"Angels" as written by Romy Anna Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and James Thomas Smith....
There are no angels left in America anymore
They left after the second World War heading west
Stopping briefly in Japan during the '60s
In Tienanman Square, during the last decade

They kept heading west to who knows where
What're they after?
What're they looking for?
A Messiah who never comes?
A virgin birth?
A perfect drunk?
A sign,
Any kind of sign
Anything that looks slightly out of the ordinary

Flying over fields & factories
Momma's goin' off her head
Daddy's bringin' home the bacon
Open up the pearly gates

Fruit of salty lubrication
Tangled up in arms & legs
I can barely touch the bottom
Now I'm workin' up a sweat!

I'm ready now--
I'm ready now--

I can barely touch my own self
How could I touch someone else?
I'm just an advertisement
For a version of myself

Like molecules in constant motion
Like a million nervous tics
I am quivering with anticipation
Like the sunlight on their wings
I'm ready now
(Don't look back)
I'm ready now
(I'm ready for this)
I'm ready now

The sensuous world ? the smell of the sea
The sweat off their wings ? the fruit from
the trees
The angel inside ? will meet me tonight
On wings of desire ? I come back alive
I'm ready
I'm ready
(I put the dogs outside)
I'm ready
I'm ready
(To take that ride)
I'm ready now
I'm ready now
(To take that wine)

I'm ready now
But where are you?

Lyrics submitted by laocoon

"Angels" as written by David Byrne

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    General CommentGood song. Makes me think that David is wanting to move stronger in his Christianity.
    a1legwonderon July 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it is the opposite of trying to become more religious. Or maybe it is a conflict, as he has said before that he didn't believe in a god. Since this album was inspired by a death in his family, I think David is simultaneously angry with life and confused by it. I can't really find the exact meaning, but I don't think many of his songs have a very direct meaning. To me the most emotional part of the song is the end when he repeats "I'm ready now" until finally ending with "But where are you." So he keeps saying he is ready for something, but what? And now that he has decided he is ready, he realizes that this person is missing and that he is alone. It's a tough song to grasp, but it is clearly emotional.
    WirelessBrainon October 09, 2014   Link

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