Breaking Benjamin: Evil Angel Meaning
Evil Angel Lyrics
Nothing but lies and crooked wings.
I have the answer, spreading the cancer,
You are the faith inside me.
Leave me to die here,
Help me survive here.
Alone, don't remember,...
anonymous May 24th, 2007 5:47am report
This is probably my favourite Breaking Benjamin song ever!
However I thought it was about someone killing someone else. Not murder or anything but for mercy. One of the people can't survive on there own so they ask someone else to kill them.
I think the evil angel is death. Where it says "Put me to sleep evil angel. Open your wings evil angel" Death is often described as an Evil Angel. Also where it keeps repeating "Surrender" Is like The man surrendering to death.
Finally the part where it says "Why can't I breathe, evil angel" Is him dying.
I could be wrong though and this is only my opinion.
anonymous Aug 27th, 2007 8:44am report
This is a Breaking Benjamin song which means it is probably deep, and using symbolism. If you really listen to their songs and can think outside the box you would know that. So you have to think deep and into the symbolism. I agree with the analysis of the evil angel being either some kind of addiction, or a person who he loves but is betraying him. The idea about it being someone wanting to be put out of their misery is interesting and one way to take it. Though I doubt that is what Ben was after when he wrote the song.
They aren't satanic. Two of the band members are confessed christians.
immortalnight Feb 22nd, 2007 2:21pm report
The 'evil angel' he's referring to could be drugs or alcohol or other addictions and false comforts. As it says in the song "nothing but lies and crooked wings," refers to how people get a 'good' or 'happy' feeling from drugs and alcohol, even though the feeling is temporary and has its consequences. Also, "all these imaginary friends,
hiding betrayal," would be saying how eventually drugs, alcohol and other things would cause harm and 'betrayal' when the adictee ends up in therapy or something like that.
anonymous Sep 25th, 9:41am report
Evil Angel Is About Betrayel A Person Trying To Help Someone Who Is Beyond Help He Loses Friends Because Of This Hence: "All These Imaginary Friends" And Hes Being Betrayed The Whole Way Through He Loses Everything But Still Tries And Tries And The "Evil Angel" Is The Person Hes Trying To Help Just My Opinion Still, Great Song.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2013 4:45pm report
Evil Angel is the Angel of Death. "Fly over me" is a reference to the passover in Exodus, not "take me under your wing" to Satan. "All these imaginary friends" refers to the hope he had in his friends who failed to be there for him, not that God is imaginary, for if it did, he would not have said "I am a believer" or call for the Evil Angel (whom some say is Satan). The "don't leave me to die here" is calling the Angel of Death not to forsake him by sparing him instead of forsaking him by killing him. "Help me survive here" tells of his want to cope with the situation. He sees death as a release, so survival actually means death. Inverted, but awesome. "Birds of a feather" means that so many people evangelizing have stemmed from but a few words. When he says that he has the answer, it contradicts their lies. They are telling the people the wrong message. He hears more of the false prophets than truth speakers, as he claims to be. He wishes that he did not know it, for he, as a believer, feels he must spread it, though his messages are unfavorable (as denoted by "spreading the cancer") for his audience. "Driving the nail, hoping to find a savior" His "friends" are driving the nail, not he, while he is hoping for a savior, which means not Jesus but release. "Nail" is simply a poor choice of words being an old name for Satan, but it clashes with the superficial interpretation that "savior" means Jesus in this song. Why people think that the "friends" are hoping for a savior is an issue that is consistent in this song. The savior line along with "You are the faith inside of me" is the last lines before the second half of the verses, which more directly address the Angel of Death. The problem is that the instrumentation and tempo change after the lines, so it is grouped with the main verses. The transition in an essay should be the first line of the next paragraph rather than the last line of the previous paragraph, the latter is simulated in the verses of this song, so it throws off lyric interpreters/ audience. Finally "nothing but lies and crooked wings" means that the evangelizers who are spreading the false messages (like rejecting sinners instead of assimilating them into a benevolent/ideally benevolent culture of a church or other such community where the expression of such ideas should be unhindered) are telling lies. They are messengers, hence why "wings" in "crooked wings" is used. An angel is a messenger in the Bible. God's angel in Abraham's story is a messenger in human guise, and Gabriel who made the Annunciation is a messenger in the infancy narratives. Sorry I took so long, I could tell that few here have had the same sort of religious/symbolic upbringing I had on this page.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2013 1:38am report
One way of looking at it could lead you to believe that its about politics and gullibility. "Hold it together, birds of a feather
Nothing but lies and crooked wings" could be someone from the outside looking in, telling us to unite instead of fighting our wars.
