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Witch Hunt - Rush (1981)

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Published on Jan 7, 2012

"Witch Hunt" was released on the Moving Pictures album in February of 1981. Moving Pictures was the album that broke Rush into the big time. All of a sudden even people who hadn't been listening to Rush much were huge fans of this record, mainly due to the success of the singles, "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight". It became a huge album on FM radio, many of the tracks are staples even today.

This is the 5th video I've created for a Rush tune.

While most of my friends favored the more popular singles, it was "Witch Hunt" that I thought the greatest track on the record. This album came out while I was working at the record store and it's about as close as I've ever come to being burned out on a Rush record. Damn, we played this thing constantly! Even now I remember that "Witch Hunt" was the song that I never grew tired of.

The band crafted another beautiful and unique tune, it's a really fine melody, an awesome (and even more punchy thanks to the 2011 remaster) bass line by Geddy Lee, very cool keyboard work by Hugh Syme (Rush's longtime artwork creator), and unique and stylish percussion and effects....but of course it's Neil Peart's lyrics that make it truly special. I think it's an incredibly insightful, honest and elegantly constructed statement about some of mankind's less admirable qualities.....this has to be among Neil Peart's finest work.

Even though the song isn't (really) about witches, it's these images that are the coolest to play around with (much easier than trying to visually represent the intangibles of hatred and paranoia!.....even though I thought about trying to make that video). The song is just so awesome, and I think the video we all want to see behind this song has witches, lots of witches it it!.....so I threw in a bunch! :-)

Any video with witches needs to include the greatest painting on the subject, Luis Ricardo Faléro's "Departure of the Witches" (1878). It's an incredibly beautiful painting and it's featured heavily in the video. Also featured is clips from the 1971 film, "Twins Of Evil" (got the idea to use this film from a great video another user had made a few years back.....just love the footage from this film! Thanks! check out this video and more fine custom Rush vids @ http://www.youtube.com/user/Christell...).

Hope you like the effort!

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[Lyrics]
The night is black
Without a moon.
The air is thick and still.
The vigilantes gather on
The lonely torchlit hill.

Features distorted in the flickering light,
The faces are twisted and grotesque.
Silent and stern in the sweltering night,
The mob moves like demons possesed.
Quiet in conscience, calm in their right,
Confident their ways are best.

The righteous rise
With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will.
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill.

They say there are strangers who threaten us,
Our immigrants and infidels.
They say there is strangeness too dangerous
In our theaters and bookstore shelves.
Those who know what's best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves.

Quick to judge,
Quick to anger,
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand...

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