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Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin: Music

Fly Away Home

(Jody Stecher)
Jody Stecher

Mother as bird. Walking and weeping in the rain, I made this song from fragments of songs my mom used to sing to me and my sister when we were small and hadn’t yet heard of dementia.  


Fly Away Home 

© Jody Stecher, Vegetiboy Music (BMI)




Walking the paths you loved to walk

Tracing your footsteps through the park

A feathery rain clears every lane, leaves me alone 

Each little bird has flown to its nest 

Up in those big trees you loved the best

They know your name, being the same, fly away home


Fly away home, light as can be

Fly away home, it’s raining on me

Didn’t you love this mighty old tree? 

Fly Away Home


All of your work is over and done

All of your love keeps shimmering on

All of your memory shattered and torn in your ding-y old dome

All of your children holding you tight

Shepherding you from roaming the night

If we release you maybe you might fly away home


Fly Away Home, into the blue

Fly Away Home, now isn’t it true?

All of your gifts returning to you

Fly Away Home


Fly Away Home, Fly Away Home

Starry and bright, taking your flight

Fly Away Home


How can we keep you, how can you stay 

How can we lose you, give you away

Silly old goose, and how can we pay? 

Who could have known?

Everyone sees you’re a stranger here

Anyone knows you’ve a home somewhere

Fly away to that lovely *there*

Fly away home


Fly Away Home, Fly Away Home

The toughest old bird in a hickory chair 

To Fly Away Home

Fly away home, I don’t want you to die

Fly away home, I just want you to fly

brighter and brighter by and by

Fly away 

Fly away

Fly away

Fly away home


Jody Stecher: vocal, guitar, and mandola

Kate Brislin : vocal

Keith Little: vocal and banjo

Chad Manning: fiddle

Paul Knight: bass