Born to Fly (song)

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"Born to Fly"
Single by Sara Evans
from the album Born to Fly
B-side "I Could Not Ask for More"
Released June 26, 2000
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:35 (single edit)
5:36 (album version)
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Sara Evans, Marcus Hummon, Darrell Scott
Producer(s) Sara Evans, Paul Worley
Sara Evans singles chronology
"That's the Beat of a Heart"
"Born to Fly"
"I Could Not Ask for More"
Music video
"Born to Fly" at

"Born to Fly" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist, Sara Evans. It was released in June 2000 as the lead-off single and title track from her album Born to Fly. It became Evans' second Number One hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in January 2001. Evans wrote this song with Marcus Hummon and Darrell Scott.


"Born to Fly" is an up tempo country song, co-written by Sara Evans with Marcus Hummon and Darrell Scott, that is backed primarily with fiddles. The song's narrator is portrayed as a person wanting to expand their horizons and dreams of being somebody, who is tired of being stuck in the same place, and wants to get out. The song makes analogies to a bird spreading its wings and flying to its new destination.

The album version features a long instrumental outro for the song.

Music video[edit]

The music video shows Evans portraying Dorothy, the main character from The Wizard of Oz motion picture. The video features many of the same story elements as the movie, such as a tornado, a wicked witch, and a little black dog. The video earned the Country Music Association Video of the Year award in 2001, Evans' first (and only as of 2011).

The music video was ranked #34 on CMT's 100 Greatest Videos.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

"Born to Fly" debuted at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 1, 2000.

Chart (2000–2001) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 34

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 55
Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 39
Preceded by
"My Next Thirty Years"
by Tim McGraw
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

January 20, 2001
Succeeded by
"Without You"
by Dixie Chicks