If I Had Wings

Album: Learn to Live (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • Rucker said on his record company's website: "I think that's one of the most important songs I've ever written. I wrote it with Frank Rogers and Rivers Rutherford, after we'd just written another song. Frank had on a T-shirt - kind of like Aerosmith's logo; a guy with angels on his shirt. Rivers strummed a chord and said, 'If I had wings.' I said, 'What's that?' and he said, 'I just came up with it' and we said, 'OK, everybody, take your guitars back out…'"
  • Vince Gill and Alison Krauss sang background vocals on this song. Said Rucker: "They gave me chills. To get in touch with another artist in the pop world, you'd have your manager call their manager. I didn't have to go through any of that. We just called them. We have 38 Grammys between the three of us - and I've got two (laughs)."

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