Sarah McLachlan’s song ‘Angel’ from 1997’s Surfacing album has played its way into hearts everywhere. The album sold 16 million copies and was the anchor of City Of Angels: Music From The Motion Picture, a soundtrack from 1998 that spent months on the charts. Recently she revealed on Quora how and why she wrote the song.
“I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost 2 years straight and was both mentally and physically drained,” McLachlan told a questioner on Quora. “I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write. I read on arrival in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had od’ed in a hotel room. 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, lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release. I wrote that song in 2 days.”