Rush Reboot bonus – Witch Hunt (1981)

The song Witch Hunt from the album Moving Pictures. I STRONGLY encourage listening to this one for the mood it evokes.

I wanted to post a bonus reboot especially in light of the times and environment. I don’t find this song to cause me to be a defeatist, for the more that know the more can resist. The last sentence says it all:  Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand…


This was the first song in a 4 part series entitled Fear. Wikipedia states:
Fear” is a set of four songs by the band Rush. The composition consists of Part I: “The Enemy Within” (from 1984’s Grace Under Pressure),[1] Part II: “The Weapon” (from 1982’s Signals),[2] Part III: “Witch Hunt” (from 1981’s Moving Pictures)[3] and Part IV: “Freeze” (from 2002’s Vapor Trails).[4] Parts I, II, and III were released in reverse order, while Part IV was released a little more than 18 years after Part I. The songs do not follow a set storyline. Instead, they deal with topics relating to the emotion of fear.


(Part III of Fear)

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart


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 possessed
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
In our immigrants and infidels
They say there is strangeness, too dangerous
In our theatres and bookstore shelves
That 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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