Fancy written by : Bobby Gentry
Islands in the Stream with Ms. Dolly
the lovers in the Valley of the Gun
The song is about a Mexican outlaw and his girlfriend who are trying to outrun a posse trying to return them to Texas. When they are finally cornered and exhausted from running, they decide to fight the approaching lawmen with gunfire.
Before the final gunfight, the two embrace passionately, promising each other that God will spare them and they will eventually be in a better place. The gunfight then commences, with the outlaw firing upon the squadron. He is immediately shot and killed, prompting his distraught girlfriend to pick up his rifle from his hand. She tearfully prays, “Father, please forgive me; I can’t make it without my man.” Even though she is well aware there is no ammunition in the chamber, she points it at the lawmen and is then shot dead.
After each fatal shooting, seven Spanish angels gather (presumably in Heaven) to pray for “the lovers in the Valley of the Gun.” After the gunfights end and the smoke clears, “there was thunder from the throne” and the angels proceed to take “another angel home.”
(In the song, Charles sings the first verse, about the man’s part of the battle. Nelson takes the second verse, where the woman engages in the battle on her now-deceased boyfriend’s behalf.)
|“Seven Spanish Angels”|
|Single by Willie Nelson with Ray Charles|
|from the album Half Nelson|
|Willie Nelson singles chronology|