Martina McBride, ‘Wild Angels’ — Story Behind the Song
'Wild Angels,' off Martina McBride's 1995 album of the same name, became the songstress' first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (now known as the Hot Country Songs chart). Writer Matraca Berg tells The Boot how she, Gary Harrison and Harry Stinson crafted the hit.
I started it with Harry. I don't know what we were smoking that day, but it was a very lofty, kind of poetic, lyric. I heard it [recently] and thought, "What was I thinking?"
We demoed it, and every time Pat [Higdon, my publisher] would play it for somebody, they would say, "What does this mean?" I knew that the lyric was off, but they loved the music, they loved the title.
I'm not real good at rewrites. Once something's done, I'm done with it. So we brought Gary in for the rewrite, and it was just so simple. [He said], "You say, 'Wild angels, wild angels' -- what's this other thing, 'Blue horses'?" And after we got that figured out, Martina snatched it up.
Gary gave me an epiphany with that song: Get them a good, kick-ass chorus, and you can write whatever you want to in the verses.