The Angel and the One

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"The Angel and the One"
The Angel and the One cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Red Album)
Released June 3, 2008
Recorded Spring 2007
Length 6:46
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Rick Rubin
Status Officially released
Live debut January 17, 2013
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This song is part of the "The Angel and the One" lineage of songs

"The Angel and the One" is the tenth track off of The Red Album. It is reworked from a Rivers Cuomo song titled "Bad Girl".



"The Angel and the One" was, according to Rivers Cuomo, reworked from a song titled "Bad Girl". Said Cuomo in the album's liner notes:

Rivers: That song it started out as a really standard pop song called bad girl and had a verse and a chorus and a bridge and all that stuff. And I just wasn't satisfied with it. It wasn't moving me spiritually enough. It was too normal. So one day I sat down with my acoustic guitar and I just played that song over and over on basically looping it. My fingers hurt so much, but I just kept playing it. And over the hour that I was playing it, the song slowly evolved and it smoothed over and the sections blurred into each other. And it turned into this spiritual reverie that is really just one long development with out any distinctions between sections. Every line in this rhymes and the melody just gradually gets higher and higher and the music gets louder and more powerful... There isn't any study of music in that song. It was just the desire to breakaway and not write a standard three minute pop song.

The spreadsheet The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo originally listed "Bad Girl" as a potential inclusion on Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, but the song did not appear on the final album.

Many Weezer fans have noted that "The Angel and the One" is one of their favorite tracks on The Red Album. Drummer Patrick Wilson has stated that is his favorite song from the album as well. To date, the song has only been performed once, at a show in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.




It's not my destiny to be the one that you will lay with
So many reasons why I have to go but want to stay here
Sometimes I want a taste but then I don't know what I'm saying
You are the angel and I am the one that is praying

There is another love that I would rather be obeying
I see the ecstasy and already I'm anticipating
I feel a deeper peace and that deeper peace is penetrating
I've got the magic in me, I am complete is what I'm saying

I'm flying up so high, my purple majesty displaying
I've reached a higher place that no one else can make a claim in

I'll take you there my friend
I'm reaching out my hand, so take it
We are the angels, and we are the ones that are praying

Peace, shalom, peace, shalom
Peace, peace
Peace, shalom, peace, shalom
Peace, peace

See also