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The Story of Scorpions’ Beautiful Ballad “SEND ME AN ANGEL”

I have always enjoyed Scorpions’ ballads and have always considered them as one of the biggest masters of ballad songs in rock. Klaus Meine has such a beautiful voice and somehow he always manages to play with my emotional state with every word he sings. It’s hard to point out a specific (ballad) song of Scorpions I consider as my favorite, however I saw them live this summer in Bulgaria and their performance of “Send me an Angel” just blew me away. Maybe it was the people singing together, the lights, the whole atmosphere and the gorgeous song itself, of course, but I felt so touched and became too emotional all of a sudden (even dropped a tear or two). To me, this moment was the highlight of the night and the moment I realized that this song would make its own special place in my heart.

One of the reasons why “Send me an Angel” affects me and so many other fans around the world so much is the sincere and powerful vocal delivery of Klaus. I mean, just listen to the song – his voice is so passionate, expressive and honest. Definitely one of the greatest rock singers!


– “Send me an Angel” was recorded for their 11th studio album – “Crazy World”, released in 1990. It was written by Klaus Meine and composed by Rudolf Schenker.

– “Send me an Angel” and “Winds of Change” became the two signature tracks from “Crazy World” and two of the biggest hits of Scorpions.

The track reached #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. (I mean, really?) However, in Europe, it got to much higher chart positions – #2 in Belgium, #3 in Poland, #4 in Denmark, etc.

– The lyrics of “Send me an Angel” may be a bit difficult to interpret, mainly because the words are quite cosmic and biblical – I feel like the whole song is a prayer to a much higher power and the words of a person who hopes for the dark days to be over. On one side, I believe this song as an appeal to God, to send the protagonist an angel to guide him through the darkness and shadows. Growing up, we face a lot of challenges and make a lot of wrong choices. The singer is asking for help. “The land of the morning star” is basically Lucifer’s land, a.k.a hell (isn’t it?). The song is full of biblical references and it makes it so hard for us to find the true meaning, however, I still think that it’s a song that tells us to believe in ourselves, and always hear the voices from deep inside that can help us overcome the dark times and find the right path in life.  


Acoustic Performance of “Send me an Angel”

 


“Send me an Angel” Lyrics


The wise man said just walk this way

To the dawn of the light
The wind will blow into your face
As the years pass you by

Hear this voice from deep inside
It’s the call of your heart
Close your eyes and you will find
The passage out of the dark

Here I am
Will you send me an angel?
Here I am
In the land of the morning star

The wise man said just find your place
In the eye of the storm
Seek the roses along the way
Just beware of the thorns

Here I am
Will you send me an angel?
Here I am
In the land of the morning star

The wise man said just raise your hand
And reach out for the spell
Find the door to the promised land
Just believe in yourself

Hear this voice from deep inside
It’s the call of your heart
Close your eyes and you will find
The way out of the dark

[4x]
Here I am
Will you send me an angel?
Here I am
In the land of the morning star



References:
“Send me an Angel” Official Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Send_Me_an_Angel_(Scorpions_song)
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers.
Cheers~
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5 replies »

  1. I believe the song is about seeking God and trying to find our way in life but we must look out because of the thorns, which is people trying to mean us harm.

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  2. The song was pretty popular in Japan when it was released as well, at least among American military personnel. It’s a stretch and play on the meaning, but Japan is the land of the rising sun, and the sun is a star. As you said, the song lends itself to personal interpretations.

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  3. Wow. A truly awesome song. Such depth and power. It helped me rationalize my circumstances and got me out of a dark place more than once. I keep the words in reading distance when my mojo has gone

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  4. Hi Velina
    I landed on your page by searching for the definition of “Morning Star”. Let
    me say this. I have never bought a Scorpions CD, unfortunately airplay here in the U.S.
    was limited. All I remember was Rock You Like A Hurricane, No One Like You and
    Wind Of Change. This past December I came across the Send Me Angel video, it
    was posted on a nurses Facebook page that I spied. Said beautiful Egyptian nurse
    helped me immensely with my depression while I was in a nursing home for 7
    months. My wife and sole care giver passed away last May 27th. As far as the song
    Send Me Angel. It is the saddest song I ever heard. Listen to the syth as the song
    starts.(same for Lorelei) When I first heard that lyric “As the years pass you by” tears
    fell like rain. This song has so many meanings to me. OK with that said I’ve been
    listening to The Scorpions non stop on Youtube. The 50+ playlist plays out like a
    Greatest Hits album. My saddest goto song before was Nazareth’s Love Hurts and
    Star. A new one? Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence.
    Peace Out

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