Fly Like A Bird
It sums up everything and leaves you on a spiritual high
- Mariah Carey
Written by Mariah Carey & James “Big Jim” Wright
Produced by Mariah Carey & James “Big Jim” Wright
3:54 Album Version
3:11 Live performance from Idol Gives Back
3:02 Live at the Pearl Palms Concert Theatre (Unofficial Release on iTunes)
ABOUT THE SONG
The final song on Emancipation, 'Fly Like a Bird,' boasts dashes of gospel, soul, and plenty of calls/thanks to a higher power. Her pastor even makes an appearance on the track. “To me the most important thing is the message he says in the beginning of the song,” she notes. ''Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.' I felt like a lot of people may not hear that message and a lot of people need to. It wasn't to be preachy.”
Windy City Times “Mariah: Free at Last” by Lawrence Ferber, April 6, 2005
“To me the most important thing is the message he says in the beginning of the song,” she notes. “‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.’ I felt like a lot of people may not hear that message and a lot of people need to. It wasn’t to be preachy. A lot of times people will hear songs that I write that are not the typical ‘Mariah Carey songs.’ ‘Outside’ is about being biracial. A lot of people relate to it because they felt like outsiders their lives.””
HX Magazine – Issue 709, by Lawrence Ferber, April 8, 2005
LORRAINE ALI: The ballad I love is "Fly Like a Bird." There's so much going on. It has some classic '90s-era Mariah, as well as your new, more urban sound--plus a choir. It's such an uplifting song, and your voice sounds just amazing.
MARIAH CAREY: Thank you. Usually, I'll have an introspective bleak-outlook-on-life song. In the past it's been "Petals" or "Close My Eyes." Those were the ones that the hard-core fans related to most. But this has a hopefulness to it. That's why it's one of my favorites, too.
LA: And, lyrically, it lives outside the...
MC: The love world?
LA: And the world of romance in restrooms.
MC: [Laughs] Don't forget the world of mistrusting men eternally.
Newsweek “Emancipation Proclamation” by Lorraine Ali, April 17, 2005
"Fly Like A Bird" is my favorite song on the album, The Emancipation of Mimi, mainly because it's very much a spiritual message. I wrote it with Big Jim Wright. We had already written "Circles" and "I Wish You Knew" and I kind of though we were done writing for the night. I went upstairs and the melody for "Fly Like A Bird" and the words for the chorus came to me at this moment. I was like, "What do I do? Should I finish working tonight? Should I just record this and do it tomorrow?" I was like, "Let me run downstairs." We were in Anguilla having this writing session. So I went downstairs and I wrote this song with Big Jim. He layed out the chord structure and stuff like that. I later took it and wrote the lyrics and put the choir on it and sang it. I sang it in Capri which was so inspiring to sit there and sing the song looking out the window at the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Actually, my pastor, Pastor Clarence Keaton, is featured on the song and he opens the song and he says a little something in the middle of the song. I just felt the message was really important to include on the album and that's why it's the final song on the album. It sums up everything and leaves you on a spiritual high moment.
AOL Music Commentary, April 22, 2005
2005 Released on The Emancipation of Mimi album.