My Top 1000 Songs #419: Crayon Angels

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

I was only introduced to the beautiful, often disturbing, folk music of the late Judee Sill about a decade ago; but it didn't take long to be won over by the small catalog of music she produced in her brief time. Plenty of great songs I like equally well, but the opening track on her 1971 self-titled debut seems like the right starting point. Over a gentle acoustic guitar straight out of the Simon & Garfunkel songbook, she lays down some poetry that perfectly captures a woman struggling with faith and her own personal demons.

"Phony prophets stole the only light I knew, and the darkness softly screamed. Holy visions disappeared from my view, but the angels come back and laugh in my dreams."

Stunning Fleet Foxes cover: