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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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    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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    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.


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    Oct 12th, 10:00pm report

    When I hear this song, it make me think that she is hiding her addiction to what ever it maybe. She lies about her family or other things or may even struggle with borderline personality disorder. I think the lock of hair is from her own sons that she lost to the state due to her addiction. She wears dark makeup due to the pain that she feels inside. She pulls the shade down tight to hide the hurt in her eyes. She smiles when she feels the pain bc I believe she cuts and that relieves the pain she feels along with the drug use. The cross represents her spirituality with God. Even tho she's living a destructive life style that's one person she still has on her side and hope for. She talks to angels - maybe in an attempt to suicide? Or in prayer for guidance or maybe she really does talk to angels. It can happen...but That's what i get from this song. It legit sounds like me. Every single part of it.


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    Jul 21st, 2017 7:15am report

    This song has many meanings to many people. Grief is my take. Some are blessed to talk to angel's. Depends on the angel's you hear. Angel's are all around. Good and bad. Pulling shades down tight... she is reclusing. Paints her eye's as dark as night. She may have been beat or just simply dark from tears. But yes loosing a child is worse than being beat .


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    Jun 9th, 2017 6:14am report

    This song makes me think of a young lady that I know and love more than anything in this world. She a heroin addict, and amethamphetamine addict. She lost her children, her home, and everything she owns.

    Now she's lost her freedom, because she's in jail. I pray and wish more than anything that she can get clean and stay clean


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    May 23rd, 2017 5:35pm report

    Simple to interpret. She is now addicted to heroin. Having been there, I know you only talk about it in certain company. (other users) the lock of hair is from either an aborted child, a child who died at birth or one who died from some other circumstance early in life.

    There are heroin addicts that feed their addiction in different ways. If you are homeless or a street person you get off wherever you can. If you have a home, you more than likely have a ritual because you don't have to rush. So, she gets ready by making herself up darkly and of course making sure the shades are down. This is a very hidden and private part of her grieving.

    Whatever has happened to her has affected her right to the very core of he soul. She has survivors guilt. And wants out. Now she's ready to slam a dose and smiles. The pain is obviously the needle. The Angels talk to her with the rush and subsequent high.


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    Feb 5th, 2017 2:56am report

    its about a young woman who lost her parents and brother in an accident but she survived, which is why the angels call her out by her name. (she tells you she's an orphan after you meet her family) The lock of hair is her brother's (She don't know no lover)She has survivor's guilt and therefore is addicted to cutting herself.


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    Dec 10th, 2016 12:41pm report

    It's about a goth girl one band member was acquainted with in Atlanta who was a heroin addict. This was covered in a webisode done by the band.


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    Jun 13th, 2016 6:24am report

    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
    Whinner,but damn.
    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
    Ticket myself.


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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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    Feb 2nd, 2016 2:27pm report

    The hell of living after your child has died.


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    Jan 29th, 2016 1:01pm report

    it's about a chick in a bar they played in...nothing more.

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    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?


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    Aug 15th, 2015 8:23am report

    This song could also be interpreted as someone who has lost a loved one from addiction.

    Most people who haven't experienced that sort of loss aren't very understanding and can't relate, and those who have are immediately saddened. The topic is very uncomfortable.

    She paints her eyes as black as night, in a sort of mourning. The lock of hair in her pocket is from said loved one. The cross is to think of them in a better place. After a certain time she goes numb, and the only thing that makes it better is pain. Being an orphan could mean just being left behind by means of death. And then the talking to angels, well that's just self explanatory.

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    Feb 7th, 2015 2:31am report

    It clearly says word addiction not word addicted she has a word addiction she's addicted to words

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    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.


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    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.

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