"Calling All Angels" as written by and Jane Siberry....
Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Santa Anna, Santa Susannah
Santa Cecilia, Santa Copelia, Santa Domenica, Mary Angelica
Frater Achad, Frater Pietro, Julianus, Petronilla
Santa, Santos, Miroslaw, Vladimir and all the rest

A man is placed upon the steps and a baby cries
High above you can hear the church bells start to ring
And as the heaviness, oh, the heaviness, the body settles in
Somewhere you can hear a mother sing

Then it's one foot, then the other as you step out on the road
Step out on the road, how much weight, how much?
Then it's how long and how far and how many times
Oh, before it's too late?

Calling all angels, calling all angels
Walk me through this one, don't leave me alone
Calling all angels, calling all angels
We're tryin', we're hopin' but we're not sure how

Oh, and every day you gaze upon the sunset with such love and intensity
Why?
It's ah, it's almost as if you could only crack the code then you'd finally understand
What this all means

Oh, but if you could, do you think you would trade in all
All the pain and suffering?
Oh, but then you'd miss the beauty of the light upon this earth
And the, and the sweetness of the leaving

Calling all angels, calling all angels
Walk me through this one, don't leave me alone
Calling all angels, calling all angels
We're tryin', we're hopin' but we're not sure how

Calling all angels (calling all angels), calling all angels (calling all angels)
Walk me through this one, don't leave me alone (walk me through this one, don't leave me alone)
Calling all angels, calling all angels
We're tryin', we're hopin', we're hurtin', we're lovin'
We're cryin', we're callin' 'cause we're not sure how this goes


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"Calling All Angels" as written by Jane Siberry

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    General CommentMy ex told me to get this song. He say that it reminded him of me but he wasn't sure why lol
    norcal_angelon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDefinetly an overwhelming song, if you hear it in the right mood. It was one of the few times I almost cried in a movie, when this was played in pay it forward.
    bartoshekon August 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Yes, I cried when it was played at the enf of Pay it Forward. It's about how there is pain and suffering in this world, and we're all bleeding and broken, but it's the pain and the sorrow that allows us to see the beauty in the good times. One day we'll leave this imperfect world for one where there is pain, but for now the angels will help us through this one.
    PolexiaAphrodesiaon October 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits about the loss of a man and the weight of the man as they carry him to be buried. It the insight on how it feels to have such a loss within your heart. As the mother sings and the baby cries.

    after all this you question everything about life, what does it mean, what if we could take away all the pain and suffering?? but if you do this we will not see the real beauty of life because pain and suffering help us really realize and cherish it.

    we ask for help through all this...we call for an angel so that we dont feel so alone, so you can get through this with someone=an angel there
    goalie271990on June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song in the movie "Pay it Forward"...and it was strange, because at 10 years old, this song had a great meaning for me...
    it reminds me that there is pain and suffering and problems in this world...aside from my own little world...and even though there seems to be no end, the Angels are going to help us through the tough times. i love this song...i always say that about the songs that I comment, but on this one...I really truly mean it.
    fhcxc2010on August 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely one of the most beautiful female singer/songwriter songs to have appeared in the past...18 years? Wow, time flies. This track first appeared in Wim Wenders movie, "Until the End of the World" way back in 1991 and I was struck by it's haunting, delicate beauty. Since then it's popped up sporadically in various media, including "Six Feet Under" and "Pay it Forward." Despite this it's never quite penetrated the mainstream, probably due to its serene, almost glacial pace. The lyrics themselves are pretty straightforward--life is beautiful and painful in roughly equal doses and one must endure the latter in order to fully cherish the former. Is it worth the price? Does any of it have meaning? No one knows.
    Irishmonkon September 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI first became aware of "Calling All Angels" when the six women sang it to their dead friend in "Six Feet Under." There is a sadness to this song but I think that it's ultimately life affirming. We may need help from time to time that has us calling all angels – and we may question at times if it's all worthwhile – but those vexing emotions are ultimately part of what makes it all so rewarding.
    ImMooon August 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is just my thoughts on the song's meaning. Please feel free to reply and say anything :)

    “A man is placed upon the steps, a baby cries”
    (someone has died and he is put in a place where is has to ascend . People he is going to leave behind are crying and are called by this song “baby” because earthly life is just the infancy stage of living. We continue to grow even after our death and our life here on earth is just a passing moment in our entirety)

    “And high above him you hear the church bells start to ring.”
    (something higher is ringing. It signals something like when the church bells ring to signal the end of a ceremony and the beginning of another one: a new cycle has begun)

    “The heaviness, the heaviness of it settles in,”
    (the heaviness of the narrator is emphasized as if saying it once is not enough. The narrator is starting to see the how much he/she has lost once the everything has “settled” and has been accounted for)

    “A mother starts to sing.”
    (i think this might the man’s mother, or mother, being the source of creation, another unearthly being beckoning the man to come up by means of singing to him, or singing might be a form of rejoicing at the reunion with the “mother”)

    “Then it's one foot then the other as you step along the road
    Steppin' on the road, how much weight, how much weight?”
    (this might be the experience the narrator is feeling having been left the “man” he/she starts to go on with baby steps (... one foot then the other...) still feeling the “weight” of the loss. yet the narrator is asking “how much weight, how much weight?” as if he/she is not able to fathom the gravity. Maybe that is why the narrator used “Then it’s one foot then the other as you step along the road” giving the imagery of someone walking carrying something heavy taking one step at a time.)

    “And it's how long and how far and how many times,
    Oh, before it's too late?”
    (the narrator is wondering “how long” he/she has to journey before he/she can make it through. “How many times” does he/she has to try again to recover from this loss. Or is it too late? Will he/she wander forever unsure what to make out of this “new life he/she has without the “man”... more on the “unsure” part in the chorus)

    “Calling all angels, calling all angels.
    Walk me through this one, don't leave me alone.”
    (The narrator is summoning help from angels as if because not one man can help out the narrator with his/her ordeal)
    “Calling all angels, calling all angels.
    We're trying, we're hoping, but we're not sure how”
    (trying to cope but is uncertain if the way he/she is coping is the right way)

    “Oh and every day you gaze upon the sunset
    With such love and intensity.”
    (sunset means it’s the end of the day likewise it may mean the end of a cycle. The narrator may be talking about appreciating the fleeting beauty of the present seeing it in its full circle, for its entirety just when it is about to end)
    “Why it's almost as if, if you could only crack the code
    You'd finally understand what this all means.”
    (once you’ve seen life for what it is, you could see what everything happening is for and about: the meaning of life. the narrator sees the light of his/her suffering.)

    “Oh but if you could, do you think you would
    Have traded all the pain and suffering?”
    (But the narrator has been so deeply immersed in “pain and suffering” that he/she is addicted to it. All the drama and crying has been her catharsis. It must have been an outlet for her. Or maybe there might be some other unhealthy outlet that he/she has been using but now she sees that the addiction must be given up in order to “move on” and be better. He/she cries for help from everyone except herself. Will he/she move or will he/she stay in the glum that he/she has been used to?)

    “Oh, but then you would've missed the beauty of the light upon this earth
    And the sweetness of the leaving.”
    (the narrator is weighing things out. Will she leave the beauty of repetition of the security of the familiar and start anew?)

    Calling all angels, calling all angels!
    Walk me through this one, don't leave me alone
    Calling all angels, calling all angels,
    We're trying, we're hoping but we're not sure

    Calling all angels (call all angels)
    Calling all angels (call all angels)
    Walk me through this one
    Don't leave me alone.

    Calling all angels, calling all angels
    We're trying, we're hoping, we're hurting, we're loving
    We're crying, we're calling,
    But we're not sure how this goes.
    seesawdawon January 03, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is just my thoughts on the song's meaning. Please feel free to reply and say anything :)

    “A man is placed upon the steps, a baby cries”
    (someone has died and he is put in a place where is has to ascend . People he is going to leave behind are crying and are called by this song “baby” because earthly life is just the infancy stage of living. We continue to grow even after our death and our life here on earth is just a passing moment in our entirety)

    “And high above him you hear the church bells start to ring.”
    (something higher is ringing. It signals something like when the church bells ring to signal the end of a ceremony and the beginning of another one: a new cycle has begun)

    “The heaviness, the heaviness of it settles in,”
    (the heaviness of the narrator is emphasized as if saying it once is not enough. The narrator is starting to see the how much he/she has lost once the everything has “settled” and has been accounted for)

    “A mother starts to sing.”
    (i think this might the man’s mother, or mother, being the source of creation, another unearthly being beckoning the man to come up by means of singing to him, or singing might be a form of rejoicing at the reunion with the “mother”)

    “Then it's one foot then the other as you step along the road
    Steppin' on the road, how much weight, how much weight?”
    (this might be the experience the narrator is feeling having been left the “man” he/she starts to go on with baby steps (... one foot then the other...) still feeling the “weight” of the loss. yet the narrator is asking “how much weight, how much weight?” as if he/she is not able to fathom the gravity. Maybe that is why the narrator used “Then it’s one foot then the other as you step along the road” giving the imagery of someone walking carrying something heavy taking one step at a time.)

    “And it's how long and how far and how many times,
    Oh, before it's too late?”
    (the narrator is wondering “how long” he/she has to journey before he/she can make it through. “How many times” does he/she has to try again to recover from this loss. Or is it too late? Will he/she wander forever unsure what to make out of this “new life he/she has without the “man”... more on the “unsure” part in the chorus)

    “Calling all angels, calling all angels.
    Walk me through this one, don't leave me alone.”
    (The narrator is summoning help from angels as if because not one man can help out the narrator with his/her ordeal)
    “Calling all angels, calling all angels.
    We're trying, we're hoping, but we're not sure how”
    (trying to cope but is uncertain if the way he/she is coping is the right way)

    “Oh and every day you gaze upon the sunset
    With such love and intensity.”
    (sunset means it’s the end of the day likewise it may mean the end of a cycle. The narrator may be talking about appreciating the fleeting beauty of the present seeing it in its full circle, for its entirety just when it is about to end)
    “Why it's almost as if, if you could only crack the code
    You'd finally understand what this all means.”
    (once you’ve seen life for what it is, you could see what everything happening is for and about: the meaning of life. the narrator sees the light of his/her suffering.)

    “Oh but if you could, do you think you would
    Have traded all the pain and suffering?”
    (But the narrator has been so deeply immersed in “pain and suffering” that he/she is addicted to it. All the drama and crying has been her catharsis. It must have been an outlet for her. Or maybe there might be some other unhealthy outlet that he/she has been using but now she sees that the addiction must be given up in order to “move on” and be better. He/she cries for help from everyone except herself. Will he/she move or will he/she stay in the glum that he/she has been used to?)

    “Oh, but then you would've missed the beauty of the light upon this earth
    And the sweetness of the leaving.”
    (the narrator is weighing things out. Will she leave the beauty of repetition of the security of the familiar and start anew?)

    Calling all angels, calling all angels!
    Walk me through this one, don't leave me alone
    Calling all angels, calling all angels,
    We're trying, we're hoping but we're not sure

    Calling all angels (call all angels)
    Calling all angels (call all angels)
    Walk me through this one
    Don't leave me alone.

    Calling all angels, calling all angels
    We're trying, we're hoping, we're hurting, we're loving
    We're crying, we're calling,
    But we're not sure how this goes.
    seesawdawon January 03, 2013   Link

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