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Black Crowes: She Talks To Angels Meaning

Song Released: 1991

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She never mentions the word addiction
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...


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    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


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    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.


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    Apr 17th, 2014 4:36am report

    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...


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    Mar 18th, 3:05am report

    The song that captures addiction better than any other, from the lyrics to the angst of Chris’s voice.


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    Feb 22nd, 2:30pm report

    As far as I'm concerned, the "meaning" of the song means NOTHING; the real meaning comes in what it means to the people who are/were living their version of this truth. Some people believe the pain is figurative, some believe it's cutting and some believe it's the needle (heroin). Some believe the little boy dies, some believe that he's taken away. None of that really matters...I know that a lot of people tell their own story through this song.

    Thankfully, I've never had to deal with any of the possible theoretical meanings but here's my guess: I see a woman, late 20's/early 30's, she got knocked up young and kicked out of her house by her bible-thumper parents. I prefer to believe that her little boy was taken away by her parents after they proved her unfit but I think it's more likely that he passed away as a toddler by a foolish accident of hers. As far as I'm concerned, the pain that makes everything alright is the prick of the needle as she shoots heroin to forget that she's lost everything that's ever mattered to her.


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    Feb 5th, 2:32am report

    This song could be about a woman with mental illness. Many of the mentally ill also have addictions. As a person with schizophrenia I have spoken with angels who are voices in my head on many occasions. Also spiritual beliefs come to the forefront for many with what I have. When I am ill I become very spiritual, whereas when I'm okay I become an agnostic, someone to whom the colours of life dull out. The pain comes when one is deep into an episode, but if one is capable, one can keep quiet and still smile...


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    Jan 12th, 1:03am report

    Addiction is something people don't necessarily want to discuss openly nor do alot of people want to hear about. But i think this song is really about heroin and the hurt it has caused and walls we build to protect ourselves. Whether one (we) realizes it or not. Think it's about Estrangement - lost, and a struggle with spiritual faith and building trust. overall sad but it touches me.


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    Oct 16th, 10:41am report

    After reading Chris Robinson's meaning to the song and reading everyone else's interpretation i could relate on how the words just came to Chris in his speculation of the girl in the club. I wrote a song called Dear Daddy about a girl writing for her daddy to save her and take her home to him and her mom. At the time, i did not use hard drugs and booze like in my song(was not about me though)..so it was a feeling that was destined to be shared somehow. I feel Chris drew on an intrepretation of young people through looking at the girl and incorporated it into the lyrics like me as a cry for help for young people going down as he witnessed in the crowd. Many of whom probably wore crosses and some who carried other sentimental items of loved ones. The girl in my song was called dusty blue who pleaded for her parents to not ignore her but save her from herself. Ironically after writing this,I got into a car accident with my friends and near to death called out the first name "daddy". So his words just came to him from imagination and witnessing drug use and what was becoming an epidemic at that time with cutting on the horizon. And Every mother back in the day used to keep a lock of baby hair from first born son. My version is that the son had died later on in life. She now old lady in home where her family leaves her referring to herself as an orphan. She wears a cross because of her strong faith she holds onto and being so wronged by family and others for protection..she talks to her angel son and the other angels who died like him for advice as she suffers from abuse by the people looking after her so she doesnt feel alone. I get this because near the end of the song she dies..yes, the singer agrees she talks to angels. She not hurting no more.


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    Sep 6th, 2019 9:06am report

    You can talk to angels! You can talk to God, if you give him the time and seclude yourself long enough. Remember God uses the broken hearted to “confound” all of the wisdom and haughty peeps who “THINK” they know the secret to salvation. The gate is NARROW and small and not many people make it through. You can even be “addicted” to drugs and still find yourself in the “Graces of God”. That’s the GREAT NEWS!!! God has so much to show us, those of us that have “LIVED LIFE”....only to find out after all of that searching for happiness and trying to fill a void, God / Jesus is the ONLY one that can do that for us. GREAT NEWS FOLKS, we don’t have to be perfect for God to love us!


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    Aug 5th, 2019 8:54pm report

    She is a lost soul who seeks redemption.will she find it?that I don't know .i hope so.then maybe I will be alright....


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    Dec 16th, 2018 12:27pm report

    My first said this song reminded him of me. He either didn't grasp the real meaning behind this song. There were certain parts that were me but he didn't realize at that time how he was foreshadowing my furture. I didn't grasp it all until much later in life when it came on the radio and I could relate to it in it's true form. I was never a heroin addict but suffered with other addictions. In fact, I've never touched heroin or an opiate because my mom was a heroin addict. It only took 35 years to understand the lyrics because until you've been there, you couldn't.


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    Oct 10th, 2018 10:05pm report

    I figured its about a young lady that had a dysfunctional home life_
    "yeah she'll tell you she's an orphan- after you meet her family"

    _tied to a string of traumatic events, including her child taken away (or passed)

    "She keeps a lock of hair in her pocket, wears a cross around her neck.- yeah the hair is from a little boy"

    Ultimately, this led to a drug/alcohol addiction and a dark place in her life.
    She may have came close to death but god had other plans in store.

    "The cross is someone she has not met. Not yet"

    In the dark she found the light, as she was receptive to communication with angels.

    "She talks to angels. Says they all know her name. She talks to angels. They call her out by her name"



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    Oct 8th, 2018 10:46pm report

    She has an addiction of some sort. The reason is.. she lost her son. She keeps his lock of hair always with her. She talks to Angels. But they talk back, meaning... she’s hearing voices. She closes the curtains, wants to be alone in the dark. Also darkens her face. Dark, Deep depression. Her family disowns her. She’s alone, dark, depressed and on the verge of suicide. Very depressing song.


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    Sep 29th, 2018 9:58am report

    It's about this....plain and simple, she lost her son, her family disowned her, and the onlyrelief is the drugs that even for a second, make everything alright. The angels are her family that she loves and misses so much. She can't stand the pain of being away from her angels one of them being her son that she has had to bury. I know bc I wear the same locket of that hair n talk to the same angels. Hell I even really even happen to paint my eyes as dark as night now. Peace.


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    Jul 25th, 2018 7:12pm report

    I think it's about Cricket.


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    Jun 20th, 2018 6:27am report

    I think that the song says everything my partner tried to say to me. It kills me to think about it, Im the one who put the drugs in his hand. The guilt is far to much.


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    Jun 3rd, 2018 6:45pm report

    Don't read into it. See if for what it is.For example the hair is from a little boy, (who passed) and the cross from someone she has not met,not yet. (Jesus) No heroin, someone who just didn't belong in that family. Strong girl then and now. Yea, she talks to angels.


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    May 18th, 2018 5:46pm report

    It is about a 18 year old girl...who had her son to die as a baby around 2 years old ...she had no part of drugs she was not like her family at all ...she was hated by her family because she new and loved God...she really talked to angels...this keep her strong...she was put out with know were to go and was lost in the world...in this time of her life...she did carry his hair with her and a cross around her nick...she would go out at night and set by her self ...see I know this is true because I am that girl...it happened in 1975

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