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1056. I'll Fly Away (Albert E. Brumley)

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Published on Jun 5, 2010

Albert Brumley wrote and sang gospel songs at churches, tent revivals and evangelical radio shows around Tulsa, Oklahoma. He wrote of this composition:

"I was picking cotton on my father's farm and 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.

"About three years later, I finally developed the plot, titled it 'I'll Fly Away,' and it was published in 1932.

"Those familiar with the song will note that I paraphrased one line of the old ballad to read 'Like a bird from prison bars have flown.' When I wrote it, I had no idea that it would become so universally popular."

(From a letter to Dorothy Horstman, Jan. 10, 1973. The ballad referred to is "The Prisoner's Song," by Robert Massey, 1924)

The song has been recorded many times, some notable renditions being by Alan Jackson and by Allison Krauss and Gillian Welch, whose version was used in the movie "Brother, Where Art Thou?".

This song was requested by mygrceisgone.

Lyrics and chords of this song can be found here: http://raymondfolk.wikifoundry.com/pa...

You can see a playlist of my gospel songs here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list...

For lyrics and chords of all my songs, please see my website:
http://raymondfolk.wikifoundry.com

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