"Fly Away" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray and Emily Ann Saliers....
Fly away little bird
Any place in this open mouthed world
Begs to be fed like a bed that beckons you, but you won't rest
Everyone's got a need to go
Most of us stick with our row to hoe
But not you, you're the black crow
With a straight line, and no time
For the birds of prey who wreck your nest
Twice your size steal your best
They set you on this course of your collision

I am a stop along your way
I am the words you'll never say
I crossed the great beyond of fear
I opened my eyes and saw us there, what a view
You went there too

Fly away little bird
Find the song in you that no one's heard
Strenghthen your wings as you sing your solo flight
Through this short life
Everyone's got a deep regret
We try to ground ourselves to forget
But your race to the end is neck and neck
You love them, you love them not
The birds of prey who wreck your nest,
Twice your size steal your best
They set you on this course of your collision

I am a stop along your way
I am the words you'll never say
I crossed the great beyond of fear
Opened my eyes and saw us there, what a view
And you went there too

But all along your chosen path are
Window panes and sheets of glass
That you won't see
You fly too fast
One day it will be over

Fly away little bird
The saddest song I ever heard
Was the one that I wrote you in my heart
That never made it to the world

Lyrics submitted by lollercoaster

"Fly Away" as written by Emily Ann Saliers Amy Elizabeth Ray

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    My InterpretationI don't know if my interpretation is connected in any way to the actual meaning, but this song stirs in me memories of an old friend with whom I attended high school. He was a senior and I was a sophomore. He was an international student from Europe. I was a pretty isolated and lonely teenager. We became good friends that year, did community service together, walked, talked, shared meals, and I was the last person to see him off at the airport at the end of the year when he went to return to his home country. Nearly 10 years later, I would travel to Europe for a short term job placement. I reached out to him to try to connect. We exchanged contact information. Three months after I landed and settled into life in Europe, I sent him a letter. What I got back in response was a letter from his brother informing me that my friend had taken his life around the time I had arrived.

    This song, to me, is about my friend, who faced the world on his own, loving and then holding back, hurting and never really knowing whom to trust. There were people in his life to took away from him, I believe, who took advantage of him or took him for granted ... those birds of prey. When I sing this song along with Indigos, I sing to him, telling him to fly away and be free from this world of pain. I am glad that our paths crossed in this earthly life, that I was a stop along his way. Perhaps one day, we will meet again where we will enjoy the view together. But for now, because he is gone, I will never hear him utter my name, I am the words he'll never say. He did eventually hit the glass, when he took his life. He crashed. My deep sadness comes from the fact that I could not see him again to encourage him and be a good friend to him. I was too late. My saddest song was the one unsung and unheard by the one person in the world who needed to hear it the most.

    I hope this was meaningful to someone out there. If you are hurting, you are not alone. I know there are lots of folks out there who bash people who say something about believing in God, but it is no reason to hold back my belief that God is real and is close to those who suffer. You are not alone. Blessings and peace. Thank you for reading.
    ebostonon November 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. I can't stop listening to it.
    I can't believe no one else has commented!
    musicandsequinson February 08, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationFor me? This song is about my daughter. She is brilliant, strong and talented but life has been tough for both of us. The birds of prey are not just people who hurt you who you thought you could trust, but they are adolescence and heartbreak, and learning from mistakes. I hope for her to be the black crow who flies straight by, but I know that will not always be the way things work. Because she sings and writes poetry, I relate to the line, "find the song in you, no one's heard", and I believe that if she continues to do these things she will discover herself and become a stronger person. Finally, I think the window panes and sheets of glass are a reminder to her, we are never completely safe, we must be careful, no matter how fast you fly, or how much I love you - I cannot protect you from everything. I hope I have given her the freedom and the encouragement and everything she needs to become a good healthy person. Someday however, there may be something that I cannot teach her, because no matter how good a mother I am, her life is hers... that will be my saddest song.
    erika13452on May 09, 2014   Link

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