Heavenly Helpers (Wings Optional)
Between senseless acts of violence and incurable illnesses, one might think that our world is in desperate need of an army of angels. It sounds like we need a gossamer-robed, halo-toting, wing-wearing troop of heavenly helpers who are full of mercy, kindness, and love. Send them in!
Perhaps we don't have to go that far. Angels already walk among us. They tiptoe in and out of our lives in plain clothes. They provide us with simple support at crucial moments while blending into the fabric of our everyday lives.
Celebrate the Angels in Your Life
Often unnoticed and undervalued, angels reliably do their jobs and frequently go far beyond. They're the teachers, firefighters, lunch ladies and janitors, EMTs, nurses, and police officers. But they are also our parents, neighbors, co-workers, friends, lovers, siblings, and even strangers.
Angels are common folk like you and me who smooth the sharp edges of a sometimes brutal life. They engage in small heroics that allow others to get through life's difficulties—one smile, one favor, one day at a time.
Have you stopped to say "thank you" to an angel today? Or to consider how you might be an angel to someone else?
Make a Playlist of Angel Songs
Recognize the impact that earthly angels have in your life. Make a playlist of songs about angels, fallen angels, and people who desperately need a heavenly helper to rescue them. Here is a long list of pop, rock, and country tunes to get you started.
1. "Angel" by Aerosmith
If a lover has ever worshipped you like this, you'd surely remember it. In this powerful 1988 rock ballad by Aerosmith, lead singer Steven Tyler belts out lyrics about a man who yearns to be with the woman he loves.
Feeling empty and desperate without her, he begs that only her love can save him. With intensity like this, could their love affair ever survive the normalcy of colicky babies, taking out the trash, and overdrawn bank accounts? Only time will tell.
2. "Calling All Angels" by Train
What do you do when you barely recognize the world you live in? What do you do when the safety of the innocents is threatened, when marriages are built on deception, and hope is hard to come by? If you're Train (2003), you beckon the angels to help.
3. "How Do You Talk to an Angel?" by The Heights
He dreams about her, he feels her in the air, she moves his soul. Now if he can only talk to her. That's the dilemma posed in this 1992 song by The Heights.
4. "Send Me an Angel" by Alicia Keys
For this 2010 song, Alicia Keys re-titled her 2007 "Prelude to a Kiss" to benefit Haiti in the aftermath of its massive earthquake. The song highlights the lonely feelings and heavy heart one feels when facing massive personal burdens alone:
But that's a lonely road to travel
And a heavy load to bear
And it's a long, long way to heaven
But I gotta get there
Can you send an angel?
5. "She Talks to Angels" by The Black Crowes
Sometimes the angels are the only force keeping a broken person from completely destroying themselves. In this 1990 song, The Black Crowes describe the lies and isolation of a girl addicted to heroin. Angels call her name, and she answers, hanging on an edge.
Heroin is considered the most addictive drug; almost a quarter of those who ever try the drug become addicted.1
6. "Angel in the Centerfold" by The J. Giles Band
Imagine the shock of discovering that your high school crush—the blonde, blue-eyed angel who slipped notes to you in homeroom—is now Miss November in a girly magazine. This 1981 song by the J. Giles Band features a man whose schoolboy fantasies come true. But now he's caught between feelings of lust and disgust. (Yep, he buys the magazine.)
7. "Earth Angel" by The Penguins
The Penguins were one-hit wonders with this 1954 song about a man who is utterly smitten with his lady.
8. "Angel in Your Arms" by Barbara Mandrell
The woman in this 1985 song is surely no angel, and she's letting her husband know that when it comes to cheating, two can play at that age-old game. Barbara Mandrell describes a woman who became tired of the neglect of her wayward spouse and sought some side action herself.
9. "Angel With a Shotgun" by The Cab
In this 2011 song by The Cab, the narrator sees himself as an angel cast out of heaven, ready to fight for love with all that he has. Perhaps this is an NRA (National Rifle Association) angel? I dunno if they come in that shade of grey.
I'm an angel with a shotgun,
fighting 'til the war's won.
I don't care if heaven won't take me back.
I'll throw away my faith, babe, just to keep you safe.
Don't you know you're everything I have.
I'm an angel with a shotgun
... and I, want to live, not just survive, tonight.
10. "Angel in Blue Jeans" by Train
The man in Train's 2014 song dreams about a magical, mysterious woman he'd love until his last breath. Then he woke up, and the strange but familiar woman was lying beside him.
