"Angie Baby" was Helen Reddy's third #1 hit in America (following "I Am Woman
" and "Delta Dawn
") and one of her more memorable ones. It seems to be about this oddball girl who can't face reality and may be going insane, yet no one is certain what it's about, and Reddy herself refused to comment, saying she enjoyed hearing other listeners' interpretations. This particularly applies to the end of the song, where this local boy makes the moves on Angie and vanishes. It has an uncertainty similar to that of "Hotel California
" by the Eagles.
Mike - Santa Barbara, CA