Jealous of the Angels

Celtic Lady, Vol. 2 by Donna Taggart

2013, 1 track, 4 mins 4 sec

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Irish choral music is truly beautiful, and keen Folk and Country listeners will here that much of their music is based on the Irish traditional singing style. In the case of Donna Taggart, her serene voice is decidedly regional, one all types of music fans could appreciate if they gave it a listen. “Jealous of the Angels” begins with some pretty piano playing, which echoes and travels far and wide, like the great highlands featured in parts of the video. Taggart begins this sad ballad with “I didn't know today would be our last, or that I'd have to say goodbye to you so fast, I'm so numb, I can't feel anymore, prayin' you'd just walk back through that door.” This really resonates emotionally, as we all take for granted what we have in the moment, but it could disappear in an instant, and we, in most cases, are unprepared for such a drastic change. Such is the tragedy of death, yet through music, and spirituality in this case, the sinking in process can be begun, which hopefully leads quickly to the healing process. Irish laments in particular handle such subject matter poetically, painting a vivid picture of what has happened, and the fact that there are other beings who now with your beloved; “There will be another angel, around the throne tonight, your love lives on inside of me, and I will hold on tight, it's not my place to question, only God knows why, I'm just jealous of the angels, around the throne tonight.” It is fascinating to be jealous of angels whom are viewed as perfect, but the point is that the love that they will receive from the arrival of the recently departed is a love that the narrator can’t directly interact with anymore – thus, it is in fact a sentiment that pays the highest compliment to the deceased. She also feels a little bad for herself, because her world is uncertain with him gone now; “You always made my troubles feel so small, and you were always there to catch me when I'd fall, in a world where heroes come and go, well God just took the only one I know.” Towards the end, one of the most beautiful ‘hallelujah’’s rings out in perfect vocal harmony, signifying that she has made her peace, nonetheless.

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"Jealous of the Angels"

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  • Dec 09, 2013

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The song has been subject of a number of covers including that by the Celtic singer and musician Donna Taggart in 2014 accompanied by a music video. She performed it live on The Late Late Show on the Irish television station RTÉ One in October 2016 and during The Irish Post Country Music Awards in September 2018..
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