Martina McBride: Concrete Angel Meaning
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Concrete Angel Lyrics
Nobody knows what she's holding back;
Wearing the same dress she wore yesterday.
She hides the bruises with the linen and lace,oh
The teacher wonders but she doesn't ask,
It's hard to see the...
anonymous Apr 24th, 2007 4:16pm report
Hey there. A lot of people have requested this so I thought I'd give it shot. This song is about child abuse. Look at the lyrics. She walks to school with a lunch she packed shows that she is responsible for herself. Wearing the same dress she wore yesterday says that no one cares enough to give her clean clothing. She hides the bruises with the linen and lace shows that she is scared to say what is happening to her. The teacher wonders but she doesn't ask it's hard to see the pain behind the mask says that people do wonder but the girl seems happy enough so they don't really want to ask. Bearing the burden of a secret storm sometimes she wishes she was never born says that she is in danger and knows it but doesn't want to anything about it out of fear.
The chorus is really great. It says through the wind and the rain she stands hard as a stone in a world that she can't rise above. This relates to the concrete part in that she stands hard as a stone and also to the angel part in she can't rise above. An angel with broken wings possibly? But her dreams give her wings and she flies to a place where she's loved says that although all these awful things are happening to her she still dreams of a better place and eventually she will leave this hellhole and go where she is loved i.e. Heaven :-)
The third verse is somebody cries in the middle of the night the neighbours hear but they turn out the light. This says that on the one time she does cry out for help is the one time when people metaphorically cross the road and ignore it. Out of sight, out of mind. I think this is terrible. A fragile soul caught in the hands of fate, when morning comes it'll be too late. This means that she has no escape and by morning it will be too late to help because she will have already moved on.
The last verse is very emotional and it says a statue stands in a shaded place and angel girl with an upturned face. It is too late. She has died. This describes her grave. Her name is written on a polished rock, a broken heart that the world forgot means that the only memory of her is a gravestone but it doesn't matter anyway because the world has already forgotten her. I hope this helps you to understand this truly amazing song. If you wish to examine it further you can probably find the video online somewhere. It is a truly inspirational song and deserves every bit of praise it gets. Thank you for reading this.
A Dead Rose Bears No Thorns @)--
anonymous Aug 24th, 2010 8:24pm report
The song is about child abuse, and it has a story about a little girl (named Angela Carter in the video, who is played by Noel Wiggins) who is abused by her mother until the abuse goes too far, and the little girl is killed. But luckily, she then "flies to a place where she's loved" -- in other words, she goes to Heaven, the place of angels.
Martina says the song is a true story; it's about her niece, who was abused by her mother (Martina's sister) after her mother and father split. Then one day, Martina's niece was killed.
The song was written and dedicated to the memory of her niece.
This song is both beautiful and bittersweet. :) Kudos to Martina for writing such a sad but sweet song. :)
anonymous Jun 25th, 2008 6:11am report
This song is a true story. It was her niece and she wrote a song for the poor girl her mother and father split one day and the her mum started abusing her and she died one day this song was in her remembrance.
Goodbye Angela I will miss you. ANGELa 1998-2006 (I too knew little angel face Angela)
gamergirl42 Oct 18th, 10:07pm report
"She walks to school with a lunch she packed"
This means that the little girl (played by Noel Wiggins in the music video has to fend for herself. No one takes her to school or packs her lunch for her.
"Nobody knows what she's holding back"
This means that the girl is hiding something, but no one knows what it is.
"Wearing the same dress she wore yesterday"
This means that the girl might be living in poverty. In the music video, her dress is dirty and tattered. This further suggests that she is poor and that no one really takes care of her.
"She hides the bruises with linen and lace"
This suggests that the girl is abused. Earlier in the music video, we see her mother (played by Jane Lynch) and we assume now that her mother is the abuser. This also suggests that she is afraid to speak up about what is happening to her.
"The teacher wonders, but she doesn't ask"
This means that although people notice there is something wrong, no one tries to help. In the music video, we see the concerned teacher looking at finger-shaped bruises on the girl's arms.
