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Artist: Rush
Album: Caress of Steel

Words and Music by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart

I. Into Darkness

As grey traces of dawn tinge the eastern sky, the three
travelers, men of Willow Dale, emerge from the forest
shadow. Fording the River Dawn, they turn south,
journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of the
Necromancer. Even now the intensity of his dread power
can be felt, weakening the body and saddening the heart.
Ultimately they will become empty, mindless spectres,
stripped of will and soul. Only their thirst for freedom
gives them hunger for vengeance...

Silence shrouds the forest
As the birds announce the dawn
Three trav'llers ford the river
And southward journey on
The road is lined with peril
The air is charged with fear
The shadow of his nearness
Weighs like iron tears

II. Under the Shadow

Shreds of black cloud loom in overcast skies. The
Necromancer keeps watch with his magic prism eyes. He
views all his lands and is already aware of the three
helpless invaders trapped in his lair...

Brooding in the tower
Watching o'er his land
Holding ev'ry creature
Helplessly they stand
Gaze into his prisms
Knowing they are near
Lead them to the dungeons
Spectres numb with fear
They bow defeated

III. Return of the Prince

Enter the Champion.
Prince By-Tor appears to battle for freedom from chains
of long years. The spell has been broken...the Dark Lands
are bright, the Wraith of the Necromancer soars
the night.

Stealthily attacking
By-Tor slays his foe
The men are free to run now
From labyrinths below
The Wraith of Necromancer
Shadows through the sky
Another land to darken
With evil prism eye...


by jacf1 on 1/8/2010 8:41am
gives me threatening
by JJ on 1/5/2015 9:16pm
Though it sounds kind of incomplete on its own, "Return of the Prince" was released as a single from this album. Not surprisingly, it didn't chart. Neither did the other single, "Lakeside Park". A career low point, but a creative high! They went on the "Down the Tubes" Tour that year.

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