If every angel's terrible
Then why do you welcome them
If every angel's terrible
Then why do you welcome them
If every angel's terrible
Then why do you welcome them
You say, you'll provide the birdbath
If I provide the skin
And bathing in the moonlight
I'm to tremble like a kitten

If blue eyed babes
Raised as Hitler's little brides and sons
They got angelic tendencies
Like some boys tend to act like queens
If every angel's terrible
Then why do you watch her sleep
You love to hear her sing
And wear purple eyes like rings
Well the flowers have no scent
And the child's been miscarried

If every angel's terrible
Then why do you welcome them
If every angel's terrible
Then why do you welcome them
If every angel's terrible
Then why do you welcome them
You say, you'll provide the birdbath
If I provide the skin
And bathing in the moonling
I'm to tremble like a kitten

Oh every angel's terrible
Said freud and rilke all the same
Rimbaud never paid them no mind
But jimmi morrison had his elevators
His elevators
He had his elevator angels

And if every angel's terrible
Why do you hide inside her
Like a child in a skirt
The supermarket's loud and bright
And boy don't she feel warm tonight
Boy don't she feel warm tonight
Boy don't she feel warm tonight?

(She sounded like an angel when she cried)

If every angel's terrible
Then why do you welcome them
If every angel's terrible
Then why do you welcome them
If every angel's terrible why do you welcome them
You say, You'll provide the birdbath
If I provide the skin
She sounded like an angel when she cried.


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  • +10
    General CommentI also agree with sheafrances, but have a few more interpretations to add.

    The repeated lines:
    "If every angel's terrible
    Then why do you welcome them" are the foundation of the song. It is a question to any man who stereotypes women with negative traits; if women are so bad, why do you need them?

    The next lines refer to what a man expects of a woman, especially sexually. The phrase: "You say you'll provide the birdbath/ If I provide the skin" is like a fucked up, poetic pick-up line. She is just a pretty body (skin bathing in the moonlight), submissive and without confidence (trembling like a kitten).

    I think the Jim Morrison line is actually a reference to the Doors movie where Val Kilmer as Jim is getting head in an elevator from a groupie/model. It might mean something more, but I think it's in there just because it sounds like it fits.

    The last verse is my favorite. It's a very poetic metaphor of how a man finds comfort at the end of the day in a women. Like a child he is frightened and disoriented by the world (supermarket) and takes solace in a women (mother) who makes him feel safe ("Boy don't she feel warm tonight").

    Anyway, great, honest song.
    human004on August 23, 2007   Link
  • +6
    General Commentmaybe about women rights and sexist view points

    And wear purple eyes like rings =(women who were beaten?)

    But jimmi morrison had his elevators
    His elevators
    He had his elevator angels = elevator theory in workplaces where women can see the top position, but can never reach it (most work places of all women the highest position held by a man, ie teachers and principals)

    Rimbaud paid them no mind = jean Nicholas Arthur Rimbaud was a french poet, who had love affair with a man, therefore, paying women no mind.

    The supermarket's loud and bright
    And boy don't she feel warm tonight = sacrastic outlook of sterotypical women roles.

    Connecting these possible explainations is more difficult. Maybe it is trying to say, if you think women are not as good as you, then why do you accept them and live with them and love them? I am not completely sure, but it does have some underlining parallels of women ideals.
    sheafranceson February 27, 2007   Link
  • +5
    General Commenti wish everyone would stop comparing any remotely complex/symbolic/whatever song to drugs.
    finechildon March 14, 2007   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIt's fairly clear that this song has to do with misogyny, and the contradiction that so often the men who hate and disrespect women also desire them sexually. The second to last verse shows this the best: Freud and Rilke are famous for their disdain for women, and Rimbaud is best known as a homosexual. I'm not sure what the significance of Jim Morrison's elevators is, though.
    Goldaon February 02, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI completely agree with Golda, but I'd like to expand on the theme of misogyny by analyzing several lines in that context.

    "They got angelic tendencies
    Like some boys tend to act like queens"

    This seems to refer to Frye's theory that misogyny stems from homoeroticism.

