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.
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Grim faced and forbidding
Their faces closed tight
An angular mass of New Yorkers