Music By: Michael Smurthwaite
Lyrics By: Leo Tolstoy, great Russian philosopher/ historian
Description: Late in life, Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian historian and philosopher, became a Christian. These words describe his exultant feelings when receiving his witness of Christ, and came to me in a Christmas card. Impressed, I placed the card on the piano, sat down and composed this song, one of my very first attempts at composing. (Note the optional ending for high voices.)
Jesus teaches men there’s something in them
That lifts them above this world, with its hurries, pleasures and fears.
He who understands Christ’s teachings
Feels like a bird who did not know he had wings,
And suddenly realizes he can fly— be free and fly!
I can fly, I can fly! No longer need to fear — I am free, I can fly!