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Pye Dubois

Pye Dubois
Origin Canada
Genres Hard rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Lyricist
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts Max Webster, Rush, Kim Mitchell

Pye Dubois (born Paul Phillip Woods[1][2]), is a Canadian lyricist and poet. He has worked with a number of bands, including Rush and Max Webster, with whom he was considered an unofficial fifth non-performing member.[3][4] Dubois would accompany the band in the studio and wrote lyrics for each of their albums. Dubois was given lyric writing credits on several Rush songs including "Tom Sawyer", along with "Force Ten". Pye Dubois wrote the poem "Between the Sun and Moon", which inspired lyricist and drummer Neil Peart to write many of the lyrics for the album Counterparts. He is credited as a contributing composer on the song "Test for Echo".

After Max Webster dissolved, Dubois continued his writing relationship with singer and guitarist Kim Mitchell on his solo songs. This would include all but one of the songs on Kim's platinum Akimbo Alogo, every song on the triple platinum Shakin' Like a Human Being, and double platinum Rockland. Dubois had a falling-out with Mitchell during the sessions for Rockland, caused by Mitchell's decision to record the album in the US without Dubois present in the studio as he had been in the past. Dubois did not write on Mitchell's follow-up album, Aural Fixations (lyrics on that album were handled largely by Jim Chevalier and Andy Curran), but did return for 1994's Itch. Dubois took part in several Max Webster reunion concerts, but not their most recent one in Toronto on May 24, 2007, and has not written lyrics with Mitchell since 1994.

On July 20, 2007, Dubois went temporarily missing, causing concern with his neighbor, author Martin Popoff.[5][6]


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  2. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Max Webster". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
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  4. ^ D.G. WETHERELL. "Drayton Valley". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "RUSH - Writer Of 'Tom Sawyer' Lyric, Pye Dubois, MISSING!". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Former D.O.A. drummer Chuck Biscuits alive and well despite Internet reports". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
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