Cowboys and Angels (George Michael song)

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"Cowboys and Angels"
Single by George Michael
from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
B-side "Something to Save"
Released March 18, 1991
Format 7", CD
Genre Jazz
Length 7:14
Label Epic
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Heal the Pain"
"Cowboys and Angels"
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"

"Cowboys and Angels" is a song written and performed by George Michael and released on Epic Records in 1991. Among other things, the song is notable for being written in waltz time. It became the first and only single released by Michael in his career that did not make the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at number 45 on release in March 1991.

The song's lowly sales figures were not a surprise as it was the fifth single to be released from the Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 album. (Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was released in the UK on September 3, 1990 and in the US on September 11, 1990.) Each single had finished lower than its predecessor and "Cowboys and Angels" continued the spiral, although the other four had all made the threshold of the Top 40.

"Cowboys and Angels" was also Michael's longest single to date, at 7 minutes 14 seconds.

In a 2014 docu-concert based on Michael's performance at the Opera Garnier during his Symphonica tour, Michael revealed the song was about a short lived bisexual three way relationship he was in, wherein the woman had fallen in love with him and he had fallen in love with the man.


Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA Singles Chart)[1] 164
France (SNEP)[2] 36
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[5] 45