"No Angels (TLC)" as written by Kevin Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Oliver Sim, Jamie Smith, Lisa Lopes, Tameka Cottle and Romy Croft....
Well I run the office
And I tend the cabins and grounds and do the errands for my mother.
The ones she allows I might be capable of doing.
And do you go out with friends?
Well a boy's best friend is his mother.

A scrub is a guy who thinks he’s fly
And is also known as a buster
Always talkin’ about what he wants
And just sits on his broke ass
So no, I don’t want your number
No, I don’t want to give you mine and
No, I don’t want to meet you nowhere
No, don’t want none of time

I don’t want no scrubs
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hangin’ out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holla at me

I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hangin’ out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holla at me
Trying to holla at me
At me

But a scrub's checkin' me and his game is kinda weak
And I know that he cannot approach me
'Cause I'm looking like class and he's looking like trash
Can't get with no dead beat ass so,

No, I don’t want your number
No, I don’t want to give you mine and
No, I don’t want to meet you nowhere
No, don’t want none of your time, no

I don’t want no scrubs
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hangin’ out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holla at me
I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hangin’ out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holla at me
Holler at me
Holler at me
Holler at me

If you don’t have a car and you’re walking
(Oh yes son, I’m talking to you)
If you live at home with your momma
"We're all in our private traps"
If you have a shorty but you don’t show love
"Clamped in them, and none of us can ever get out"
Wanna get me with no money
Oh no, I don’t want no

No scrubs, no scrubs
(No scrubs) Sometimes we deliberately step into those traps
(No scrubs) I was born in mine, I don't mind it anymore
(No scrubs) Oh but you should, you should mind it
(No scrubs) Oh I do, but I say I don't

No, I don’t want no scrubs
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hangin’ out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holla at me
I don’t want no scrubs
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hangin’ out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holler at me
Trying to holler at me
Holler at me
Trying to holler at me


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"No Angels (TLC vs The XX)" as written by Oliver Sim James Thomas Smith

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  • +2
    Song MeaningIt's kinda far fetched, but I believe Bastille's version creates a story. This song takes place after a guy has been rejected from a girl because he was poor and had nothing.
    When Bastille is singing, it's him recalling what she said to his friends, and when Ella was singing, it's her recalling what she said to her friends.
    Quotes from psycho also reinforce what's going on. "I was born in mine; I don't mind it anymore." It's almost like saying I was born in a life of poverty.
    I don't believe the man in the story means to be arrogant, maybe he has nothing to offer but still wants her.
    d30f2non May 15, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou guys have totally Mis interpreted the word scrub. A scrub is not necessarily poor they are just deadbeats. Yes most of the time deadbeats are poor but it's not the fact that the man is poor that he's being rejected but the fact that he's poor and he's not doing anything thing about it (TLC's No Scrubs). In that context bastille's No Angels is showing it from the guys point of view. The man is probably suffering from his mother pampering him, or a mental illness; hence the phrase, "the one's she allows i might be capable of doing". But then the lyric that says "I was born in mine, I don't mind it anymore" makes me to believe it's a mental illness and it's most likely depression.
    Here's why i think it's depression
    1. He's talking to a shrink (that deduction os obvious)
    2. "Do you go out with friends" "well a boy's best friend is his mother"
    3. "We deliberately step into those traps" (normal people believe ypu get over depression/"bad days" by just going out and not letting yourself think). His reply is "i was born in mine and i don't mind it any more".
    4. The most important line in this song is "OH I DO, BUT I SAY I DON'T" this is the line thay breaks the facade he's been showing everyone else to avoid questions like are you okay. It's better to be an asshole in this guy's head. It's better to not give a shit. This attitude is also misconstrued by others as arrogance.

    But i guess that's just my interpretation/ideas
    Klutchon June 17, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI belive its about the type of person who just sits on there ass relying on their friends to keep them off the streets and trys nothing to sort themselves out yet still think that they are totally amazing and are very arrogant therefore "hanging out the passengers side of his best friends ride trying to holler at me"
    Crimson_butterflyon April 05, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI belive its about how you no one likes people who are poor and use them... especially when they are trying to hook up or find a significant other... they will not be able to ever find someone to live with because they are too poor.
    cvb989on February 20, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI thought about this song a lot and came to my own way of understanding it, but it's probably just what I see in it.

    The music gives me the feeling that Bastille isn't trying to justify the "scrub" mentioned in the song, nor the girl refusing him, but simply shows the desperation of the entire situation. Combined with the title "No Angels" (though also clearly a reference to the song Angels by XX) I think the song could be understood as a lamentation of the human's inability to love and be loved. We are no angels, we are imperfect and yet do not have the capacity to love what is imperfect.

    The music is rather melancholic and sad and I feel as if the words of scorn were said almost unwillingly. (As if "I simply cannot love you.")

    I also believe the song is about being refused and the pain it causes. As if the hurtful words were constantly replayed in the head of Norman (in the version with the Psycho reference) The worst of it is, that it's really nobody's fault. We can't expect the scrub to be different (hence: "I was born in mine.") and we can't expect the girl to like him the way he is. It's as if indeed there were no angels.
    Dalet34on September 28, 2015   Link

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