I’ll Fly Away

1932 © Music and Lyrics by Albert E. Brumley

Albert E. Brumley * Spiro, Ok Oct 29, 1905
† Springfield, MO Nov 15, 1977

1976- A.E. Brumley received trophy for “I’ll Fly Away” for recognition of the song being the most recorded gospel song in history. i1

It was in 1929 that Brumley actually composed “I’ll Fly Away”. He recalled that he was picking cotton and singing the popular song, “If I Had The Wings Of An Angel”. Suddenly, he thought about flying away. Quote, “actually, I was dreaming of flying away from that cotton field when I wrote I’ll Fly Away”. That thought, of course, like the thoughts that underlay all his many songs, was based upon his own deep spiritual convictions.
Mr. Brumley had tried his hand at writing music for a number of years but for the most part this had been just for his own pleasure. Goldie encouraged him to try to have more of his songs published. Albert agreed to try to sell one of his songs and I’ll Fly Away was mailed to the Hartford Music Company one hot afternoon in July of 1932. Goldie was right and the Hartford Music Company published the song in the book, The Wonderful Message. The song began to gain national recognition while numerous others began asking to be allowed to use it in their church books. At the time that the song was accepted and published he was working in his father-in-law’s general store for a dollar a day and was then shortly afterward employed by Hartford as a $12.50 a month staff writer.
The song’ “I’ll Fly Away” became Mr. Brumley’s most recorded song.i2

“I’ll Fly Away” was inducted into the SESAC Hall of Fame in 1986. It has been recorded over 500 times at time of induction.i2

Lyrics:
Verse:
Some glad morning, when this life is over,
I’ll fly away
To a home on God’s celestial shore,
I’ll fly away

Chorus:
I’ll fly away, O glory
I’ll fly away
When I die, hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
Verse:
When the shadows, of this life have gone,
I’ll fly away
Like a bird from prison bars has flown
I’ll fly away
Verse:
Just a few more weary days and then
I’ll fly away
To a land where joys shall never end
I’ll fly away

Sources (internet):
i1 http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com
i2 http://www.brumleymusic.com/bio.html

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