July 5

The Soulful Rendition Of Alison Krauss’ “I’ll Fly Away”

Alison Krauss

Everyone will end up a speck of dust because it is where we came from. But, do we know where we go after death? Perhaps, we head to heaven, hopefully, not in hell as what we believe. Either heaven or hell, it’s still better to think we’ll fly after we die. With this, let’s all listen to Alison Krauss’ rendition of one of the best gospel songs ever penned “I’ll Fly Away.”


Heaven is a common religious abode where beings such as gods, angels, spirits, saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate from or live in. According to the beliefs of some religions, heavenly beings can descend to earth or incarnate. Also, entities can ascend to Heaven in the afterlife, or in exceptional cases enter heaven alive.


Moreover, heaven is also a higher place, the holiest place, a paradise, contrary to hell or the underworld. Also, heaven is universally or conditionally accessible by beings. That is according to various standards of divinity, goodness, piety, faith, or other virtues or right beliefs or merely the will of God. Some hope in the possibility of heaven on earth in a world to come.

I’ll Fly Away…

Albert E. Brumley was the songwriter behind “I’ll Fly Away.” It was published in 1932 by the Hartford Music company in a collection titled “Wonderful Message.” The hymn was influenced by the 1924 secular ballad “The Prisoner’s Song.”

Albert Brumley

In some of the old interviews, Brumley wrote the song while picking cotton in his father’s farm in Rock Island, Oklahoma. This gave him the idea of writing the hymn into a gospel song. Moreover, Brumley described and compared the hymn to “The Prisoner’s Song.”  Brumley was able to finish the entire hymn after three years.

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