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Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Santa Anna, Santa Susannah
Santa Cecilia, Santa Copelia, Santa Dominica, Mary Angelica
Frater Achad, Frater Pietro, Julianus, Petronella
Santa, Santos, Miroslaw, Vladimir
And all the rest

A man is placed upon the steps, a baby cries
And high above it hear the church bells start to ring
And as the heaviness
Oh the heaviness settles in
Somewhere you can hear a mother sing

Then it's one foot then the other
As you step out onto the road, steppin on the road,
How much weight? How much weight?
Then it's how long? And how far?
And how many times ah.. Ah.. Before it's too late?

Calling all angels
Calling all angels
Walk me through this world
Don't leave me alone
Calling all angels
Calling all angels
We're trying' we're hopeing'
But we're not sure how long....

And every day you gaze upon the sunset
With such love and intensity
Why it's... It's almost as if
If you could only crack the code
You'd finally understand what this all means

But if you could... Do you think you would
Trade it all
All the pain and suffering?
Ah, but then you've miss
The beauty of the light upon this earth
And the sweetness of the leaving

Calling all angels
Calling all angels
Walk me through this world
Don't leave me alone
Callin' all angels
Callin' all angels
We're tryin'
We're hopin'but were not sure how
Calling all angels
Calling all angels
Calling all angels
Calling all angels
Walk me through this world,
Walk me through this world
Don't leave me alone
Calling all angels
Calling all angels
We're trying'
We're hoping
We're hurting
We're lovin'
We're cryin'
We're callin'
'cause we're not sure how this goes.....

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    Who is the man placed upon the steps? One of the many international angels "chanted" in the first stanza? A baby is crying - a birth and church bells - celebration. But the weigh of human existence, the gravity, after weightlessness, takes some getting used to. But angels (from the Orthodox religion), cannot say 'no' to a human plea. They can live and fly forever, but they must serve when called by humans. Such weight in that service - will "he" service the new baby? Will he travel with the newborn for the rest of his life? Then the point of view seems to switch - Is the man on the steps now US? Have we been chosen to walk through a confusing world? Walking thru life carrying the weight which sometimes seems unbearable, and measured in TIME. Ambiguous: "And how many times ah - before it's too late?" Before what is too late? How many times does the angel descend to aid a human's walk through life? Or - how many times do we humans have to walk this difficult road that we don't quite understand. And maybe we are to be the guardians of another human - but we are not angels and are not sure how to do it. We are not sure how long, nor are we sure how, or how this trip through life goes. Confusion, "weight" of sorrow, confusion of not knowing the true path, But would we trade this life for anything else? Are we just on the edge of discovering life's meaning? If angels travel with us and help bear the burdens and show the way, we can walk through the world - not quite so lost as we think.
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