Angel on Fire
Soundgarden Lyrics


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She stands on her suitcase
And looks out her window at me.
The smile leaves her face,
The mirror don't like what it sees.
So she hides all her secrets.
She's thinking I'll never know
That she burns like an angel
Into her fire she goes.

She don't miss nothing
Even though she pretends she don't see
Everything she's "watching" (?)

She puts her hand next to me
She says give me one reason
Why I should be here again.
But then she blows out the candle
And shows me the reason again.

Cause she loves like an angel
She burns like an angel on fire
On fire

After the movie,
She walks in the park with a friend.
She tells it to her straight.
He don't mean nothing to me.
She says I can't believe him
If I gave him enough rope he'd hang me.
But when she turns to him
There's no place she'd rather be.

Cause she burns like an angel.
She burns like an angel on fire.

And she's stuck
When she comes on so hot.
And you have never felt
A heavenly slow burn.
I'm so hot,
When I leave her cold,
Frying in her room
Like angels always do.
And you think I love you
Just cause I said so.

Butterflies "shiver" (?)
She lives all the things that I've known.
She's thinking her diary
Convincing her words as she goes.
She says heaven forgive me
Am I going to pay for my sins?




Cause she burns like an angel
Everytime she lets me in

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Soundgarden's "Angel On Fire" tell the story of a woman who hides all her secrets, but her burn is like an angel. She looks out her window at the singer standing on her suitcase, and the smile on her face quickly disappears when the mirror doesn't like what it sees. This woman pretends to miss nothing, but she sees everything. When she puts her hand next to the singer, she asks him to give her one reason why she should be there again, but quickly blows out the candle and shows him the reason why she loves like an angel and burns like an angel on fire. The song continues as she tells her friend that he doesn't mean anything to her, but when she turns to him, there's no place she'd rather be. She asks heaven to forgive her, wondering if she's going to pay for her sins, but every time she lets the singer in, she burns like an angel.


Throughout the song, the lyrics are rich with metaphors, particularly the repeated comparison of the woman's burn to that of an angel. This could be interpreted as her passion, her mysteriousness or the fact that she's elusive. The candle could represent her vulnerability, which she quickly puts out before anyone sees it. The lyrics also illustrate the difficulty in understanding someone who is purposely hiding themselves, while also highlighting the undeniable attraction and intensity that comes with such a person.


Line by Line Meaning

She stands on her suitcase
The woman stands on her suitcase looking out the window as the singer watches her.


And looks out her window at me.
The woman looks out the window and sees the singer watching her.


The smile leaves her face,
The woman's smile disappears as she realizes the singer is watching her.


The mirror don't like what it sees.
The woman is unhappy with her reflection in the mirror.


So she hides all her secrets.
The woman keeps her secrets to herself.


She's thinking I'll never know
The woman believes that the singer will never find out her secrets.


That she burns like an angel
The woman has a burning passion like an angel.


Into her fire she goes.
The woman gets lost in her passion.


She don't miss nothing
The woman notices everything, even if she pretends not to.


Even though she pretends she don't see
The woman pretends not to notice things she actually sees.


Everything she's "watching" (?)
The woman keeps a close eye on everything.


She puts her hand next to me
The woman puts her hand near the artist.


She says give me one reason
The woman asks for a reason to stay.


Why I should be here again.
The woman questions why she should stay with the singer.


But then she blows out the candle
The woman blows out a candle in the room.


And shows me the reason again.
The woman shows the artist why she should stay.


Cause she loves like an angel
The woman has a pure and intense love.


She burns like an angel on fire
The woman's passion burns bright like an angel's light.


After the movie,
After watching a movie together,


She walks in the park with a friend.
The woman walks in the park with a friend.


She tells it to her straight.
The woman speaks candidly with her friend about something.


He don't mean nothing to me.
The woman's friend means nothing to her romantically.


She says I can't believe him
The woman can't trust her friend, even if she wants to.


If I gave him enough rope he'd hang me.
The woman is afraid that her friend might betray her one day.


But when she turns to him
However, the woman turns to her friend anyway.


There's no place she'd rather be.
Even though she has doubts, the woman enjoys spending time with her friend.


Cause she burns like an angel.
The woman has a burning passion like an angel.


And she's stuck
The woman feels trapped.


When she comes on so hot.
The woman's passion is so intense it is uncomfortable.


And you have never felt
The singer has never experienced.


