Xanadu-FX.com contains graphics and web design tips, tutorials, along with free files and templates. These will be useful for building web sites or for using graphics applications like Photoshop, Fireworks, Flash, Bryce 3D, Swishmax, Dreamweaver and even MySpace. Eventually sections for Drupal, WordPress, Livejournal and other related Content Management or blog applications will be included.

Xanadu-FX is named after the song “Xanadu” on A Farewell to Kings, the fifth studio album by Rush.

The lyrics for the epic “Xanadu” were inspired by the 56-line poem Kubla Khan, written around 1797 by British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Lee, Lifeson, and Peart all worked overtime in this track, each utilizing a number of instruments to affect the performance. “Xanadu” also marks a rare occurrence of Geddy Lee on rhythm guitar.

"To seek the sacred river Alph
To walk the caves of ice
To break my fast on honeydew
And drink the milk of Paradise…"

I had heard the whispered tales of immortality
The deepest mystery
From an ancient book I took a clue
I scaled the frozen mountain tops of eastern lands unknown
Time and Man alone
Searching for the lost Xanadu


To stand within the Pleasure Dome
Decreed by Kubla Khan
To taste anew the fruits of life
The last immortal man
To find the sacred river Alph
To walk the caves of ice
Oh, I will dine on honeydew
And drink the milk of Paradise

A thousand years have come and gone but time has passed me by
Stars stopped in the sky
Frozen in an everlasting view
Waiting for the world to end, weary of the night
Praying for the light
Prison of the lost


Held within the Pleasure Dome
Decreed by Kubla Khan
To taste my bitter triumph
As a mad immortal man
Nevermore shall I return
Escape these caves of ice
For I have dined on honeydew
And drunk the milk of Paradise

Or is it Paradise??

More Xanadu Trivia:

  • From Wiki: Xanadu or Zanadu (Chinese: 上都; Hanyu Pinyin: ShàngdÅ«) was the summer capital of Kublai Khan’s Mongol Empire. The city was located in what is now called Inner Mongolia, 275 km north of Beijing, northwest of Duolun and northeast of Lanqui/Zhenglan Banner/Dund Hot. The capital consisted of the square-shaped “Outer City” (2,200 metres square), “Inner City” (1,400 metres square), and the palace, where Kublai Khan stayed in summer. The palace was 550 metres square, 40% the size of Forbidden City in Beijing (China). The most visible modern-day remnants are the earthen walls though there is also a (ground-level) circular brick platform in the centre of the inner enclosure.
  • Information about The Original Hypertext Project (founded in 1960) can be found at Xanadu.com