Detailed Platinum Member Lesson

"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 (No. 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.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.