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Posted:  20 Nov 2005 21:38
I would like to use this hymn that we sing in my church but I am out of state and need help with the words.
Posted:  25 Nov 2005 15:05
Hi lorwilmc,

Here are the 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).

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)


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)


God bless!
Posted:  29 May 2006 20:23
Any idea where I can get a recording of this or what it's history is?  They just played it in my church and called it a "1930's hymn" but it sounded like a slave spiritual to me.
Posted:  16 Jun 2006 08:02
Albert E. Brumley was born on a cotton farm near Spiro, Oklahoma on October 29, 1905. Before his song writing career, he attended the old Hartford Musical Institute at Hartford, Arkansas and sang with the Hartford Quartet. Later he taught singing schools in various parts of the Ozarks. He met his wife-to-be, Goldie Edith Schell at one of these schools in Powell, Missouri. They were married in 1931 and continued to live at Powell, where they raised their six children.

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.

Biographical Data and Facts:

Born near Spiro, Oklahoma on October 29, 1905...grew up on a cotton farm, died November 15, 1977.

BEFORE HIS SONG WRITING CAREER: he attended the old Hartford Musical Institute at Hartford, Arkansas, sang with the Hartford Quartet. Later taught singing schools in various parts of the Ozarks. Met his wife-to-be at one of these schools at Powell, Missouri (Goldie E. Schell). They were married in 1931 and continued to live at Powell, where they lived most of their lives.

SONG WRITING CAREER: Started in 1931 with "I'll Fly Away", his most recorded song. Spent 34 years as a staff writer for gospel's famed Hartford and Stamps/Baxter publishing companies, before forming Albert E. Brumley & Sons Music Company, Country Gentlemen Music and purchasing Hartford Music Company. He wrote over 800 gospel and 'sentimental' songs.

FAMILY: Children: Bill, Al Jr., Bob, Tom, Jack and Betty.

Inducted into the Country Song Writers Hall of Fame-1970. He was one of only 2 gospel writers named (the other was Stuart Hamblen) and was included with 21 country music writers, both living and dead at the time. He was included with such greats as Gene Autry, Ernie Tubbs, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, A.P. Carter and Jimmy Rogers just to name a few.

Member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame-1972.

Marquis Who's Who in America 1976-1977.

Marquis Who's Who in the World 1978-1979.

Founder of the Annual Albert E. Brumley Sundown to Sunup Sing (now titled: Albert E. Brumley Memorial Gospel Sing), the largest outdoor gospel sing in the nation.

Named as one of Missouri's 100 best known men.

Gospel Music Association named him one of only 5 persons in the U.S. whose contributions directly affected 20th century gospel music.

"I'll Fly Away" has received several awards and was inducted into the SESAC Hall of Fame in 1986. It has been recorded over 500 times at time of induction.

"Turn Your Radio On" - received a Citation of Achievement by BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) in 1972.

Brumley songs have been estimated to have been printed 15 million times in sheet music and hymn-and songbooks.

Albert E. Brumley is still one of the most widely recorded gospel music composer in America. He's been recorded by a variety of artists, from Elvis Presley to Ray Charles, The Supremes and even the Boston Pops. Recent recordings of I'll Fly Away : Aretha Franklin (Princess Diana Tribute Album), Wynonna and Gary Chapman (Soundtrack for the movie "The Apostle"), Andy Griffith, Loretta Lynn, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, The Oak Ridge Boys and Burl Ives.

Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall Of Fame, 1998.

Brumley songs emulate country settings, ordinary country religion. Simplicity and naturalness was his music motto and philosophy.

Smithsonian Institute made a study of gospel music and researchers called Albert E. Brumley "the greatest white gospel songwriter before WWII"
Posted:  07 May 2007 19:46
This is my favorite hymn ever.
Posted:  06 Feb 2008 21:12
man it's so emotional
Posted:  06 Feb 2008 22:14
"I'll Fly Away"  was first recorded by "The Chuckwagon Gang in
1939 or 1940. Since then the Gang has recorded many of Albert Brumley's songs.  The Chuckwagon Gang is still very active. I just attended a singing
in Kings Mountain N.C. They sing all over the country, Their last CD contained five Albert Brumley's songs. Their schedule and more info is on their website:


