Oh, what a year to be here
On this little rock, third from the sun
And we need some mercy

Lighting a way from south to north
Voices raised under old starry host
A flame for change grows

These burning
These burning ashes in my mouth
Heaven, help us
Out of this never-ending spell
Our better angels
I see, see me

One way out, only one way
Out of this
Unfreeze those wings that you treat
In your chrysalis

Blazing east to the west
Watched by his light to give us hope
A flame for change grows

These burning
These burning ashes in my mouth
Heaven, help us
Heaven, help us, help us
Save us
Our better angels
I see, see me

One way out, only one way
Out of this
Unfreeze those wings that you treat
In your chrysalis

Better angels
Dream veil, it's east


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Better Angels Lyrics as written by Tori Amos

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    General CommentIt's the only political song that I know of Tori releasing. Others have political undertones, but this one is so blatant. It's about Bush sending off the troops to Iraq.

    "That's what 'Angels' is about. The people that went along with this were not horrible, at least most of them weren't - they were just frozen, they'd forgotten that they had the power to stand up. There were protests but you didn't see how many people were out there. They made sure that was kept from the public." [Uncut (UK) - January 2004]
    antisheepon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou know...i think anti sheep is reading only what he wants to see in this to be honest.
    i think it's about society, sure, without a doubt....but not about troops!
    it's about us, all of us, the way that we are tied to this world and how it breaks us progressively..how it tears away our innocence and wings so that we can't even remember the way we looked at things when they were soo beautiful...
    plus, the potomac is a river...so somehow i think it's about someone she knew who was careless and free...and got tied down to something near that river....god, maybe
    kimidragonon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentExcept that the Potomac is the river running through Washington DC, the US capital and political centre. Hardly a coincidence that she chose this river to mention. If you look at the CD booklet, the words "Political Science: The Political Process" are written alongside the lyrics.
    StetsonKon October 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think she's talking about ore than troops...everyone in the US who went along with it. People were VERY pro-war to begin with. It couldn't have happened without public support. And also, all the politicians...I'm sure ole Hilary regrets her decision to get trapped,since it cost her a nomination... and many others.
    Crystalline888on March 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know why does she pronounce the word 'wings' like if she was saying "wines"? or the lyrics are misspelled. Thanks.
    pepito1020on October 23, 2015   Link

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