"Halo" as written by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor and Lincoln Parish....
Every time I get away you
Find a way to reel me back in. (aah)
Tell me that you love me
Hold me tight so we can always be friends. (aah)
I swear
I've said it before, and I say it again! (aah)
Every time I get away you
Find a way to pull me back in. (aah)

Why does it take so long?
Why does it feel so wrong?
Why does it take so lo-oo-ong?

Knew I, couldn't help myself
I had to lay low.
So I, couldn't help myself
I lost my halo.

Take me by the hand and
Still remember all the good times we had. (aah)
I remember how you took my favourite knife
And sticked under my skin. (aah)
I swear
I've said it before, and I say it again! (aah)
Every time I get away you
Find a way back under my skin.

Why does it take so long?
Why does it feel so wrong?

Knew I, couldn't help myself
I had to lay low.
So I, couldn't help myself
I lost my halo.

All my life
With a skeleton.
I had to let go.

So I, couldn't help myself
I lost my halo.
I lost my halo
I lost my halo


Lyrics submitted by el_numbre

"Halo" as written by Brad Shultz Matt Shultz

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Halo song meanings
Add your thoughts

7 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentIn the middle of this situation right now unfortunately. I like a girl who is hopelessly attached to a girlfriend of her past. To add to that, she just broke up with my best friend after dating for a week. He is still quite upset about it. So, I can't break guy code and date her or anything that is at all public. And the chances of heat of the moment kisses and confessions are dimmed because of her attachment and I deliberately put my self in the friend zone so nothing would happen that could ruin my friendship. So even the slightest show of affection or desire from her "reels me in so she can tell me that she loves me and we'll always be friends." Life sucks but this song is great.
    Tinterpreton December 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song really spoke to me when I heard it the first time. To me it seems like it's about someone hopelessly in love with someone who likes the attention but doesn't want anything else.

    'Tell me that you love me/ Hold me tight so we can always be friends'.

    This is the voice of the love interest. S/he wants to be adored without reciprocating the feeling. The descending 'aah' sound is the singers retrospective scream of disappointment and his internal letdown at the word 'friends'.

    The falsetto, 'I've said it before, and I'll say it again!' is clearly representative of the singers clouded judgement. The higher voice implies nievity. He is doing exactly what this horrible, selfish person wants. Again, this is followed by 'ahh', suggesting that the narrator is frustrated by his own naivety.

    The phrase, from the voice of the narrator's infatuation, 'Take me by the hand and/ Still remember all the good times we had' suggests that the person is trying to continue to lead the narrator on. S/he show that they have altered and become slightly more assertive by appearing to say 'I remember when you took my favourite knife and slipped it under my skin'. However it isn't clear if this is spoken aloud or not because the singer still reverts back to the same habit and repeats 'I've said it before and I'll say it again.'

    The 'favourite knife' is an ambiguous metaphor. (God maybe i'm getting too literary on this!) but it could be a phallic symbol representative of the narrator's sexuality. 'under the skin' is a phrase used to denote pain. Its almost as if the person being talked about is making the singer feel awkward or guilty because of their sexual desire.

    The simplest part to interpret is the bridge:
    'Why does it take so long?/ Why does it feel so wrong?'
    The singer is trying to fall out of love with the person. They want to forget about them.

    This is followed by the chorus which is, for the most part, self explanatory. He/she has to stay away from him/her to stop themselves caving in to their old ways. 'I lost my halo' shows the narrator's loss of innocence, more specifically: their naivety. The moral is 'don't be led on by anyone.'

    Lastly the change in the chorus to 'All my life/ With a skeleton'. This is weird. Has the narrator been with this horrible person all their life? It doesn't seem to be a story of marriage. Everything else implies it's a story about young love/ loss of innocence. At first I put this down to a minor mistake. The skeleton seemed more relevant and it is easy to see that a skeleton is hollow, like this person the narrator was in love with.

    However, the phrase 'I had to let go,' put some doubt in my mind. Before, they had to 'lay low', the implication being almost as if they are hiding. But now they are letting go, as if they person was inevitably going to leave. Perhaps, the skeleton is a dead lover, friend or family member who the narrator was unable to forget about.

    I don't have any contextual knowledge of Cage the Elephant so I don't want to dive any deeper into that but hope this was interesting. Just my interpretation and I don't mind people disagreeing.
    Biggsyon May 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about a friendship with a very thin line that was blurred out for one of them a long time ago. I think it's about wanting something more that isn't gonna happen. Every time that they somehow start letting go, maybe the other person shows affection or does something that doesn't make him or her want to leave this platonic relationship because of the slightest hope maybe it will finally turn to something more. I really love this song. Just my interpretation.
    nanzukaon March 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about having been with someone for a long time, and having them continuously screw you over, and then after it's over, they keep trying to be your friend when you're trying to let go. "take me by the hand and still remeber all the good times we had.. I remember when you took my favorite knife and slipped it under my skin" As if they're trying to be buddy-buddy after all the shit they put you though. You finally feel like you're going to be ok, and then they come back around and try to be nice, you can't help but catch feelings again, somewhat, as much as you know they fucking suck and they're trying to kiss ass now because they aren't really sorry for all the things they've done. They want to pretend it's innocent but they're just trying to cover their own ass.
    Banana1995on January 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song could definitely be about a friendship, but I also think it speaks to addiction.
    The lines: "Every time I get away you/Find a way to reel me back in." remind me of relapsing after assuming recovery.
    I think the halo could be representative of how in the beginning of addiction (whether you're addicted to drugs, self-harm, an eating disorder etc.) it's all good times. You don't rely on the thing, you just use it once or twice and find it helps as a coping mechanism: the "first high." After a while, you actually become addicted and it's no longer making you feel better. Suddenly you need it just to keep your head above the water.
    eyeless.in.the.morningon March 30, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeginning guitar riff almost reminds me of the Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent.
    ron1133560on November 28, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy interpretation of this song is that there's a person who you have a history with and who is definitely not a good idea - either the circumstances within you get with them are bad, or they mess you around, but you keep going back for more and can't keep away from them. And every time you go back to them you're essentially losing your innocence because being with them is wrong (as I said, either morally or even just for your emotional wellbeing) and the losing the halo part I take as hooking up with the person ("knew I couldn't help myself")
    obstacle2on June 02, 2016   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain