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Ray Charles And Willie Nelson performs "Seven Spanish Angels"

"Seven Spanish Angels" is a song written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, and recorded by Ray Charles as a duet with Willie Nelson. It was released in November 1984 as a single from Charles' 1984 album Friendship. Charles and Nelson split the verses, with Charles singing the first and Nelson the second, Charles sang the first and second choruses with Nelson joining for the outro. It was also included on Nelson's 1985 compilation album Half Nelson. "Seven Spanish Angels" was the most successful of Charles' eight hits on the country chart. The single spent one week at number one and a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.

 

Setser had suggested the title "Seven Spanish Angels" and he and Seals had written the song as a homage to the tejano flavored classic hits of Marty Robbins exemplified by Robbins' career record "El Paso": (Troy Seals quote:) "When we finished it we thought 'Who in the world's gonna do it?' because Marty was [deceased]." Within two days "Seven Spanish Angels" had been successfully pitched to Willie Nelson. Before Nelson was able to record it, producer Billy Sherrill happened to hear the demo and wanted the song for Ray Charles. Sherrill proposed that Nelson and Charles duet on the song after learning of Nelson's having reserved it.

Ray Charles And Willie Nelson - Seven Spanish Angels Lyrics

 

He looked down into her brown eyes,

Said, " Say a prayer for me."

She threw her arms around him,

Whispered, "God will keep us free."

And they could hear the riders comin',

He said, "This is my last fight.

If they take me back to Texas,

They won't take me back alive."

And there were seven Spanish Angels,

At the alter of the Sun.

They were prayin' for the lovers,

In the valley of the gun.

And when the battle stopped,

And the smoke cleared.

There was thunder from the throne.

And seven Spanish angels,

Took another angel home.

She reached down and picked the gun up,

That lay smokin' in his hand.

Said, "Father please forgive me,

I can't make it without my man."

And she knew the gun was empty,

And she knew she couldn't win.

But her final prayer was answered,

When the rifles fired again.

And there were seven Spanish Angels,

At the alter of the Sun.

They were prayin' for the lovers,

In the valley of the gun.

And when the battle stopped,

And the smoke cleared.

There was thunder from the throne.

And seven Spanish angels,

Took another angel home.


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