Fly by Night (Rush song)

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"Fly by Night"
A black and white picture sleeve with three men and a blue and white owl at the top.
Cover of the 1975 Netherlands single
Single by Rush
from the album Fly by Night
B-side "Best I Can"
Released May 1975 (1975-05)
Format 7" single
Length 3:20
Label Mercury
Rush singles chronology
"In the Mood"
"Fly by Night"
"Making Memories"
"In the Mood"
"Fly by Night"
"Making Memories"

"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.[citation needed] 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 May 1975. It marked the first time a single by the band was also released in markets other than the US or Canada.

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."[2]

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 #88.


Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Fly By Night" Neil Peart Geddy Lee 3:22
2. "Best I Can" Lee Lee 3:25

Use in the media[edit]

Rock Band music gaming platform[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Prologue