The Jazz Butcher Lyrics Angels


International caller on my line;
Tomorrow's just another distance.
Put in a call to a friend of mine
Just to say hello
What if there were angels?
Oh, sometimes i swear that I can see them there:

Making jokes and wearing black
And speaking English just like me;
Bright and kind and young and good,
So come on, you,
I know that we could still be that way.
What do you say?

It's two a.m. and I'm feeling fine,
Staying up late with these men of mine.
I've seen the angels and the things they do and every one
Just makes me think of you.
So come on.

Making jokes and wearing black
And wearing black and wearing black
And they're right and good and wearing black
And just like you
Always on my mind.
Just the whole time.

I can see them.
Here they come now.
There's thousands of them.
They're bearing you up.
They're holding you up.
I want to hold you in my arms.

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The Butcher Says..
Written on the morning that news broke about Reagan's bombing of Tripoli.
This is still one of my favourites. I wrote it in 1986 (the day they bombed Tripoli, in fact) about things that would only come to pass three years later. Or something. Oh God, I never make any sense when I start to talk about this tune. The lyrics just showed up, like automatic writing or something. I love it anyway, and I hope you love it too.

Live Stats

108 documented performances (click to explore)
1985 1 (JBC)
1986 7 (JBC)
1987 23
1 (Pat Solo)
22 (JBC)
1988 7 (JBC)
1989 15
5 (Pat Solo)
10 (JBC)
1990 7 (JBC)
1991 3 (JBC)
1992 18 (JBC)
1993 7
4 (Pat Solo)
3 (JBC)
1994 3 (JBC)
1995 1 (JBC)
1997 2 (JBC)
1998 1 (JBC)
1999 7
1 (Pat Solo)
6 (JBC)
2005 1 (Pat Solo)
2009 2 (JBC)
2011 1 (Pat Solo)
2020 1 (Pat Solo)
2021 1 (Pat Solo)


Official Video
30 Second Teaser
4 Recorded Live Performances
1989-11-06 J.C. Dobbs - Philadelphia, USA
Credit: Brian Kelly
1997-09-19 Bob & Anne's Wedding - Seattle, USA
1992-05-09 El Mocambo - Toronto, Canada
1989-11-28 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, Canada (West Coast '89 Cassette)
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  • Angels
    yadda[at] - pat fish, NN1
    25Nov2018 8:17 PM (2 years 306 days ago)
    Al, thanks! That'll do for me. Cheers, Pat x
  • The Beauty of Angels
    alblair3191[at] - Al Edinburgh
    23Nov2018 3:40 PM (2 years 309 days ago)
    Can't say I know much about The Jazz Butcher, never quite got the vibe way back...except Angels. Was and remains a very firm favourite. Drinking brandy, listening to The Jacobites, Cowboy Junkies and Dylan, the night rounded off with Angels. Heavenly days.
  • Video Version
    Scottlebowski[at] - C.C. 95
    12Dec2016 1:31 PM (4 years 290 days ago)
    Video Version is a truncated version of the song...
    And in my opinion, the edit removes all the build and punch that the full version has. (For maximum impact)
    A gorgeous tune.
  • angels
    annakin40[at] - mark smith, braintree
    1Dec2008 7:54 AM (12 years 303 days ago)
    absolutely amazing track, i lost the original in a house fire and would love to get a copy
  • funny?
    jgibbin[at] - want
    8Feb2007 1:26 PM (14 years 235 days ago)
    funny, I made a somewhat similarly obscure connection with "Wings of Desire"