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Sarah McLachlan Reveals Who Inspired “Angel”

Image courtesy of Credit: Kharen Hill (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Credit: Kharen Hill (via ABC News Radio)

Everyone knows Sarah McLachlan 's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty. 

In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post , McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.

Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996. 

"I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote. "I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD'ed in a hotel room."

She continued, "The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release." 

McLachlan said she wrote "that song in two days."

"Angel" was released in 1998 and became a hit.

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