Angel on My Shoulder

Gareth Gates

About Angel on My Shoulder

"Angel on My Shoulder" is the second and final single taken released from Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates' third studio album, Pictures of the Other Side. Gates describes the song as a song that "everyone can relate to in some way". He also points out that "lyrically, it talks about a figure in one's life who is there when things go wrong. It could be a partner, a friend or a relative". The single peaked at #22 on the UK Singles Chart and dropped out of the Top 40 the week after. Due to low sales of the album, and poor sales for his upcoming UK Tour, a third release from the album was cancelled and Gates was dropped from his record label. 


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My life was flashing before my eyes
A second later, I walked and realized
My heart had crashed and burned in shame
You pulled me from the flames
I took your hand and you helped me upon my feet
I confessed but you had forgiven me
There's courage in the truth you said
Our love will never end
You shield me from danger, you're my shelter
You are my hiding place

There's and Angel on my shoulder, here tonight
Making sure that I'm alright
When I'm falling fast, you rescue me, you love unconditionally
And when I'm clod and so alone
Back in your arms I feel at home
I pray that you will always be, a guardian Angel
Sent for me

My dream comes between us every now and then
I make mistakes, get in trouble, time and again
I ain't proud of who I am
When I'm down you understand
Blinded you can always seem to show the way
You're the light You're the reason I'm here today
If you cry, I cry, So dry your eyes

There's an Angle on my shoulder, here tonight
Making sure that I'm alright
When I'm falling fast, you rescue me, you love unconditionally
And when I'm cold and so alone
Back in your arms I feel at home
I pray that you will always be, a guardian Angel
Sent for me

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Gareth Gates

Gareth Paul Gates (born 12 July 1984, Bradford, England) is an English singer-songwriter. He was the runner-up in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. Gates has sold over 3.5 million records in the UK. He is also known for having a stutter, and has talked about his speech impediment publicly. Gates used the McGuire Programme to manage the problem and is now a speech coach with the programme. more »

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Artist Information
"Angel on My Shoulder" is a song by English singer-songwriter Gareth Gates. Gates rose to fame after appearing on the first series of the reality TV show "Pop Idol" in the UK in 2002.
Album Classification
The song "Angel on My Shoulder" is included in Gates' third studio album, "Pictures of the Other Side," which was released in June 2007.
Chart Performance
Despite Gates' previous success in the UK charts, "Angel on My Shoulder" did not achieve significant chart performance. This marked a downturn in his career after his early success.
Song Genre
The track falls under the pop genre. The melodic ballad perfectly showcases Gates' powerful and evocative vocals.
Song Release
"Angel on My Shoulder" was released as the second single from the album on 9 July 2007.
Song Background
The song reflects on the experience of love and loss, with the eponymous "angel" providing consolation and strength.
Lyric Contribution
Gates contributed to the writing of "Angel on My Shoulder," along with Ricky Ross and Paul Barry.
Song Representation
Gates has stated that the song is representative of his personal growth and maturity as an artist.
Music Video
The music video for "Angel on my Shoulder" followed a somber concept, featuring Gareth Gates singing against a dark, atmospheric backdrop, interspersed with images of a woman (representing the "angel").
Album Reception
Though the song did not do as well commercially, Gates' album "Pictures of the Other Side" received a warm reception from critics who praised his vocal prowess and songwriting skills.
Career Impact
Despite the commercial performance of "Angel on My Shoulder," Gates continued to have a successful and diverse career in entertainment, venturing into musical theatre and television presenting.

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