"Destroying Angel" as written by Liam Coverdale-howe, Chris Corner and Ian Pickering....
I know you know my head's not in this now
Nothing you could keep so keep me down
Like the stones beneath the water that you walk on to be taller
The hands you stuck together when you prayed you'd wait forever
Just another fragile angel heart
Falling down on lead wings torn apart

The words beneath my skin
The ink that put you in
Destroying all the things you left around
Earthbound coming down

So what you have the nerve to call a friend
Is starved of all the sense to make amends
I'm the glass you break to touch but you never want me much
Like the view across the water from the shoes and two feet smaller
I know it doesn't pay to be this hurt
Falling off the morning getting worse


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"Destroying Angel" as written by Ian Pickering Chris Corner

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    General CommentI think they left a lot of room for interpretation. So parts sound like an abusive relationship. "I'm the glass you break to touch, but you never want me much." And people have already mentioned the drug implications. Its just a great song all around anyway.
    VelvetSwanon January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I'm unsure the intended meaning though.
    skapunkemoon July 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWow I can't believe there are so few comments in here. Sneaker Pimps are one of my favorite bands and Destroying Angel is probably my favorite song from them. It is so dark and I am pretty sure that this song is about heroin. It being the 'words beneath my skin...the ink that you put in' and it destroys everything and when the trip is over you are earthbound coming down.
    BigGreenMaton July 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure if it's heroin exactly, but atleast some drugs...
    according to dictionary.com, destroying angel is a mushroom with halucigenic properties.
    random_monkeyon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMan... All their songs are about drugs hahahah. Its trip hop... and u should be on drugs when u listen to it :p
    Brand NiZZleon June 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI fail to see any drug implications in this song..
    At the end of the song there are a few more lines of him repeating himself.
    " Cus Im done"
    " Im done"
    "Cus Im done"
    "Im done."
    "Cus im done"
    "Me im done"
    "Me im done"
    "Im done."

    Sounds alot like a breakup song to me.
    BDRsingeron April 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto the last comment..
    i'm glad you have such an innocent potrayal of this song, but i honestly believe it's about drugs - as a lot of their other songs are.

    i think he's talking about quiting the drug with the 'i'm done'.. although on the live video it sounds like he's saying 'i'm down, god help me, i'm down'.
    359847on April 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor one, a lot of the words are wrong, with sentences left incomplete. Corrected lyrics:
    RahanAkeroon September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, that was a misfire. Accidental double-post, and the corrected lyrics placed where they belong -- in a report.

    The song strikes me as one about abuse, although that meaning is a hell of a lot less clear with this portrayal of the song in text. Speaking as someone who has -been- in a nightmarish abusive situation... a lot of this works for it. The false-messiah imagery, ("The hands you stabbed together 'cos you prayed 'You'd wait forever'...", "Like the stones beneath the water that you walked on, to be taller...") the idea of being branded as an object ("And the words beneath my skin! The ink that YOU put in!"), and with luck, the eventual freedom, and the spiral of pain it brings. ("Destroying all the things you left around/'cos I'm earthbound, coming down...")
    Drug imagery is only there if you're actively looking for it.
    RahanAkeroon September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI wasn't looking for drug imagery in particular, and I came out of the listening to this thinking it was about Heroin.
    katzenfreundinon December 20, 2010   Link

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