CAPTURED ANGEL


(RIAA Certified - Platinum)

Released September 1975 by Epic Records.

All compositions by Dan Fogelberg (© 1975/Hickory Grove Music - ASCAP).


Aspen / These Days
Comes And Goes
Captured Angel
Old Tennessee
Next Time
Man In The Mirror
Below The Surface
Crow
The Last Nail

Credits

 

Dan Fogelberg - all guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion, banjo, arp, vocals except where otherwise noted.

Aspen/These Days

Russ Kunkel - drums
Strings arranged by Glenn Spreen

Comes And Goes

Russ Kunkel - percussion

Captured Angel

Russ Kunkel - drums
Norbert Putnam - bass

Old Tennessee
Russ Kunkel - drums
Norbert Putnam - bass

Next Time
Russ Kunkel - drums
Norbert Putnam - bass
Al Perkins - pedal steel
Strings arranged by Glenn Spreen

Man In The Mirror
Russ Kunkel - drums

 

Below The Surface

Russ Kunkel - drums

Crow
David Lindley - fiddle

The Last Nail
Russ Kunkel - drums
Strings arranged by Glenn Spreen

Produced by Dan Fogelberg for Full Moon Productions
Recorded at - Golden Voice Studios, South Pekin, Illinois; Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado; The Record Plant, Los Angeles; The Record Plant, Sausalito

 

Lyrics

 

Aspen 

Instrumental

 

 

These Days 

 

I used to think of myself as a soldier 

Holding his own against impossible odds 

Badly outnumbered and caught in a crossfire of devils and gods 

All I ever wanted to be was free 

All I ever looked for was what was within my eyes to see 

Oh, but these days are just like you and me 

Oh, but these days are just like you and me 

 

You used to be something I could believe in 

How could you let me forsake myself so 

You used to think of your life as a riddle with no answer known 

All you ever wanted to be was free 

All you ever looked for was what was within your sights to see 

Oh, but these days are just like you and me 

Oh, but these days are just like you and me 

 

We used to live like there was no tomorrow 

Tasting our trials a day at a time 

Crying for justice and laughing at sorrow 

Such innocent crimes 

All we ever wanted to be was free 

All we ever looked for was what was within our sights to see 

Oh, but these days are just like you and me 

Oh, but these days are just like you and me 

Just like you and me 

You know they're just like you and me

 

 

 

Comes And Goes 

 

The woman's like the night 

She comes and goes 

She breaks my heart each day 

And never knows 

And the time I spend in sorrow 

Will match the time I live 

And the time that's left is 

All I have to give 

 

The woman's like an ivy on a pole 

She wraps her twisted love around my soul 

There will come a sudden winter 

When she'll seek the warmth of day 

And there'll come a time when she will come to stay 

 

The woman's like the tide 

She comes and goes 

She knows the things that I can just suppose 

And the time I spend in sorrow 

Will match the time that she laughs 

And the songs I sing cannot explain but half 

 

 

 

Captured Angel 

 

Found your heart and lost your lover 

Lick your wounds and run for cover 

Take your time,there'll be another 

And don't make the same mistake twice 

Unless you can pay the price 

 

All the years that you spent in growing 

End up one more line you're towing 

Don't look now but your age is showing 

And it's much too late to turn back 

You better pull in the slack 

 

(Chorus) 

Captured Angel 

Aching to make your break 

Your freedom's at stake 

You better fly now... 

Fly now, fly now 

While your wings are still young 

Your cage door's been flung wide open... 

And I'm hoping you see 

That there's a place beside me 

If you ever need it

 

Sold your dreams 

For sweet salvation 

Left with righteous indignation 

Now it seems that you face starvation 

And nourishment doesn't come cheap 

You better go back to sleep 

(Chorus) 

 

 

 

Old Tennessee 

 

End of October 

The sleepy brown woods seem to 

Nod down their heads to the Winter 

Yellows and grays paint the sad skies today 

And I wonder when you're coming home 

 

Woke up one morning 

The wind through the window 

Reminded me winter was just 'round the bend 

Somehow I just did not see it was coming 

It took me by surprise again 

 

(Chorus) 

And I hear you're in San Francisco 

Living with your sister who's a mother to be 

And her husband's way down in Georgia 

And I'm still in old Tennessee... 

