"Angelene" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
My first name Angelene
Prettiest mess you've ever seen
Love for money is my sin
Any man calls, I'll let him in
Rose is my color, and white
Pretty mouth and green my eyes
I see men come and go

But there'll be one who will collect my soul and come to me
Two-thousand miles away
He walks upon the coast
Two-thousand miles away
It lays open like a road
Dear God, life ain't kind
People getting born and dying
But I've heard there's joy untold
Lays on that open road in front of me
My first name is Angelene


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"Angelene" as written by Polly Harvey

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    General Commentthis song just touches my soul for some reason. I think this is PJ Harvey's voice at it's best. I love the way she sings this. It just moves me and I don't even have to relate to the subject to be moved by it. She always seems to have the best opening tracks.
    cutebabydollon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i have a friend who is exaclty Angelene...... and we are performing this song for coffeehouse at my school im so excited!!!
    Adagio%Breezeson April 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHas no one considered Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"? A number of her songs on this album have literary references, and I wouldn't be surprised if they ALL do and they're just more vague than the handful I've recognized. The Scarlet Letter was "A" for Adultery, associated with prostitution (or at least a similar act), etc, and the character's name here is Angelene. The character's name in the book is not Angelene, but the letter A appears throughout the book in different places, at one point initially (and incorrectly) interpreted by some of the characters to stand for "Angel" but the theme of adultery and the color red appear throughout the book. This is the first of quite a handful of literary references in this album.
    foreignwordson April 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentadding to what foreignwords said, the lines "rose is my color and white/ pretty mouth and green my eyes" is taken directly from a short story by salinger called "pretty mouth and green my eyes" about a guy whose wife is very much like angelene. he loves her though he cannot trust her.
    allvioleton July 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmmm good song, pretty self explanatory
    Bulkyoneon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentrarw...... my friend is exaclty Angelene.... i swear.. she is heartless and is with this guy who is rich cuz hes a dealer and gives her stuff.... she doesnt like him anymore i dont think.... anyways we are performing this song for coffeehouse.... we are excited!
    Adagio%Breezeson April 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIncredible song, self explanatory.
    Troy3977on April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, it kinda sucks if you notice your favourite song is about a hooker. anyway, the music is incredible. as is the whole album...
    creutzfeldon September 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAngelene, the story of a young girl who was once tenderly loved and hoping another will again. Sonically beautiful, lyrically tragic, great for depressing alcoholic nights in.
    Miss Messon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think its about a girl who thinks love is bought with money, but yet still thinks that someday her prince charming will come rescue her, and then she'll give him her soul instead of just her bootie.
    themessengeron February 22, 2005   Link

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