Black Crowes: She Talks To Angels Meaning
Song Released: 1991
She Talks To Angels Lyrics
In certain company
Yes, she’ll tell you she’s an orphan
After you meet her family
She paints her eyes as black as night, now
She pulls those shades down tight
Yeah, she gives a smile when the pain...
anonymous Dec 9th, 2006 12:56am report
If you've ever been unfortunate enough to find yourself on this hellbound train, you know full well that this song is about addiction. The word is not mentioned "in certain company" because evryone is in denial. "She'll tell you she's an orphan, after you've met hr family" signifies the life of lies and deceit she must live in order to support her habit and/or justify her behavior. The lines about painting her eyes as dark as night and pulling the shades down tight describe the private world she creates for herself when she's using. She can be anyone she wants to be, and she wants no interruptions during this very private time. I see the lock of hair as someone that, at one time, meant everything to her but is no longer a part of her life. It represents the excruciating pain that brought her here, as well as the guilt and shame that keep her here. The cross is spirituality. It's the only thing she has left to provide a glimmer of hope in a lifestyle that is hopeless by definition. "She gives a smile when the pain comes. The pain's gonna make everything alright." The pain associated with IV drug use is nothing compared to the effects of the drug, which will, if only for a short while, allow her to forget the traumatic events that have changed her life forever. This is a very important song to me. I lived that life for a long time and somehow survived. Oh, and by the way . . . The title, "She Talks To Angels"? Trust me, my friends, she talks to them. And they do call her out by her name. Been there, Done that.
anonymous Jan 18th, 2006 1:52pm report
"She never mentions the word addiction...she smiles when the pain comes 'cause the pain's gonna make everything alright." It's obvious that the song is about heroin addiction. She hates that it enslaves her, yet she knows she will only be okay when she's got a fix. She's got hope, though, which is the meaning behind the whole locket of hair and cross around her neck. Every addict has a story about a dysfunctional family or some other crutch to justify their downward spiral into a world governed by drugs, but the bottom line is that we are all well educated on the evils of drugs, so the best way to keep from submitting to addiction is to never try the drugs...not even once. Good song...sad lesson.
anonymous Aug 30th, 8:31pm report
Coukdnt agree more with the top rated post. As I read that person's interpretation of these lyrics, a tear formed in the corner of my eye along with a lump in my throat, because I've been there too, and I could plainly tell that this person had as well; from the insight he/she expressed above. The lies and deception that are essential for existence to an opiate addict eventually become impossible to keep straight, and the mind becomes so completely focused on acquisition of the drug that there is a very limited capacity to even try remembering what was told to who. In my opinion, the lock of hair from a little boy is very likely to be from her own son who she has lost custody of and contact with through the intervention of child protective services. Most mothers save a lock from their child's first haircut. Opiate addicts will sell even the things of the highest sentimental value to access money for the drug, but she still has this lock of hair because it has no monetary value to anyone else. The cross is her attempt to maintain spirituality and hope, but ultimately it is just another lie - one she tells to herself. We are the lucky ones who escaped the trap, my friend...there are so very few of us, because it's so much easier to die than it is to find help and get better.
While I can't identify with finding pleasure in the pain of an IV needle (as there are other routes of delivery), I developed a similar affinity to vomiting immediately after a dose...it becomes associated with the intense feel-good neurotransmitters that flood the brain immediately after the stomach purges from a good fix.
I didn't personally talk to angels but I often felt as if I were literally flying through the heavens when I closed my eyes, and I saw the glimmer of stars as I whirred past. Perhaps the angels only speak to or summon those who are very close to death.
