"Not About Angels" as written by Jasmine Lucilla Elisabeth Van Den Bogaerde and Jasmine Lucilla Elisabeth Van Den Bogaerde....
We know full well there's just time
So is it wrong to toss this line?
If your heart was full of love
Could you give it up?

'Cause what about, what about angels?
They will come, they will go, make us special

Don't give me up
Don't give
Me up

How unfair, it's just our love
Found something real that's out of touch
But if you'd searched the whole wide world
Would you dare to let it go?

'Cause what about, what about angels?
They will come, they will go, make us special

Don't give me up
Don't give
Me up

'Cause what about, what about angels?
They will come, they will go, make us special

It's not, about not about angels, angels


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"Not About Angels" as written by Jasmine Lucilla Elisabeth Van Den Bogaerde

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is written from the view of Hazel and Gus in The Fault In Our Stars. The lines at the beginning:
    "We know full well there's just time
    So is it wrong to toss this line?
    If your heart was full of love
    Could you give it up?"
    States that the both know it's just a matter of time before they will be torn apart by their circumstance, but that would anyone be able to throw away love if they had it? Basically saying that even though their time is limited, they are holding onto their love.
    "'Cause what about, what about angels?
    They will come, they will go, make us special oh oh oh"
    Refers to Hazel's and Gus's constant questioning of whether there is heaven or a God. Saying they will make us special refers to the idea of oblivion, how no one truly is special and there will come a time when we are all forgotten. But how to them, they seem special bc they are special to each other.
    "Don't give me up
    Don't give,
    Me up"
    Clearly this part is about asking the other to not give them up, whether it be through choice or through death.
    "How unfair, it's just our love
    Found something real that's out of touch
    But if you'd searched the whole wide world
    Ho oh oh would you dare to let it go?"
    Here it is being stated how unfair their situation is - how they found a love like this that is star crossed and never can truly work out bc of their situation. And again saying that regardless, how can you let a love like this go?
    "It's not about not about angels, angels"
    This last line states how this song isn't about angels, it's about them (Hazel and Gus). To each other, they are one another's worlds. They make each other special.

    I totally can be off on some things but here's my take based on what I know about the book, Birdy, and the movie.
    haveuseenbeanon June 19, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song was used in The Fault In Our Stars when Hazel was driving away from a funeral, crying. I think it is talking about when you love someone, and you let that someone go, it's not always "setting them free". How could let me go, if you loved me? Is the main question. At least, that's how I take it.
    AmberBellon June 07, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that when you leave someone behind (or you are left behind) it's not always by choice, I also believe that it means that they thought there love was immortal, and forgot they were just any other couple, that anything could separate them, that they weren't different
    Bug05on June 11, 2014   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningIt's about hesitating to love because of unfortunate events (such as death) that could tear them apart. Is it wrong to toss this line/is it bad if I don't say the things I want to say? The rest of the first paragraph the singer asking if you could give up your love.
    Angels are people that come and go in your life (possibly implying that we all die eventually, so they all end up leaving). Some make you feel special, and you fall in love.
    She continues to sing 'Don't give me up,' saying how she doesn't want the person to leave her/become an angel.
    She thinks it's unfair that she's learning to love and it's already being taken away (found something real that's out of touch). Sometimes it can be hard to find the one (searching the whole wide world), and she still isn't sure if she could give it up.
    She continues to hesitate and think about the "angels" coming and going. In the end, she realizes it's not about angels; that life isn't about death, but about love and the people that you love.
    LaaDeDaaon July 01, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about unconditional love. We know that life is limited, but there are things in this world worth fighting for. Regardless of whether our physical lives must end, this song begs the question of if you had a chance to experience the truest love, even knowing one day that this life ends and there will be loss, would you take it - would you love completely and unconditionally? She is asking not to "give me up" and asks "what about angels" as she knows that despite the physical end, true love itself will never die, it is always with us and ever present, even when we must leave this place.
    RunningWolfon December 15, 2016   Link
  • +1
    TranslationIf I keep the fact that this is from TFiOS, it reflects off of Hazel, and her whole 'grenade' saying (I'm a grenade, I'm trying to limit the casualties).
    The first verse is about them being limited on time. Hazel knows she won't live for long. She isn't sure if she should give up her love for Augustus so she won't hurt him. The songs about her trying to decide whether or not she should let him go. The angels are people you can love; they come and go, and some of them make us feel special (Gus making Hazel feel like that).
    LaaDeDaaon July 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThey've found something special in each other that they know is hard to find. However, they are bound by time--they have limited time. They are full of love for each other, but don't want to give it away because of the limited time. But even death brings angels, who come back over and over again. So let go and give in.

    However, I'm not certain about the last line.

    Perhaps, the concept of angels is just there to serve as an excuse to go on and love, but in reality there is no coming back from death. We don't turn into angels. We can't make the living feel what we used to make them feel.
    migmolon June 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are incorrect.

    It's not "So is it wrong to toss this line?" it's "So is it wrong to dance this line". It's even in the official lyric video by Birdy.

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    mei1799357on October 05, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that this song is about TFIOS and that it's about finally finding someone or "something real" but it's "out of touch" because the person is I.e. dying. The way that this person is dying, like Gus, the illness is something fatal and they know about it. They "know full well there's just time". It also says "if your heart was full of love, could you give it up?" If you really loved this person, could you bear to be without them? How would you react?

    Then Birdy says "how unfair, it's just our [I thought it was 'luck' but apparently it's] love. Found something real that's out of touch." They found a love but it's just their luck that it couldn't be.
    "If you searched the whole wide world, would you dare to let go?" Would you be able to live without someone who you'd finally found after searching for someone special?

    "Don't give me up" don't let me go, don't forget me.

    "But what about Angels." What about those people who make our lives so sweet, look after us, care for us? They're sent by God to love us.
    "They will come, they will go, make us special." These people who seem like they're sent from God do come and go, but the right one makes us feel so special and like we're the only one they truly care about.

    In the very last part where Birdy says "It's not about Angels." It's not really about literal Angels. It's about people we find or who find us and are as though sent by God because of the way they make us feel.
    KazzJazz99on November 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWe know full well there's just time
    So is it wrong to toss this line?
    If your heart was full of love
    Could you give it up?

    There's "just" time. This signals that time is only obstacle standing between them. So how could it be wrong to pursue the relationship? If you're feeling something, wouldn't that mean it was worth it?

    It's rare in life to come across special or even supernatural people. Let's face it, but in today's world it's rare to find someone trustworthy and kind. When you do, you make unbreakable bonds and that connection does nothing bad like a toxic relationship might. Time is the only thing that would hurt them.

    How unfair, it's just our luck
    Found something real that's out of touch
    But if you'd searched the whole wide world
    Would you dare to let it go?

    It might just be me because I'm a good, talented person, but love doesn't always pass "angels'" way at an opportune moment. But sometimes it is hard to imagine anyone else who is like them that you could ever meet. Why would this person dare to let that opportunity go by, then?

    This song is mostly about one person's fear being greater than another. It's kind of desperate, beyond the point of convincing--and I like to think that, in an optimistic way, it's because they don't need convincing. Yes, it's an unfortunate situation, but there's hope.
    Italia8989on May 11, 2017   Link

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