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"The Camera Eye" is a song by the Canadian rock band Rush. It is the fifth song on their 1981 album Moving Pictures and is the longest song on the album.


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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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Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their iconic lineup when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first United States tour. Rutsey's departure stemmed primarily from health concerns regarding his diabetes. In 2015 the band played their final show due to Peart's declining health. more »

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Written by: Neil Elwood Peart, Gary Lee Weinrib, Alex Zivojinovich


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