11. "Angels in Waiting" by Tammy Cochran
We've all probably known children and young adults who have died before they even had the chance to fly. Country singer Tammy Cochran wrote this song in 2001 about her two older brothers who died of cystic fibrosis. It describes her childhood memories playing with them, as they raced destiny. The boys knew they would never grow old, and they were angels in waiting.
12. "Wild Angels" by Martina McBride
Martina McBride (1996) thinks she hears the sound of beating wings as angels watch over us. That's her only explanation for how we make it through this world sometimes.
13. "Seven Spanish Angels" by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson
In this storytelling song by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson (1984), a Mexican outlaw and his girlfriend are being chased by a band of lawmen who seek to return them to Texas. The man vows not to return to be returned alive. He is killed in a shootout while emptying his gun. Knowing the gun was empty, his girlfriend then picks it up (in an early form of "suicide by cop.") The seven Spanish angels that had been praying for the couple then took them home.
14. "Angel Eyes" by the Jeff Healey Band
In this 1989 song by the Jeff Healey Band, a guy believes that his girlfriend outclasses him, and he labels her an angel. All the other guys are checking her out. He can't explain what she sees in him. "What you're doin' with a clown like me?" he asks. Hey, fella, here's a note to self: If something seems too good to be real, it probably is.
Corny Pick-Up Lines About Angels
- Are you lost? Because Heaven's a long way from here.
- Baby, somebody better call God, because He's sure missing an angel!
- Did it hurt? (Inevitably, she replies: "Did what hurt?") When you fell out of Heaven?
- Are you an angel, because mmmm, you smell heavenly!
- Would you touch me so I can tell my friends I've been touched by an angel?
- Wow. You look like an angel. Welcome to Earth.
- I didn't know that angels could fly so low!
- What time do you have to be back in Heaven?
- I think I can die happy now because I've just seen a piece of Heaven.
- For a moment I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. Now I see that I am very much alive. Heaven has been brought to me.
- I didn't see any stars in the sky tonight. The most heavenly body is standing right next to me.
15. "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabares (1962) describes a heart-struck teeny-bopper who pines away for a boy who doesn't even know she exists. She turns down dates from other boys in the hopes that Johnny Angel will come around.
Quick, someone tell this young girl to start living her life. (The word on the street is that Johnny's into dudes.)
16. "Angels" by Sarah Brightman
The best-selling soprano of all time, Sarah Brightman (2013) graces us with her voice in this hauntingly beautiful song. In it, an angel describes being one with the person she is watching over.
17. "Halo" by Beyoncé Knowles
One way to know you're infatuated with someone is that you believe they've got a halo on—that they're perfect. That's not love; it's wishful thinking. But it's exactly what Beyoncé Knowles does in this 2008 song.
A lover whom she previously distrusted has earned his wings and his "halo, halo, halo" (although we don't know how). Now she sees him as her saving grace, and she hopes he won't fall from his pedestal. Beyoncé, we thought you were smarter than that!
18. "Angels" by Robbie Williams
In this popular 1997 hit, Robbie Williams salutes the angels who look over us to guide and protect us when the rest of the world is all too willing to turn its back.
19. "My Angel" by Kellie Pickler
Country singer Kellie Pickler (2006) wrote this song in memory of her grandmother who sang sweet melodies to her as a child and loved her without condition.
10 Inexpensive Ways to Be an Angel in Your Community
|Lend a Hand||Be an Angel|
Volunteer to walk the dogs and pet the cats at your local animal shelter
Really, truly listen
Share extra vegetables from your garden with neighbors and co-workers
Double your recipe and share it with new parents, a grieving family, a disabled or elderly neighbor, or a friend
Purchase school supplies when they're on clearance and donate them to your local school
Pick up other people's litter
Stop pretending not to notice
20. "Angels Cry" by Mariah Carey (Featuring Ne-Yo)
If you've ever had a love relationship and you desperately wanted to make it work, you know what Mariah Carey and Ne-Yo are singing about in this 2009 tune. They gave up on their love too easily, now they are hanging on the edge, unable to forget one another. Angels mourn the loss of their relationship, and heaven is on their side.
21. "Angel Standing By" by Jewel
In this 1995 song on her debut album, Jewel promises someone she loves that she will be an angel to look over them throughout the night, reassuring them through bad dreams and holding their hand.
