Willie Nelson & Ray Charles: “Seven Spanish Angels”

Willie Nelson & Ray Charles - Seven Spanish Angels
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“Seven Spanish Angels” is about a Mexican outlaw and his girlfriend who are trying to outrun a posse trying to return them to Texas. When they are finally cornered and exhausted from running, they decide to fight the approaching lawmen with gunfire.

Before the final gunfight, the two embrace passionately, promising each other that God will spare them and they will eventually be in a better place. The gunfight then commences, with the outlaw firing upon the squadron. He is immediately shot and killed, prompting his distraught girlfriend to pick up his rifle from his hand. She tearfully prays, “Father, please forgive me; I can’t make it without my man.” Even though she is well aware there is no ammunition in the chamber, she points it at the lawmen and is then shot dead.

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After each fatal shooting, seven Spanish angels gather (presumably in Heaven) to pray for “the lovers in the Valley of the Gun.” After the gunfights end and the smoke clears, “there was thunder from the throne” and the angels proceed to take “another angel home”.

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Lyrics for “Seven Spanish Angels”

He looked down into her brown eyes
And said, “Say a prayer for me.”
She threw her arms around him,
Whispered, “God will keep us free.”

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.”

There were seven Spanish angels at the altar of the sun.
They were prayin’ for the lovers in the valley of the gun.

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 smoking in his hand.
She 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.

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There were seven Spanish angels at the altar of the sun.
They were prayin’ for the lovers in the valley of the gun.

When the battle stopped and the smoke cleared,
There was thunder from the throne,
And seven Spanish angels took another angel home.

Written by Eddie F. Setser, Troy Harold Seals • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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