"Anthem Of The Angels" as written by and Benjamin Burnley....
White walls surround us,
No light will touch your face again
Rain taps the window
As we sleep among the dead

Days go on forever,
But I have not left your side
We can chase the dark together,
If you go then so will I

There is nothing left of you,
I can see it in your eyes
Sing the anthem of the angels
And say the last goodbye

Cold light above us,
Hope fills the heart and fades away
Skin white as winter,
As the sky returns to gray

Days go on forever,
But I have not left your side
We can chase the dark together,
If you go then so will I

There is nothing left of you,
I can see it in your eyes
Sing the anthem of the angels,
And say the last goodbye

I keep holding onto you,
But I can't bring you back to life
Sing the anthem of the angels,
And say the last goodbye

You're dead alive
You're dead alive
You're dead alive
You're dead alive

There is nothing left of you,
I can see it in your eyes
Sing the anthem of the angels,
And say the last goodbye

I keep holding onto you,
But I can't bring you back to life
Sing the anthem of the angels,
And say the last goodbye

Sing the anthem of the angels,
And say the last goodbye

Sing the anthem of the angels


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"Anthem of the Angels" as written by Benjamin Burnley

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  • +5
    General CommentWell, Benjamin wrote this song when he was next to his grandfather in the hospital. His grandad was suffering from Alzheimer and he was dying. If you look in the back of Dear Agony, he has a picture of his grandfather and says "love you grandad" or something like that underneath it. So, this song basically has the setting of a hospital room. It's raining outside, just making it more depressing. He's set next to his dying grandfather, knowing there is nothing left they can do to save him. He keeps telling himself that he'll be alright, but deep down inside he knows he won't make it. "You're dead alive" meaning that his grandad is basically dead on the inside from the Alzheimer (damage to the brain. A disease, I think. You can't remember much and your brain basically rots or something, yet you can still be alive while suffering, but will die from it sooner or later). But, he stays by his side for days, comforting himself and his grandfather, as they say their last goodbyes.
    So, I'm positive this is what Anthem of the Angels is about.
    (Also, if you notice, the cover of dear agony is a brain scan, therefore relating back to the Alzheimer.)
    BUT, you can use the song for many different things. It makes me cry when I make music videos in my head of it. (you should try, seriously)
    Pokemonchickon May 25, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation"Althem of the Angels," seems more to me of a song forewarning us that the hardest part of losing a loved one is the moment when you can see they have only a few days left before they pass away from our world and not all the time spent up until that final moment. While further reinforcing this point with the lyrics: "There is nothing left of you; I can see it in your eyes; Sing the anthem of the angels; And say the last goodbye" and "I keep holding onto you; But I can't bring you back to life."

    However, I have to agree that this song is one of tragedy, sorrow, loss, remorse, and bitter acceptance of what we cannot prevent or change. Plus, I feel like the meanings given by everyone else are also correct, in their own right.

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    Speaking from experience, the moment when you know with complete certainty that someone you love so dearly, that they've become a major part of both you and your life, only has a few days to live, at the most. Will literally cause you to feel as though someone tore open your chest and ripped out your still beating heart to hold it in front of your face and laugh. It's because all you can do is wait until they pass away and hope they could feel the love you poured out of your heart for them, only to lead to that final moment you have to says your final goodbye to them as they slip away. In fact, it hurt more than anything I had ever known before and in every way possible, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It affects every part of your life, when a loved one passes away and has a way of changing you and your life permanently, from that day, onward. So, I caught the possible "other" meaning within this song, from the moment I first listen to "Anthem of the Angels" without any trouble at all.
    Zekoraon October 04, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn my opinion, this song could be about someone dying, - Especially, As Mirrorman pointed out, with the tribute to Ben's late grandfather in the back.

    To me, this song takes on a personal meaning; My grandfather is said to be in the early stages of Alzheimers disease. I started crying when I first heard this song.

    "There is nothing left of you
    I can see it in your eyes"
    People with Alzheimers forget things, so as it progresses, there may be nothing left of them. I know my Grandpa isn't at all himself anymore...
    "I keep holding onto you
    But I can't bring you back to life"
    To me, this sounds like they keep praying and wishing that they will come back to them, but they no there's little, to no hope.
    "Your're dead alive (x4)"
    And this line is what makes me think its about Alzheimers the most. I think you can tell why.

    But whatever its about, its a kick-ass depressing song, just like the rest of Dear agony. I <3 BB.
    EscapeXToXNeverlandon October 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the added string section is what really makes this song stand out as one of the best on the album (although it's not the only song on there with added strings). This is definitely one of the top songs on the album.
    blinkexists_75on September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentvery beautiful. i love the strings. and i definetly agree with everyone. someone who is sick and dying. and hes just sticking by their side until the end.
    oXguitarchickXoon October 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationwhile i dont disagree with you guys saying its about someone dieing i thought it could also mean something else.
    the way i see it, its about a dieing relationship. where person A still loves Person B but person B doesnt feel the same way. Person A still really loves person B but knows that its pretty much over, and accepts it.
    "Days go on forever
    But i have not left your side
    We can chase the dark together
    If you go then so will I"

    person A stays loyal and sticks to Person B's side. But if person B ends the relationship, then person A will go without a fight.

    "There is nothing left of you
    I can see it in your eyes
    Sing the anthem of the angels
    And say the last goodbye"

    person A can see person B doesnt love him.

    "Cold light above us
    Hope fills the heart
    And fades away
    Skin white as winter
    As the sky returns to grey"
    seems person A has hope for the relationship but that quickly dies down as he realizes there is no hope.
    --
    Person A cant prevent the end of the relationship so they accept it and eventually move on.

    Thats how i see it anyway.

    just before people comment on mine, dont come telling me im wrong, i probably am, but tha is just MY interpretation.
    JPBBon October 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs a few others have said, this song is about the terrible experience you go through on the final days of a loved one passing away. The lyrics make it obvious what this song is about. However, until you go through the experience of losing someone you truly and deeply love; you cannot understand the amazing depth of the lyrics.

    Since the overall meaning has been described in great detail by others, I wanted to concentrate on just one part of the lyrics regarding what this song is about:

    "We can chase the dark together,
    If you go then so will I"

    That pretty much sums up what you will feel if someone you truly love passes away slowly in front of your eyes. You feel like you cant live without them and feel as if it would be better to die with them then to go on living without them. You would give anything if it meant they would live. All the money you have, your house, job and if given a choice you would trade your life if it meant they would live. This is a truly dark and depressing song that is hauntingly beautiful.
    griffon651on October 30, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with most of you.. that this song is about someone sick and dying. I don't know the history about his grandfather having alzheimers but that could make sense too, but it seems to me that it's not only about letting someone go, but that he's telling them that it's okay to let go. Like Ben kept holding on to the person but has finally come to grips with the fact that he "can't bring them back to life" so he's telling them to go... "We can chase the dark together, if you go then so will I"...
    Overall, very beautiful song. I love Breaking Benjamin, always have but this album is the best so far in my opinion.
    missinghim02on January 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is very sad but a beautiful melody!
    crazyfunchickon September 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely a very sad song. To me, it sounds like a loved one who's been sick for a long time, whether from cancer or another malady. About coming to terms with letting someone go because you know there's nothing left you can do to help. The song has a very epic feel to it. Very beautiful.
    angelsnlullabieson September 27, 2009   Link

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