Spirits (Having Flown)

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"Spirits (Having Flown)"
Spirits having flown 45.jpg
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Bee Gees Greatest
B-side "Wind Of Change"
Released December 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Criteria Studios, Miami
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 5:21
5:10 (7" version)
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Love You Inside Out"
"Spirits (Having Flown)"
"He's a Liar"

"Spirits (Having Flown)" is a song by the Bee Gees which was originally released on the 1979 album Spirits Having Flown.[1] Though not issued as a single in conjunction with the parent album, it was released in the UK to promote the compilation Bee Gees Greatest, which was released in December 1979. Its B-side was a 1975 song "Wind of Change" from the group's Main Course.

The song itself is a Caribbean flavored R&B track sung by Barry in natural voice during the verses and joined by Robin and Maurice on the chorus which is sung in falsetto. The count-in (1,2,3,4) heard on the album version was omitted from the single version and on the album Bee Gees Greatest. A flute work by Herbie Mann was heard in the ending.[2]

The single peaked at no.16 in the UK, and would be the last Top 40 hit the band had in the UK for almost eight years.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 16


  1. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1979". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1978". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 4" (PDF). brothersgibb.org. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bee Gees - Spirits (Having Flown)". dutchcharts.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "UK Charts". The Official Charts Company UK. Retrieved 2014-11-09.