Flat Earth – What Did Rush Know?

My eyes have just been opened and they’re open very wide
Images around me don’t identify inside
Just one blur I recognize the one that soothes and feeds
My way of life is easy and as simple are my needs

Living one long sunrise for to me all things are new
I’ve never watched the sky grow pale or strolled through fields of dew
I do not know of dust to dust, I live from breath to breath
I live to climb that mountain to the Fountain of Lamneth

Yet my eyes are drawn toward the mountain in the east
Fascinates and captivates and gives my heart no peace
The mountain holds the sunrise in the prison of the night
Till burstin’ forth from rocky chains the valley floods with light

Crying back to consciousness
The coldness grips my skin
The sky is pitching violently
Drawn by shrieking winds

Sea spray blurs my vision
Waves roll by so fast
Save my ship of freedom
I’m lashed helpless to the mast

Remembering when first I held
The wheel in my own hands
I took the helm so eagerly
And sailed for distant lands

But now the sea’s too heavy
And I just, I just don’t understand
Why must my crew desert me?
When I need, I need a guiding hand

Call out for direction and there’s no one there to steer
Shout out for salvation but there’s no one there to hear
Cry out supplication for the maelstrom is near
Scream out desperation but no one cares to hear

The whiteness of confusion
Is unfolding from my mind
I stare around in wonder
Have I left my life behind?

I catch the scent of ambergris
And turn my head, surprised
My gaze is caught and held and I
Am helpless, mesmerized

Another foggy dawn
The mountain almost gone
Another doubtful fear
The road is not so clear
My soul grows ever weary
And the end is ever near

Draw another goblet from the cask of forty three
Crimson misty memory, hazy glimpse of me
Give me back my wonder I’ve somethin’ more to give
I guess it doesn’t matter, there’s not much more to
Not much more to live

Look, the mist is rising and the sun is peaking through
See the steps grow lighter as I reach their final few
Hear the dancing waters, I must be drawing near
Feel, my heart is pounding with embattled hope and fear

Now, at last I fall before the Fountain of Lamneth
I thought I would be singing but I’m tired out of breath
Many journeys end here but the secrets told the same
Life is just a candle and a dream must give it flame

The key, the end, the answer, stripped of their disguise
Still it’s all confusion and tears spring to my eyes
Though I’ve reached a signpost, it’s really not the end
Like Old Sol behind the mountain, I’ll be comin’ up again

To seek the sacred river Alph
To walk the caves of ice
To break my fast on honeydew
And drink the milk of Paradise…’

I had heard the whispered tales of immortality
The deepest mystery
From an ancient book I took a clue
I scaled the frozen mountain tops of eastern lands unknown
Time and Man alone
Searching for the lost Xanadu

Xanadu…

To stand within the Pleasure Dome
Decreed by Kubla Khan
To taste anew the fruits of life
The last immortal man
To find the sacred river Alph
To walk the caves of ice
Oh, I will dine on honeydew
And drink the milk of Paradise

A thousand years have come and gone but time has passed me by
Stars stopped in the sky
Frozen in an everlasting view
Waiting for the world to end, weary of the night
Praying for the light
Prison of the lost
Xanadu

Xanadu…

Held within the Pleasure Dome
Decreed by Kubla Khan
To taste my bitter triumph
As a mad immortal man
Nevermore shall I return
Escape these caves of ice
For I have dined on honeydew
And drunk the milk of Paradise