"By-tor And The Snow Dog" as written by and Alex Zivojinovich Alex Lifeson....
The tomb of Hades, lit by flickering torchlight
The nether world is gathered in the glare
Prince By-Tor takes the cavern to the north light
The sign of Eth is rising in the air.
By-Tor, knight of darkness,
Centurion of evil, devil's prince.

Across the River Styx, out of the lamplight
His nemesis is waiting at the gate
The Snow Dog, ermine glowing in the damp night
Coal-black eyes shimmering with hate.
By-Tor and the Snow Dog
Square for battle, let the fray begin.

The battle's over and the dust is clearing
Disciples of the Snow Dog sound the knell
Rejoicing echoes as the dawn is nearing
By-Tor in defeat retreats to Hell
Snow Dog is victorious
The land of the Overworld is saved again.


Lyrics submitted by shed27

By-tor And The Snow Dog song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentI just love the way Alex's guitar feels like part of the story, and not just a traditional guitar solo. Adds so much atmosphere to the whole setting - his squeaks and squeals definitely won't place in a 'Top guitar solos' list (where Mr. Cobain's SLTS comes in at #21, of course), but what an effect it creates for the By-Tor vs Snow-Dog fight scene!
    chuckofalltradeson November 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBy-Tor, knight of darkness,
    Centurion of evil, devil's prince?
    In Caress of Steel, doesn't By-Tor kill the Necromancer and save the three travelers?
    blackrealm112on July 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would assume after ByTor was defeated he stopped his evil ways, which is why he helped the travellers in The Necromancer.
    nemton May 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI heard somewhere that this song was about one of Rush's friends who had to slept at their manager's house. Apparently, the dude had a dog that wouldn't let the other dude sleep, kept trying to fight, and eventually the dude just had to leave.
    koolkittieson November 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAhh, the great battle between Geddy and Alex
    shed27on June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe names come from 2 dogs that the boys saw at a party one time. one liked to bite people so they called it biter, or by tor. the other was white, hence the name snow dog. the video for this on the vapor trails tour was hilarious.
    beemer11on April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlex Lifeson is labled as "Snow Dog" and Geddy Lee as "By-Tor" on the Fly By Night album.
    Snow Dog appears on the next album Caress Of Steel in the song The Necromancer
    Grace_UnderPressureon October 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcuse me By-Tor appears in The Necromancer not Snow Dog
    Grace_UnderPressureon October 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy-Tor, knight of darkness,
    Centurion of evil, devil's prince?
    In Caress of Steel, doesn't By-Tor kill the Necromancer and save the three travelers?
    blackrealm112on July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentw00t! Drum solo!

    Peart is the shit.


    /discussion
    z22on December 13, 2005   Link

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