I’LL FLY AWAY                                                                                 written in 1929

The Story

            Albert Brumley (1905-1977) was born the son of tenant farmers in Indian Territory that is now Oklahoma. He quit school after 10th grade and didn’t have much of a future to look forward to – except picking cotton for the rest of his life. He certainly didn’t want to do that. So, when he was 16 years old, he attended a singing school in his farm community of Rock Island, and discovered he could sing better than most adults… and he could harmonize, too.

So, at 19 years old, he went to a music school in Hartford, Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains to learn how to write music. But, he dropped out after a year… and went back to picking cotton!

One day while picking cotton, he started singing a popular song entitled “The Prisoner’s Song”. He thought of himself as being the “prisoner” in that song. And when he saw a bird flying to a place that seemed to be a better place to Albert, he got an idea for a new song. He went back to the Hartford Music School and continued his schooling… and also completed that song. 7 years later that song felt finished, and he was ready to have it published. That song was this song… and it became an instant favorite to those who heard it and sung it.

In time, Albert became known as the world’s most recorded songwriter; but none of his other songs would become as popular as this song.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – think of that day when you, if you’re a believer, will fly away to God.

Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away;
to a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.

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. (Chorus)

Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away;
to a land where joy shall never end, I’ll fly away. (Chorus)


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