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like an angel, fly over your house,
like an angel, pass on wishes,
like an angel, i will move the arrow,
like an angel, i live alone,

im not livin' what was promised
i am close but cant enjoy
oh, im not dying
oh, im so tortured cos i see all
tortured and all i cannot do
tortured, all i should have done
tortured, while i occupied a man

im not living what was promised
i am far from glorified
oh, im not dying,
oh, im not alone

mind is not a celestial state with idle helms of praise
time is short and i have an appontment, at noon, at noon in hell,
across the waste of space and fields of air i glide, alone at night,
oh please, please, think of me cos im, i am by your side
im by your side...im by your side
im right in front of you...im by your side


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    General Commenti had to add this, such pretty song, one of my favourites! not too sure about the meaning, maybe thinking from the point of veiw of someone who died and watched over his loved one, but unable to speak to her or touch her, but letting her know he is by her side
    ladybugon January 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song too - its so hard to find and I'm glad that someone else was able to experience it.
    carabingon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwords cant say anything about this song, its amazing pearl jam is great
    xdownsidedxon September 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song was inspired by Eddie reading the poem from the 1800's "The Eloping Angels" about two men, Faust and Mephistopholes, switching clothes with two angels so that they could wander Heaven and the angels could once again walk the Earth.
    All5Horizons10on December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHorizins that is some cool info!

    I have always loved the way Ed sings the part from "Mind is not a celestial place....." to the end-- his voice is so powerful but still "lilting".... very nice song
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne correction on the lyrics... "mind is not a celestial state with idle HYMNS of praise." That last verse is all broken up quotes directly from the poem. As an example, "Time is short and I have an appointment at noon in Hell." Mephistopholes tells that to Faust just as they are about to enter Heaven.
    jdevils3on January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBy the way, anyone who wants to read "The Eloping Angels" can go to...
    sonymusic.com/artists/PearlJam/chords/…
    jdevils3on February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful.... It is so Simple...... Using just the guitar forces your attention to Eddie's amazing vocals...... spectacular....
    N0 C0DE 79on May 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim certain that a fraction of this songs is about not waisting your life, and that you should go for all your dreams
    ryugoon September 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with ryugo. "time is short"...
    this song is beautiful, the way Ed sings it, with so much strength... For me, has to do with someone you close, that is close to you, but not as close as you them to be.

    "I'm right in front of you"...cause sometimes we just don't "see" what's in front of us, we waste time looking for the wrong things...

    Just beautiful...
    bee10on March 10, 2006   Link

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