As you can tell, I love the Chuckwagon Gang
Posted:  17 Feb 2008 10:35
This is one of my favorites too!  We chose it for the final hymn at my mother's funeral.
Posted:  20 Feb 2008 13:48
This song is so comforting--We played it as background for the reception of a family member's funeral, while we watched a slide show of 81 years worth of family photos.
Posted:  28 Jul 2008 03:21
My In-laws want to use the music to I'll Fly Away, but with different lyrics for a prograqm at their church. Do they need a copyright permission? How would they get it?
Posted:  11 Aug 2008 17:42
This is my absolute favorite! I listen to it several times a day, because it sure isn't one that gets boring. My personal favorite is by Elvis. God Bless you all in your walk with the Lord.
Posted:  13 Oct 2008 03:50
I LOVE this song!  Makes my happy!!!!!
Posted:  03 Apr 2009 05:34
i can't wait till i fly away with JESUS
Posted:  13 Apr 2009 15:33
This song was playing when my husband passed away from Non-small cell Lung Cancer March 10, 2009.  It's makes me cry but also makes me happy.
Posted:  13 Apr 2009 19:34
ok but it's kinda sad :-(
Posted:  27 Sep 2009 19:21
mam digdowns brass band plays it  bunch of boys from wisconsion
Posted:  20 Dec 2009 03:55
When i first heard this song i loved it and it will always be my favorite song in the world.And im only 13.I love bluegrass.I rather listen to it then any other music.!!!
Posted:  20 Dec 2009 03:56
And i also cant wate to sing this in church!!!
Posted:  15 Jan 2010 07:21
I absolutely LOVE this song ! My favorite version is by Aretha Franklin ; who sang it in memory of Diana, Princess Of Wales !

Posted:  02 Mar 2010 21:59
Old Glory Household Israel will Fly Away

Some glad morning when Diaspora is over,
I'll fly away.
To a home on Israel's distant shore,
I'll fly away.

I'll fly away, OLD GLORY,
I'll fly away.
When I fly, Hallelujah, bye and bye,
I'll fly away.

When liberty is lost in Stars and Stripes,
I'll fly away.
Like a bird flushed, driven by the Hunter,
I'll fly away.

I'll fly away, OLD GLORY,
I'll fly away.
When I fly, Hallelujah, bye and bye,
I'll fly away.

Just a few more weary days and then,
I'll fly away.
To Moriah where YaHWeH's rule shall begin,
I'll fly away.

I'll fly away, OLD GLORY,
I'll fly away.
When I fly, Hallelujah, bye and bye,
I'll fly away.

WHO in the DIASPORA are you ?

Q.  What does Denmark mean ?
Q.  What does Tuathe de Daanan mean ?
Q.  Was Southern Kingdom composed of the tribes of household Israel Judah, Levi, Benjamin ?
Q.  Was Northern Kingdom composed of the tribes of household Israel Reuben, Simeon, Zeboulon, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh & Ephraim (Joseph) ?
Q.  What does Dan and Dn such as Denmark, Danude, Dnestr, Dnepr mean ?
Posted:  22 Apr 2010 00:53
This was my granddaddy Alberts favorite gospel hymn...He sang it moments before he died.  It is only fitting that a man named Albert rote the lyrics.
Posted:  09 May 2010 05:11
Lyrics to an old Chuck Wagon Gang Song.. I'll Meet You By The River
Posted:  11 Aug 2010 00:58
Can you please tell me where i can get a copy of this most beautiful song on cd?  I would like this to remember my father by as this was sung accapella at his funeral 7 long years ago. He passed away from cancer and I mis him so much.
Posted:  11 Aug 2010 01:03
Please tell me where I can get a copy of this beautiful song on cd as I would like to remember my father with this song. It was sung at his funeral with no background help by his step granddaughter.
Posted:  13 Aug 2010 23:17
You can find it on the O' Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack.

Alison Kraus and Gillian Welch.

It's happier than an Accapella but it's the version that caused a surge in its popularity.
Posted:  20 Sep 2010 23:46
On 09/15/2010 Wednesday, I think.  This song was played during a tornado going closer and closer to Winfield, KS, where gust of wind were up to 70mph.  Wrong time but in other ways the right time.  Made me cry but also comforted me to prepare for death if that is what it came down to.  I thank God everyday that I am still alive.
Posted:  07 Oct 2010 08:20
Randy Travis does an amazing version of this song, fast tempo, upbeat, with a touch of southern accent that adds to the richness of this song,..just search for I'll Fly Away under Randy Travis and you should be ale to find it.
Posted:  27 Nov 2010 18:00
Awesome gospel song!  Helped lead singing this at a funeral and could see smiles on the family's faces as they thought of their loved one flying away to heaven.
Posted:  10 Dec 2010 09:03
The Avett Brothers do an amazing rendition, check it out!
Posted:  25 Dec 2010 22:03

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