Angel on Fire
Halsey; Greg Kurstin Lyrics


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I woke up to another mess in the living room
Broken bottles all around my feet
They came again in the night under crescent moon
Didn't wake me in my sleep

'Cause they talk and drink and laugh 'bout things
And fall in love in my backyard
I hide and cower in the corner
Conversation's getting hard
'Cause nobody seems to ask about me anymore
And nobody seems to care 'bout anything I think
And nobody seems to recognize me in the crowd
In the background screaming, "everybody, look at me"

And I'm faded away, you know, I used to be on fire
And I'm faded away, you know, I used to be on fire
I'm standing in the ashes of who I used to be
And I'm faded away, you know, I used to be on fire
You know, I used to be on fire
You know, I used to be on fire, fire

I used to be a darling starlet like a centerpiece
Had the whole world wrapped around my ring
I flew too closely to the sun that's setting in the east
And now I'm melting from my wings

'Cause I'd laugh and drink and talk 'bout things
And fall in love in my backyard
Now it's my own anxiety
That makes the conversation hard
'Cause nobody seems to ask about me anymore
And nobody ever cares 'bout anything I think
And nobody seems to recognize me in the crowd
In the background screaming, "everybody, look at me"

And I'm faded away, you know, I used to be on fire
And I'm faded away, you know, I used to be on fire
I'm standing in the ashes of who I used to be
But I'm faded away, you know, I used to be on fire
You know, I used to be on fire
You know, I used to be on fire
Well, I used to be on fire
You know, I used to be on fire





You know, I used to be on fire
You know, I used to be on fire, fire

Overall Meaning

In the lyrics of "Angel On Fire" by Halsey and Greg Kurstin, the singer reflects on the fading of their former self, using potent imagery of broken bottles and a sense of detachment from the world around them. The opening lines set the scene of a messy living room, symbolizing the chaos and turmoil within the singer's mind and life. Despite the external chaos, the singer remains undisturbed by the recurring visitors at night, indicating a disconnection from their surroundings.


The second verse delves deeper into the singer's inner turmoil and sense of isolation. The contrast between the carefree conversations and laughter in the backyard and the singer's inner struggles highlights their growing sense of alienation. The repetition of feeling unseen and unheard by those around them emphasizes the singer's yearning for recognition and validation. The plea to be noticed and acknowledged amidst the noise and commotion reflects a deep-seated desire for connection and understanding.


The mention of the singer's former glory as a "darling starlet" and the subsequent downfall due to flying too close to the sun evokes a sense of tragedy and loss. The metaphor of melting from their wings suggests a gradual unraveling of their identity and sense of self. The nostalgia for a time when they were the center of attention and adoration is tinged with regret and longing for a simpler, happier past.


As the song progresses, the chorus serves as a poignant reminder of the singer's internal struggle to reconcile their past and present selves. The repeated refrain of "I used to be on fire" reflects a sense of yearning for the passion and vitality they once possessed. The juxtaposition of the vibrant past and the bleak present underscores the singer's journey towards self-acceptance and reconciliation. Ultimately, "Angel On Fire" is a raw and introspective exploration of identity, vulnerability, and the enduring search for inner peace amidst external chaos.


Line by Line Meaning

I woke up to another mess in the living room
I woke up to chaos and disorder in my surroundings


Broken bottles all around my feet
There are broken bottles scattered at my feet


They came again in the night under crescent moon
They appeared once more in the darkness under the crescent moon


Didn't wake me in my sleep
Their presence did not disturb me while I was asleep


I'm standing in the ashes of who I used to be
I am left as a mere remnant of my former self


Well, I used to be on fire
I used to be passionate and full of energy


You know, I used to be on fire
You are aware that I was once burning brightly




Lyrics Β© Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ASHLEY FRANGIPANE, GREGORY KURSTIN

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