Angels – Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams 1997

Robbie Williams 1997

Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere for the last quarter century, it is unlikely you will not be familiar with this tune. If I were to take a guess, ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams would be in the top five 5 songs which have received the most amount of airplay in the western world since its release in 1997. Both his original and his Spanish recorded version I even hear played in Colombia regularly.

Angels by Robbie Williams is one my music project’s most commercially mainstream hits. I hopped onboard the Robbie bandwagon when he broke through as a solo artist. I bought his Live at Knebsworth dvd and played this song to death. Although I am less infatuated with it these these days I still enjoy Angels a heck of a lot.

The following is paraphrased from Wikipedia:

Angels” was included on Williams’s debut solo album Life thru a Lens (1997), and released as a single in December 1997. “Angels” was written by Williams and Guy Chambers, based on an earlier song written by Ray Heffernan. It is Williams’ bestselling single and was voted the best song of the previous 25 years at the 2005 Brit Awards. 

In 2011, Robbie Williams said he wrote “Angels” with collaborator Guy Chambers in 25 minutes about his aunt and uncle. By his account, he and Chambers were sitting outside a cafe watching a water fountain, which inspired them to write the chorus.

I’m afraid I haven’t listened to much of Robbie’s discography after his first few breakout years. Angels and Feel remain my favourite songs of his. Robbie is just one month shy younger than me born on February 13, 1974 which makes him Aquarius. We could have been good friends..I get along very well with Water Bearers.

And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I’m right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won’t break me
When I come to call, she won’t forsake me
I’m loving angels instead

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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27 comments on “Angels – Robbie Williams
  1. This is beautiful, I had not heard this before!

  2. I’d never seen the video before…

  3. Interestingly enough, I get along with most Water Bearers! Not sure if this is typical for all Virgos! Nice song!

    • I’m Capricorn and Water Bearers are traditionally not our most compatible signs (virgo and capricorns are more compatible), but like you I’ve always got on well with Water Bearers. I’m glad you liked Angels.

  4. jhward220 says:

    I love this song! I have also added it to a blog of mine and used photo’s from it on other posts.

  5. badfinger20 says:

    Wow it’s been since 1997? I’ve heard it a million times but never saw the video.

    • Even though I posted the video I don’t think I’d ever seen it until just now. I nearly always prefer the music alone than seeing a music video. Originally, I was going to post the version from Live Knebsworth, but I decided on the original at the last minute.
      Too bad about the Dodgers last night. Kershaw’s PS woes continue.

  6. Annika Perry says:

    Not bad for 25 minuets work! A modern classic and one which I grew to love as my son had this as one of his keyboard grade exam pieces a few years ago. He can’t stand it now but this is still special to me. Interesting facts and enjoyed reading the post.

    • Hey Annika, thanks for commenting! It’s strange how some of the greatest contemporary ballads came about so quickly. I can understand completely why your son is no longer a fan of the song considering how much he would have needed to revisit it. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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