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FLY BY NIGHT


Anthem (4:22)
Best I Can (3:25)
Beneath, Between and Behind (3:02)
By-Tor and the Snowdog (8:37)
I. At the Tobes of Hades
II. Across the Styx
III. Of the Battle
IV. Epilogue
Fly By Night (3:21)
Making Memories (2:58)
Rivendell (4:57)
In The End (6:47)
 
 
Fly By Night [15KB]

Released: February 1975
Mercury / Polygram
Produced by Rush and Terry Brown


ANTHEM


Know 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
Hold your head above the ground and they won't bring you down

Anthem of the heart and anthem of the mind
A funeral dirge for eyes gone blind
We marvel after those who sought
New wonders in the world
Wonders in the world
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 out for more

Anthem of the heart and anthem of the mind
A funeral dirge for eyes gone blind
We marvel after those who sought
New wonders in the world
Wonders in the world
Wonders in the world they wrought

Well, I know they've always told you
Selfishness was wrong
Yet it was for me, not you
I came to write this song

Anthem of the heart and anthem of the mind
A funeral dirge for eyes gone blind
We marvel after those who sought
New wonders in the world
Wonders in the world
Wonders in the world they wrought

 


BEST I CAN


I've got a livin' that's rough
A future that's tough
You know what I mean
Blankers and boasters
All the bluffers and posers
I'm not into that scene

You can tell me that I got no class
Look around, you'll see who's laughin' last
Don't give me speeches 'cause they're oh so droll
Leave me alone, let me rock and roll

Got an itchin' 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

You can tell me that I got no class
Look around, you'll see who's laughin' last
Don't give me speeches 'cause they're oh so droll
Leave me alone, let me rock and roll

I do the best that I can
I'm just what I am
I do the best I can
Well, I know what I am

Got an itchin' 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
Rock and roll-in's a scream
Makin' millions my dream
Well, I do that a lot
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


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 birth
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, and never knowing

Beneath the noble birth
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?

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

Beneath the noble birth
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?

 


BY-TOR AND THE SNOW DOG


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 north light
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 damp night
Coal-black eyes shimmering with hate
By-Tor and the Snow Dog
Square for battle, let the fray begin

 

III. OF THE BATTLE

Instrumental

1. Challenge and Defiance
2. 1/4 War Furor
3. Aftermath
4. Hymn of Triumph

 

IV. EPILOGUE

The battle's 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


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

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

Start a new chapter
Find what I'm after
It's 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 lone hand
My life begins today

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

 


MAKING MEMORIES


There's a time for feelin' as good as we can
The time is now and there's no stoppin' us
There's a time for livin' as high as we can
Behind us you will only see our dust

Just keep smilin', move onward ev'ry day
And try to keep our thoughts away from home
We're trav'lin' around, no time to settle down
And satisfy our wanderlust to roam

You know we're havin' good days
And we hope they're gonna last
Our future still looks brighter than our past
We feel no need to worry
No reason to be sad
Our mem'ries remind us
Maybe road life's not so bad

Well from sea to shining sea, and a hundred points between
Still we go on diggin' ev'ry show
The cities in the land all extend a welcome hand
Till morning when it's time for us to go

You know we're havin' good days
And we hope they're gonna last
Our future still looks brighter than our past
We feel no need to worry
No reason to be sad
Our mem'ries remind us
Maybe road life's not so bad

 


RIVENDELL


Sunlight dances through the leaves
Soft winds stir the sighing trees
Lying in the warm grass
Feel the sun upon your face
Elfin 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
Friends who never left your mind
When you were far away
From the golden light of coming dawn
Till the twilight where the sun is gone
We treasure ev'ry season
And ev'ry 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 loud water'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
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

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 loud water's flow

 


IN THE END


Well, I can see what you mean
It just takes me longer
And 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
Yes, you can

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

I know, I know, I know
Oh, the feeling grows
I see, I see, I see
It's got to be

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

I know, I know, I know
Oh, the feeling grows
I see, I see, I see
It's got to be

You can take me for a little while
You can take me, you can make me smile
In the end

Well, I can shine like you shine
It doesn't make me brighter
But if I think like you think
It don't make my load much lighter

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

 


Lyrics: Rush, except:
   Best I Can - Geddy Lee
   Beneath, Between & Behind - Neil Peart
   Fly By Night, Rivendell - Geddy Lee & Neil Peart
   In the End - Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson


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