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Song: “Angel without Wings”

“Angel without Wings”

Behind the Song

This was a scrapbook song, put together from the cast-off bits of an earlier effort.

In that earlier song, I was toying with expressing opposites or contraries like “an angel without wings,” “a lark that doesn’t sing,” “a star that doesn’t glow,” “a scholar who doesn’t know.”

The verses didn’t end up working for that earlier song. But then I was walking one Sunday morning on a busy highway and thought, for some reason, of the expression “there’s an exception to every rule,” and rhymed that with “a drop of genius in every fool.”

Now I had a place to put those oppositions.

Then I put that together with a playful strumming pattern and kept things light and hopeful. Kind of like a morning walk through a colorful town, with lots of life brimming everywhere.

Lyrics

I met an angel who had no wings
in a city park.
We all stopped to hear that old man sing
sweetly as a lark.

The exception to the rule
the drop of genius in the fool
the flash of fun in every bore
you'll see
just take a look outside your door
it's all outside your door

I saw a rich man who owned no gold
shining like a ring.
The others hurried, but this cat strolled
stately as a king.

The exception to the rule
the drop of genius in the fool
the flash of fun in every bore
you'll see
just take a look outside your door
it's all outside your door

If you're feeling kind of small
like you don't know where to start
let your feet pick out the street
and then
you just listen to your heart
why don't you listen to your heart

I heard a speaker with a squeaky voice
in a crowded hall.
She spoke like scripture, and we rejoiced
'cause we felt ten-feet tall.

The exception to the rule
the drop of genius in the fool
the flash of fun in every bore
you'll see
just take a look outside your door
it's all outside your door

I met an angel who had no wings.
I met an angel who had no wings.
I met an angel who had no wings.
I met an angel who had no wings.

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