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Sarah McLachlan: Angel Meaning

Song Released: 1998

Angel Lyrics

You spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it ok
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction oh beautiful release
Memories seep from...


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    Mar 29th, 3:55pm report

    I know of many of people within my own life that have addictions, I hope they find another reason to believe!


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    Dec 1st, 2013 12:27am report

    While from what I understand it's about the paradox of drug addiction( the thing that helps you is the things that's killing you), to me, it encompasses the feelings that someone suffering from depression feels.

    I see it in my oldest daughter. She's 15, and it makes her days and nights seem grey and endless. She would do anything to escape, and to feel weightless, like she's not dragging herself through her days.

    I found the lyrics to the song and played it for her as a way to try and start a conversation, she listen to it and cried. Someone understood.

    The angel in the song could be death. They are somehow not meant for the world, and it brings release from a life that is unbearable(my daughter is not at that point. Fear keeps her here)


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    Sep 27th, 2013 9:00pm report

    all are no help to understand the story on why she wrote this beautiful song... please does anyone know the acctual story (from Sarah's point of view)


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    Jun 16th, 2013 6:43am report

    This is about heroin addiction, my sister had to get sarahs permission to perform a song by her and she asked her about this one.. It is about heroin addiction


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    May 16th, 2013 5:56am report

    Whenever this song comes on the radio, or I hear it in some other way, for me it makes me relax. No matter what I am doing or how I am feeling, it reminds me of what is really important in life. I am in the arms of the angel every time my wife/children/grandchildren hug me!


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    Apr 25th, 2013 4:20pm report

    This song is actually about drug addiction. Dedicated to the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player it represents the "peace" one experiences in his addiction.
    "May you find some comfort here" actually is a wish for the person to find some respite even if this means finding it in drugs


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    Jan 30th, 2013 1:03pm report

    Continuing from first post.

    Re Alzheimers---I almost forgot the worst part---my dad is completely aware of what's happening to him.

    Some days he is frightened; other days he is filled with dread. Sometimes he is resigned and defeated.

    We lived on a lake, so that imagery is strong for me. It's like dad is in a boat, drifting farther and farther from shore. Now he is at least half way across, and it is getting harder to see him.

    He also believes he is in a hotel room, and nearly every day he asks when he can go home. He wants to go back to his childhood home. His trusty Goldendoodle sounds the alarm by barking and waking up mom every time dad tries to leave the house. It is the dead of winter now and he wouldn't last long.

    The "Angel" lyrics dovetail in so many other ways with what dad is going through. It is a very sad song, but it is also the doorway to my own sadness, which I have kept locked away all this time.


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    Jan 30th, 2013 1:42pm report

    My dad is dying of Alzheimers. I am his best friend and favorite daughter. I talk to him every day. He was a brilliant, educated man. Now every day he disappears further into confusion and waking dreams. It is becoming brutal to witness the ravages of this disease. In less than three years he has gone from articulate to incoherent.

    When I bought this song from iTunes a few days ago, I had a different response from ever before. I had been trying so hard to comfort my dad that I had never acknowledged my own feelings. When I heard "Angels" I cried, really cried.

    If Sarah sees this song as appropriate for an animal humane society campaign, I think she has indicated that her song can have more than one meaning, even if the lyrics don't match perfectly.

    Sadly, the lyrics do match much of what happens to the Alzheimers patient. To be "pulled from the wreckage of his silent reverie" is exactly what I want for him. He may spend years in an almost vegetative state before he is finally released.

    This song is so touching. I appreciate in a new way now.


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    Aug 3rd, 2012 8:20pm report

    There are a lot of things in life, that are considered addictions. Money, sex etc. Drugs are not the only one. It's like for example with drugs it's like an endless cycle that you can't break out of, and it seems that the more you take drugs the less satisfied you become. The angel for me portrays the end of an addiction, happy or not, and the beginning of a new life based on happiness not pleasure.


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    Jul 25th, 2012 7:43pm report

    On The ASPCA Commercials:

    Hi, My Name Is Sarah McLachlan, And I've Just Ruined Your Entire Day.


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    Jul 7th, 2012 7:10pm report

    This song has its own special meaning to each and every person who listens to it. We each listen to it with our own ears and hearts, and that's what makes it so beautiful. We identify the song to our lives and feel as if it was written just for you. Obviously Sarah McLachlin had her own meanings to the lyrics, we may never really know what they mean exactly, but it doesn't matter as it has it's own meaning for you.
    I think it's the most special song ever made and it means the world to me


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    May 10th, 2012 5:41pm report

    it's a song about pain,suicide,depression,alcoholic, drug addicts... i feel to this song and it relates to me alot.. although i'm still alive.. but i feel every line she sings is how i am feeling everyday..

    and i feel so weird that i relate to this song when i'm alive when someone is singing for a person who isnt here anymore..


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    Mar 24th, 2012 3:08pm report

    anyone that has ever has the thought of killing themself KNOWS exactly what this song means..it can be seen as for addicdtion or any life's battle we all go thru but it is clearly about one taking one life.. EMR


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    Mar 19th, 2012 3:11am report

    I agree that the song is a work of art. It is written in such a way that everyone who listens to it will have their own interpretation. I agree that the song is about faith and being in a better place. I,recently, experienced becoming extremely angry extremely fast to the point of tears. Personally, I would use this song as a means to calm down and chill out. It is a beautiful song and each person can interpret it their own way or for their own purposes. I know I would rather seek comfort in the arms of Angels than inflect pain on myself. In the arms of Angels, you can find peace, hope,and comfort.If anything, one can agree that the song represents simply the beauty of music. I watched several times how Sarah pours herself into her craft giving herself over to the lyrics and each time delivering a flawless, stelour performance time and again. It stands as a timeless anthem about life and overcoming life's challenges.


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    Mar 14th, 2012 3:18am report

    This song may refer to escaping from some kind of suffering and death finally gives the dying person freedom in a better world. But on the contrary, a person who dies in a suicide, the bible clearly states that only God has the right to give life or take it away!

    As knowledge increases and technology advances, man strives to take decisions of life and death into his own hands. This manifests itself, for example, in the prevention of conception, the termination of pregnancy, some kinds of gene manipulation, efforts to clone humans, and euthanasia.

    People have forgotten that God is the Creator and upholder of all, Lord over life and death. He alone has the power to create life and take it away (1 Sam. 2:6; Job 10:12; Ps. 139:13-16). He has not authorized man to control life.

    The duty of medicine is to protect life, alleviate suffering, and promote and maintain health while respecting humanity. -(LLC Position Statement, Section 2,Item 5)
    Never Commit Suicide, It leads people to Hell!Even for Christians.

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