I'm No Angel (song)
|"I'm No Angel"|
|Single by Gregg Allman|
|from the album I'm No Angel|
"I'm No Angel" is a 1987 single, written by Tony Colton and Phil Palmer and recorded by Gregg Allman, during the course of performing with the Gregg Allman Band. The song is the title track to the Gregg Allman Band album that was released on Epic Records in 1986.
A C-B flat-F progression, the song's lyrics were inspired by a t-shirt Palmer saw an infant wearing which said "Daddy's No. 1 Angel". Due to a fold in the shirt, Palmer initially read it as "Daddy's No Angel". Frequently interpreted to be semi-autobiographical, "I'm No Angel" featured Allman's gruff vocals in a Bruce Springsteen sound alike way, New Orleans music-based statement of boasting yet acknowledging of fault-strewn purpose:
- No, I'm no angel, no I'm no stranger to the street
- I`ve got my label, so I won't crumble at your feet
- And I know baby, so I've got scars upon my cheek
- And I'm half crazy, come on and love me baby ...
Laden with 1980s production touches from Rodney Mills such as heavy keyboards and drums, the record helped revive Allman's image to the pop and rock world, and may have even indirectly contributed to The Allman Brothers Band's successful reformation two years later.
In subsequent years, "I'm No Angel" has been part of Allman's solo concert repertoire, and has also been played by The Allman Brothers Band, with most of the pop gloss of the original recording eliminated.