Angels chords by Robbie Williams


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Angels | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| E Esus4 | E Esus4 |

Verse 1

| E Esus4 | E | A Amaj7 | B |
I sit and wait, does an angel, contemplate my fate?
| E Esus4 | E | Aadd9 Amaj9 | B |
Do they know, the places where we go, when we’re grey and old?
| F#m7 | A | C#m C#sus2 | Aadd9 A |
‘Cause I’ve been told, that salvation, lets their wings unfold.

Bridge 1

| D5 Dsus2 | A |
So when I’m lying in my bed, thoughts running through my head.
| E | D5 A/C# | E |
And I feel that love is dead, I’m loving angels instead.

Chorus 1

| B5 | C#m | Asus2 | E |
And through it all, she offers me protection, a lot of love, and affection, whether I’m right or wrong.
| Bsus4 | C#m | Aadd9 | E |
And down the waterfall, wherever it may take me, I know that life won’t break me when I come to call.
| F#m11 | D A | E |
She won’t forsake me, I’m loving angels instead.

Verse 2

| E | E | Aadd9 Amaj9 | B5 |
When I’m feeling weak, and my pain walks down a one-way street.
| E | E | A Amaj7 | B |
I look above, and I know I’ll always be blessed with love.

Bridge 2

| D5 | A |
And as the feeling grows, she breathes flesh to my bones.
| E | D A | E |
And when love is dead, I’m loving angels instead.

Chorus 2

| B7omit3 | C#m | Aadd9 | E |
And through it all, she offers me protection, a lot of love, and affection, whether I’m right or wrong.
| Badd4 | C#m | Aadd9 | E |
And down the waterfall, wherever it may take me, I know that life won’t break me when I come to call.
| F#m11 | D/A A | E |
She won’t forsake me, I’m loving angels instead.

Solo

| Bm11 Bm7 | A6/9 | E Esus4 | E |
| Bm11 Bm7 | A6/9 | E Eadd9 | E |
| Bm11 Bm7 | A6/9 | E | E |
| Bm11 Bm7 | A6/9 | E |
| B7omit3 | C#m | Asus2 | E |

Chorus 3

| B5 | C#m | Asus2 | E |
And through it all she offers me protection, a lot of love and affection, whether I’m right or wrong.
| Badd4 | C#m | Aadd9 | E |
And down the waterfall, wherever it may take me, I know that life won’t break me when I come to call.
| F#m11 | D5 A | E | Eadd9 |
She won’t forsake me, I’m loving angels instead.


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Angels Chords: Learn the progressions


Angels 8 step by step guitar lessons

My one guitar arrangement is an adventure in how to arrange a piano ballad like Angels for the acoustic guitar.

In the play-along TAB loop above, you can learn how to play verse 1, exactly as I do when I play it with a singer (top of this page).

These are the chords for the first verse, with Roman Numerals.

| E (I) Esus4 | E | A (IV) Amaj7 | B (V) |
| E Esus4 | E | Aadd9 Amaj9 | B |
| F#m7 (II) | A (IV) | C#m (VI) C#sus2 | Aadd9 A |

To create variation, I move between, for example, an open position E chord and a C-shaped E major. Here’s the TAB for verse 1 (try the play-along video above):

Angels chords and TAB verse 1.

The piano-like feel is achieved by moving between the chords and the bass note.

For verse 2, the chords change, now we play this:

| E | E | Aadd9 Amaj9 | B5 |
| E | E | A Amaj7 | B |

The bridge chords start on a chord outside the key, a bVIIx, also known as a backdoor dominant. This creates tension and wakes the listener up, like this:

| D5 (bVIIx) Dsus2 | A (IV) |
| E (I) | D5 A/C# | E |

Angels chorus chords start on chord V, more tension provides more relief once we’re back at the verse again.

| B5 (V) | C#m (VI) | Asus2 (IV) | E (I) |
| Bsus4 | C#m | Aadd9 | E |
| F#m11 (II) | D (bVIIx) A (IV) | E (I) |

In the full lesson series, I walk you through how to play all sections of Angels, complete with play-along TAB loops, including how to incorporate the solo on just one guitar.

Here are the chords for the solo, notice how it’s a Bm, not a B chord like the chorus was.

||: Bm11 Bm7 (Vm) | A6/9 (IV) | E (I) Esus4 | E :||
| Bm11 Bm7 | A6/9 | E | E |
| Bm11 Bm7 | A6/9 | E |
| B7omit3 | C#m (VI) | Asus2 (IV) | E (I) |

Changing B to Bm makes this a Vm chord, very unusual, I can only think of the last Beatles song, Now And Then and A Natural Woman that use this too.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series: Angels – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



Did Robbie Williams steal his signature song Angels?

It wasn’t producer/songwriter Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams who wrote Angels; it was an Irishman named Ray Heffernan in 1996, about his stillborn baby.

On a drunken night in Dublin, Ray bumped into Robbie who was telling him about how he struggled with songwriting to launch his solo career. Ray took Robbie back to his parents and played him a demo of Angels; they worked on it a bit more until Robbie was happy.

Apparently, Robbie then reworked the tune with Guy Chambers. Ray sold his rights to Robbie’s management and got a credit on the single release but isn’t mentioned in Wikipedia as a writer. Unusually, it says “attributed to,” which smells funny to me!

Released in 1997 as the 4th single from Robbie’s debut solo album Life Thru A Lens, it was an immense success, and Ray has regretted the day he met Robbie ever since.

Having come out of the boy band Take That, looking back, it may seem like Robbie’s success was instant as a solo artist, but the singles previous to Angels didn’t do well at all.

The final single from the album, Let Me Entertain You, was also a big hit, and in the end, this album and the two big singles made Robbie a huge success, with 2.4 million copies of the album sold. Angels, as a single, did another 2 million.

Angels has become one of the biggest tunes in British culture since the ‘90s, featuring everywhere from karaoke bars, played by acoustic solo acts, in piano bars, and cover bands. Perhaps only comparable to Wonderwall in its success.

Even football crowds are known for singing Angels. As late as 2023, Tottenham fans brought it back as they rewrote the lyrics to fit their new manager Ange Postecoglou. The lyrics now go:

And through it all, we’re playing the way we want to.
Big Ange Postecoglou, whether I’m right or wrong.
You can keep your Pochettino, Conte, and Mourinho, and even Christian Gross.
Cause everywhere we go, I’m loving Big Ange instead.

I’m guessing Ray Heffernan didn’t enjoy that version either.



Angels Chords | Related Pages


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Study these in-depth and you will gain a complete understanding of the guitar fretboard, including how to build any scale, arpeggio, or chord.


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Robbie Williams management team stole Angels and made it famous.

Robbie Williams is a fifteen-time BRIT Award-winning English pop singer. Williams’ career started as a member of the pop band Take That in 1990.

When Robbie left Take That in 1995 to pursue a solo career, he had sold twenty-five million records with the group.


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The perfect first dance or an emotional piece for your next audition, this collection of Ballads & First Dances is great for working on your expression.

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