Moving Pictures
Moving Pictures

Side two of the original vinyl release opened with "The Camera Eye", which would be Rush's last "epic" song, clocking in at almost eleven minutes. Lyrically and musically 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). Unlike all the other songs on the album it has never been performed live since the Moving Pictures / Exit Stage Left tours of 1981/82 (and even more sparingly played during the Signals tour of 1983). It usually tops internet polls for the song which fans would most like to see the band perform live again. The title and general thematics of "The Camera Eye" lyrics were borrowed from the work of John Dos Passos, one of Peart's favorite authors.