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Angel of the Morning
1967 Chip Taylor
Originally recorded in 1967 by Evie Sands. Her version was doing well, but two weeks after it was released, her record label, Cameo/Parkway, went bankrupt. Chip Taylor (incidentally the brother of actor Jon Voight) who wrote and produced this, was devastated when he found out that the label could not promote it or even make more singles of it. A few months later, Merrilee Rush's version became a hit for another label.

Recording sessions
1971 February 2-17: New York RCA Manhattan B
There'll be no strings to bind your hands
Not if my love can't bind your heart
And there's no need to take a stand
For it was I who chose to start
There is no need to take me home
I'm old enough to face the dawn

Just call me angel of the morning
Just touch my cheek before you leave me baby
Just call me angel of the morning
Slowly slowly turn away from me

Well maybe the sun's light will be dim
But it won't matter anyhow
If morning echo says we've sinned
Well, it was what I wanted now.
And if we're the victims of the night
I promise you I won't be blinded by light

Just call me angel
Touch my cheek before you leave me baby.
Just call me angel of the morning morning
Just touch my cheek before you leave me baby
Just call me angel of the morning baby
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby
Just call me angel of the morning
Slowly slowly turn away from me from me
From me

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)