Charlie Crow

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Song Description

Mourners gather in a church to view the body of a young girl whose beauty gives off a glow even in death. The singer urges the survivors not to mourn, and to take comfort that she has gone on to a better place.

Story Behind the Song

The lyric is a combination of two poems published in 1949 by W.H. Crow. One speaks of Angela, the other speaks of the mystery of death.

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Lyrics

Angela's Asleep
Lyric by Wendell H. Crow and Charlie Crow
Music by Charlie Crow

As her we loved lay in the church,
As cold as our despair,
A little wind came in the door
And whispered in her hair

The rose it ruffled at her breast,
Gave off a crystal flame;
And somewhere near we seemed to hear
The echo of her name.

Blow, smoke; wind, sob;
Shiver, little willow in the brake.
Cloud, weep; grieve, sky--
Angela's asleep and cannot wake.

The silence was a holy thing,
It drowned death's bitter knoll;
And each one knew the Presence there,
And each hurt heart was whole.

The rose it ruffled at her breast
Gave off a crystal flame;
And somewhere near we seemed to hear
The echo of her name.

Pause, love; heart, be still;
Take no hurt because she will not speak,
Earth-dead, God-born,
Angela's asleep, but do not weep--
Angels bless the one you seek.

Lyric adapted from "For Angela" and "In Time of Death," in
The Pilgrim Stranger and Other Verses, W.H. Crow,
Independent Record Press, Thermopolis, WY © Dec. 1949;
© 2006 Fading Sunset Music, All Rights Reserved

Song Length
3:31
Genres
Folk - Alternative, World - Celtic
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Moods
Moving, Poignant

Subject Matter
Spirituality, Hope

Similar Artists
Dire Straits, Simon & Garfunkel
Language
English
Era
1940 - 1949

Lyric Credits Charlie Crow and W. H. Crow
Music Credits Charlie Crow
Producer Credits Charlie Crow and Doug Deforest
Publisher Credits Charlie Crow dba Fading Sunset Music
Performance Credits Charlie Crow
Label Credits Charlie Crow