I’ll Fly Away

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "I'll Fly Away" by Albert Brumley.  BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

Genre: Gospel, Bluegrass
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Keys of G and C

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "I'll Fly Away." I teach both the beginner and the intermediate breaks you hear here.

I'll Fly Away - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

I'll Fly Away - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

I'll Fly Away - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"I'll Fly Away" is a hymn written in 1929 by Albert E. Brumley and published in 1932 by the Hartford Music company in a collection titled Wonderful Message.  Brumley's writing was influenced in part by an older secular ballad.

Albert E. Brumley has been described as the "pre-eminent gospel songwriter" of the 20th century with over 600 published songs.  Other titles of his include "Turn Your Radio On", "I'll Meet You in the Morning", and "This World Is Not My Home".  According to interviews, Brumley came up with the idea for the song while picking cotton on his father's farm in Rock Island, Oklahoma.  Brumley says that as he worked he was "humming the old ballad that went like this: 'If I had the wings of an angel, over these prison walls I would fly,' and suddenly it dawned on me that I could use this plot for a gospel-type song."  The song Brumley described appears to be "The Prisoner's Song."  It was an additional three years later until Brumley worked out the rest of the song, paraphrasing one line from the secular ballad to read, "Like a bird from prison bars has flown" using prison as an analogy for earthly life.  Brumley has stated, "When I wrote it, I had no idea that it would become so universally popular." (wikipedia)

I'll Fly Away

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) 

Chorus
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Best Online Fiddle Lessons Forums I'll Fly Away

This topic contains 11 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  John Cockman 6 months ago.

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  • #6318

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I’ll Fly Away
    I never realized that Albert Brumley took the idea for this song from “The Prisoner’s Song,” a popular tune of the day. It is so interesting to me to learn the history behind songs and tunes. It gives a connection to the past that adds richness to the song when I play it back. Hope you all enjoy this old standard!

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/ill-fly-away-fiddle-lesson/

    #6319

    mikhaelynwhite58
    Participant

    good’o’ld fiddle tune good job johnny boy

    #11601
    kevinj
    kevinj
    Participant

    John, by any chance does your notation software have the capability of exporting a MIDI file, or a MusicXML file? If so, that would save me some typing in the notes for that intermediate version into my notation program so I can get a MIDI file… Thanks

    #11958
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    So many great lessons— so little time! Gonna have to add this one to my wish list and sit down and learn all these great songs!

    #26716
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Dr. John,

    I’ll Fly Away has been a part of my family’s music for quite a while and I can’t wait to be able to join in with the fiddle.   THIS IS GREAT!!!!!  A problem that I’m finding is that you provide so many marvelous songs that I want to learn them all RIGHT NOW!  Nice problem to have though!

    #26724

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is a great one. It was a big hit at Dr. Cockman’s Free Fiddle Camp, 2014. 🙂 Hope to hear you play it soon!

    #26756
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    I be practicing this one for a whole year now, jammed it out with a banjo player this week end, a friend from Montreal came up to play, the country music on Sunday had a real treat. We don’t see banjo enough up in these parts, but Kevin wants to learn the fiddle ?and said he ll be coming around this mountain once a month .
    Thanks again John for the awesomest brakes, you make me sound good out there ?
    Your the best, and I want to buy Kevin a membership here at BGD as his wedding gift, I showed him the site and he was in love ?❤️?
    Gu
    P.s can I get a 3 for 2 deal on life time memberships? Or 3/4 LOL WINK WINK

    #26760

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha you bet I’ll cut you a deal on the lifetime membership. 🙂 Unless you’re like Great Scott and by all appearances are going to live forever.

    Thanks for spreading the word about BGDU. The time may be right for yet another banjo picker to join the dark side.

    #38686

    Brian Ross
    Member

    Just listening to the intermediate version alone I wasn’t all that impressed, but with the back up tracks, it sounds awesome.

    #38696

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It really doesn’t start sounding good until it’s almost too fast to play! 🙂

    #47594
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    The step from beginner to intermediate is …Huge!   Tangled fingers are a current concern but love this piece and want to get it down.   Adding it to my daily practice now.

    #47693

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It is a big jump! Such a beautiful classic. Thank you for playing it!

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