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Tabbed by: OrgnlDave

This song is beautiful, but it's also kind of repetitive to play and sing.
It's basically a 2-3 chord song depending on how you play it, usually.

I started off with the Jars of Clay version for general rhythm, and spent a
whole bunch of time after that making it much more interesting to both play
and sing.

It gives a very gospel-y feel. For rhythm, I'd recommend starting out with
the Jars of Clay version (which only use G and C, sooooo repetitive on solo guitar) and 
from there...

Since we're using very specific chord forms I'll tab them out here.

      E A D G B E
  G5  3 X 0 0 3 3
 G7a  3 X 3 0 0 3
 G7b  3 x 3 0 0 1
 C/E  0 3 2 0 1 0
C7/E  0 3 2 3 1 0
  G6  3 X 2 0 3 3
  Em  0 2 2 0 0 X
 G11  3 3 0 0 1 0
Gm11  3 3 0 3 1 0
G/B   X 2 0 0 3 3
G/D   X X 0 0 3 3


C5                G7a    F/A  F7/A   C5     C6 C5
I'll fly away, oh glory, I   'll fly  away

C5               Am                  C11  Gm11    C5
When I die, hallelujah by and by, oh I    'll fly  away


The C7/E and Gm11 are very short, almost transitional chords. The G5/G6/G5
just comes in between to liven it up a little.

The verses are very similar to the first chorus line


C/G                 G7a                     F/A  F7/A    C5
Some bright morning when this life is o'er, I    'll fly   away

C/E  C5      G7a                       F7   F7/A     C5
To a land on God's celestial shore, oh I'll  fly   away

We continue on pretty much like this, with some variations discussed at the

When the shadows of this life have gone, oh I'll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls, I’ll fly, oh I'll fly away


Oh how glad and happy when we meet, oh I'll fly away
No more cold, iron shackles on my feet, oh I'll fly away


Just a few more weary days and then, oh I'll fly away
To a land where joy will never end, oh I'll fly away



If you were looking, we didn't use G7b at all. That's because sometimes it's
nice to transition halfway through a G7a to a G7b when you're really kicking
it later in the song, or just play a G7b. It adds to the gospel-y "falling"
sound some, and opens up the strings in another way. Other variations are
available, depending on the tonal quality of your guitar: you may wish to
interchange G5, G/B, G/D, and both full open forms of G. This is roughly how
it plays well on my guitar's tonality.

The reason the C/E and C7/E are so important is that I usually do a bass
note hit just before a chord. Sometimes its good in the middle instead

Anyway, I'll probably be uploading a video tutorial too so you can see how
awesome this version sounds. Taking a 2-chord song and arranging it to sound
nice is very rewarding.

This is marked 'novice' because one could technically play it, but really, the strumming 
and especially later on when you let loose and the strings are singing, the fingers can 
jammed around a little.

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