You Can't Stop The Beat: Top Ten Songs By Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

By Ben Rimalower
21 Dec 2013

Kerry Butler in Catch Me If You Can
photo by Joan Marcus
7. "Fly, Fly Away" from Catch Me If You Can

I remember having an intense emotional reaction to "Fly, Fly Away" when I saw Kerry Butler sing it in Catch Me If You Can on Broadway. And then, again, when I watched every video of the song that I could find online. And then, again, when I saw Catch Me If You Can a second time. There's something haunting about it. Maybe it's the idea of loving someone enough to set them free. Maybe it's the soulful melody that just gets in your head. I couldn't stop listening to it and singing it and feeling that longing that I experienced in the theatre. Ironically, for a song about flying away, it stays with you.

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