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  "I'll Fly Away" ~ Steve & Cindy Anderton and Darin Lorent (March 11, 2018)

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I'll Fly Away

Words & Music: Albert E. Brumley Sr

Some glad morning when this life is over
I'll fly away
To a home on God's celestial shore
I'll fly away

Refrain:

I'll fly away, oh glory
I'll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away


When the shadows of this life have gone
I'll fly away
Like a bird from prison bars has flown
I'll fly away

(Refrain)


Just a few more weary days and then
I'll fly away
To a land where joys shall never end
I'll fly away

(Refrain)


Albert E. Brumley has been described as the "pre-eminent gospel songwriter" of the 20th century with over 600 published songs. Other titles of his include "Jesus, Hold My Hand", "Turn Your Radio On", "I'll Meet You in the Morning", and "This World Is Not My Home". According to interviews, Brumley came up with the idea for the song while picking cotton on his father's farm in Rock Island, Oklahoma. Brumley says that as he worked he was "humming the old ballad that went like this: 'If I had the wings of an angel, over these prison walls I would fly,' and suddenly it dawned on me that I could use this plot for a gospel-type song." The song Brumley described appears to be "The Prisoner's Song." It was an additional three years later until Brumley worked out the rest of the song, paraphrasing one line from the secular ballad to read, "Like a bird from prison bars has flown" using prison as an analogy for earthly life. Brumley has stated, "When I wrote it, I had no idea that it would become so universally popular."
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