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Rush - Fly by Night - Lyrics Meaning

'Fly by Night' is a 1975 song and album released by the power rock band known as Rush. The song was written by lyricist and band member, Neil Peart. The definition, 'fly-by-night' is derived from any business that basically takes your money and rips you off, and you never hear from them again.

Neil Peart's vision is different from the actual traditional meaning. If you listen to the lyrics closely, you will notice that the lyrics are relating to some sort of travel. For example: "Fly by night, goodbye my dear. My ship isn't coming and I just can't pretend."

There's a prologue to the song that has something to do with an airport and a troubled traveler. But the true meaning of the lyrics would be someone leaving to travel to someplace with some sort of regret. The song can be also interpreted as an individual with a love affair or a businessman who is on a tight deadline or a person who wants to come to a new country.

'Fly by Night' is one of those songs you'd want to listen to over and over again. Especially if you were on an airplane, bus or just riding to somewhere in your car.

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