Fly by Night (Rush song)
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|"Fly by Night"|
Cover of the 1975 Netherlands single
|Single by Rush|
|from the album Fly by Night|
|B-side||"Anthem" / "Best I Can" (NL)|
|Rush singles chronology|
"Fly by Night" is the title track of Rush's second album. The music was written by bassist Geddy Lee and the lyrics were penned by drummer Neil Peart. Peart wrote this song about his first trip away from home. In 1971, at 18 years old, he left behind his small-town Canadian life and flew to England. This was a major turning point in his life. Lee sings the lead vocals and on the song's middle eight, his voice is fed through a Leslie speaker.
It was released as a single in April 1975, becoming a minor hit in their native Canada (#45). Of note is that it marked the first time a single by the band was released in markets other than the US or Canada, being released in Australia and The Netherlands, but failed to chart in both countries. 
Peart wrote a prologue that is not in the song: "airport scurry / flurry faces / parade of passers-by / people going many places / with a smile or just a sigh / waiting, waiting, pass the time / another cigarette / get in line, gate thirty-nine / the time is not here yet."
In late 1976, the song was released as a single a second time, in a live medley with "In the Mood" from the band's live album All the World's a Stage. This version became the band's first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100, charting at No. 88.
Use in the media
- It was used in the Canadian TV series Degrassi High, in the season two episode "Home, Sweet Home".
- The song was used in TV series Supernatural, in the season-one episode "Wendigo".
- In 2012, it was used in an American TV commercial for the Volkswagen Passat.
Rock Band music gaming platform
It was made available to download on December 13, 2011, for play in Rock Band 3 Basic, and PRO mode which utilizes real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.
- Martin Popoff (1 June 2004). Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away. ECW Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-77090-141-4. Retrieved 4 October 2015.