"I have the answer, spreading the cancer
You are the faith inside me" we are following someone, possibly a political leader, who believes that they know how to solve everything.
Leave me to die here
Help me survive here" This is now the people's plea when they realize that they've been failed, and that there is no real solution to everything.
"Put me to sleep, evil angel
Open your wings, evil angel"
So many times our leaders have failed us, but we always turn a blind eye to that, and it keeps happening.
"I'm a believer
Nothing could be worse
All these imaginary friends
Driving the nail
Hoping to find a savior" This could be the point of view of someone who sees the big picture, and knows what's actually going on. Imaginary friends could refer again to the political leaders, and how we support them, but do they really care?
Fly over me, evil angel
Why can't I breathe, evil angel?"
If we keep fighting our wars and putting all our faith in politicians to fix things, we're eventually going to go down. We can't survive this way forever, and it may be our downfall.
anonymous Oct 18th, 2012 10:41pm report
The evil angel is the devil, of course. The song is so clearly saying that he wants death to take him. When you're on God's side there is no such thing as death. 'Cause death's evil! The song is about selling your soul to the devil and it's an "awesome" song and you get all into it. And then your like "yeah evil angel put me to sleep!! Oh, I love this song :D" And that's how the devil works his way into you.
I gave my opinion, I have freedom of speech :)
anonymous Jun 25th, 2012 6:40am report
Try reading "depression" or "addiction" instead of "evil angel".
anonymous Apr 24th, 2012 4:46pm report
According to Shakespeare, there is no other evil angel but love. Accordingly, I think this song is talking about love. It is addictive and it absolutely has the power to destroy you from the inside out. It is so powerful because it comes from yourself, and you know yourself better than anyone.
'Why can't I breathe, evil angel'...why is love smothering me, taking me over, and why can't I can't stop it?
EvilAngelAroundMe Apr 1st, 2012 4:44am report
This is my favorite song in the world (not only by Breaking Benjamin). I relive this song everyday so I know what the hidden message is! The whole song is about unrealized love.
He is suffering and he want's to die!
She is giving him false hope and he knows it! (Open your wings Evil Angel.) It's like he is saying: "I know you're fake, reveal yourself."
He prefer to forget her and go on but she's still there in his mind. (Fly over me Evil Angel.) She is always there, flying over him getting what's left alive away from him!
He love her and hate her at the same time. That's why he call her Evil Angel! He want to die than life in pain and lies! (Put me to sleep Evil Angel.)
His world is falling apart and his soul is death! (Why can't i breath Evil Angel?) It's like he is saying: "What you did to me, i'm dead inside?" He need her to help him survive, but he know it will never happen...
I feel like this song was written about my life or more precisely for the missing part of it D: You'll never find better interpretation for this song!
anonymous Feb 27th, 2012 2:38am report
I think that he is probably fed up of believing in himself and he feels like a complete loser, as he says in the line "all these imaginary friends". The evil angel he is talking about is death. He wants to die and let lose the ropes binding him with the bitter truth.
anonymous Oct 4th, 2011 10:20pm report
It's talking about people doing evil under the guise of good (driving the nail hoping to find a savior). And maybe those people aren't even aware that they are being bad, and coloring it as good. Kind of... "God is an excuse" type of thing here.
They're talking about people who can't think for themselves (birds of a feather flock together) but who try to force others to conform (why can't I breathe).
anonymous Sep 25th, 2011 9:07pm report
I'd have to say it's a man that wants to die. The term "put to sleep" is hard to misinterpret.
