"Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage" as written by and Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart....
He's a rebel and a runner
He's a signal turning green
He's a restless young romantic
Wants to run the big machine

He's got a problem with his poisons
But you know he'll find a cure
He's cleaning up the systems
To keep his nature pure

Learning to match the beat of the old-world man
Learning to catch the heat of the third-world man

He's got to make his own mistakes
And learn to mend the mess he makes
He's old enough to know what's right
And young enough not to choose it
He's noble enough to win the world
But weak enough to lose it

He's a new-world man

He's a radio receiver
Tuned to factories and farms
He's a writer and ranger and a young boy bearing arms
He's got a problem with his powers
His weapons on patrol
He's got to walk a fine line
And keep his self-control

Trying to save the day for the old-world man
Trying to pave the way for the third-world man

He's not concerned with yesterday
He knows constant change is here today
He's noble enough to know what's right
But weak enough not to choose it
He's wise enough to win the world
But fool enough to lose it

He's a new-world man

Learning to match the beat of the old-world man
He's learning to catch the heat of the third-world man

He's a new world man
He's a new world man


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"Cygnus X-1: Book One: The Voyage" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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  • +4
    General CommentThe slow-strumming guitar at the end with the subtle heart-beat in the background is an awesome sort of cliff-hanger ending. It sounds very suggestive that there is something on the other side of Cygnus X-1. Goddamn this band is talented.
    Nebuchadnezzaron November 12, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song has the most amazing bass intro.
    HalfaMatton July 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have a feeling thier may be more to this song then meets the eye
    last_standon June 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song was somewhat diminished by its connection with the next portion on hemispheres. Before hemispheres, it was just about someone going out on an adventure for no reason other than curiosity. He dared brave the vastness of the cosmos for the sake of adventure, to follow his dreams of discovery. With Hemispheres, we find out that he was going to find the Gods. His adventure is no longer for the sake of adventure, but is instead a desperate call for help. I don't know why, but it just seems like the song had more in it when it was just one man on a mission for himself.
    voice.of.reason?on October 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTaking a trip across space and time, w/ your eyes closed, but your mind open. Great feeling throughout the song. Especially the beginning. :)
    MSM Hobbeson December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationLook into the name of his ship
    rushpwnsxon April 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love when Geddy sings this part
    The x-ray is her siren song
    My ship cannot resist her long
    Nearer to my deadly goal
    Until the Black Hole ---
    Gains control...
    rushpwnsxon April 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song (if you couldn't tell by my scree name)
    I know that the ship is called the Rocinate, which is the name of Don Quixote's horse. if anyone else hasn't caught that yet...
    CygnusX2on June 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've only heard this song a couple of times, but I've been known to mumble the prologue to myself for no apparent reason on occasion. I love the entirety of the vocals, but I can't remember the rest of the song well enough to comment. However, the end of the first canto brings up an interesting point: sometimes there's no way of knowing what will happen until you try. It turned out pretty well for the narrator, but it doesn't always.
    rampagingpoeton April 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn, Part 3 is so amazing. Geddy sounds like he's ready to explode...with awesomeness.
    dondrummeron May 10, 2011   Link

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