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Seven Cities of Gold: Filler or Fantastic?

Mini Epic Trippy Killer vocals

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Poll: Seven Cities of Gold (78 member(s) have cast votes)

Is this song just filler, or a grand mini-epic?

  1. Filler. The song is ill conceived (17 votes [21.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.79%

  2. Mini Epic all the way (61 votes [78.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 78.21%

Geddy's Voice on Seven Cities of Gold

  1. I love it (40 votes [51.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 51.28%

  2. I hate it (11 votes [14.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.10%

  3. It's ok (27 votes [34.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.62%

Does SCOG remind you of any other Rush song?

  1. No (47 votes [60.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.26%

  2. Yes (7 votes [8.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.97%

  3. Kinda (24 votes [30.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.77%

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#1 Tombstone Mountain

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:35 PM

Discuss the merits or demerits of this song


Edited by Tombstone Mountain, 01 June 2015 - 10:27 PM.


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:38 PM

Great tune.  Old school riff.  I would never compare it to Xanadu, but it is similarly riff driven in some ways, and is about a voyage.  I love the voyage tunes.  Trying to find the meaning of life or get your nerves fuckedup in a black hole, whatever.  Great stuff.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:39 PM

"Seven Cities Of Gold"

A man can lose his past, in a country like this
Wandering aimless
Parched and nameless
A Man could lose his way, in a country like this
Canyons and cactus
Endless and trackless

Searching through a grim eternity
Sculptured by a prehistoric sea

Seven Cities of Gold
Stories that fired my imagination
Seven Cities of Gold
A splendid mirage in this desolation
Seven Cities of Gold
Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations
Glitter in the sun like a revelation
Distant as a comet or a constellation

A man can lose himself, in a country like this
Rewrite the story
Recapture the glory
A man could lose his life, in a country like this
Sunblind and friendless
Frozen and endless

And the nights grow longer, the farther I go
Wake to aching cold, and a deep Sahara of snow

Seven Cities of Gold
Stories that fired my imagination
Seven Cities of Gold
A splendid mirage in this desolation
Seven Cities of Gold
Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations
Glitter in the sun like a revelation
Distant as a comet or a constellation

That gleam in the distance could be heaven's gate
A long-awaited treasure at the end of my cruel fate

Seven Cities of Gold
Stories that fired my imagination
Seven Cities of Gold
A splendid mirage in this desolation
Seven Cities of Gold
Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations
Glitter in the sun like a revelation
Distant as a comet or a constellation



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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:39 PM

Love this song.  One of my favorites off of CA.  Full of sweeping grandeur for me. Very hook-o-centric.  Reminds me heavily of their seventies output.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:39 PM

View Posttoymaker, on 01 June 2015 - 06:38 PM, said:

Great tune.  Old school riff.  I would never compare it to Xanadu, but it is similarly riff driven in some ways, and is about a voyage.  I love the voyage tunes.  Trying to find the meaning of life or get your nerves fuckedup in a black hole, whatever.  Great stuff.
Right on. It is sublime, wicked awesome!

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:40 PM

Boring song.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:41 PM

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 01 June 2015 - 06:39 PM, said:

View Posttoymaker, on 01 June 2015 - 06:38 PM, said:

Great tune.  Old school riff.  I would never compare it to Xanadu, but it is similarly riff driven in some ways, and is about a voyage.  I love the voyage tunes.  Trying to find the meaning of life or get your nerves fuckedup in a black hole, whatever.  Great stuff.
Right on. It is sublime, wicked awesome!
I would even go so far as to say "bitchin'"

#8 Tombstone Mountain

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:41 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 June 2015 - 06:40 PM, said:

Boring song.
How so?

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:42 PM

An epic tune from a MASTERPIECE    :rush:

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:43 PM

View Postcanadianice, on 01 June 2015 - 06:42 PM, said:

An epic tune from a MASTERPIECE :rush:
It's got EVERYTHING I love about Rush.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:44 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 June 2015 - 06:40 PM, said:

Boring song.

I am sorry, but I am unable to "like" your post. :sad face: :frowny face: . . . okay, what is the code for the unhappy lookin' dude??

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:44 PM

I like that guitar riff in there (during the verses). I think it's a good song. Not great, but good.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:45 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 June 2015 - 06:40 PM, said:

Boring song.
This^^^. Average song at best. The third worst on the album in my opinion...

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:45 PM

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 01 June 2015 - 06:43 PM, said:

View Postcanadianice, on 01 June 2015 - 06:42 PM, said:

An epic tune from a MASTERPIECE :rush:
It's got EVERYTHING I love about Rush.
  It,s evil wicked, mean and nasty!!!!!!!!

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:45 PM

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 01 June 2015 - 06:41 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 June 2015 - 06:40 PM, said:

Boring song.
How so?

I'm not sure how to answer that other than it's kind of plodding. The lyrics are uninteresting.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:45 PM

View Posttoymaker, on 01 June 2015 - 06:44 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 June 2015 - 06:40 PM, said:

Boring song.

I am sorry, but I am unable to "like" your post. :sad face: :frowny face: . . . okay, what is the code for the unhappy lookin' dude??
You won't like mine either then... ;)

#17 Tombstone Mountain

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:45 PM

View Posttoymaker, on 01 June 2015 - 06:38 PM, said:

Great tune.  Old school riff.  I would never compare it to Xanadu, but it is similarly riff driven in some ways, and is about a voyage.  I love the voyage tunes.  Trying to find the meaning of life or get your nerves fuckedup in a black hole, whatever.  Great stuff.
You're right it's not Xanadu, it's Seven Cities of Gold. It's own universe. An impressive aspect of this tune are the guitar soundscapes...very "out there".

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:45 PM

Not a mini epic, but good song. Not in the higher tier of stuff off the high tier album that is CA, but it's good. Ged's vocals are fine on the studio, but I cringe at the version on the CA Tour. This one's not an easy one to sing.

Doesn't remind me of anything else.

Damn I love that groove from the main riff :haz:

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:46 PM

View Posttoymaker, on 01 June 2015 - 06:44 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 June 2015 - 06:40 PM, said:

Boring song.

I am sorry, but I am unable to "like" your post. :sad face: :frowny face: . . . okay, what is the code for the unhappy lookin' dude??

You don't have to like my post. It's just my opinion.  :)

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:47 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 June 2015 - 06:45 PM, said:

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 01 June 2015 - 06:41 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 01 June 2015 - 06:40 PM, said:

Boring song.
How so?

I'm not sure how to answer that other than it's kind of plodding. The lyrics are uninteresting.
I'm curious as to the lyrical component for you. Maybe ya gotta be a dude to connect with this tune




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