When Angels Fly
***To listen to the full Dance Version of the song 'When Angels Fly' - Click on the youtube link under Album Links on the left side of this webpage*** When Angels Fly (Lyrics) Intro: Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Yeah, My Baby, Hey, Hey Love is born in heavenly places And put on earth to fill empty spaces Then given to the Spirit of someone, just like you The father smiles, a tear falls from his eye And with that tear an angel flies A witness to love as it fell to the earth Sweet gentle soul, I was there for your birth Short Chorus God smiles and angels fly Heaven opens wide So angels can fly . . You were a child but for a minute I tried to cherish each moment as we spent it I hope that I took enough time on my way To give you my heart, at the start of each day I made plans as you would grow up Had hopes and dreams how things would end up I pondered my guidance, at times I would doubt But it's truly divine the way you have turned out My seed has blossomed into a flower This day will become one of your greatest hours So I open up my hands and my heart with pride And I gladly present you to him as his bride 2nd Chorus: God smiled and shed a tear from his eye Then heaven gave way to let an angel take flight So fly, angel fly God smiled on you yeah, yeah, Fly..., angel fly (2nd Chorus Cont'd)) God smiles and angels fly, Heaven opens wide So angels can fly . . . angel fly God smiles, God smiles and angels fly Heaven opens wide, so angels can, spread their wings, And fly MUSICAL INTERLUDE Heaven opens wide, take your dreams and fly My seed has blossomed into a flower This day will become one of your greatest hours My heart's overjoyed, I tear with pride But now it's time for my angel to fly 3rd Chorus God Smiles and angels fly, Heaven opens wide So angels can fly . . . God smiles and sheds a tear from his eye Then heaven gives way to let an angel take flight So fly, angel fly God smiles, a tear from the Father His seed gives him honor, spread your wings and fly Short Chorus: God smiles and angels fly Heaven opened wide So my angel fly . . . Through all the times, in the coming years And whatever lies, within life's frontier You know that Daddy's heart will always be your your home Fly, Fly... Musical ending, fade ..... The History of "When Angels Fly" "Love is born in Heavenly places and put on earth to fill empty spaces Then given to the Spirit of someone, just like you The father smiles, a tear falls from his eye and with that tear an Angel flies..." With that thought, the song "When Angels Fly" began to immerge. Without my knowing, this song had actually been writing itself for the last 26 some-odd years. This is how it all began: Approximately 3 years ago, my daughter met and fell in love with a wonderful young man. He was her perfect match, and the kind of son-in-law who makes a father proud. I wanted to do something special, giving my daughter the "storybook wedding", i.e. The Four Seasons Hotel, a tropical daytime setting outside, the tent, the works. I began to realize, this was the easy part. A father's love for his daughter is different from any other kind. Only a father having a daughter can possibly understand this. And, like all fathers, I wanted everything to be perfect for the wedding. The perfect toast would be as required as the tuxedo I'd choose. The meaningful lyrics of a father-daughter dance song would have to demonstrate the feelings that were so hard for most fathers to express. My little girl was kind enough to set the wedding date a year ahead, allowing me plenty of time to find an appropriate song affirming my (overflowing) feelings. When I began, I was amazed. No one song expressed the feelings I longed, no, ached for her to know. Indeed, there are some nice, time-worn songs (by major artists) that might typically be used for the father daughter dance. But, there were none containing lyrics expressing how I felt, or said it in the way I wanted her to hear it. There was only one thing left to do. Write it myself! Fortunately, I have some very special long-time friends in the music business, so I made a call. Iona, Clarence, and David were very excited about the wedding and pleased to help out. As they immediately learned, there was only one criterion. "I want to see tears in my daughter's eyes when the song is over." The song became a labor of love between us for next eleven months. I took several trips back east for the recording sessions and we were on the phone almost daily. From the very beginning the song seemed to take on a life of it's own. I can assure you that the words and music did truly come from heaven; we were just the messengers. At the final recording session, Tony Ransom was laying down the lead vocals. I couldn't look at Tony. The moment his beautiful voice began the opening riff that ends with "my baby", I began to cry. I was in the control booth facing the back wall, tears streaming down my face. The words and music were everything I had prayed for, and much more. Iona, one of the co-writer/producers was standing next to me. After Tony sang about four lines, I glanced at her, tears splattering her silk blouse. We just nodded to each other in a knowing glance, both having experienced something we would never forget. It would not be the last time we would cry. Over the next few weeks leading up to the wedding, I probably listened to the song a hundred times. Each time I cried at a different spot in the song. The count down for the wedding day had begun. I could not wait to give the toast that I had also worked on for a year and dance the father-daughter dance with my baby. Finally, the big day arrived and all was ready. Iona and Clarence had flown in from Chicago, Iona, to give a very special introduction to our song. This is how it went: "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a very special song. It has been in the works and has been writing itself for the last 27 years, 3 months, & 16 days. And, it's ready to be presented today." A few of us were fortunate enough, including Alisha's father, myself, and my husband Clarence, to listen to words from The Heavenly Father and pass them on. This is what we heard: As the song began, all I could do was just stand there and hold my daughter's hands, looking into her eyes. She had never heard the song before, and, the moment had arrived. During the dance a panicked thought raced through my head, "I hope she likes the song and I pray that she really understands how much I love her." As the song ended I backed away from her and just held her hands, again looking into her eyes. She was crying. I said to her, "It's ok, you don't have to do that. I love you Baby". Well, I thought that I'd had my moment! I walked my baby over to her new husband, Jason, and gave him a big hug. As I turned around, to my amazement, most of the guests were crying, too. Even the waiters! I had never in my wildest dreams expected that to happen. I knew it was a beautiful and touching song, but I thought the tears in my eyes (and others involved in writing the song) were because we were so close to it. Immediately after, people started coming up to me and saying, "That was the most beautiful song I've ever heard. Can I get a copy of it"? I was astonished, but it didn't stop there... Shortly after, I began receiving telephone calls from wedding guests or friends of wedding guests that had heard about "When Angels Fly", requesting a copy to play at their daughter's wedding or someone else's. It has been over two years since my daughter's wedding and the calls have not stopped. After thinking about it a great deal and talking it over with my wife and daughter, we decided to make the song available to everyone. If it can bless our lives as much as it has, maybe it will be a blessing to others, too? Thanks for listening to this blithering old fool profess that special, unexplainable, undying love for his daughter. I do truly believe both my heart, and the writer's hand was guided by the Heavenly Father. "When Angels Fly" is the perfect father-daughter dance song. Every note, straight from the heart; your angel will understand... Sincerely, Dad P.S. The beautiful young bride on the CD is my daughter and My Baby.