <3 This song is a beautiful, perfect, epic masterpiece.

    16 Aug 6:25am Reply
  • stargazer916

    my favorite rush song

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • phillipkilch316

    Looking down from Olympus on a world of doubt and fear, Its surface splintered into sorry hemispheres. (2)

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Panecea

    Looking down from Olympus on a world of doubt and fear, Its surface splintered into sorry hemispheres.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • sharv11

    I finally appreciate Rush, Vinny...

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Bubleg

    much better than 2112. both lyrically and musically.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Panecea

    With the heart & mind united in a single, perfect sphere.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    That intro has been stuck on my mind for so looong!

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    Beaaaaaaauuuutiful!

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Misterpogo

    Blows my mind every time i hear it. Simply put: Beautiful

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Drillertheband

    awesome!!!

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • rushfan1

    Definitely one of my top ten favorite Rush tunes. Nobody can hammer-out basslines like Geddy!!

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    "I have memory and awareness, but I have no shape or form. As a disembodied spirit, I am dead and yet unborn." Beautiful.

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • tsnamm

    "Throw off those chains of reason and your prison disappears..".

    1 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Panecea

    Kicks much ass

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • alvaronigro

    Perfection in every sense! Just, WOW, WOW!

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Panecea

    Awesome... it's about time. It's always a treat to actually hear some RUSH when listening to "RUSH Radio"

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • JeremyAce4

    Edited down to a slim 18:09.

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • dschrammie

    Friggin love love love love this one!!! Hearing it live was like a gift. Ahhhh, the memories this song brings back!

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • The_Speedist

    The greatest Rush epic, By far.

    5 Jan 2010 Reply
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