By-Tor and the Snow Dog (8:37)

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“By-Tor and the Snow Dog” is the fourth song on the band’s second album, Fly By Night.

It was the first Rush song to be divided up into “movements” on the albums liner notes, and takes significant influence from Yes’s epic, “The Gates of Delirium” with the inclusion of the battle scene and its aftermath as musical themes.

“By-Tor and the Snow Dog” was inspired by Rush roadie Howard Ungerleider’s story of him staying at Anthem records owner Ray Danniels’ house, where Danniels’ German shepherd growled at him, and a tiny dog also owned by Danniels tried to jump on him. Ungerleider told Rush about it and they thought it was hilarious.


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  • niQboy

    By-Tor... and THE SNOW DAWG !!!!

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    further to the conversation Rush is the best band I have heard from Canada.

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    arcade fire is the second best canadian band ever

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • stargazer916

    alex's solo is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rushfan1

    It was a joy watching Lifeson belittle & mock the R&R HoF community with his schtick, but at the same time it was nice to hear Geddy & Neil express their appreciation to their core fans. Class Acts all around! Hail RUSH, the only god I pray to.

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • metalhed00

    Oooooooo YOOOW!

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • BrainPies

    Fuck the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, fuck Rolling Stone, fuck all who have deluded themselves to believe Arcade Fire is the best Canadian band ever, and fuck any indie/alternative hipster asshat who think they are too cool for Rush. Their countless platinum and gold records, hundreds of millions of fans, and most importantly their music... all speak for themselves. Few if any bands have touched and connected with their near-rabid fans so deeply and on so many levels. They have more musical talent and integrity than practically the entire rest of the industry measured together.

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • TBarnes911

    Most Awesome Band....Have loved them from Start!

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • maplejet

    "Rush rules!!! Leets start a campaign to get them into the Rock Hall of Fame..." Don't need to anymore :)

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    one of their best pieces

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bossmark1

    This is Groovy

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • gutlesswonder

    Seeing them next year! Whoop! :D

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • EvilMonkeyRec

    Rush - Practice Makes Perfect - 09-08-1979 << Great & rare Rush live !! >>

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • HeadShoteR

    I think I'm starting to love the Fly By Night album. I was never a big fan of the record. Not sure why exactly. It's amazing.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    V Beastie Boy deserve it way more

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • rushfan1

    The R&R Hall of Shame can kiss my ass....just heard that the Beastie Boys will be inducted! Doesn't that tell you where there heads are at? Pure frustration....

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Ryu12543

    Sure there is a best Rush song. That would have to be Hemispheres. :D

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ajellendersen

    Monster.. I can't go that far and declare a "best Rush song", because there's no such thing, too many great and different tracks. BUT this is definitely one of my favorites, COLOSSAL piece..

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Scotty5150

    I so very glad I got to see them a few times!!!

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • Zeldadaft96

    I swear if I ever get any dogs one of them will end up being By-Tor and another will be Snowdog.

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
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