Robbie Robertson — Fallen Angel
Album: Robbie Robertson
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6.9

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Released: 1987
Length: 5:41
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Are you out there
Can you hear me
Can you see me in the dark

I don't believe it's all for nothing
It's not just written in the sand
Sometimes I thought you felt too much
And you crossed into the shadowland

And the river was overflowing
And the sky was fiery red
You gotta play the hand that's dealt ya
That's what the old man always said

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

In my dream the pipes were playing
In my dream I lost a friend
Come down Gabriel and blow your horn
'Cause some day we will meet again

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

All the tears
All the rage
All the blues in the night
If my eyes could see
You kneeling in the silver light

Fallin', fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin' down

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

All the tears
All the rage
All the blues in the night
If my eyes could see
You kneeling in the silver light

If you're out there can you touch me
Can you see me I don't know
If you're out there can you reach me
Lay a flower in the snow
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 Dazzerb wrote:
excellent album.

 
fully agree!
I've always had a version of this album, vinyl is wonderful, heard it first when living  in Northern CA Russian River area.  Very rainy winter and driving in the rain, the FM station was far better then  the southland, they would play 3 songs that were connected by the group or individuals. Love to put it on late night.
excellent album.
Apparently, according to Wikipedia, there were lots of contributions from Peter Gabriel to this album, who was also working with Daniel Lanois at the time. 
Sounds a lot like a Peter Gabriel song.
I have always like this one. 

"I don't believe it's all for nothing
It's not just written in the sand."

Yes indeed,  This life; it ain't for nothing.  And one day we will all know this with certainty.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 ShamanManu wrote:
I thought this for Peter Gabriel {#Think} he sounds like him here {#Yes}

 
{#Yes}
 Skydog wrote:

I'm giving it a 2 to counter your 9
 

 
Do you speed up on the road to block a passer, too?
 domreo wrote:
...
One more thing I thought was very cool at the time, he had been courted for years by various record companies after the Band split but didn't make this album until 1987.  In a radio interview (Kim Ladd?) he was asked why it took him so long and he said "I didn't feel I had anything good to say (until now)".  So there was an element of musical integrity by not taking advantage of his fame to just put out 'product' for money but to do it on his own terms.

 

Or Robbie was simply being risk averse and waiting for the time when he had enough quality material for a new album release.  Coming to market with just 'product' and hoping that his reputation carries the day is risky.  
Sweet and endearing.  
A truly stand out album.  He has a lot of respect from fellow musicians, besides Peter Gabriel's duet with him on this one, U2 backed him on "Sweet Fire of Love" and "Testimony".  Other song back ups had the BoDeans on them.  Not bad...
One more thing I thought was very cool at the time, he had been courted for years by various record companies after the Band split but didn't make this album until 1987.  In a radio interview (Kim Ladd?) he was asked why it took him so long and he said "I didn't feel I had anything good to say (until now)".  So there was an element of musical integrity by not taking advantage of his fame to just put out 'product' for money but to do it on his own terms.
 oldmanmicha wrote:
I'm giving 9 points, because I wanna hear this more often

 
I'm giving it a 2 to counter your 9
 
Can't help it, but this is where my mind goes now every time I hear any of Robbie's work:
My problem is this- 

Robertson would come in with a piece of a song, or melody, or idea.  He'd say "Hey guys, I'm working on this new song.  What do you think? and then they'd all sit around and talk about it, rif on it, and maybe come up with a lyric or a melody or whatever. Finally, Robbie would go away, write the song, and then take full credit.
 
So in light of that fact, he writes a money making song about one of the bandmates he ripped off, Richard Manuel.  Did any of the royalties go to Richard's family?  I don't know.  But I would like to hear Robbie's side of the story. I do know that Levon Helm held the anger for a long time. 

 


One of Robertson's best and Gabriel's backing is a great touch.  Never tire of listening to this album.
hayduke2 wrote:
thank you On_The_Beach for posting the photo of Richard Manuel, such a subtle yet stunning piece of music RR made for his friend 

Seconded.

On_The_Beach wrote:
http://dontforgetthesongs365.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/b-and-w-richard.jpg
R.I.P. Richard Manuel

 ShamanManu wrote:
I thought this for Peter Gabriel {#Think} he sounds like him here {#Yes}
  
You hear correctly:

"'Fallen Angel' is lyrically about Robertson's former bandmate Richard Manuel, who took his own life in 1986. Peter Gabriel sings with Robertson on this track."
 