"It's hard to see the pain behind the mask"
This means that although it is clear the girl is unhappy, no one really knows enough to understand what is happening. This line helps us to understand why the teacher doesn't try to help. The part about the mask shows that the girl hides (masks) her emotions (pain).
"Bearing the burden of a secret storm"
This means that the girl is experiencing emotional turmoil (a proverbial storm), but she keeps it a secret. Keeping this secret is a huge burden for her to bear.
"Sometimes she wishes she was never born"
This means that the girl feels as if her life has no purpose. In the music video, the girl sits on a bench alone at recess while the other kids play. This suggests that she has no friends.
"Through the wind and the rain, she stands hard as a stone"
This means that although bad things happen to the girl, she stays strong. In the music video, a little boy comes to sit with her and they begin to talk. It is later implied that the boy is an angel and a fellow victim of child abuse.
"In a world that she can't rise above"
This means that the girl has difficulty finding happiness in her life and overcoming the challenges she faces each day. In the music video, she laughs and smiles with the angel boy. This suggests that he is bringing her happiness and helping her "rise above", despite what the lyrics say. However, this is only temporary.
"But her dreams give her wings"
This means that the girl's dreams give her hope and help her escape from reality and "rise above".
"And she flies to a place where she's loved"
This means that although the girl feels unloved in "a world that she can't rise above", there is a place she can reach where she will feel happy and loved. Arguably, this place is Heaven.
This means that the girl is strong (like concrete) She is good (like an angel) and has done nothing wrong.
"Somebody cries in the middle of the night"
This seems fairly self-explanatory. However, some people have argued that the girl is crying out for help rather than actually weeping. I believe it is the latter, but lyrics are always open for interpretation.
"The neighbors hear, but they turn out the light"
This means that the neighbors don't try to help.
"A fragile soul caught in the hand of fate"
This means that the girl was "fragile" and unable to defend herself. At this point, her "fate" was inexorable.
"When morning comes, it'll be too late"
This means that the damage was done. The girl died.
"A statue stands in a shaded place"
The statue is a memorial in the likeness of the girl.
"An angel girl with an upturned face"
This describes the statue in the music video.
"Her name is written on a polished rock"
This describes the grave in the music video. In the video, the girl's name is Angela Carter. This is also the name of the singer's niece, for whom the song was written.
"A broken heart that the world forgot"
This means that the injustices Angela suffered were not remembered for long after her tragic death.
Author's Note: My heart goes out to anyone who has ever been abused. If you are currently in a dangerous situation like Angela's, please get help. There is hope for you. There are people who can help you. It is not too late. Good luck. Love to all.
anonymous Sep 16th, 9:40pm report
The song was about her niece, who was beaten to death by her alcoholic mother not about Rape. her song sends an important message out to never ignore signs of child abuse it may have consequences if you do, the video was sad that's why we should prevent abuse rather then igore it.
J.L your fan
anonymous Sep 16th, 9:26pm report
This is a beautiful song/story my condolences to the McBride family on their tragic loss, this is why if someone knows about child abuse they should come forward and not hesitate and wait. Thank you for sending this important message out to open people's eyes and prevent another death in the future,
sincerely yours, J.L
anonymous Aug 7th, 2013 8:06am report
my name is sam im 20 years old and i dedicated this song to myself i was abused by my father.. and i made it out of the situation in one piece but was broken till my little girl angiel came into my life my father loved me but he had problems it is not ok for abuse and when i see it or in a since that it is happening i will remove that child or children and give the parent or parents a piece of my damn mind
anonymous May 23rd, 2013 5:03pm report
This song helps me. I used to be abused by my mother but I told my daycare teacher and my dad and one day I didn't have to see her anymore
emmaandjacob Apr 21st, 2013 4:21pm report
Concrete angle by martina mcbride is about her neice anglea that was abused by her mom and when she couldnt take it anymore is died. her mother and father split up. Then her mom started to abuse her.
