Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground

Album: Honeysuckle Rose (1981)

Songfacts®:

  • Nelson wrote and performed this song for his starring role as a Country singer in the movie Honeysuckle Rose (1981).
  • The origins of this song are a little murky. Some fans assume the title angel refers to the Hells Angels biker Charlie Magoo, a friend of Nelson's who was killed, though the singer won't confirm or deny it. He has hinted that it's about his former wife Connie Koepke. >>
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    Kyle - Sparta, NJ
  • During live performances, Nelson sometimes dedicates this song to his son Billy, the third child from his first marriage to Martha Matthews, who committed suicide in 1991.
  • This was Nelson's seventh chart-topping solo hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
  • Bob Dylan covered this song while recording his 1983 album Infidels.
  • Nelson recorded a live version of this song with Patty Griffin for his 2005 album Songs for Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia to aid the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
  • During a show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nelson was shocked when the crowd, and his own band, starting laughing during his heartfelt performance. That is, until he spotted his bass player, Bee Spears, flying over the audience in ballet tights and a tutu. Spears took advantage of the wires left behind from a production of Peter Pan to stage the gag.

Comments: 3

  • Maureen from The WallI remember this song sung at The Wall by Britts Small (173rd Airborne Brigade Vet) for all the nurses that had fought on the ground to save our men.
  • Jennifer from TampaMy late husband told me how this song applied to fighter pilots. Whenever he sang it, he would get choked up remembering the great times he had flying the F-16 out of MacDill... This song will always have a special place in my heart <3
  • Leeann from Youngstown, OhThis song is heard in the 1999 King Of The Hill episode "Wings of the Dope" as Luanne listens to it on her boom box and waits for Buckley's angel to come back.
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