"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.