Bastille Day (song)

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"Bastille Day"
Song by Rush from the album Caress of Steel
Released 1975 (1975)
Recorded 1975
Studio Toronto Sound, Toronto
Length 4:37
Label Mercury
Lyricist(s) Neil Peart
Caress of Steel track listing
"Bastille Day"
"I Think I'm Going Bald"

"Bastille Day" is a song by Rush, the opening track from their third album, Caress of Steel.[5] Like most Rush songs, the music was written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, and the lyrics by Neil Peart. It is about the storming of the Bastille, which began the French Revolution, and the events that followed it.

Live versions of the song appear on the albums All the World's a Stage and Different Stages. It was last performed live in 1981, but an instrumental section was played during the R30 Tour as part of the "R30 Overture," which opened concerts on that tour.

Progressive metal band Dream Theater, originally known as "Majesty," took their original name from founding drummer Mike Portnoy's description of the ending of "Bastille Day" as "majestic."[6]


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  1. ^ a b Bowman, Durrell (2014). Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 13. ISBN 9781442231313. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (2013). Rush: The Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. p. 26. ISBN 9780760343647. 
  3. ^ Wagner, Jeff (2010). Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal. Bazillion Points Books. p. 23. ISBN 9780979616334. 
  4. ^ Holm-Hudson, Kevin (2013). Progressive Rock Reconsidered. Routledge. p. 190. ISBN 9781135710224.  First published in 2002.
  5. ^ "Caress of Steel: Released September 1975". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dream Theater: 20 Majestic Years". Retrieved 12 July 2012.