Angels

Song Notes

TK/Jennifer Kimball
©1990

–The German film "Wings of Desire" made a big impression on me with its story of the angel who yearned to be human.

At that time I’d begun to embrace my own therapy and healing work, and in some essential ways I believe I was beginning to experience places where the physical and divine meet and mix things up. So much was cooking for me-emotionally, intellectually, spiritually–and a number of my songs in that period were really explorations.

When I first showed a half-written version of this to Jennifer (my ex-wife and most frequent collaborator at that time), she said she didn’t really hear it, but later she called to say it had gotten under her skin, so we finished it together.

[John Farnham’s version of "Angels" was featured in the Australian film "Under the Lighthouse Dancing," which starred Naomi Watts.]

The touch of your hand will let me know
You take me in and let me go
If not for love, why would we meet?
How is it done, two into one, so easily?

We’re lifted up by Angels
Higher than the world
Strong enough to leave it
Bound to learn the secrets
Angels never heard
We’re lifted up by Angels

You understand, yet never say
How every plan would fade away
If not for love, where would you be?
Ashes to dust, water to rust away from me

We’re lifted up by Angels
Higher than the world
Strong enough to leave it
Bound to learn the secrets
Angels never heard
Close enough to Heaven
Above the rain
Darkness cannot reach us
Let the Angels teach us
Only love remains
We’re lifted up by Angels

(We’re lifted up by Angels)
Given wings to fly
Leave the night behind us
Trust the light to find us
Even as we rise
We’re lifted up by Angels

We’re lifted up by Angels
Higher than the world
Strong enough to leave it
Bound to learn the secrets
Angels never heard
Close enough to Heaven
Above the rain
Darkness cannot reach us
Let the Angels teach us
Only love remains
We’re lifted up by Angels
Lifted up by Angels

words & music: Tom Kimmel & Jennifer Kimball
©1990 the Night Rainbow Music/Morrissette Music (ASCAP)/Colgems-EMI Music Inc./Sweet Angel Music (ASCAP)

(Remix of track from the Sherpas album Honor Among Thieves)

Featured in the motion picture Under the Lighthouse Dancing, as performed by John Farnham

Produced by Tom Prasada-Rao
Recorded at Tiny’s Crib (Lakewood, CO), with the TPR Mobile Unit & at Cliff’s Walk-In Closet (Nashville)
Recorded by Cliff Goldmacher & Tom Prasada-Rao
Mixed by Cliff Goldmacher at Cliff Goldmacher Music
Production (NYC)

TK – vocal, guitar
Tom Prasada-Rao – harmony vocal, guitar, piano, bass
Michael Lille – harmony vocal, guitar
Andrea Zonn – harmony vocal
George Marinelli – guitar
Glen Caruba – drums & percussion

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