Wishing you'd come home to me

 

Life here is easy I'm sure you recall 

How it's so warm and breezy 

In the summer and the fall 

But winter's upon me 

And I've got no heat here 

And I miss your fire so sweet 

Dear I miss your fire so sweet 

 

(Chorus) 

 

End of October 

The sleepy brown woods seem to 

Nod down their heads to the winter 

Yellows and gray paint the sad skies today 

And I wonder when you're coming home 

I wonder when you're coming home 

I wonder when you're coming home 

 

 

 

Next Time 

 

One too many days I've felt forgotten 

And one too many nights I've slept alone 

And every time I watch the fruit turn rotten 

I tell myself I'll try a little harder next time 

Oh, next time 

 

Sacred are the ties that love entrusts us 

Even if they fray before they bind 

And I'm afraid I never did you justice 

So I'm going to feel my love a little stronger 

Make it last a little longer next time 

Oh, next time 

 

Well next time I ain't gonna fall on my knees 

And come out of love empty-handed 

But next time I'll be even harder to please 

Oh when will the next time be 

When will the next time be 

Well next time I ain't gonna fall on my knees for nobody 

And come out of love empty-handed 

But next time I'll be even harder to please 

Oh when will the next time be 

When will the next time be 

 

One too many days I've felt forgotten by you 

And one too many nights I've slept alone 

And every time I watch the fruit turn rotten 

I tell myself I'll try a little harder 

Play my cards a little smarter next time 

Oh next time

 

 

 

Man In The Mirror 

 

(Chorus) 

The man in the mirror 

He keeps getting nearer but I am not moving 

The man in the back street is holding a track meet 

But I will not run 

 

Someplace inside you a seed has been born 

You've got to watch it grow 

Someplace inside you a river is waiting to flow 

Will you let it go 

Those voices you're hearing are never worth fearing 

They're only inside you

They'll tempt you and taunt you 

They'll help you and haunt you but don't try to hide 

 

Sometimes the sun will be right at your shoulder 

Helping you keep your stride 

Sometimes you might have to give up a piece of your pride 

Have you even tried 

 

(Chorus)

 

 

 

Below The Surface

 

Some people tell you they're trapped by the distance 

And can't get what they want most 

They throw up a wall and then call for assistance 

And make no attempt to get close 

 

(Chorus) 

Oh, I think you should know 

You've got to go slow below the surface 

And easy through the waves 

You better go slow below the surface 

And easy through the waves 

 

You're running so fast that you can't find the past 

And your future is wearing thin 

Come from behind it's a matter of time 

'Til you see where you've always been 

 

(Chorus) 

 

Some people tell you they're in trapped by the distance 

And can't get what they want most 

They throw up a wall and then call for assistance 

And make no attempt to get close 

 

Oh, I think you should know 

You've better go slow below the surface 

And easy through the waves 

You better go slow below the surface 

And easy through the waves 

You know that your life must have a purpose 

You better make a stand while you still can 

 

 

 

Crow 

 

Somewhere on a lonely muddy country road 

I heard your song, crow, for the first time 

Somewhere in the distance wicked, black and low 

Made me feel as I was running from a crime 

Made me feel as I was running from a crime 

 

Some say she died of drowning in the river deep 

Some say she died of a sudden start 

Some say they found her swinging from my old man's tree 

And some folks say she died of a broken heart 

And some folks say she died of a broken heart 

 

I can't believe they would pay men just to hunt me down 

But silver coins to each one do they give 

And by now there's a gallows standing in the town 

And I wonder how much more I have to live 

And I wonder how much more I have to live 

 

Somewhere on a lonely muddy country road 

I heard your song, crow, for the last time 

Somewhere in the distance wicked, black and low 

Made me feel as I was running from a crime 

Made me feel as I was running from a crime 

Made me feel as I was running...from a crime 

 

 

 

The Last Nail 

 

I saw you running ahead of the crowd 

I chased but never thought I'd catch you 

You said you loved me but you had to be free and I let you 

Why did I let you 

 

We walked together through the gardens and graves 

I watched you grow to be a woman 

Living on promises that nobody gave to no one 

They were given to no one 

 

I started listening to the wind and the rain 

You strained your ears but could hear nothing 

One night I thought I heard them whisper my name 

And I went running 

 

I left a trail of footprints deep in the snow 

I swore one day I would retrace them 

But when I turned around I found that the wind had erased them 

Now I'll never replace them 

 

(Chorus) 

Fly away, my sweet bird, over the land 

Take life for all the freedom you can 

But if you ever should need a man 

Well, the offer still stands 

 

I hear you've taken on a husband and child 

And live somewhere in Pennsylvania 

I never thought you'd ever sever the string but I can't blame you none 

 

So let the ashes fall and lay where they will 

Just say that once you used to know me 

One last time sing that old song we used to know 

But this time sing 

But this time sing a little more slowly 

 

(Chorus) 

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