Dark Angel
Lyrics Gretchen Peters

Featuring: Rodney Crowell

Written by: Gretchen Peters

Produced by: Doug Lancio, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh

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I got no use for harps and wings
I got no time for foolish things
There is no heaven, there is no hell
There's only you, my dark angel

Your bleeding heart, your pilgrim soul
Your wounded eyes, that take their toll
Your ragged voice like a broken bell
Against the noise, my dark angel

And if there is no hereafter
And there is only here
Life is still a beautiful disaster
Ah but we both know that my dear

So let the curtain rise, let the great world spin
If it's just for show – let the show begin
Everybody got something to sell
Except for you, my dark angel

There is no heaven, there is no hell
There's only you, my dark angel
There's only you, my dark angel

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"There are people who come into your life who seem too pure for this world. For them, the membrane that separates our protective delusions from the cruel world is paper-thin. They feel too acutely, empathize too much. Often, and perversely, they're the ones who come into the world with the heaviest burdens. They wear a halo of vulnerability, but conceal a deep strength, too. They are the old souls.

Maybe they're the real angels. Maybe heaven, and hell, are here, now. In pursuit of some idealized version of the future, and of ourselves, we overlook what's staring us in the face. Our ragged, imperfect selves, living in our ragged, imperfect present. Each others' angels, each others' saviors." - Gretchen Peters

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