Angel on Fire
Antony and the Johnsons Lyrics


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Baby I'm holding on to you
This heart is a waxwork with echoes
Oh my heart, set my hands on fire.
Hair on fire, dress on fire
Oh I'm an angel, an angel on fire
And I'm burning to escape the cold

Whole until I'm swimming in the Dead Sea
Try as I may to shine in the darkness
Oh my heart, set my hands on fire.
Hair on fire, dress on fire




Oh I'm an angel, an angel on fire
And I'm burning to escape the cold, to escape the cold

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Antony and the Johnsons’s song “Angel on Fire” paint a vivid picture of a restless soul struggling to come to terms with their own desire for freedom. The singer is holding on to someone or something as they admit that their heart is like a waxwork, echoing a sense of emptiness and fragility. However, instead of seeking comfort or solace, the singer surrenders to the flames within them, willing their hands to catch fire. The image of hair and dress on fire reinforces the idea of an all-consuming passion and the desire to shed the physical constraints of existence.


Line by Line Meaning

Baby I'm holding on to you
I am depending on you for emotional support and holding onto you tightly.


This heart is a waxwork with echoes
My heart feels hollow and full of echoes, like a wax sculpture.


Oh my heart, set my hands on fire.
My heart is full of passion and intensity, causing my hands to burn with desire.


Hair on fire, dress on fire
My whole being is consumed by this passion, causing my hair and dress to metaphorically catch fire.


Oh I'm an angel, an angel on fire
I feel both ethereal and passionate, like an angel on fire.


And I'm burning to escape the cold
I am yearning to escape the emotional coldness and numbness that I am feeling.


Whole until I'm swimming in the Dead Sea
I am trying to feel whole and complete, but it feels as impossible as swimming in the extremely salty and dense Dead Sea.


Try as I may to shine in the darkness
I am trying my best to stand out and make an impact, even in dark or difficult situations.


And I'm burning to escape the cold, to escape the cold
I am desperate to break free from the emotional numbness and coldness that I am experiencing and move towards something warmer and more passionate.




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Sasvim_Istinsko _

Baby, I'm holding on dear
This heart, it is a waxwork of echoes
Warm my heart, set my hands on fire
Hair on fire, dress on fire
Oh I'm an angel, an angel on fire
And I'm burning to escape the cold.

..................................................

Haunted, I'm swimming in the Dead Sea
Try as I may to shine in the darkness
Warm my heart, set my hands on fire
Hair on fire, dress on fire
Ooh I'm an angel, an angel on fire
And I'm burning to escape the cold
To escape the cold. ...



All comments from YouTube:

Aeonic

This song brings back memories, and emotions that I really cannot explain. But it makes me happy it's the weirdest thing.

Sasvim_Istinsko _

Baby, I'm holding on dear
This heart, it is a waxwork of echoes
Warm my heart, set my hands on fire
Hair on fire, dress on fire
Oh I'm an angel, an angel on fire
And I'm burning to escape the cold.

..................................................

Haunted, I'm swimming in the Dead Sea
Try as I may to shine in the darkness
Warm my heart, set my hands on fire
Hair on fire, dress on fire
Ooh I'm an angel, an angel on fire
And I'm burning to escape the cold
To escape the cold. ...

Wayne Cox

Been listening to Antony for 15 years now.  Love his voice.

Juliana Gouveia

This song makes me cry like a child. It touches my soul so hard. Just love it. The meaning is so deep. It talks about memories and losts.

Jessi Ang

Same here!

Hunter Phoenix

My little brother and I used to listen to this together. He died in 2019, he also loved The hunger games. Fly high my Mockingjay

Thilo Yeah

Great deep and powerful song!

Borderina As

Take the limit of anyone

Norma Smith

Love this song

Tonya Threadgill

I love this song, it kinda makes me feel sad but I love this song. AWESOME LONG LIVE HUNGER GAMES LOL

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