Peace Song of the Day: Angel from Montgomery

“Angel from Montgomery” by John Prine is the Peace Song of the Day for February 17th. This is an unusual choice. Its peace is found largely in the sense of harmony it projects. Though, it also has moments about feelings, and suppressing feelings, which teach principles of NVC/Nonviolent Communication. (And, it is a favorite song of The Duke and The Duchess. So, it was destined to make the list sometime.)

Excerpt from the lyrics:

Make me an Angel that flies from Montgomery
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold onto
To believe in this livin’ is just a hard way to go

The last lines of the chorus remind the Duchess of a Russian proverb she often quotes to people expressing the difficulties and complexities of living:

“Living a life is not as easy as crossing a field”

Somehow, things seem easier, when you realize that they are intrinsically difficult (ie: for everyone, at all times, as a part of life and human nature…)

“To believe in this livin’ is just a hard way to go…”


The Peace Song of the Day is a project of Duke Augustus and Duchess Susanna, The Duke and Duchess of Peace. The Duke and Duchess recognize that one of the paths to peace is to find soulful and nonviolent entertainment, and to express oneself with art and song.

Note to readers: If you are watching closely, you may realize that the Duchess is behind about a week on Peace Song of the Day. Will do catch-up over the holiday weekend.


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