Fleetwood Mac - Angel Live 1979 Tusk tour with Lyrics





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Uploaded on May 4, 2008

This is a different version than the one that you see in the Tusk documentary.

There are many interpretations of Angel, an upbeat, yet haunting song. A popular theory is that Lindsey was Stevie's Angel. They both use the word in their songs. Perhaps Lindsey's "Goodbye Angel" is somehow related to this song....he's saying goodbye to his relationship with Stevie. They often answer each other in songs. "Goodbye Angel" was from the Mirage outtakes so it was written a few years after "Angel" was written. One reason to think that the Angel is Lindsey is from watching the Tusk documentary when Lindsey and Stevie are practicing the song together and she sings "you feel good, it's funny that you understood, when you were good, you were very good" at this last line, their eyes lock and they smile. They both know. Stevie talks about that "Angel" moment in the Tusk documentary in an interview. She said that part was so personal because she and Lindsey are looking at each other. She said there's this 'thing' that goes on between us. It always has and probably always will. She said it was scary watching that because you could see everything that went down between them in the last 10 years. This interview was from 1981.

Most know of Stevie's predilection for using the word "angel" in her songs. One of the ways she uses it is as a term of endearment. (Lindsey uses it in this way, as well.) We can only speculate as to whether or not they used to call each other "angel." In that, this song is like a sweet, wistful poem to her "Angel" (Lindsey). Maybe it was written at a moment in their relationship (post-breakup, of course) when they were actually getting along. At least they weren't fighting bitterly. She talks about how "he feels good." They've shared a tender moment together--"I said it's funny that you understood, I knew you would." It makes her recall happier times with him--"When you were good, you were very, very good." She misses him--"I still look up when you walk in the room." She's tempted to make an overture to him, but her pride won't let her--"I try hard to not reach out." He's cordial to her, she's cordial to him--"When you turn around, and you say hello." It's difficult, though, because they still haven't completely resolved all their feelings for each other--"We both pretend there was an end but there was no ending." So she decides to let it go.She's going to float away (emotionally) as if she were "part of the wind." She says goodbye to "the angel of her dreams" (Lindsey) and tells him that he will "never catch her" because she is free now. Another theory is that the beginning is merely an introduction to this song, and that's basically it. If this were an essay, that would be her thesis. There is no complete thought here, merely notes in her head, random thoughts. As she writes this song, she gets the basics out first, and she embellishes later. It can be debatable whether the song is for Lindsey or Don Henley. Most lean towards Lindsey. When she first breaks up with him, she expects this catharsis, and gets, surprising to her, a decent reaction. She walks out on him, and he picks up and moves on. As we all know, he DIDN'T move on, but he may have fooled her at first. She only knew he would go on if he could immerse himself in what she knew was his first love, what he was good at, music. He ended up being very, very good.


The most beautiful things
The most innocent things
And many of those dreams
Pass us by
Keep passing us by

You feel good
I said it's funny that you understood
I knew you would
When you were good
You were very, very good

I still look up
When you walk in the room
I've the same wide eyes
They tell the story
Try not to reach out
When you turn 'round
And you say hello
And we both pretend
There was an end
But there was no ending

So I close my eyes softly
Til I become that part of the wind
That we all long for sometime
And to those that I love
Like a ghost through a fog
Like a charmed hour
And a haunted song
And the angel of my dreams

I still look up
I try hard not to look up
That girl was me
Track a ghost through the fog
A charmed hour -- a haunted song
Track a ghost through the fog, baby

Ooh, you try hard
But you'll never catch me -- yeah

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