"When The Angels Fall" as written by Dominic James Miller and Gordon Sumner....
So high above the world tonight
The angels watch us sleeping
And underneath a bridge of stars
We dream in safety's keeping

But perhaps the dream
Is dreaming us
Soaring with the seagulls
Astride the backs of eagles

When the angels fall
Shadows on the wall
In the thunder's call
Something haunts us all

When the angels fall
When the angels fall

Take your father's cross
Gently from the wall
A shadow still remaining
See the churches fall

In mighty arcs of sound
And all that they're containing
Yet all the ragged souls
Of all the ragged men

Looking for their lost homes
Shuffle to the ruins
From the levelled plain
To search among the tombstones

When the angels fall
Shadows on the wall
In the thunder's call
Something haunts us all

When the angels fall
When the angels fall
When the angels fall

These are my feet
These are my hands
These are my children
And this is my demand

Bring down the angels
Cast them from my sight
I never want to see
A million suns at midnight

Your hands are empty
The streets are empty
You can't control us
You can't control us anymore

When the angels fall
When the angels fall
When the angels fall
When the angels fall

When the angels fall
When the angels fall


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"When the Angels Fall" as written by Dominic James Miller

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    General CommentI have two approaches to this song:

    1) It could be about a person (maybe Sting himself) turning his back on religion because he doesn't believe in it anymore. The angels he believed in (when he was a child) fall and the churches break down, meaning they are not important to him any longer. ("You can't control us anymore")

    2) My second idea is that it's not about a specific person but about our society in general turning its back on religion and that Sting is actually criticising this.

    In our generation, the angels are not important to us (although they still watch us and keep us safe). People don't believe in God anymore or at least they don't think he has enough power to influence their lives: "Your hands are empty [...] You can't control us"

    People are more interested in satisfying their individual (material) needs and they only have faith in themselves. The emphasis is on the individual. That's how the lines
    "These are my feet, These are my hands, These are my children, And this is my demand"
    could be interpreted.

    Either way, it's a very sad song. I wish he had chosen something a little less depressing to end the album.
    WhiteWolfDiefon June 27, 2009   Link

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