    "Oh if every angel's terrible
    Then why do you watch her sleep
    You love to hear her sing
    And wear purple eyes like rings"

    Like Golda said, many men who hate women desire them sexually. In this case, these men love to have sex with women and physically abuse them. "Sing" is a slang term for moaning during sex; and "Wear purple eyes like rings" is a reference to physical abuse.

    "Well the flowers have no scent
    And the child's been miscarried"

    "Flower" is a slang term for vagina. When a woman is sexually aroused, the vagina produces lubrication which causes the "scent". Here, women may be having sex but are not aroused, therefore have no scent. And the physical abuse from men referred to in the previous line may have caused a miscarriage.

    "Oh every angel's terrible
    Said freud and rilke all the same
    Rimbaud never paid them no mind
    But jimmi morrison had his elevators
    His elevators
    He had his elevator angels "

    Freud described women as inferior to men; Rilke was the first to use the term "terrible angel" to describe not a biblical angel, but a "being who stands for the recognition in the invisible of a higher degree of reality." Rimbaud was a homosexual and Jim Morrison famously had sexual encounters with women in elevators.

    "If every angel's terrible
    Why do you hide inside her
    Like a child in a skirt
    The supermarket's loud and bright
    And boy don't she feel warm tonight"

    This is probably the most poignant point, because it highlights the hypocrisy of misogyny in patriarchal society. "Hide inside her" and "Boy don't she feel warm tonight" are both references to sex. If women are really terrible, why do men seek the warmth that a woman can provide sexually? Men who hate women, love dominating them sexually because they want them to take submissive roles in order to support their dominant role.

    Metaphorically, this concept could be applied to patriarchal society.





    huytranon November 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"If every angel's terrible, why do you hide inside of them?"

    this could perhaps be stating, "if woman are so awful, why do you have sex with them?"

    i think this song is clearly about woman, and how men view them. the idea just clicks.
    alexleighon December 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBird bath is also slang for a quick washing of the genitals before sex. "You say you'll provide the birdbath if I provide the skin" could mean that someone is offering to go down on her and make her "tremble like a kitten 'bathing' in the moonlight".

    The part about Hitler's little blue eyed babes I think is about (homo?)sexuality. "They got angelic tendencies, like some boys tend to act like queens" - Nazis were very much against homosexuality so that would definitely be bad. Terrible angels = )

    "Oh every angel's terrible
    Said freud and rilke all the same" (They really did write that, so that's where Bianca got the phrase, I guess)
    "Rimbaud never paid them no mind" (Hinting the homosexuality theme again)

    "But Jimmi Morrison had his elevators
    His elevators
    He had his elevator angels" (Did this poet not get head in an elevator in the movie? By some girls = elevator angels?)

    "If every angel's terrible then why do you watch her sleep?
    You love to hear her sing and wear purple eyes like rings
    Well the flowers have no scent and the child's been miscarried"
    I think this part is about physical abuse and the paradox of it; how can someone love somebody and at the same time hurt them? 'Purple eyes' being bruises: Abused women tend to blame themselves and therefore get stuck in the abusive relationship/marriage => wearing purple eyes as rings => things aren't always as happy as they seem; flowers have no scent and the child's been miscarried.

    Last verse I totally agree with Human004 on the metaphor part: (quoting Human004)
    "It's a very poetic metaphor of how a lover finds comfort at the end of the day in a woman. Like a child he is frightened and disoriented by the world (supermarket) and takes solace in a woman who makes him feel safe ("Boy don't she feel warm tonight")"
    ^^^
    however PLUS the fact that he (or she) still both loves and abuses his (or her) ANGEL. Terrible angel?
    Slyngeon August 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI totally agree with sheafrances... This song is NOT about drugs it's a about the "machismo" in the culture... the metaphore is pretty easy to get it...the last line says it all "She sound like an angel when she cries" and also the references to Freud
    cobertixoon August 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWas reading the first page of comments before I typed that, didn't realize second page was newer. Huytran made good points.
    Could be either..
    chloecunton January 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the rhythm in the very beginning, and the lyrics are good, one of my favorite cocorosie songs, I like most of their songs btw:P
    dingwenon January 11, 2006   Link

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