"Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene" as written by and Andrew Hozier Byrne....
I watch the work of my kin bold and boyful
Toying somewhere between love and abuse
Calling to join them the wretched and joyful
Shaking the wings of their terrible youths
Freshly dissolved in some frozen devotion
No more alone or myself could I be
Looks like a strain to the arms it were open
No shortage of sordid, no protest from me

With her sweetened breath, and her tongue so mean
She's the angel of small death and the codeine scene
With her straw-blonde hair, her arms hard and lean
She's the angel of small death and the codeine scene

Feeling more human and hooked on her flesh I
Lay my heart down with the rest at her feet
Fresh from the fields, all fetor and fertile
Bloody and raw, but I swear it is sweet

With her sweetened breath, and her tongue so mean
She's the angel of small death and the codeine scene
With her straw-blonde hair, her arms hard and lean
She's the angel of small death and the codeine scene

And lease this confusion, I'll wander the concrete
Wonder if better now having survived
Jarring of judgement and reasons defeat
The sweet heat of her breath in my mouth I'm alive

With her sweetened breath, and her tongue so mean
She's the angel of small death and the codeine scene
With her straw-blonde hair, her arms hard and lean
She's the angel of small death and the codeine scene

With her sweetened breath, and her tongue so mean
She's the angel of small death and the codeine scene
With her straw-blonde hair, her arms hard and lean
She's the angel of small death and the codeine scene


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"Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene" as written by Andrew Hozier Byrne

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    General Comment"Freshly disowned in some frozen devotion
    No more alone or myself could I be
    Looks like I strayed to the arms that were open
    No shortage of sordid, no protest from me"

    These lines suggest that he just came out of a relation which was "frozen devotion" meaning dead commitment anyways. A dying relation, a relation bound to reach its end. Since he had just broken up, he was feeling vulnerable and lonely, hence he couldn't say no to anyone offering him company even if it was for drug abuse.

    Now here is where it gets interesting, according to my understanding of it.

    The Chorus part about the "small death = orgasm" could be meant for both the drug and his ex lover, who also seemed irresistible, which is why he took time to get out of the relation despite of it being dead and her harmful to him. Same goes for drug. Its harmful yet irresistible.

    "Leash-less confusion I wander the concrete
    Wonder if better now having survived
    Jarring of judgement and reasons defeat
    The sweet heat of her breath in my mouth I'm alive"

    Nevertheless he was able to quit both the relation and the drugs with his reasoning and judging of both of them as harmful to him, no matter how sweet.
    But as he has quit now and has survived and feels alive, he still doubts if he made the right decision. "wonder if better now having survived"

    Wow Hozier is a genius. Love him !!
    Aelleshaon March 13, 2017   Link

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