“The Angels Cried” is a song by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in 1993 as the third single from his album “Honky Tonk Christmas”. The song features guest vocals from Alison Krauss.
The song is a ballad that tells the story of a tragic event, where a family loses their child on Christmas day. The lyrics describe the sadness and despair that the family feels, and how the angels in heaven cry for them.
The song opens with Jackson singing, “They came from near, they came from far / Following a distant star to where He lay / Not being sure of what it meant, but knowing it was heaven sent / They made their way / And the creatures gathered ’round / And didn’t make a sound.”
As the song progresses, Jackson and Krauss sing about the child’s passing, with the lyrics, “The angels cried on Christmas day / They watched as the child lay / His tiny hand in his mother’s hand / When the angels cried on Christmas day.”
The chorus of the song features Jackson and Krauss singing in harmony, “He was the King, born in a manger / The angels flew from heaven to earth to bring / The wonderful news, of the Savior’s birth / And the angels cried on Christmas day.”
The song has a traditional country sound with acoustic guitar, fiddle, and steel guitar, and features Alison Krauss’ signature harmonies.
Overall, “The Angels Cried” is a touching and emotional song that captures the spirit of Christmas and the sadness that can come with loss during the holiday season.