— Wikipedia: Robbie Robertson (album) Fallen Angel
thank you on_the_beach for posting the photo of Richard Manuel, such a subtle yet stunning piece of music RR made for his friend 
I thought this for Peter Gabriel {#Think} he sounds like him here {#Yes}
 peter_james_bond wrote:
This song is about the death of his old band mate Richard Manuel, here are the lrics:

Are you out there
Can you hear me
Can you see me in the dark

I don't believe it's all for nothing
It's not just written in the sand
Sometimes I thought you felt too much
And you crossed into the shadowland

And the river was overflowing
And the sky was fiery red
You gotta play the hand that's dealt ya
That's what the old man always said

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

In my dream the pipes were playing
In my dream I lost a friend
Come down Gabriel and blow your horn
'Cause some day we will meet again

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

All the tears
All the rage
All the blues in the night
If my eyes could see
You kneeling in the silver light

Fallin', fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin' down

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

All the tears
All the rage
All the blues in the night
If my eyes could see
You kneeling in the silver light

If you're out there can you touch me
Can you see me I don't know
If you're out there can you reach me
Lay a flower in the snow
  Or you can click on "lyrics"


I'm giving 9 points, because I wanna hear this more often
 scrubbrush wrote:
Side 1 of this record was life changing for me back in 1988. I will always love this album.

 
One of the early CDs in my collection and it remains a favorite for me as well.
If you're out there can you touch me
Can you see me I don't know
If you're out there can you reach me
Lay a flower in the snow.

Wonderful song.

http://dontforgetthesongs365.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/b-and-w-richard.jpg
R.I.P. Richard Manuel
Side 1 of this record was life changing for me back in 1988. I will always love this album.
Thanks, Daniel Lanois :-)  

gresua wrote:
Thank Peter Gabriel.  :)

 


 jmsmy wrote:
A GREAT Album

 
Stunning album. One to worship. Thanks for bringing this back to the 'fore.
A GREAT Album
Power so softly ........8
 Cynaera wrote:
Romeotuma - I totally understand. Hugging you from someplace not far from where you are.... {#Wink}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
Thank Peter Gabriel.  :)
 CafeLatte wrote:

Me to, heavenly!
  Same here, just woke up, tuned in and had to see what this was!


 srose96 wrote:
had to get up off the couch to check what this was!  {#Curtain}
 
Me to, heavenly!
had to get up off the couch to check what this was!  {#Curtain}
Yes, yes, yes. This.
Love and respect this album.  I recall when it came out he was on Jim Ladd's 'Innerview' program and was being asked about his activities of the prior decade in which he had been sought out by other musicians to work together but hadn't released anything of his own.  He said "I had offers from the Labels, but I didn't feel I had anything good to say. Until now".  I liked the integrity of not just putting out product for pay and that his time spent with other musicians inspired him to work with Gabriel, U2, the Bodeans and others on this album.  Listen to it again.
nah nah nah {#Neutral}

oh.. peter gabriel.. this is why..
And now another one.

How appropriate - RIP Levon...we will miss you and thank you for all you brought us!


Excellent.  As noted, Peter Gabriel adds a lot....  Thanks for the reminder!
Long time ago since i bought this album.still love Robbie and too low a rating IMHO for this one
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Will you two get a room already?!  ; )
 


Sounds like a plan...  love this song...
 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Will you two get a room already?!  ; )
 

RT's already got one... in a hotel in Las Vegas remember {#Lol}

Wonderful song BTW {#Whistle}
 romeotuma wrote:
Thank you!  Hugs back to you, you marvelous woman...  I love this song...
 
Will you two get a room already?!  ; )
Beautiful song. Peter Gabriel's vocals add immensely.
 Cynaera wrote:
Romeotuma - I totally understand. Hugging you from someplace not far from where you are.... {#Wink}
 


Thank you!  Hugs back to you, you marvelous woman...  I love this song...

 
 romeotuma wrote:

I completely agree with myself...

 
  Romeotuma - I totally understand. Hugging you from someplace not far from where you are.... {#Wink}


 peter_james_bond wrote:
This song is about the death of his old band mate Richard Manuel, here are the lrics:

Are you out there
Can you hear me
Can you see me in the dark

I don't believe it's all for nothing
It's not just written in the sand
Sometimes I thought you felt too much
And you crossed into the shadowland

And the river was overflowing
And the sky was fiery red
You gotta play the hand that's dealt ya
That's what the old man always said

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

In my dream the pipes were playing
In my dream I lost a friend
Come down Gabriel and blow your horn
'Cause some day we will meet again

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

All the tears
All the rage
All the blues in the night
If my eyes could see
You kneeling in the silver light

Fallin', fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin' down

Fallen Angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

All the tears
All the rage
All the blues in the night
If my eyes could see
You kneeling in the silver light

If you're out there can you touch me
Can you see me I don't know
If you're out there can you reach me
Lay a flower in the snow

  Bringing this up, because apparently, there are people out there who expect perfection in an imperfect world. Thank you, PJB, for the lyrics and the insight. I love Robbie Robertson, with or without The Band.

 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears, and the soul... and so apropos...
 


I completely agree with myself...

 
 GeneP59 wrote:
For a minute there I thought it was Peter Gabriel.
 
For a minute there you were right too!

 GeneP59 wrote:
For a minute there I thought it was Peter Gabriel.
 
...well, it kind of is - he provides backing vocals on this track...