"Where Angels Play" as written by Ian George Brown and John Squire....
Come with me to a place no eyes have ever seen
A million miles from here where no one's ever been
God-given grace and a holy heaven face
I'm on the edge of something shattering
I'm coming through
OK, let's fly she says this carpet's made for two
This ugly little box no place for me and you
Our carpet falls on a dew-fresh dappled plain
Take a look around there's something happening
All the colors fade

I don't want you now
Bang bang bang gone
Ooh I don't need you now
The seeds are sown
Ooh bang bang pretty pretty bang bang
I don't think so no no
I don't think so no no
Bang bang


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"Where Angels Play" as written by John Squire Ian George Brown

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    General Commentits about going on a picnic with a girl and shooting her because she betrayed (cheated) on him
    jt987654321on July 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "I'm on the edge of something shattering"... Not shadowy...
    andyb79on March 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAwsome tune, not enough people have commented on these tunes. Song probably about an acid trip or something.
    isavedchipon October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song live sounds amazing
    Dommykeay18on November 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentall i know is that this song has the greatest last 1¼ minutes ever. everyone is at the top of their game and the guitar solo to fade is one of the most uplifting and heartbreaking i have ever listened to. i wish they extended it as john squire was going somewhere with it. i would have loved to have been in the studio when they laid that one down to hear it in its entirety. slipperytone if you're reading please give us an extended where angels play from the master tapes.
    thewahwahon May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAgree with the comment above
    vin_1986on November 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about Adam and Eve and Adam's feelings towards eve after he feels that she betrayed him for eating the forbidden fruit and getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden.

    This breaks it down quite thoroughly: pdmcauley.co.uk/Analysis/…
    Scholes18on September 11, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt could be about a personal romance and how he felt when being told the love wasn't mutual ( him being on the wrong end ). Also maybe a book or article he'd read where the besotted lover couldn't deal with being rejected so killed his/her partner.
    Whatever it is about it's the most beautiful song of all time.
    staxy74on March 20, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is my interpretation of the ‘where angels play’ lyrics. I have put in depth lyric descriptions beside various lines, and have left a detailed description at the bottom.

    “Come with me to a place no eyes have ever seen
    A million miles from here where no one's ever been” - a guy is being asked to take acid and trip with for the first time, with his lover. He is told that they will go to place where know-one has ever been and is millions of miles away, where they can be free unlike where they live just now.


    “God-given grace and a holy Heaven face
    I'm on the edge of something shattering
    I'm coming through” - this is him being told of the feeling of being on this trip. He agrees to ‘come through’.


    “Ok, let's fly", she says, "this carpet's made for two" - she tells him that the trip was meant for the two of them, as they will experience love, truth and pain together.


    “This ugly little box, no place for me and you” - this is them talking a out where they come from wether it be home, Britain, or earth as a hole. They are saying that it is a worn out prison like place (ugly little box) and that they deserve better and should escape.


    “Our carpet falls on a dew-fresh daffil plain” - this is them beginning to trip, the carpet falling is them breaking through into this ‘magical place’


    “Take a look around, there's something happening
    All the colors fade” - this again is them breaking through into this new place.

    “I don't want you now, bang, bang, bang, gone
    Oo, I don't need you now, the seeds are sown
    Oo, bang-bang, pretty-pretty, bang-bang
    I don't think so, no, no
    I don't think so, no, no
    Bang-bang, bang-bang” - this is him now seeing her home for what it really is like and realising that she can live without it. He doesn’t want to be there anymore and doesn’t need to be there anymore. The seeds are sown relates to him discovering how wrongly they were treated in her home and this was the final straw for them...they dont want to return.

    “Far Below, the country roads like a mighty boiling sea
    The warm, red Sun gives up and sinks into the trees” - like the sun rises and falls, a trip comes up then fades to an end.


    “But I'm no fool, I can't stand here betrayed” - he isn’t a fool as he can now see his home for what it is really like, he feels betrayed by it and doesn’t want to go back to a place where he has been betrayed.


    “Take a look around, there's something happening
    All the colors fade” - the colours are fading again but back to normality this time.

    “I don't want you now, bang, bang, bang, gone
    Oo, I don't need you now, the seeds are sown
    Oo, bang-bang, pretty-pretty, bang-bang
    I don't think so, no, no
    I don't think so, no, no
    Bang-bang, bang-bang” - this time, the chorus has the same meaning however the bang-bang ending of the chorus can this time be interpreted as suicide, as they cant face returning to a world of lies.

    .....


    The whole song is a metaphor for an acid trip, however the acid trip itself could be a metaphor for running away from there home to a place where they can be free. The trip coming to an end could relate to the two running away from there homeland and getting caught from authorities. To avoid returning to there home they take there lives. Why they would be running away I’m not sure, perhaps they committed a crime or were just treated badly.

    The acid trip metaphor throughout the song is backed up by the lyrics ‘all the colours fade’.

    Wether the acid trip is a metaphor for running away, or if the song is actually about an acid trip...what we can see from the lyrics is it is about two people who just want to get away and be free.
    CJT
    Craigster7on January 18, 2018   Link
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    General CommentI just bought "Time is my Everything" by Ian Brown the other day purely because it has a version of this tune on it. I have to be honest, 15 years on he doesn't do it so well AT ALL. And he's changed the lyrics and made them, frankly, rubbish. How the mighty have fallen.

    In it's original form it's a top tune, like everything they did before the fairly average One Love. I think I like them mainly cos they kind of blew it anyway.
    Random Boyon March 01, 2005   Link

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