Song Spotlight: “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'”


  • Mood: Relaxed, Happy
  • Themes: 70s Country, Happiness
  • Tempo: Moderate
  • Genre/Style: 1970s Country


Mornings can set the mood for an entire day. Some folks appear to have a spring in their step and a smile on their face as soon as they wake up, while for others, it can be quite challenging even to peel themselves from the warm covers. This song would be a great way to ease into the morning while drinking a nice warm beverage. 

“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” was written by Ben Peters in 1971 and made famous by Charley Pride. It eventually became one of Pride’s signature songs. In this tune, the character in the song is asked how he has so much happiness in his life since he is always smiling everywhere he goes. In response, he states his life is so bright because he has love in his life.

Here are some of the lyrics:

When ever I chance to meet,

Some old friends on the street

They wonder how does a man get to be this way

I’ve always got a smiling face, anytime and any place

And every time they ask me why I just smile and say

You’ve got to kiss an angel good morning

And let her know you think about her when you’re gone

Kiss an angel good morning 

And love her like the devil when you get back home. 

This is a great song to kick off reminiscence or discussions and would go well with a collection of songs based on love or paired with more Charley Pride tunes. It can be used as an opportunity for musical engagement, movement and more! 

Try This:

Theme: This song would fit well into a theme of love or a collection of Charley Pride tunes.Other complementary songs may include It Had To Be You,” “Is Anybody Going to San Antone,” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”

Encourage the group to reminisce by inviting the group to share memories of people they love. (Note: This topic may be difficult for someone who lost a loved one recently, use best judgement when proceeding). 

Watch Charley Pride perform this song here.

Discuss: Invite the group to discuss what kinds of love there are. Ask the group, what are ways to show someone they are loved? 

Musical Engagement: Play shakers along with this tune. Try out directional shaking – shake from side to side or up and down, changing on the verse and chorus.

Movement: You can do seated dancing, holding hands and gently moving side to side to this relaxed country song. 

Sing-along: When singing this song for a client or loved one, change the pronouns to match the genders of them and their loved one.

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