He is a man with faith, and that keeps him from this. So He is engaged in an internal struggle between letting go and going on.
anonymous Sep 1st, 2011 9:33am report
Well if you look at the lyrics then think about it its trying to say that he just has had enough of lonleyness drugs cancer and people who surrendered easy and put me to sleep evil angel is him giveing up *im only 11* so dont insult me im putting it how I think it is.
anonymous Jul 12th, 2011 7:18pm report
I believe the part put me to sleep evil angel refers to the passover in the old testament
anonymous May 17th, 2011 5:14pm report
I love this song. Listened to it so many times, I know it by heart. Anyways, I think I know what it means. I interpret it as kind of a weird, supernatural thing. Here:
"Hold it together, birds of a feather Nothing but lies and crooked wings(Referring to a group of people who are remaining loyal to each other, however, the group of people is corrupted, although they don't seem to know it)
I have the answer, spreading the cancer (The singer is suggesting that the only way to keep the group alive is to get others to become as corrupted, but he doesn't agree [see later lyrics])
You are the faith inside me (Speaking to 'Evil Angel,' the being who the singer thinks can put an end to the corrupted group)
"No, don't leave me to die here
Help me survive here (The singer is asking the Angel to save him and keep him alive among this evil group)
Alone, don't remember (The singer wants the Angel to destroy the group but save him, and to allow him to forget that he was even in the group)
Remember (The singer does have conflicting feelings about forgetting his corrupted group, because it is a part of him)
"Put me to sleep evil angel (The singer is considering asking the Angel to kill him)
Open your wings evil angel (The singer is asking for the Angel to do something)
"I'm a believer, nothing could be worse (The singer belives something should be done about the group, but he has inner turmoil because is a member)
All these imaginary friends (His groupmates seem to be his friends, but he knows they are not)
Hiding betrayal (He feels that it's wrong to betray his group and ask the Angel to destroy them, so he's trying to keep it a secret)
Driving the nail (He is still asking anyway)
Hoping to find a savior (He is hoping that the Angel will be able to 'save' him by destroying the group)
Leave me to die here
Help me survive here (see above)
Surrender, surrender (The singer kind of hopes that the group can stay strong and resist the power of the Evil Angel, but at the same time he knows that something must be done about them)
"Fly over me Evil Angel (The singer realizes that the Angel is about to destroy the group)
Why can't I breathe Evil Angel? (The singer now realizes that, although he wanted to be saved, he is part of the group and must be destroyed as well. Basically, he's dying and wondering why.)
There you go. Hope it clears things up for someone out there.
TheDudeman May 9th, 2011 5:28pm report
I have found 3 possible meanings for this song. I will explain them in the order I found them, which ironically is the reverse order of how much evidence I have for each.
The first one claims that the Evil Angel is the Angel of Death. Our singer is drowning in his own depression and is asking Death (or possibly God) to show mercy and take away his pain.
The second one shows the Evil Angel being a false comfort, such as alcohol. The lead singer and main songwriter had problems with alcohol, so it is relevant that this song should suggest that. Our character is asking his false comfort to "Don't/ leave me to die here/ Help me survive here/ alone" and then asks it to "Put me to sleep" and take all his pain away. Sadly, he realizes too late that his addiction will end him: "Why can't I breathe, Evil Angel?"
In the third interpretation, the Evil Angel represents love. The idea for this song likely came from Shakespeare's quote saying, "There is no evil angel but love". Love has cursed our singer and is destroying his life, and now he curses God, Cupid, and all the other controllers of love, giving them the name "Evil Angel". The evidence is as such:
"Hold it together, birds of a feather/ Nothing but lies and crooked wings" This image starts as of one of hope and is immediately shattered.
"You are the faith inside me". At first, I heard these lyrics as "Face" instead of "Faith". A face inside would be what we would expect from this attitude, but Burnley sings "Faith" instead. In an opposite way, this shows how love has two sides: a good one, and an evil one.