You could also look at the lyrics the chorus through the wind and the rain she stands hard as a stone in a world she cant rise above can relate to the concrete part and the angle part. but her dreams give her wings and flies to place where shes loved concrete angle shows that she dreamed of leaving but she couldnt and on day she died and she to a better place where she was loved and never abused again (heaven). god told her to follow him to a place that was so much better than the place she lived in so she did and he brought her to heaven. all the kids out there being abused or if u know someone being abuse tell some to get help over 1000 people a year r abused but only about 10% are reported and only about 1 case out of that 10% is actully proved and helped the other case that are not proved or not reported the kid dies or if the mother or father is being abused they die to:(
anonymous Nov 2nd, 2012 11:37pm report
I think that her mother hated her and that she ddnt care about her because angela had to make her own lunch and wear the same dress as the day before.She wore short sleeves in school which proves she actually wants help! She stood through it all until one day when she was talking to a little boy (who was also an angel) her mum came in and started hurting her. Why would someone want to kill their own child?! Every time I listen to this song i feel heartbroken. It makes me so angry that anyone would actually want to hurt a little 7 year old girl! The song is truely amazing, It has lots of thoughtful meanings. In the end she did actually go up to a place where people loved her and where she belonged.
anonymous Jul 19th, 2012 7:42am report
Thus is a sad sad song. THis just like myt llife guys but sssshhh!! But i was heped by the family I am with now.I love this family. So aLl you guys need todo i go to cps and get a cild or do something save a life i knbo how it fells to be in there. So martina I am so sorry for your loss.i love you. And I wish you the best of the world without her.
anonymous Jan 29th, 2012 1:25pm report
abuse and 9/11! think about it...
anonymous Jan 20th, 2012 1:06pm report
this song is about child abuse. it is so meaningful and it says a lot for many children in this world. i think that Martina did an amazing job with this song i must say. the little girl (Martina's niece_ must have had a terrible life ... r.i.p Angela, let the angels take care of you. Martina puts so much detailed emotions and actions into this song. i really hope that Angela's mother got what she deserved, and i hope she feels terrible for what she done. hopefully no-body feels any mercy for her cruel and evil moves which she could have stopped by not becoming a drunk just because she got divorced. she couldn't have cared enough for her daughter as much as she did when she was married as she did not hit her when she was married. Angela would be so proud of her aunty and i bet she is looking down on her family. i really wish someone had phoned the police sooner and then maybe Angela could still be with us, she would have been beautiful. did anyone notice she had the word angel in her name also?. she was an absolute angel from the day she was born and no matter what she will be loved and missed and in the song it says "the world forgot", for those people i sure hope they haven't still forgotten what happened to the beautiful Angela Carter in 2005 ... rest in peace the 'concrete angel'
anonymous Jan 11th, 2012 1:24pm report
This is so sad who would do that just to get the pain out of them!!!!
anonymous Dec 18th, 2011 12:44pm report
This song is about child abuse. The mother physically abuses the child (bruises) as well as not providing everything the child needs (wearing the same dress she wore yesterday). The teacher had guessed what was happening but did not tell anyone, and her neighbors saw the little girl being beaten, but they did not tell anyone. The mother had beaten her little girl to death.
anonymous Nov 29th, 2011 11:32pm report
i was not abused but i was abused a different way this song makes me cry every time i here it i want to fined stuff on this young girl who died i think alot of people can relate to this song not in the sense of being killed but in the sense of being hurt by others.
anonymous Nov 3rd, 2011 11:51pm report
This song relates to me in so many ways! I was and still am a victim of child abuse. Im 16 now, and still don't have to confidence to speek out. My mum hits me, ( and has put me in hospital before ) and yet know one askes. Its as though im by myself.
Sometimes i wish i was like the little girl this is about, because at least she is in heven now with the angels, which is the best place for her.
anonymous Oct 8th, 2011 10:35am report
This song is about a little girl who is forced to care for her self after all the abuse and beating from her mother. At school her teacher notices and wonders about her bruises and scars but never does anything about it. The little girl has a imaginary friend to help her through the beating. The neighbours are always hearing crying and screaming at night but turn out the light because they do not want to become part of her problems. One night the little girl is talking to her friend through the window and her mother comes in and beats her to death. At the end of the concrete angel film clip the little boy (her imaginary friend) is at her funeral. He disappears before reappearing with the girl and running off to other children who were also victims of child abuse. PLEASE IF YOU WITNESS CHILD ABUSE REPORT IT DO NOT LET LIVES GO TO WASTE! THANK YOU.
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