The Camera Eye
|"The Camera Eye"|
|Song by Rush|
|from the album Moving Pictures|
|Released||February 12, 1981|
|Moving Pictures track listing|
Composition and recordingEdit
The song is in the key of C major, and is played in 4/4 time. However, each verse contains several bars of 5/4 and 6/4 as well. The song has a BPM of 165.[unreliable source?] "The Camera Eye" is the last Rush song that is over 10 minutes long.[unreliable source]
The song is a two-part track with its sections titled "New York" and "London". Drummer Neil Peart wrote the lyrics after taking walks in both cities, recalling observations and the rhythms he felt during them.
The band's lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee said of the song in 2011:
For me, it didn't age very well. That's one of the reasons that it didn't make it into our show for so long. Doing the album in its entirety enabled us to revisit it. And I have to say, rather sheepishly, that I've found myself really loving playing that song every night. Sometimes when you go back and play it the way you play nowadays, you reinvigorate the song.
Greg Prato of AllMusic called it a long and winding song, writing that "The Camera Eye" is one of the band's "more straight-ahead epics". Another AllMusic writer, Bret Adams, called it a spectacular epic.
Christopher Thelen of the Daily Vault wrote: "the track is so tight, it's hard to believe so much time simply flies by".
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