This song is about a woman caught in the hellish nightmare of active addiction, the lock of hair is from her little boy who I would say has passed away...thats how I see itbecause this song could have been written about me. I never used drugs until my 6 year old son was hit by a car and died. I put that needle in my arm two weeks later, as a means to an end. I (mistakenly) thought if i didnt know what I was doing, I would overdose and be with my baby. That didnt happen. Thank God...
anonymous May 10th, 2013 5:38am report
I got to hear this song live today,its always been my favorite cause it hits home even with the goose bumps.Today tho it got me stumped. What I think it means is about a girl with an addiction who seems to be very spiritual.and is wanting a child then while in labor she dies or maybe the baby does.
anonymous Oct 14th, 2012 10:57pm report
I'd like to think that this song is not about addiction but that she is in a mental institution. Think about it, doctors and nurses wear white and they call her by her name. "She tells you she's an orphan after you meet her family" Doesn't that sound like someone who is menatally unstable. "There's a smile when the pain comes, cause its gonna make everything alright". Thats the doctors drugging her.
anonymous Jul 16th, 2012 7:45am report
This song is about a young Christian mother who worked at the TLA in Philadelphia which was a venue for shows and concerts. She is a single parent who had her son when she was 17, and pretty much raised him on her own, working several jobs to support him. One night she met the Black Crowes while working the TLA and spoke with him briefly, and yet she left such an impression on them they wrote this song about her.
She's very modest about the song, but to this day if you ask her, she'll blush and admit to it, and soon change the topic.
She still wears her cross, keeps a lock of her (now adult) son's hair from his first haircut, and yes, talks to angels every night.
anonymous Apr 26th, 2012 4:25am report
This song really means a lot to me! If you have ever had to take care of someone who had borderline personality disorder and who was an addict, this song will move you to tears.
It's about a woman who uses people just as a drug for her own benefit by playing the victim, "she'll tell you she's an orphan, after you meet her family." The lock of hair belongs to her child that she proudly displays, yet it is only a lock of hair and is meaningless. The cross implies that she expects redemption though nothing in her life has changed....she makes no gesture to love; genuinely and truly, and only uses it as leverage. To her, love "ain't nothin'" but isn't that what life is even about? Still, she believes angels call her by her
name; a person who lacks remorse and does not understand (or at least doesn't seem to) the implications of cause and effect. Like a child, she learns to dodge consequences by manipulation, playing the eternal victim, and by blaming others for her own mistakes. Every human is human and has done this to some extent and at some point in their lives, but for these people it is a conscious lifestyle.
anonymous Apr 26th, 2012 4:57am report
I feel that the line "she knows no lover, none i've ever seen", is actually about a drug addicted prostitute. A woman who does sexual favors for drugs but has no attachment to her johns whatsoever. She just goes through the motions
Just like any other junkie trying to get their fix.
anonymous Mar 14th, 2012 3:57pm report
Seeing Things by The Black Crowes
AKA He Talks To Babies
I find it hard to shed a tear
You brought it all on yourself my dear
Wrong, yes I may be
Don't leave a light on for me
'Cause I ain't comin' home
It hurts me baby to be alone
Yes, it hurts me baby
A hundred years will never ease
Hearing things I won't believe
I saw it with my own two eyes
All the pain that I can't hide
And this pain starts in my heart
And this love tears us apart
You won't find me bent down on my knees
Ain't bendin' over backwards baby
Not to please
'Cause I'm seeing things for the first time
I'm seeing things for the first time, oh yeah
I'm seeing things for the first time
In my life, in my life
I used to dream
Of better days that never came
Sorry ain't nothin' to me
I'm gone and that's the way it must be
So please I've done my time
Lovin' you is such a crime
You won't fine me down on, on my knees
Won't fine me over backwards baby
Just to please
'Cause I'm seeing things for the first time
I"m seeing things for the first time
Seeing things for the first time
Oh I'm seeing things for the first time
Yeah, seeing things for the first time
I'm seeing things for the first time
Yeah, I'm seeing things for the first time
In my life, in my life
