Robbie Robertson — Fallen Angel
Album: Robbie Robertson
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6.9

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Released: 1987
Length: 5:41
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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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This song, vocally, can indeed be somewhat confusing. Robbie Robertson is no Peter Gabriel. As Peter Gabriel is no Robbie Robertson. If only Margo Timmins was somewhere in this mix too then it'd have to go to a 10.
I was so hoping for a cover of the King Crimson track.
 ShamanManu wrote:
I thought this for Peter Gabriel {#Think} he sounds like him here {#Yes}

 
Because Peter Gabriel recorded vocals on this track (and maybe others on the album, I forget) so that voice you hear that sounds like PG, it's him ;-)
 ShamanManu wrote:
I thought this for Peter Gabriel {#Think} he sounds like him here {#Yes}

 
Peter Gabriel is signing backup.
Such a superb drumming effort by the great Manu Katche


good song, great album
 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. 
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:
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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.