A heavenly slow burn.
A slow burning, heavenly passion like the woman's.


I'm so hot,
The artist is also consumed by passion.


When I leave her cold,
But the artist's passion leaves the woman feeling excluded and unfulfilled.


Frying in her room
The woman is left alone, consumed by her passion.


Like angels always do.
The passion of angels causes them to burn brightly and self-destruct quickly.


And you think I love you
The woman thinks the artist believes she loves him.


Just cause I said so.
The woman is frustrated that the singer assumes she loves him based on her words alone.


Butterflies "shiver" (?)
The woman feels nervous and uncertain.


She lives all the things that I've known.
The woman shares similarities with the singer.


She's thinking her diary
The woman reflects on what she has written in her diary.


Convincing her words as she goes.
She tries to believe in what she has written.


She says heaven forgive me
The woman feels guilty and asks for forgiveness.


Am I going to pay for my sins?
The woman wonders if she will be punished for her actions.


Cause she burns like an angel
The woman's passion and love is intense like an angel's light.


Everytime she lets me in
Every time the woman reveals something about herself to the artist.




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Limits98

Lyrics

She stands on 
Her suitcase
And 
Looks out her 
Window at me
The smile 
Leaves her face
The mirror don't like 
What it sees
So 
She hides all 
Her secrets
She's thinking that 
I'll never know
That she burns 
Like an angel
Into her fire she goes

She don't miss nothing
Even though she pretends 
She don't see
Everything she watches
She puts her hand 
Next to me
She says give me 
One reason
Why I should be here again
But then she blows 
Out the candle
And shows me 
The reason again

Cause she burns
Like an angel
She burns like an 
Angel on fire
On fire
Oh

After the movie
She walks in the park 
With a friend
She tells it to her straight
He don't mean 
Nothing to me
She says I can't 
Believe him
If I gave him enough 
Rope he'd hang me
But when she turns to him
There's nowhere 
She'd rather be

Cause she burns 
Like an angel
She burns like an 
Angel on fire
Oh

And she's stuck
When she comes 
On so hot
You have never felt
A heavenly slow burn
I'm so hot
When I leave her cold
Frying in her room
Like angels always do
And 
You think I love you
Just cause I said so

Butterflies shiver
She lives all the 
Things that I've known
She's thinking her diary
Convincing her words 
As she goes
She says 
Heaven forgive me
Am I gonna pay 
For my sins?
Cause she
Cause she burns 
Like an angel
Every time she 
Lets me in

Yeah, 
She burns 
Like an angel
She burns like an 
Angel on fire
Angel on fire
Oh

Angel on fire
Angel on fire
Angel on fire
Angel on fire
Angel on fire
Angel on fire



All comments from YouTube:

Joseph Valenzuela

This version is the way it was meant to sound

Matt Syverson the Paperback Rocker

I lived in Seattle in the grunge days and bought a bootleg of Chris Cornell demos and two live tracks recorded at Kitsap County Fairgrounds in 1994. The boot is called "Stolen Prayers". Try to find it on the internet if you can. The quality is a lot better than this. Well, I guess I could upload it. I'll let y'all know...

david lucero

Matt Syverson the Paperback Rocker I have 290 chris songs that I've collected since he was murdered, burned to 19 cds in alphabetical order.. .. I still need unholy wars and heartfist and this one and I'm willing to pay somebody to mail me a burnt cd. I'll pay 10 bux a song I don't give a fuk.. let me kno if anybody has obscure chris songs that they would like to sell.. I'll shoot u my po box address.. thanks to everyone who loves chriss music.. u have excellent taste.. greetings from the twilight zone 👽

Robyn Weber

Did u ever end up uploading this?

Rebecca Acosta

Love this. Just saw Chris play a song with Mike Mc. and they were great!

Mark C

I think this is a temple of the dog demo, not soundgarden. Incredible track though. Amazing that it didn't make the album, it could've been a big hit.

gummodude

Lo-Fi is perfect for this song. I wouldn't want to hear a cleaned up version of it.

Joseph Valenzuela

This version is the way it was meant to sound

Ashley S.

Lyrics just about sum it up perfectly 😜

Mike Doss

This song is on the album Supermainstream. Idk if you can get a download of it but the cd can be found at record shops if ya lucky. It also has some other great tunes on it like a live version of Slaves and Bulldozers which must be turned up to eleven when played.

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