I think it's a like to the one labeled "could i have been so blind" or how by the black crowes as well. they are eye themed songs. he is feeling as if he can see clearly now every single thing his pr^ck of a girlfriend did wrong to him on his behalf. it's so hard for him to blink tears of lubrication from his eyes because he is quite shy. he is widely embarrassed by his bashfulness because no one over the age of 15 should ever be that adjective. he is working at trying to be an extrovert. so he is telling her that he wants no lights on in their home. it is a private reference to decorative porn and it is over your head. he is so tired of being called demure. it really hurts him. the name calling by her and then all of the alone time he has is hard. it injures him and his baby who is her i think to be by himself so much. but another one thing he HAS started doing it seems is pretending that he has given birth to a very angry baby. he can't conscienciously neglect the raging baby. if he is sad he knows to pick up his baby and rock it and sing to it and cuddle it and be real simpatico to his irate infant. this is something he saw happen in the treamtnet center he was sent to for rural demented people with problems. "chapiquia" whom is NOT her name and he is protecting her identity by using this one > :- she had to carry around a huge bag of shoes every single day in the centre and it repersented her "shame". it was a shoe shame satchel. he had not SEEN this before. people carried around fake furious babies for anger and big bags of shoes for shame and stuffed hedgehogs for trying to become less of a bearded abrasion. that is terrible. it was in the institution where he saw this for the first time. it was like a carnival of silliness. he is seeing things for the first time in his life. to this is what he is referring. he is taking care of myself by scaring up an order of buffalo wings with that nasty orange coating. he has no idea what he is talking about anymore but he can SEE things. he is trying to feed the baby the buffalo wings because he wants to see the baby's lips burn. This is a blatant reference to indecency. this is a song about vision and the lasik people should use it for their myopic advertisments. i've always been a huge loner and i too hate backbends so i know his dillema well
anonymous Nov 2nd, 2011 11:00am report
i agree with you all to but that makes no sense about the little boy because it says "she knows no lover, none ive ever seen" so it couldnt be hers maybe it was a brother that died or a loved one maybe a boyfriend when she was a child that never left her thoughts
anonymous Feb 11th, 2011 2:08pm report
The cross is from Jesus, whom she has not met-yet. But will someday. The lock of hers id from her son, who she has lost due to her addiction.
anonymous Jan 1st, 2011 1:59am report
During VH-1's The Black Crowes Storytellers, filmed at The Bottom Line in New York City on August 27, 1996, lead singer Chris Robinson explained that this song is not about "one" person, but rather a "hotdog" (as he put it) of people that they knew from the Atlanta club scene in their early days. "Not all the best parts" explained Chris, "or the best parts for you." Chris says that there was always a girl in the club scene back then with really dark makeup (like Siouxsie And The Banshees), and after thinking about her one day, he scribbled the lyric "she paints her eyes as black as night." He then went on to write an entire biography (completely made up, by the way) about her in the form of the song that then became "She Talks to Angels." (thanks, Jacob - Dallas, TX)But it is what ever we want it to be about right!! Maybe the angels are people in recovery. that call her out by her name. She only mentions the word addiction in the rooms of people who understand? In recovery it's said work through the pain and the pain will make everything alright in time! or pain is the touchstone of all spiritual growth! The very first time I heard this song that's where my mind went. And every time i hear it I go right back to that day.
I (almost) totally agree with the "anonymus" interpretation on December 9th, 2006 09:56AM... Almost because I think that the part of "she keeps a lock of hair in her pocket... the hair is from a little boy" is about her son. She probably had a son, but he's not with her. There are some options then... The boy is not with her because she gave him for adoption; someone took him from her 'cause of her drugs abuse or he can even be dead. It's very commom in some cultures for a mother to keep a lock of hair of her kid with her.
anonymous Dec 6th, 2008 12:46am report
it could be an addiction to any drug ... when you start to come down the pain tells you are still alive, the lock of hair is probably a child she gave up and now regrets it..i dont think the angels are exactly angels.. i think they are the people who help her with her addiction wich is why they would know her name... "she tells you she is an ophan after you meet her family", her family all knows about her problems and are a shamed of her for it .... "she paints her eyes as black as night now" is her way hiding behind the make-up.... in the end he says "no body loves no-one" she is in a slave to her addictions
anonymous Nov 3rd, 2007 11:49pm report
I agree with all of your interpretations.. but I added a few of my own:
"She never mentions the word addiction in certain company"
-She's ashamed of her heroin habit and doesn't talk about it with people who don't use.
"The hair is from a little boy"
- I think that his suggests that she still believes in innocence and good as well as the hurt and loss of her son.
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