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Song about wanting to be free: Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt

For me, yoga is about capturing a feeling whether happy or sad, and then setting it free. This song is about wanting to break away… someone who has a determined spirit that wishes to fly, but is trapped. Can we relate to this feeling to a certain degree, and if so, can we foster the trust in ourselves to break free, even if it’s for these 4 minutes on our yoga mats?

The song is beautifully written by John Prine, but my favorite rendition of this song is by Bonnie Raitt since she best captures the despondency and longing that the song requires.

Yogi moves: Any proud warrior can break through the barriers of an ambivalent soul.

Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt

I am an old woman named after my mother
My old man is another child that’s grown old
If dreams were lightning thunder was desire
This old house would have burnt down a long time ago
Chorus:
Make me an angel that flies from montgom’ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go
When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy
We weren’t much to look at, just free rambling man
But that was a long time and no matter how I try
The years just flow by like a broken down dam.

There’s flies in the kitchen I can hear ’em there buzzing
And I ain’t done nothing since I woke up today.
How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

Stay inspired yogis,

~karen

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