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Rush - Fly By Night

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Released: February 15th, 1975

Certified Gold by RIAA: December 1, 1993
Certified Platinum by RIAA: December 1, 1993
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 113
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Liner Notes

Alex Lifeson - Electric guitars, six and twelve string acoustic guitars "Snow Dog"
Neil Peart - Percussion
Geddy Lee - Bass guitars, classical guitars, all vocals By-Tor

Engineered by: Terry Brown
Assistant Engineer: John Woloschuk
Arrangements: RUSH and Terry Brown
Recorded and Mixed at: Toronto Sound Studios, Toronto, Canada
Road Master: Howard "Herns" Ungerleider
Road Crew: Ian Grandy, Liam Birt, J.D. Johnson
Mastered at: Masterdisk, New York
(Remastered at: Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine)
Mastering: Gilbert Kong
(Remastering: Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee)
Cover Concept: RUSH
Cover Painting: Eraldo Carugati
Art Direction: Jim Ladwig/AGI Chicago
Design: Joe Kotleba
Photography: Richard Fegley
By-Tor Characters inspired by: Herns
Belated Mention: Mr. O. Scar
Continuing Thanks to: Cliff Burnstein, Donna Halper, Don Shafer, and to all who have helped


1975 Mercury Records 1975 Anthem Entertainment
  • Canada's Rock 'n Roll Rush - RPM Weekly Magazine, July 1975
  • Rush -- BTO's Heavy Metal Challengers - Circus Magazine, November 1975

  • Track Listing (click on any track for the lyrics)

    1. Anthem (4:22)
    2. Best I Can (3:25)
    3. Beneath, Between and Behind (3:02)
    4. By-Tor and the Snowdog (8:37)
    5. Fly By Night (3:21)
    6. Making Memories (2:58)
    7. Rivendell (4:57)
    8. In The End (6:47)

    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Know that your place in life
    Is where you want to be
    Don't let them tell you that
    You owe it all to me
    Keep on looking forward
    No use in looking round
    Carry your head above the crowd
    And they won't bring you down
    Anthem of the heart and mind
    A funeral dirge for eyes gone blind
    We marvel after those who sought
    New wonders in the world they wrought.
    Live for yourself, there's no one else
    More worth living for
    Begging hands and bleeding hearts
    Will only cry for more

    Though I know they've always
    Told you selfishness is wrong
    Yet it was for me not you
    I came to write this song

    Best I Can
    Music and Lyrics: Geddy Lee

    Got a living that's rough
    A future that's tough
    You know what I mean
    Blanker's and boasters
    All the bluffers and posers
    I'm not into that scene

    You can tell me that I've got no class
    Look around youl see who's laughing last
    Don't give me speeches 'cause they're oh so droll
    Leave me alone and let me rock and roll
    I do the best that I can
    I'm just what I am
    I do the best I can
    I know just what I am

    Got an itching to rock
    A hate for small talk
    I'm funny that way
    Got my sights on the stars
    Won't get that far
    But I'll try anyway

    I just like to please
    Don't like to tease
    I'm easy like that
    Don't like long rests
    I must confess
    I'm an impatient cat

    Rock and rollin's a scream
    Making millions my dream
    I do that a lot
    But I'll just give it a try
    Won't let good times pass me by
    They're all I've got

    Beneath, Between And Behind
    Music: Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Ten score years ago
    Defeat the kingly foe
    A wondrous dream came into being
    Tame the trackless waste
    No virgin land left chaste
    All shining eyes but never seeing
    Beneath the noble bird
    Between the proudest words
    Behind the beauty, cracks appear
    Once with heads held high
    They sang out to the sky
    Why do their shadows bow in fear
    Watch the cities rise
    Another ship arrives
    Earth's melting pot, and ever growing
    Fantastic dreams come true
    Inventing something new
    The greatest minds, but never knowing

    The guns replace the plow
    Facades are tarnished now
    The principles have been betrayed
    The dreams's gone stale
    But still let hope prevail
    Hope that history's debt won't be repaid

    By-Tor And The Snow Dog
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    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 northlight
    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 dampnight
    Coal black eyes, shimmering with hate
    By-Tor and the Snow Dog
    Square for battle, let the fray begin.....

    III. The Battle
     i) Challenge And Defiance
     ii) 7/4 War Furor
     iii) Aftermath
     iv) Hymn of Triumph

    IV. Epilogue
    The battle 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

    Fly By Night
    Music: Geddy Lee / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    (original lyrics)
    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.....

    Why try, I know why
    The feeling inside me says it's time I was gone
    Clear head, new life ahead
    I want to be king now not just one more pawn
    Fly by night away from here
    Change my life again
    Fly by night goodbye my dear
    My ship isn't coming and I just can't pretend

    Moon rise, thoughtful eyes
    Staring back at me from the window beside
    No fright, or hindsight
    Leaving behind that empty feeling inside
    Start a new chapter
    I find what I'm after
    Is changing every day
    The change of a season
    Is enough of a reason
    To want to get away

    Quiet and pensive
    My thoughts apprehensive
    The hours drift away
    Leaving my homeland
    Playing a lonehand
    My life begins today

    Making Memories
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    There's a time for feeling as good as we can
    The time is now, and there's no stopping us
    There's a time for living as high as we can
    Behind us you will only see our dust

    So we'll just keep smiling, move onward ev'ry day
    Try to keep our thoughts away from home
    We're travelling all around, no time to settle down
    Satisfy our wanderlust to roam.
    You know we're having good days
    And we hope they're going to last
    Our future still looks brighter
    Than our past
    We feel no need to worry
    No reason to be sad
    Our memories remind us
    Maybe road life's not so bad
    From sea to shining sea and a hundred points between
    Still we go on digging every show
    The cities in the land all extend a welcome hand
    Till morning when it's time for us to go.

    Music: Geddy Lee / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    Sunlight dances through the leaves
    Soft winds stir the sighing trees
    Lying in the warm grass
    Feel the sun upon your face
    Elven songs and endless nights
    Sweet wine and soft relaxing lights
    Time will never touch you
    Here in this enchanted place

    I've traveled now for many miles
    It feels so good to see the smiles of
    Of friends who never left your mind
    When you were far away
    From the golden light of coming dawn
    Till the twilight when the sun is gone
    We treasure every season
    And every passing day

    You feel there's something calling you
    You're wanting to return
    To where the misty mountains rise
    And friendly fires burn
    A place you can escape the world
    Where the dark lord cannot go
    Peace of mind and sanctuary
    By loudwater's flow

    We feel the coming of a new day
    Darkness gives way to light a new way
    Stop here for a while until
    The world calls you away
    Yet you know I've had the feeling
    Standing with my senses reeling
    This is the place to grow old
    Till I reach my final day

    In The End
    Music and Lyrics: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

    I can see, what you mean
    It just takes me longer
    I can feel, what you feel
    It just makes you stronger

    You can take me for a little while
    You can take me, you can make me smile....

    In the end

    I know, I know, I know
    The feeling grows
    I see, I see, I see
    That it's got to be

    I can do, what you do
    You just do it better
    I can cry, like you cry
    It just makes me sadder

    I can shine, like you shine
    It doesn't make me brighter
    If I think, like you think
    It don't make my load any lighter...