"The Camera Eye" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
Grim-faced and forbidding
Their faces closed tight
An angular mass of New Yorkers
Pacing in rhythm
Race the oncoming night
They chase through the streets of Manhattan
Head-first humanity
Pause at a light
Then flow through the streets of the city

They seem oblivious
To a soft spring rain
Like an English rain
So light, yet endless
From a leaden sky, yeah

The buildings are lost
In their limitless rise
My feet catch the pulse
And the purposeful stride

I feel the sense of possibilities
I feel the wrench of hard realities
The focus is sharp in the city

Wide-angle watcher
On life's ancient tales
Steeped in the history of London
Green and Grey washes
In a wispy white veil
Mist in the streets of Westminster
Wistful and weathered
The pride still prevails
Alive in the streets of the city

Are they oblivious
To this quality?
A quality
Of light unique to every city's streets

Pavements may teem
With intense energy
But the city is calm
In this violent sea

I feel the sense of possibilities
I feel the wrench of hard realities
The focus is sharp in the city


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"The Camera Eye" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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    General Commenti like this song. the complex world of the big city. so brilliant, so alive, yet...so dangerous.
    xl5ronon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like this song. It's not one of Rush's most well known, but the synth opening is great.
    floydfan87on December 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwtf only 3 posts?!?! this song is great
    takingbacksunday_77on January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song too. I found it interesting to read some of the reviews concerning Rush's greatest hits compilations on Amazon and it struck me as a bit odd that this one has never been included.
    soze_umamaon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthey everyone..i love this song...could someone please help me with finding a detailed meaning for this song..i need it for school, cheers.
    marsvoltaon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first half of the song describes a street scene in New York. The second half describes one in London. Musically, the song is composed of two very similar halves, one for each city. Aside from statements that find both cities (perhaps all cities) very positive for their energy, there's not too much indirection here -- every line says what it means.

    The New York scene includes a rain "like an English rain", detailing one facet in which New York is like London.

    There aren't too many phrases that actually capture the nature of either city. New York has a limitless rise. London has history and is weathered. This could just as well be about Chicago and Rome.
    rikdadon October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt 10:56, this was the last song Rush recorded that was over 10 minutes long.
    FenJazzon December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt 10:56, this was the last song Rush recorded that was over 10 minutes long.
    FenJazzon December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnother song that really paints a vivid image of busy city streets on a grim rainy afternoon. No wonder the album is called moving pictures, songs like this and red barchetta are perfect creating them in your mind when you listen to them. The lyrics are pretty literal and straightforward.
    MattK87on December 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentam I the only one who thinks of some sort of apocalyptic flood destroying cities in this song? mabey it's the line

    The buildings are lost in the limitless rise.
    sabotender666on February 25, 2008   Link

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