Sometimes The most beautiful things The most innocent things And many of those dreams Pass us by Keep passing me 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 So I close my eyes softly 'Til I become that part of the wind That we all long for sometime, yeah 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 Angel of my dreams He said, "You feel good" I said "It's funny that you understood" I knew you would When you were good, baby Mmm, you were very good I still look up When you walk in the room I've the same wide eyes Now, they tell the story I try not to reach out When you turn 'round And you say hello And we both pretend No great pretender 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, angel of my dreams Angel of my dreams I still look up, yeah I try hard not to look up, ooh, yeah That girl was me, yeah, yeah, yeah Track a ghost through the fog, yeah A charmed hour and a haunted song, yeah Track a ghost through the fog, baby, yeah Track a ghost though the fog, baby Oooh, you try hard But you'll never catch me, yeah Oooh, that girl was me Oh, you try hard but you'll never catch me...
I love this song! It's peppy and jazzy and I especially like that chorus - plus it's a good insight into Stevie's attitude toward Lindsey after their breakup, since she still had to see him every day and has often talked about how difficult that was. She admits that he feels good, and was apparently "very, very good" - hmmm! At any rate, it's difficult to see him, and she has to escape and "become that part of the wind." After all, he was the "angel" of her dreams - apparently a favorite nickname since it appears over and over again in other songs - for instance, Street Angel. I especially like the verse beginning with "I still look up" - she's still drawn to him, she still has those old feelings, but she has to suppress them, and pretend it's all over - she and Lindsey are no longer a couple, and she can't act like they are.
An interesting note: In the lyric sheet, the lines after "And we both pretend" are "There was an end...but there was no ending." However, she sings "No great pretender" instead. I like the lyrics from the lyric sheet better - there wasn't really an end to their relationship because after they broke up they had to see each other all that time. That contact kept the wounds fresh, the emotions high, and the connection intact so that it couldn't really be called "finished."
GREEN OWL speculates:
In reference to Angel, Stevie has been quoted that part of it is about Arawn taking pain away by bringing death, especially to children. Part of it could be her promise to that the baby wouldnt ever feel pain.
One of my favorite Stevie songs. She took a step in a different direction this time. I think this has a lot to do with Stevie being able to step free of FM's bindings "become that part of the wind" and be a ghost in the fog. At this point in her life, she was already planning on a solo record at some point, so she was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Being free of Lindsey meant, at this time, total artistic freedom, not to mention emotional rest and romantic liberty. This is why I think this song has a more upbeat feel, as opposed to the others she wrote for Tusk.
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