AN ANGEL ON EARTH

After completing my high school education in Turkey, I went to Geneva-Switzerland to learn French first and then to study at the university.

A new country, a new city, a new environment: These bring excitement as well as various challenges. There are times when one falls into despair. It was on such a day that I met Karen. That’s why I said in the very first line of the song, “Karen came in to my life like rain upon a desert…” In fact, the instrumental introduction is meant to depict the descent of an angel onto Earth.

 

Karen was exactly four years older than me; therefore, she made me learn a lot from her. Our relationship lasted for two years. Karen had to return to her hometown in Canada due to her mother’s illness. She was an angel-like person admired and loved by everybody. The name of the song couldn’t be anything else…

 

Thirty years later, Karen came to Istanbul to visit with me with her husband. I was married, too. We, the two couples, had a wonderful time together.

 

The following instruments were used during the recordings at the studio:

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Dobro slide guitar
  • Double-bass
  • 6 Violins
  • 2 Cellos
  • 2 Violas
  • Drum kit
  • Percussion

Lyrics:

KAREN CAME INTO MY LIFE LIKE RAIN UPON A DESERT.

SHE WAS THE TRUE DEFINITION OF GRACE AND KINDNESS.

SHE WAS THE TRUSTED FRIEND OF EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE…

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IF SOMEONE ASKED ME TO DO SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE,

LIKE TALKING TO HEAVENLY BEINGS,

I WOULDN’T HAVE TO GO TO HEAVEN.

‘CAUSE KAREN ALWAYS STOOD HIGH LIKE AN ANGEL ON EARTH…

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SHE WAS A LANGUAGE TEACHER,

ALWAYS CHOSE THE RIGHT WORDS TO SAY.

SHE ASKED ME WHERE I HAD LEARNED HER MOTHER TONGUE

AND SAID THERE’S NOT MUCH SHE COULD TEACH ME.

BUT KAREN SHOWED ME THE WAY TO A                                

FULFILLING LIFE:                                                      

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SHE MADE ME SMILE, SHE MADE ME LAUGH,

SHE MADE ME DRINK AND SHE MADE ME EAT.

SHE MADE ME STUDY, SHE MADE ME THINK,

SHE MADE ME SING AND SHE MADE ME DANCE.

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KAREN CAME INTO MY LIFE LIKE RAIN UPON A DESERT.

KAREN WAS IN MY LIFE LIKE AN ANGEL ON EARTH.