"The Necromancer" as written by and Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart....
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

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

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 away in 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


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"The Necromancer" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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    General Comment"Return of the Prince" is probably my favorite part of any RUSH song ever.

    I just love the fade in of the guitar and then the overlay kicks in and it has such a great feel. The lyrics are so uplifting, then the solo at the end just COMPLETELY captures the spirit of freedom and joy. Love the last solo, so melodic and not more than it needs to be, just perfect.

    Love the 'evil prism eye' reference to Suaron as well!

    Nice work Alex!
    killroy134on May 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationthis song is very similar to 2112 in that it is used as a dagger to the critics. when this song was written, Rush was really close to being released from their record company because they did not like the style of music they were heading towards. they pushed the band to change and head in the other direction, write more simple lyrics, and not be so different.

    The Necromancer is about three travelers (from Willowdale, so obviously Geddy, Alex, and Neil) that approach a dark land ruled by the evil Necromancer. The Necromancer tries to capture them and bring them into his lair, like he does with everyone that intrudes onto his land. The Necromancer is meant to represent the record companies and media that urged them to change. In the song, they are going to be captured, but By-Tor saves them. This is meant to represent their music (by-tor and the snow dog). So, basically, their music and creativity saved them from being captured by evil. This was their way of saying "no" to the record companies when they pressured them to change.

    i think it's kinda funny that once "the wraith of the Necromancer soars away in the night" the dark lands are then turned bright. in other words, if it wasn't for the media and record companies, music would be much better off!!

    i want to see this and The Fountain of Lamneth performed live so badly. i know that will probably never happen, but as a 19 year old, one can only dream.
    AstrosJakeon December 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOW! I'm amazed that noone has placed any comments for this amazing milestone. Rush's first epic. (BY-TOR and the Snowdog, doesn't count but It did lead the way , and this case the created the characters). I think this is the best song off of Carress of Steel. Much better than "The Fountain of Lamneth" in my opinion. But pt.III. Return of the Prince is an awesome song in its own right, my band loves to play it. For those who haven't heard it, I recommend it.
    johnpauljones86on September 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWOW! I'm amazed that noone has placed any comments for this amazing milestone. Rush's first epic. (BY-TOR and the Snowdog, doesn't count but It did lead the way , and this case the created the characters). I think this is the best song off of Carress of Steel. Much better than "The Fountain of Lamneth" in my opinion. But pt.III. Return of the Prince is an awesome song in its own right, my band loves to play it. For those who haven't heard it, I recommend it.
    johnpauljones86on September 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've listened to this song a few times, I love the part that starts around 9 minutes-ish, it's awesome and sounds really familiar and I can't remember where I heard that from before... I think some song by The Who
    PinkFloydrulezon March 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis sounds like Pink Floyd, kinda.
    Anilandon February 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song you guys are thinking of is "beast of burden" by rolling stones.. the Chords are similar at 9 minutes. RUSH ROCKS!!
    the_powerslaveon April 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about the darkness that rules the universe and how we the time travellers and the sun which leads us are under it's power.
    Childlighton May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love rush and just heard this song for the first time today and i must say even if you hate Rush around 6:30 to 9:00 in this song will blow your mind
    Ether42on June 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is clearly based on Tolkien. The Necromancer is another name for Sauron. All three parts are amazing, one of the greatest songs ever written in my opinion.
    amcallowon September 27, 2007   Link

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