22. "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" by Willie Nelson
In this beautiful song (1981), Willie Nelson describes the unconditional love of finding a broken angel, helping her to repair what ails her, then allowing her to go free. That's what love is really about: lifting others higher. (Who's really the angel in this song?)
I knew someday that you would fly away
For love's the greatest healer to be found
So leave me if you need to, I will still remember
Angel flying too close to the ground.
23. "The 'A' Team (Too Cold for Angels to Fly)" by Ed Sheeran
This 2011 song by Ed Sheeran is deceptively upbeat, as it's about a crack-addicted prostitute who has been slowly killing herself with a life on the streets since she turned 18 years old.
The term "A Team" refers to Class A drugs, including crack, heroin, cocaine, meth, LSD, MDMA ("ecstasy") and psilocybin mushrooms. Sheeran wrote the song after visiting a homeless shelter and hearing the harrowing tales of addiction and life on the streets.
24. "Fallen Angel" by Poison
A small-town girl packs her suitcase to chase her dreams of stardom. The mama's angel then discovers that success in Hollywood won't be achieved on talent alone. She must make uncomfortable sacrifices but either way, she loses. Poison released the song in 1988.
25. "Angel of Harlem" by U2
Some of the most talented people are also the most destructive. In this 1988 song, U2 pays tribute to legendary American jazz singer Billie Holiday. She had the voice of an angel, but she struggled with personal demons, including abusive relationships and drug addiction.
26. "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" by Charley Pride
Charley Pride's heart is brimming with happiness in this classic county song (1971), in which he shares his secret of good loving. Kiss your lover in the morning, let her know you're thinking about her throughout the day, and love her like the devil when you return.
27. "No Angel" by Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles is a complicated lady, and in this 2013 song, the narrator declares that both she and her lover are imperfect, flawed, unangelic…in other words human.
28. "There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart)" by Eurythmics
Have you ever had bliss on tap? This 1985 Eurythmics song describes the ecstasy of a love connection. Annie Lennox feels like angels are playing with her heart.
29. "Angel" by Jack Johnson
Ah, the magic of love! In this 2008 song, Jack Johnson is so in love with an earthly angel that he feels he shares the same soul with her:
She gives me presents
With her presence alone
She gives me everything I could wish for ... .
30. "Angels of the Silences" by Counting Crows
Emotionally spent and used by a lover, the narrator in this Counting Crows song (1996) visits angels in his sleep and summons the courage to finally leave.
31. "Angels" by Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke is elated to have found the angel of his dreams in this 2005 song. His lover understands his life, is always in his corner, and brings him celestial comfort.
However, Thicke's real-life angel wasn't so understanding of his lying, alleged infidelities, and twerking with Mylie Cyrus at the 2013 Video Music Awards (VMAs). In self-defense, Thicke claims he was just the innocent "twerkee." (Good one, Robin!)
Thicke met his wife, Paula Patton when they were teenagers, and after nine years of marriage, she filed for divorce in 2014. No more blurred lines there.
Quotes About Angels
- "Music is well said to be the speech of angels."—Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher
- "It is by suffering that human beings become angels." —Victor Hugo, French poet and dramatist
- "All God's angels come to us disguised."—James Russell Lowell, American poet
- "Angels can fly because they carry no burdens."—Eileen Elias Freeman, American author
- "The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone."—George Eliot, English novelist
- "While we are sleeping, angels have conversations with our souls."—Author Unknown
- "It is not known precisely where angels dwell—whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode." —Voltaire, French philosopher
- "We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another."—Luciano de Crescenzo, Italian writer and engineer
- "Philosophy will clip an angel's wings."—John Keats, English poet
- "The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people."—Eric Honeycutt
- "I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking."—Jean Cocteau, French writer
- "Man was created a little lower than the angels, and has been getting lower ever since." - Josh Billings, American humorist
- "I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit."—Mae West, American actress
- "Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you."—Saint Francis de Sales
- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."—Michelangelo, Italian artist
- "If men were angels, no government would be necessary."—James Madison, 4th U.S. President
32. "Ten Thousand Angels" by Mindy McCready
In this 1996 song, Mindy McCready has run into an old flame and needs all the heavenly help she can get. She knows that she's headed for another heartbreak unless the strength of 10,000 angels intervenes.
33. "Angels Fall Sometimes" by Josh Turner
Country singer Josh Turner can't believe his good fortune in this 2005 song. He holds a lover that is so far out of his league that he believes she must be a fallen angel. (That makes his girlfriend either very charitable or a poor judge of character.)