Fly references


"...Seventy days to cross the ocean
Seventy nights where no one's gonna hear me fall
Freddie Mercury, I've sometimes wished I'd never been born at all."

Throughout 2004 and 2005, a rant featuring a line from Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," and referencing that bands legendary lead, emerged during a few songs, most notably; Poets: "Seventy days to cross the ocean/Seventy nights when no one's gunna hear you fall/Like Freddie Mercury/I sometimes too wish I'd never been born at all." It appeared twice during The Hip's July 2 "Live 8" performance in Barrie, Ontario. Corby Hart notes that migrants traveling from Bohemia (modern day Czech Republic/German border region) often took about 70 days to cross the Ocean. The Concord, originating in Rotterdam, launched from London in 1683 and landed in Philadelphia (Germantown) 76 days later.

Freddie Mercury from an online encyclopedia you mighta heard of: "Freddie Mercury was a British Asian songwriter and singer, best known as the frontman for the British rock band Queen. He was noted for his powerful vocal abilities and his charisma as a live performer. As a songwriter, he composed many international hits such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are The Champions". Mercury died from complications of AIDS, greatly increasing awareness of the disease.

"...there's Mistaken Point, Newfoundland"

In 1967, geologist S. B. Misra, who at the time was a graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, discovered and began to document some unusual fossils of late Precambrian age, found in great numbers on exposed rock surfaces along the southern coast of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador (Anderson and Misra 1968; Misra 1969). The most famous locality where these fossils can be seen is at Mistaken Point, a wave-swept crag virtually at the southernmost tip of the Avalon Peninsula. (Mistaken Point got its name, incidentally, from the difficulty of navigating in the treacherous waters surrounding the point; over fifty ships are known to have been wrecked in the area.)

"...there's Moonbeam, Ontari-ario"

A real town in Ontario with a fondness for nature trails and unidentified flying objects.