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.
I live in the mid west, thus band has played here over several years.
I just found them.
I cried when I heard this song.
9th grade prom, I was driven home.
That was a high point.
Vietnam when I was hardly 18.
It was too good, 2 tours, then
Germany for 3 yrs.
Now they have to go to places
To get blood, where you don't
Want to think about, no drugs
from The VA, a half gal of
Bourbon Every two day,
so they won't take the chance.
100% but where do you turn?
Don't want to sound like a
Don't have the guts to even
Talk to Angels.
Don't think they have them
Where my train stops.
Wish I could punch that
anonymous Feb 14th, 2016 2:26pm report
It is definitely about self harm addiction. I know I started at12 or earlier. I'm now 52. For the last three years I have not cut or burned myself. But it's been a struggle. Some days easyer than others
anonymous Feb 2nd, 2016 2:27pm report
The hell of living after your child has died.
anonymous Jan 29th, 2016 1:01pm report
it's about a chick in a bar they played in...nothing more.
anonymous Jan 24th, 2016 1:07pm report
I think everybody here has hit on parts of the overall meaning of this song. Whether the cause is prostitution, drug use or a combination of the two, the central theme is loss, pain, addiction and a foreboding sense of hopelessness. This song is so effective at connecting the feelings to the listening that I almost feel like I've been there... When in truth I've been very fortunate to not experience anything remotely close to it...yet, 10 seconds into this song and I cannot almost feel like I've been there, done that. I guess that is why it is an award-winning song, huh?
anonymous Dec 14th, 2014 12:17pm report
I agree with all of you almost. The only thing that you are missing is after he says"to her it don't mean nothin'"(witch by the way is terrible grammar,but hey, this is music), he says" But to me it means everything" This obviously signals that he cares for her! Maybe he knows her from before the addiction and still isnpassionate for her. Hey, love is crazy.
anonymous Aug 30th, 2014 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.
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