The Camera Eye (11:01)

Cover of Moving Pictures

From Moving Pictures and 14 other releases

This song opens the B-side of Moving Pictures, which would be Rush’s last “epic” song, clocking in at almost eleven minutes. It is an attempt to capture the energy and moods of two of the English-speaking world’s great cities: New York (first verse) and London (second verse). The title and general themes of “The Camera Eye” lyrics were borrowed from the work of John Dos Passos, one of drummer/lyricist’s Neil Peart’s favorite authors.

The first 2.5 minutes is driven by synthesizers with percussion and lead guitar accents. The song consists of three fairly simple chord progressions, performed and produced masterfully.


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  • Maah365

    RUSH!!! They're my favorite band! Amazing musicians. :o) [2] It sucks hearing the same 5 or 6 Rush songs on the radio when they have such amazing stuff like this on all their albums! [2]

    18 Jun 1:45am Reply
  • Nikilish

    RUSH!!! They're my favorite band! Amazing musicians. :o)

    19 Apr 11:58pm Reply
  • hucketbed

    It sucks hearing the same 5 or 6 Rush songs on the radio when they have such amazing stuff like this on all their albums!

    10 Apr 10:45am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    such a masterpiece! this album rules.

    18 Jan 9:03am Reply

    There's 'something' about Rush. Something to do with Alex's guitar playing, their songwriting, their whole sound. It gets me every time. There's a warmth about Rush that I don't get from any other band......can't put my finger on it but I've never been dissappointed by any Rush I've ever heard, old or new. Very special.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
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  • ButchGantenbein

    Love this Band

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jamie_2112

    Love this song!

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Rowsell1985


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  • wilson_cobain

    best song on Moving Pictures IMO

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Nils-erik_mulle


    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • robotron_2084

    Absolute monster riff.

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    YEAH!!!! @2:48 Whoa! @3:35 Damn @4:44 bringing it all home @6:00 on amazing!

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tabletopdrummer

    Genius, Brilliance, Amazing, Mystical, Powerful, = RUSH !

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Finally I get this song, for years I didn't like it. Great song.

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • scientist4u

    Rush are always good. thats why there the best , roll on next may UK tour !

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • bossmark1


    4 May 2012 Reply
  • Haradadan

    There is so much movement in this song... I saw them live on the Moving Pictures tour, and this has always been one of my favorite Rush songs.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • storagemusic

    this song is in my top 10 of all rush songs.

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jpeiper

    Spectacular live.

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
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