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Earth Angel
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Earth Angel

The Penguins
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Song Meaning of Earth Angel by The Penguins, and what it is about


Earth Angel is a classic oldies music song that captures the essence of teenage love. It is a rhythmic wailing plea to an idealized young woman that evokes a glittering vision of proms and sock hops. Originally recorded by The Penguins in 1954, it has become one of the greatest hits in doo wop history.


The song is about someone deeply in love with a special person who is referred to as an "Earth Angel." The person loves them so much that they are likened to a beautiful heavenly being. The person is so important to them that they want to be with them forever and would give anything to make that happen.


The song was written by Curtis Williams and Jesse Belvin, although the writing credits have long been a matter of dispute. It was released as the Penguins' debut single in October 1954 on Dootone Records. It became a hit, selling over four million copies and putting the small black-owned label on the map. It also helped spawn the growth of independent record labels across America.


The song's lyrics are a variation of Rodgers and Hart's "Blue Moon." It uses the same chord progression (beginning with what musicians call the 1-chord, moving to the 6-minor, then to the 4-chord, and back to the 1) as that famous ballad. It also echoes the opening lines of Bobby Helms' 1957 hit, "My Special Angel," which compares the person you love to a precious heavenly being.


Lyrics of Earth Angel by The Penguins


Earth angel, earth angel

Will you be mine

My darling dear, love you all the time

I'm just a fool, a fool in love with you

 

Earth angel, earth angel

The one I adore

Love you forever, and ever more

I'm just a fool, a fool in love with you

 

I fell for you and I knew

The vision of your love, loveliness

I hope and I pray that someday

I'll be the vision of your happy, happiness

 

Oh earth angel, earth angel

Please be mine

My darling dear, love you all the time

I'm just a fool, a fool in love with you

 

I fell for you and I knew

The vision of your loveliness

I hope and pray that someday

I'll be the vision of your happiness

 

Earth angel, earth angel

Please be mine

My darling dear love you all the time

I'm just a fool, a fool in love with you


Release Date

1954

Songwriter/s

Curtis Williams, Jesse Belvin, Gaynel Hodge

Producer/s

Dootsie Williams

Label/s

Dootone

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