Cowboys and Angels (George Michael song)

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"Cowboys and Angels"
Cowboys and angels.jpg
Single by George Michael
from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
B-side"Something to Save"
Released18 March 1991
Songwriter(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 single released by Michael to miss the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking 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. The album was released in the UK on 3 September 1990 and in the US on 11 September 1990; each single had finished lower than its predecessor and "Cowboys and Angels" continued the pattern, although the other four had all reached the threshold of the top 40.

"Cowboys and Angels" was also Michael's longest single to date, at 7 minutes 14 seconds. The saxophone solo is by Andy Hamilton.[1]

In a 2014 BBC one-hour documentary based on Michael's 2012 performance at the Palais Garnier during his Symphonica Tour, Michael revealed the song was about a short-lived love triangle where he was in love with a man while a female friend was in love with him, but none knew of the others' feelings.[2]

Track listing[edit]

The single included Something To Save as a b-side. Some releases of the single also included a 4 minute 34-second radio edit of the song, which omitted a 42-second piano intro and an entire verse from the album version.

CD Single[edit]

  1. "Cowboys and Angels" – 7:14
  2. "Cowboys and Angels" (Radio Edit) - 4:34
  3. "Something To Save" - 3:18


Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 164
France (SNEP)[4] 36
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 45


  1. ^ "Exclusive Interview *Edward Barker*". george-michael-news. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ "George Michael at the Palais Garnier, Paris". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received May 29, 2015". Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  4. ^ " – George Michael – Cowboys and Angels" (in French). Les classement single.
  5. ^ The Irish Charts Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – George Michael" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved 22 May 2011.