Bastille Day (song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Bastille Day"
Song by Rush from the album Caress of Steel
Recorded 1975
Genre Progressive rock, heavy metal
Length 4:37
Label Mercury
Writer Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
Lyrics by Neil Peart
Producer Rush, Terry Brown
Caress of Steel track listing
"Bastille Day"
"I Think I'm Going Bald"

"Bastille Day" is the opening track from Rush's third album Caress of Steel.[1] The music was written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, and the lyrics were written by Neil Peart. It is about the storming of the Bastille in the French Revolution, which is now celebrated as Bastille Day, the French national holiday. The song would eventually inspire the American progressive metal band Dream Theater to be originally named "Majesty" which would also inspire the band's classic Dream Theater logo.[2]

"Bastille Day" was last played on the Moving Pictures Warm-Up Tour; however, it made a re-appearance on the R30 CD and DVD as part of the instrumental "R30 Overture".

"Bastille Day" is included in Rush's All the World's a Stage and Different Stages live albums, as well as their Retrospective I (1974-1980) compilation album.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Caress of Steel: Released September 1975". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dream Theater: 20 Majestic Years". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "French History for Dummies"