"No don't/ Leave me to die here/ Help me survive here /Alone", Shows the pain love has caused him, and how the only way he can stay sane, is to be loved by none.
"Put me to sleep, Evil Angel/ Open your wings, Evil Angel" shows his initial reaction to love; he was happy and welcomed it. Later, the chorus adds "Fly over me, Evil Angel/ Why can't I breathe, Evil Angel" as love takes over his life and suffocates him.
I can relate all too much with the third meaning. To keep it simple, the girl I have loved for three years is impossible for me to have. My unrequited feelings have come close to driving me to insanity and to depression. It was actually a conversation with her that sparked the idea of the Evil Angel being love itself. I showed her the song, and then she remembered the quote by Shakespeare. Now that I have that sentimental value to add to it, this song means all the more to me, and is easily my favorite Breaking Benjamin song.
anonymous May 3rd, 2011 5:20am report
Its about Ben Burnley's addiction to alcohol. He calls it his 'Evil Angel' because he finds so much comfort in it but he knows its a bad thing.
DeathlyHeart1057 Apr 19th, 2011 4:06pm report
Really... Everyone always goes to drugs and alcohol. I believe its suicide or a natural cause.
"Hold it together, birds of a feather,"
Keep your head in track(myself) and just fly away.
"Nothing but lies and crooked wings."
All they (friends) do is lie and not help.
"I have the answer, spreading the cancer,"
The only way for it to stop is to end everything.
"You are the faith inside me."
Evil angel, your the only faith in me to help it end.
Leave me to die here,
Help me survive here."
(To his friends and Family) I don't want to die! Help me live!
"Alone, don't remember, remember."
Help me not be alone to remember the bad times.
"Put me to sleep evil angel.
Open your wings evil angel."
Evil Angel kill me now. Help me end my misery.
Scream of pain.
"I'm a believer,
Nothing could be worse,
All these imaginary friends."
I believe that nothing could be worse than all these people who don't care if i die.
Driving the nail,"
I'm hiding my hurt and try hard to find you (the one who cares).
"Hoping to find a savior."
I'm trying hard(^)to find the one who notices me slipping away.
Leave me to die here,
Help me survive here.
Notice me! I'm not alright. Help me be happy and don't give up if i fall.
Fly over me evil angel.
Why can't I breathe evil angel?"
I give up Evil Angel. Take me away.
then he asks why no one notices. while he looses his breath and gives up.
iKnowWhatThisSongMeans Mar 12th, 2011 3:53pm report
I believe that this song is about depending on something evil to give you peace. When the song says "Put me to sleep, Evil Angel" it could mean someone using drugs to drown out the rest of the world. It could mean someone drinking alcohol and getting drunk to make things "fun" and more enjoyable.
So basically, don't depend on the things of life to give you peace, because in the end they become evil and will make things even worse.
Na'Tasha Washington Feb 26th, 2011 2:32am report
In all reasoning...I feel that this song is talking about a wide variety of things in life...whether it's drugs, love, death or spiritual he is asking for help and is willing to do whatever it's takes to get it. I maybe wrong but that's what I gathered. I'll listen to the song again and hopefully I'll get a better understanding
anonymous Nov 27th, 2010 11:18pm report
Demons are angels so first off that would be a evil angel "DEMON" second off it he is asking for help from the evil angel, third off He said "I'm a believer nothing could be worse" 2 Peter 2:21 says "It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them."
He said said hiding betrayal driving the nail JESUS he calls them imaginary friends, the song sounds so good but I think there is so much more to breaking benjamin, the albulm cover it looked so familiar to me then I realized he looks like someone on a cross check it out for your self.
I also think that it's about Death. The protagonist is suffering under cancer (line 2) and he wants the pain to end and so he begs the Evil Angel to let him die.
That referes to the album art. You can see an angel with opened wings flying over a BB logo on a street. The logo referes to black magic, like always I think, and the angel is the Death coming for a driver to get him with a car accident. Also you can hear this theme, the Death (the Evil Angel) in lots of other songs, because most of the song on Phobia are about facing and dealing with Death.
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