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Desert Angel
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Stevie Nicks, Mike/Michael Campbell

    Year Written »
1991

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Date Performance 1991-00-00
Running Time 5:22
Performers Mike/Michael Campbell (Guitar), Mike/Michael Campbell (Bass), Mike/Michael Campbell (Keyboards), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Organ), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Piano), Sharon Celani (Background Vocals), Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks (Background Vocals), Chris Lord-Alge (Mixed By), Chris Lord-Alge (Engineered By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By), Chris Lord-Alge (Produced By), Mike/Michael Campbell (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
Appears On
Enchanted (1998)
Stevie Nicks
Timespace: The Best Of Stevie Nicks (1991)
Stevie Nicks
The Best Of Stevie Nicks: Timespace (1991)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Sometimes It's A Bitch/Desert Angel (1991)
Stevie Nicks

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I was born in the desert
So I know how it feels there
Well look up it's a shooting star
But it's as black as night no stars

Well this is the first thing,
That I've written
Since I wrote about freedom
And then the wall came down
Well we thought it was a great beginning
People were free to cross the line
But then something happened in the desert
Something broke the stars into pieces

Well I live below a great red mountain
In the shape of a great huge beast
In a place the indians call Paradice Valley
Well this has always been my sanctuary
I send that to you too
There on the other side of the world
In the desert
And we are the guardians
No black clouds just the faces of you

So where is my father,
Where has he gone
Where is my husband
Where is my son
Where is my father
Where has he gone
What is it that happened here
Is it real This war
This can't be happening

Ooh well I need to see you
In your far away war
And you should know how much we love you
They call us here, Operation Desert Angel
They call us here, Operation Desert Angel
In waiting
Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Desert Angel

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(C) 1991 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. and Wild Gator Music (ASCAP) All rights on behalf of Wild Gator Music administered by for the world (except the U.S.A. and Canada) by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Stevie Nicks: "Written for all the men and women involved in 'Operation Desert Storm' Inspired by Paradise Valley, my desert...and the rain. I returned to Phoenix late last night for a few days - today is May 28th. I have been in Los Angeles since March 3rd, but I was here from December 23rd for a little over two months - the two months the Persian Gulf war began and ended. My friend who takes care of my fan mail, Ginny, began calling me at the end of December telling me that she had already sent a lot of tapes, cd's and autographed pictures for these guys who were writing to me from the Gulf. Then at the beginning of January, Ginny suggested I write these people a serious letter about how I was feeling about their participation in the Gulf War. Of course, I had been watching nothing else on TV except CNN, and I was totally overwhelmed that they cared about what I thought. So the days went slowly by, all of us thinking that it would never happen, as January 15 loomed ahead of us. So I thought about this letter I would write every day for fourteen days. While all this was going on, there was something the city was doing called 'Operation Desert Angel.' It meant that you could go down to the shopping centers or malls and get a little dog tag in the shape of an angel with the name of someone from Arizona who was in the Gulf...and it became a very important and personal way to get to them. It was on TV and radio constantly; all this time I was still trying to figure out what I could write to the ones in the Gulf who are alone and scared...and I also knew I would write a song called 'Desert Angel,' and suddenly I knew exactly what to say in the letter to the troops. I would tell them about Rhiannon, and about my treasured gold cross, and I would send them my feeling of sanctuary, I would do what I do when I sing - I would try to make them forget, even if for a moment, and they could come into my world. I finally wrote the letter - the night before the first shot was fired - and everyone thought I should send it to Stars and Stripes. I mailed it off and four days later, I wrote 'Desert Angel,' in my house, here in Paradise Valley. My letter did make it into Stars and Stripes, which I never, ever expected. On February 17, 1991, I went into Vintage Recorders and sang to a track that Michael Campbell had given me a few days after I had sent the letter. There were five songs on it, and as I listened, the second one came on, and I knew without going any further, that I had found my 'Desert Angel.' From the beginning, all the people who were around me really loved this song, because it meant so much more to all of us than it did to just me. We had lived through it, we had prayed, and my song would make at least all of us...never forget this war. So, 'Desert Angel' is coming out on the 'B' side of the first single of my 'Best Of' album. I am doing this because I wanted you to have it as quickly as possible. I hope that for all of you that were there, it will always be a lullaby that will remind you that everything will be fine, it is over, you can sleep now. And for us here who felt helpless and scared, a lot of things really do work out for the best in the end...I can only write songs when I am totally inspired...and the flag that you, Sgt. Robert M. Garcia, sent me is something that makes me feel something that I wish I could explain to you, but I can't. Yes, when you washed it out for me, the colors did ring true... 'Operation Desert Shield, Operotion Desert Storm, Operation Desert Angels... In waiting.'

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