"Angel From Montgomery" as written by and John Prine....
I am an old woman named after my mother
My old man is another child that's grown old
If dreams were lightning thunder was desire
This old house would have burnt down a long time ago

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy
He weren't much to look at, just free rambling man
But that was a long time and no matter how I try
The years just flow by like a broken down dam.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

There's flies in the kitchen I can hear 'em there buzzing
And I ain't done nothing since I woke up today.
How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go


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"Angel from Montgomery" as written by John Prine

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    General CommentShe's a free-spirit at heart who has been trapped by her life. And now it's too late to undo the choices she has made and the freedom she gave up.

    Such wonderful characterization.
    I love this song.
    wayupnorthon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a text book example of great songwriting. Dave Matthews fans would know this tune done on VH1 storytellers. a great cover.
    MLRLighton October 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSad but true for many people. Life with a person who has nothing to say is lonely and depressing. People do find something to hang on to, some kind of hope, just to make it through the day. One of my favorite songs...Prine with Ronnie Raitt of course.
    Boogson June 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how John Prine wrote this song and sings it from a woman's perspective. He does it so naturally that it doesn't seem odd.
    bhoover247on August 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard it first on the film "Into The Wild" such a great movie.
    And such a great duet by Chris and Tracy..their voices are awesome.
    Love Tracy's voice and I will always have Chris view on my life, he is my saviour.
    bear_hug20on November 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
    And come home in the evening and have nothing to say."

    Some of my favorite lines. Embodies that angst I feel about work slicing into our time on this earth.
    scraps33on February 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"To believe in this living is just a hard way to go. . ."

    Damn.
    rufustfireflyon October 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteveryone should get the duet with john and bonnie raitt, awesome stuff in that one
    Halcyonon December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is another awesome Prine song. It's very sad and he was the perfect voice for it. I really like it.
    OpinionHeadon August 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI, for one, love flowery language in songs. I also love lyrics that are really rather vague, where you have to puzzle over the words to figure out what the song is about. I think they are true poetry.

    However, all of John Prine's songs are so straightforward, open and sincere. The words are "basic" but he manages to put a very deep meaning with a lot of feeling into them... I'm sure there is some term for this type of songwriting, but I think "layman's poetry" describe it pretty well. It is its own breed of beauty that is totally different from any other, and that is all I have to say about this song and many of his other works for the moment.
    bobwronskion November 11, 2005   Link

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