"Xanadu" was recorded by the progressive rock group Rush in 1977. The lyrics inspired by the Coleridge poem Kubla Khan combined with percussion, temple blocks, tubular bells, chimes, xylophone, double-neck Rickenbacker electric guitars and synthesizer create the many sounds of mythical Xanadu. A place in a dream.https://youtu.be/8JAA90BRp6o
To seek the sacred river Alph To walk the caves of ice To break my fast on honey dew 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
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 honey dew And drink the milk of paradise, oh 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
Held within the pleasure dome Decreed by Kubla Khan To taste my bitter triumph As a mad immortal man Never more shall I return Escape these caves of ice For I have dined on honey dew And drunk the milk of paradise, whoa paradise.
Coleridge's Original Poem.
As I develop the awakening mind I praise the Buddha as they shine I bow before you as I travel my path To join your ranks, I make my full time task.
For the sake of all beings I seek The enlightened mind I know I'll reap Respect to Shantideva and all the others Who brought the dharma for sisters and brothers.
I give thanks for this world as a place to learn And for this human body I know I've earned And my deepest thanks to all sentient beings Without them there would be no place to learn what I'm seeing.
There's nothing here that's not been said before But I put it down now so I'll be sure To solidify my own views and I'll be glad if it helps Anyone else out too.
If others disrespect me or give me flack I'll stop and think before I react Knowing they're going through insecure stages I'll take the opportunity to exercise patience.
I'll see it as a chance to help the other person Nip it in the bud before it can worsen A change for me to be strong and sure As I think on the Buddhas who have come before.
As I praise and respect the good they've done Knowing only love can conquer in every situation We need other people in order to create The circumstances for the learning we're here to generate.
Situations that bring up our deepest fears So we can work to release them until they're cleared Therefore, it only makes sense To thank our enemies despite their intent.
The Bodhisattva path is one of power and strength A strength from within to go the length Seeing others are as important as myself I strive for a happiness of mental wealth.
With the interconnection we share as one Every action we take affects everyone So in deciding for what a situation calls There is a path for the good for all.
I try to make every action for the highest good With the altruistic wish to achieve Buddha-hood So I pledge here before everyone who's listening To try to make my action for the good of all beings.
For the rest of my lifetimes and even beyond I vow to do my best to do no harm And in times of doubt I can think on the dharma And the enlightened ones who've graduated Samsara.