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words: David Nigel Lloyd
music: John Bugbee

Originally, I sang the song with BLaM [Johnny BigBee, Professor Loud and Paddy Mayhem)]. Back in those creative days, Gary Valentine and the Know were singing a song called “I Like Girls.” Our song could have been called “Isle of Women,” by which I mean “I Love Women.”



The angels of the city
keep close watch over me.
They spread out their smoky wings
and bare their mystery.

The angels are so pretty.
They have me asking round:
If this is the City of Angels,
where are the angels to be found?

They angels of the city,
they told me I could feel.
Their New Year’s resolution:
they wish only to be real. To be real!

Their feathers got all sooty
high in the burning air.
Below inside my Malibu
I heard the angels’ prayer.

Some of them are naked.
Some of them are lost.
Some cry out for freedom
no matter what the cost.
Others cry for love.
For nothing else they care.
“Love is its own rewards,” they say,
“anyway and anywhere.”
Their halos got corroded
high in the acid rain.
Inside my bathroom wastebasket
I saw their scarlet stain.

I spent the year just driving
round Hollywood, USA.
It isn’t hard to sing there
when there’s nothing left to say.
And they say, “There are no angels, man!
It’s the 20th century.
All angels have long since been turned
into pornography.”
But they’re just sick and tired
of all this lonesome mystery.
Now they unstrap their weary wings.
The angels would be free.

(words: David Nigel Lloyd. Music: John Bugbee)


from Dark Ages —remastered 2nd edition, released August 17, 1984
Regan Hardman: vocal.
Patrick Meehan: percussion, vibulele.
John Bugbee: bass.
George Reich: Prophet 5 Synthesizer.
DNL: guitar, vocal.



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David Nigel Lloyd Yreka, California

David Nigel Lloyd emerged from LA’s new wave scene with the acoustic Dark Ages in 1984. An Age of Fable added traditional songs to the DNL mix in 1987. Death in Los Fumos [1996] blended song poetry, skits and found sound while How Like Ghosts Are We [1998] returned to traditional music. Rivers, Kings and Curses featured blues legend Nat Dove and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson. ... more

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