I was born in the midnight
Long before the break of day
Born in the midnight hour
Called the witching hour, they say

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody knows my sorrow
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody but me

So I pray to my holy guardian angel
Come what may, to my holy guardian angel
So I pray to my holy guardian angel
In the witching hour

Well my restless mind starts to wander
Known it all of my days
Need lifted up by the spiritual
When I begin to think on these things

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody knows my sorrow
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody but me

So I pray to my holy guardian angel
At the end of the day, to my holy guardian angel
So I pray to my holy guardian angel
In the witching hour

So I pray to my holy guardian angel
At the end of the day, to my holy guardian angel
So I pray to my holy guardian angel
In the witching hour

Came into this world in the midnight hour
Long before the break of day
Born in the midnight
Called the witching hour, they say

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody knows my sorrow
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody but me

So I pray to my holy guardian angel
At the end of the day, to my holy guardian angel
So I pray to my holy guardian angel
In the witching hour
In the witching hour

Holy guardian angel
Holy guardian angel
Holy guardian angel
In the witching hour


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    General CommentThis song sits bang in the centre of Van's 'Keep Me Singing' album release of 2016 and has established itself as my favourite track for reasons I cannot adequately explain. He is in mellow mood throughout the album even though the lyrics here are not particularly special but there is something in that soulful voice and the expression given by the other musicians that make it extraordinary not least with the shuffling acoustic guitar playing of John Platania.

    There are several nods on the album to the great Sam Cooke with more prolonged acknowledgement here with the chorus of, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, Nobody knows my sorrow, Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, Nobody but me". The title of the song has been evident in his 'live' shows now for a number of years and has finally been given expression in this song. There is reflection here, contemplation here over the years of his life and a comfort he seems to experience with his holy guardian angel.
    robertcousinson April 12, 2017   Link

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