"Killed By An Angel" as written by and Jeremy Enigk William Goldsmith....
welcome to the lonesome world of abel
where every brother's knife is set to slay you
and paranoia keeps you healthy
crooked deals can keep you wealthy
serum vials to help you when you're sad
every other face is bent and broken
wrap your teeth around the only game in town
made your clothes from insulation
break your day for pay and ration
hide
hide
hide...

killed by an angel
lost inside amazing colors
it's never how you feel
it comes in a bottle
let's say you found a gun;
how would your bad side burn?
it's never how you feel
it comes in a bottle

relax and all these whores will lick the membrane
just a touch, a stain, a hole in your brain
it's cold when you remove the nails
beg for more when all else fails
serum vials to help you when you're sad

killed by an angel
lost inside amazing colors
it's never how you feel
it comes in a bottle
let's say you found a gun;
how would your bad side burn?
it's never how you feel
it comes in a bottle

the way the sea reflects the sun
long gone
and all the miracles of love
long gone
you hold your heart out in your hand
one last long sigh gone
one last long sigh gone...

when you see the sores you can't believe them
pathogenic lovers in a basement cell
dirty white sheets cut up in strips
cracks in the mirror and your mind slips
serum vials to help you when you're sad

killed by an angel
lost inside amazing colors
it's never how you feel
it comes in a bottle
let's say you found a gun;
how would your bad side burn?
it's never how you feel
it comes in a bottle

killed by an angel
killed by an angel...



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"Killed by an Angel" as written by Jeremy Enigk Dan Hoerner

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  • +2
    General Commentthough the first verse refers to cain and abel, the song is about drug addiction. i think the bible reference is a comparison of the brothers to the dealer and the buyer, set to slay being exposure to the addiction for their own benefit. Super Sapien has an accurate description of the rest of the song.
    rujeon March 16, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow, this is a really great song... I'm assuming it's about hallucinogens. He's talking about "breaking your day for pay and ration, hide hide hide" as in hiding from the daily pains by using drugs. Other things like "lost inside amazing colors," "it comes in a bottle," and "a hole in your brain" are obvious references to being high. I like the line "It's cold when you remove the nails," referring to withdrawal. Great song, very good.
    Super Sapienon April 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOK...I'm all for everyone expressing their opinions, esp. on a forum like this...but to think that this whole song revolves around a small allusion to Cain and Abel is ridiculous...lol

    This song is definetly about hallucenogens, or drug addiction in general. And here's why:


    The whole Abel thing is supposed to emphasize how you cannot even trust your own brother, in the world of drugs.

    "Crooked deals can keep you wealthy" - Drug dealing.

    "Serum vails to help you when you're sad" - It's spelled "vials" but, yea, that's heroin needles.

    "Relax and all these whores will lick the membrane" - Membrane is skin, so this all conjures up imagery of some guy buying hookers...the seedy life of a junkie.

    The chorus basically alludes to the angel being your drug of choice...and how it may seem beautiful, this drug may be killing you - but you don't care...being "lost inside amazing colors".
    Abeeron November 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song's about PCP, or ANGEL dust. The stuff is a white powder/crystal, but most of the time it is kept suspended in liquid that's sold in tiny vials. The membrane reference is how the drug is absorbed - mucous membranes in the nose, throat, mouth, and lungs are where almost all drugs (that aren't injected) are absorbed into the body. It messes with some of the receptors in your brain (which is why it's an anaesthetic as well as an hallucinogen). The Abel reference is an allusion, stating that when he's on PCP he feels like the ill-fated brother, always paranoid (and rightfully so).
    Crimson11on May 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first verse is about the Bible story of Canaan and Abel, too. Or, "the first murder," if you will.
    Snocore04on May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song's basically about cain and abel in the bible, but it's weird how he's referred cain as an angel? probably that's a different story to the song with it's name.
    find you foreveron June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought "killed by an angel" was referring to the drugs. I agree with Super Sapien that this song is all about hallucinogens.
    losecontrolon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActrually...some friends and I all came to the conclusion that this song is based loosely on the book "Brave New World"
    erleichdaon August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim going to have to say that I agree that its about hallucinogens. It makes sense. This is such a great song..the melody of it. I really love the bass and the drums.
    melancholic_punkon August 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song means my life. it all comes in a bottle. its talking about how life is never how you truly feel because your constantly on drugs. constantly intoxicated. serum vails to help ME when IM sad. so amazing.
    2sad4tearson August 27, 2002   Link

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