I'll Fly Away

DESCRIPTION: "Some glad morning, when this life is over, I'll fly away/To a home on God's celestial shore, I'll fly away" Cho: "I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away/When I die, halleluiah bye and bye..." "Just a few more weary days and then...."
AUTHOR: A. E. Brumley
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (recording, Selah Jubilee Quartet); reportedly published in 1932, according to Morgan
KEYWORDS: resurrection death nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Warren-Spirit, pp. 139-141, "I'll Fly Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, IFLYAWAY*
Robert J. Morgan, _Then Sings My Soul, Book 2: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories_, Nelson, 2004, pp. 290-291, "I'll Fly Away" (1 text, 1 tune)

RECORDINGS:
Brown's Ferry Four, "I'll Fly Away" (King 785, 1949)
Rev. Gary Davis, "I'll Fly Away" (on GaryDavis2)
Mississippi John Hurt, "I'll Fly Away" (on MJHurt05) (chorus only)
Lincoln Park Singers, "I'll Fly Away" (AFS 7043 B1, 1943)
Selah Jubilee Quartet, "I'll Fly Away" (Decca 7831, 1941)
Virginia Trio [Jim & Jesse McReynolds], "I'll Fly Away" (Kentucky 509, n.d.)

NOTES: According to Morgan, Albert E. Brumley (born 1905) was working in the cotton fields one hot day when he started thinking about flying away from the hard, hot work. That eventually inspired this song, which reportedly was the first work of Brumley's to be published. It certainly seems to be his most popular production. - RBW
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