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Angel is a song by Sarah McLachlan that originally appeared on her 1997 album Surfacing. The song is about the Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who overdosed on heroin and died in 1996. 

The song has had enduring popularity. It has often been used to highlight emotional scenes on television shows and has been featured in a number of soundtracks (including the film City of Angels and TV’s Alias, Cold Case, Dawson’s Creek, Early Edition, Felicity, General Hospital, and The Pretender).  Is was also a song of comfort and healing following the April 1999 Columbine High School massacre and the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

On September 10, 2011, McLachlan performed the song to close the ceremonies at the dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, commemorating the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 who fought the hijackers and brought down their airplane in the September 11 attacks.

The song made its début on the New Zealand Singles Chart on the 6 July 2009 at number 36. 

Something about this songs really gets to me.  It’s a combination of the music and the way the melancholic words dance through the song.  The theme of the song is one we can all relate to at one level or another. Many have found comfort in the words and the music.  Sarah McLachlan’s lyrics are superb.   Here’s my reflection and a link to this amazing song


Did you see the angel, with a rainbow in her hair?
She held a flower in her hand, did you see it there?

Did you sense the angel, looking right at you?
Do you have enough faith, to see her too?

Did you feel the angel hold you, with a rainbow in her hair?
She held you while you thought of troubles that were not even there.

Do you believe in angels, do you sense them near?
Do you feel them holding you, when no one really cares?

Whether you believe or not, your angels still will care,
And whether your heart is open or shut
They still know you’re there.


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