By-Tor And The Snow Dog
by Rush

Album: Fly By Night (1975)
  • I. At the Tobes of Hades
    The Tobes of Hades
    Lit by flickering torchlight
    The Netherworld is gathered in the glare
    Prince By-Tor takes the cavern
    To the north light
    The sign of Eth is rising in the air
    By-Tor, knight of darkness,
    Centurion of evil
    Devil's prince

    II. Across the Styx
    Across the River Styx
    Out of the lamplight
    His nemesis is waiting at the gate
    The Snow Dog, ermine glowing
    In the damp night
    Coal-black eyes shimmering with hate
    By-Tor and the Snow Dog
    Square for battle
    Let the fray begin

    III. Of the Battle


    IV. Epilogue
    The battle's over
    And the dust is clearing
    Disciples of the Snow Dog sound the knell
    Rejoicing echoes
    As the dawn is nearing
    By-Tor in defeat
    Retreats to Hell
    Snow Dog is victorious
    The land of the Overworld
    Is saved again

Comments: 16

  • Mikey from Oregon Oh Does anyone (truly) know how they recorded/sampled the growling sounds of "By-Tor"...My guess is Alex went to a Pork Slaughterhouse and recorded them unloading the Hog trucks using cattle prods...The sound of By-Tor is a Hog or perhaps a wild boar.
  • Chris from PudseyMy vinyl copy of Archives (UK original pressing) does not have a longer version of the chimes at the end of side one, it is identical to the Fly By Night version :-(
  • Mark from NjThe 3 travelers remind me of the Lord of the Rings since the allude to The Necromancer. Sauron played that role in Tolkiens novels. Also, Rivendell is a close resemblance to the home of Galadrial, Queen of the Elves. "Eleven songs and endless nights, sweet wine and soft relaxing lights, time will never touch you here in this enchanted place......" Beautifully written.
  • Alden from Canton, GaYou can debate forever on what the meaning is. But one things is for sure- its a great song!
  • Ken from West Deptford, NjHi Shana,

    On the album "Caress Of Steel" there is a track titled "The Necromancer" who in turn in pure evil. Part III of the The Necromancer is titled "Return of the Prince" who is in fact By-Tor. "Stealthily attacking, By-Tor slays his foe. The men are free to run now, from labrarinths below. The fate of the Necromancer, shadows to the sky, another land to darken with evil prism eye".

    By-Tor appears to free the three travelers (Alex, Neil and Geddy) from the Nectomancer's evil clutches.
  • John from Asheville, NcI've grown to like this song a LOT more than I originally did...due mostly to the really cool musical breakdown around the solo. While it's still far from a favorite of mine, I've definitely gained an appreciation for it.
  • Sg Milkman from Dfw, TxThere's a fantastic, if brief, drum solo toward the middle that has a truly flawless snare drum roll crescendo. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.
  • Pete from Cincinnati, OhGeddy is described as By-tor, and Alex is Snow dog, because during the "battle" instrumental it is the growling bass lines versus the screaming high pitched guitar lines. Low being evil(By-tor) versus high being good(Snow dog). Of course there's the backing track, if you listen real close you here it during the first several bars of this section
  • Kent Lyle from Cincinnati, OhThere is one potential problem with Jesse's storyline, in that Geddy was not an original member of Rush. Jeff Jones was, although he was quickly kicked out for not making gigs. They actually had the habit of borrowing Lee's amplifiers for venues before he was invited to join the band. Lee even left (or was encouraged to leave) Rush briefly during their early years, during which time they temporarily changed their name to Hadrian for no good reason. Those crazy formative years.
  • Jesse from Halifax, CanadaIm Not 100% Certain, but Im fairly confident in this fact. Im pretty sure this song was written because when Rush first started, both alex and geddy wanted to play guitar, but they needed a bass player, and since Alex could play 'better' solos, he was voted in as the guitarist, Thus, Snow Dog Being victorious. God I love rush...
  • Jordon from Farmer City, IlDerek from CT-
    that is soooo awesome! im play bass in a band, and we were inspired by 2112 to write one of our songs, "A Glimpse (of colour)"
  • Steve from Farmington, NyThe Tobes of Hades, lit by flickering torchlight
    The netherworld is gathered in the glare
    Prince By-Tor takes the cavern to the north light
    The sign of Eth is rising in the air.
    By-Tor, knight of darkness,
    Centurion of evil, devil's prince.

    Here's the "Prince By-Tor"'s the first section of the song.
  • Jesse from L.a., CaBy-tor makes an appearance, as a GOOD GUY, on Carress of Steel. Listen to "The Necromancer"...
  • Nardo from Toronto, CanadaWhen Alex says By-Tor during "The Boys in Brazil" Documentary, press the enter key on your DVD's remote control. The movie plays then afterwards
    it'll take you right back to the same part in the documentary where you left off from.

  • Derek from Monroe, CtI love By-Tor. this song has inspired me to write a 20-minute song "Battle of the Ages" for my concept album where the Rock God (the past) and the Rap God (the future) battle to the death. It'll be awesome. Thanks Rush.
  • Shana from Pembroke, CanadaWhy does it say Prince By-Tor? lol a great song beat, really catchy
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