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I'll Fly Away Hymn Story and Lyrics

I'll Fly Away Hymn Story


This song is a composition by Albert E Brumley. It was written in 1929 and published by the Hartford Music company.

I have always associated this song with late Jim Reeves as I first heard it while listening to one of his albums. It has stuck with me all these years with its inspiring and positive message.

It is now found in most evangelical churches' hymnals.

Albert E Brumley is one of the most prolific gospel songwriters of the 20th century and is reported to have published over 600 songs.

It is said that he came up with the idea for this song while picking cotton on his father's farm in Rock Island, Oklahoma. He was humming an old ballad called, The Prisoner's Song when he thought of composing a gospel song based on this ballad.

The Prisoner's Song has a line that goes, "If I had the wings of an angel, over these prison walls I would fly." It is this line that inspired Brumley the most to compose I'll Fly Away.

It took Brumley at least three years to finally come up with the final version of this song.
Albert Brumley


I'll Fly Away Hymn Lyrics


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).

Chorus
I'll fly away, Oh Glory
I'll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away (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 (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 (I'll fly away)

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