"Descending Angel" as written by Jerry Caiafa and Daniel Rey....
Torn from the heavens, they fall from the sky
And walk the streets among mortal men
They hide in shadows,
Keepers of the night

Mortal life is weak,
Can't hold back the demons
The blood pours as rain
And soon you'll be alone

Descending angel
Stand by my side
We'll face the night
Descending angel

We guard the gates of hell just one more night
For in the morning will bring the light

Born and created in the image of a god
The heavens fall no savior has been sent
No one to guide us,
Alone we face the night

Mortal life is brief for the rebel angels
They make their final stand

And soon you'll be alone
Descending angel
Stand by my side
And face the night

Descending angel
We'll guard the gates of hell just one more night
Forever ends tonight!


Lyrics submitted by HoldURBreath, edited by JellyfishAndMangoes

"Descending Angel" as written by Jerry Caiafa Daniel Rey

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    General CommentI saw the Misfits a few months ago. Before they played this song, Jerry dedicated it to someone who had recently died. To me, this is probably the deepest and most meaningful Misfits song ever written. Descending Angel is not about a movie. It's about losing a loved one. Think about it.

    Okay, let me break it down for the dumbf*cks who post things like: "I like dis song, ha ha."

    Descending Angel = That extremely rare person who is so good it almost seems like they don't belong down here with the rest of us.

    Guarding the gates of hell = Protecting the ones you love from pain.

    Facing the night = Facing death.

    Hiding in shadows = Not realizing how great a person is, until they're gone.

    Forever ends tonight = Being able to see your loved ones again (when you die, too).
    GuineaPigCon December 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyet another great song with graves after danzig
    black sunshineon November 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so amazing
    i absolutly love it
    chasing_the_bulleton August 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has gotta be based off of some kinda movie, lol. Really tho, this song portrays quite a nice story of angels descending in an attempt to save humanity. I like^^!
    Your Guardian Angelon February 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm still pretty sure this is about Prophecy. I'm not sure why someone would be so adamant about the meaning of this song being purely about losing a loved one. Going by the common theme of the Misfits, it is safe to assume it is about a movie, and the lyrics seem like they could easily apply to Prophecy (maybe 2 as well, like mentioned previously). That being said, the great thing about fiction and art (poems, songs, literature, movies, etc) is that it can mean different things to different people. If it means something to you, and you like that reading of said work, then regardless of whether it was what the artist intended, it is still a meaning. There is vast amounts of theory based on this subject... feel free to check it out. Basically what I'm saying here is if you like it being about a lost love, or religion in general, or the bible, or whatever, then preserve that meaning as what it means to you. Don't let anyone correct you.

    All that aside, I'm still fairly certain it is about Prophecy... if not, something very similar. Most of the interpretation that comes previous here is reading in. The metaphors do not define themselves, really, it is just an application of what an individual wants it to mean.
    Ashpliskenon May 05, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSeems to me to be based off of the Book of Enoch, which was omitted from the Bible. The group of angels that were following Satan were cast down to the Earth to watch over it. The fallen angels were not supposed to interact with the humans. They ended up teaching humans about astrology, how to make weapons and medicine, among many other things, basically advancing the human race. The angels also ended up fornicating with the humans, producing the Nephilim. God was angry at the angels for this, and cast them into the abyss. Years later, the great flood was initiated to wipe off all of the offspring Nephilim.

    Anyways, to the meaning of the song, I believe the narrarator is a human wanting to learn as much as possible from, and maybe wanting to reproduce with, the angels.
    jwalkblueon October 29, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me deeply of Gantz:
    "Keepers of the night" and "Guard the gates of hell" to me is a reference to the nights they are called to battle demons and defend mankind. "No one to guide us": why they are called and how they should fight is all a mistery . The phrases "Mortal life is weak" and "Mortal life is brief" reminds me of the countless and gruesome deaths from the story of Gantz.
    CharlieKunon February 07, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much =D I sing it in the shower hahahaha
    green_highlighteron August 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about religion. A great uplifting message , if you look at it that way.
    dusgistadon December 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm listening to this as i..type, once again michale's voice is so fucking pretty, love the guitar, just an awesome song all around

    green_highlighter i also sing it in the shower haha
    fishywishyon April 29, 2007   Link

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