"Bastille Day" is the first song from Rush's third album Caress of Steel. 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. 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 also the first track on Rush's "All the World's a Stage" Live Album as well as the sixth on their Retrospective I (1974-1980).

The first verse contains a reference to the infamous phrase, "Let them eat cake", a historical legend, which nevertheless found many believers.


Song: Bastille Day

Album: Caress of Steel

Label: Mercury

Length: 4:37


Geddy Lee: Vocals/Bass

Alex Lifeson: Guitar

Neil Peart: Drums

Alternate VersionsEdit

  • All the World's a Stage
Difference: Live/ different (but similar) solo
  • Different Stages
Difference: Live
  • R30
Difference: Part 3 of the instramental medley, "R30 Overture"