"The Fountain of Lamneth" is the fifth and final song on Rush's "Caress of Steel" album. It is also their second epic song (the first being "The Necromancer," the fourth song of the same album. "The Fountain of Lamneth" is the first of three sidelong epics Rush would write. It is broken into six smaller parts; however, unlike later extended songs such as "Xanadu" or "Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres," the individual parts "The Fountain of Lamneth" do not segue seamlessly, but rather each segment fades out as the next fades in. Along with "The Necromancer," "The Fountain of Lamneth" was blamed for the commercial failure of the "Caress of Steel" album. This song tells the story of a person searching for the fountain of Lamneth, and his adventures along the way.
Total length: 19:58
I. In the ValleyEdit
II. Didacts and NarpetsEdit
information: Didacts and Narpets are teachers and parents. Didacts is also an anagram for addicts.
III. No One at the BridgeEdit
V. Bacchus PlateauEdit
This part alone was included on the never-intended-to-be released (publicly) compilation album "Everything Your Listeners Ever Wanted to Hear by Rush... But You Were Afraid to Play"
VI. The FountainEdit
Along with "I Think I'm Going Bald" it is widely believed to never have been played live, although there are no known records of when they headlined during the "Down The Tubes Tour" (Caress of Steel) so they may have been played live.