Angel on Fire
Temple of the Dog 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

"Angel On Fire" is a song by Temple of the Dog, an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1990. It was written by Chris Cornell, the band's lead vocalist, and reflects his feelings of love and desire for a woman who is complex and mysterious, hiding her secrets from him. The song's narrative portrays a strong female character whose mystique and intensity can be hard to handle. The singer is mesmerized by her and feels a deep connection with her, but is also afraid of her intensity and unsure of how to handle it.


The song's lyrics paint a vivid picture of a woman who burns like an angel, both in terms of her passion and her mysterious ways. She is described as standing on her suitcase and looking at the singer through her window with a smile that fades away quickly. The mirror reflects an image that she dislikes, and she hides her secrets, never believing that the singer will be able to understand her. However, she reveals her true self in moments of intimacy and vulnerability, and the singer sees her as the angel that she truly is.


The lyrics also reflect the woman's insecurity and fear of rejection, as she asks the singer for just one reason to stay with her. However, her intensity and passion ultimately win him over, and he is captivated by her heavenly slow burn. The song's chorus is an ode to her burning passion, with the repetition of the line "She burns like an angel on fire" underscoring her strength and mystery.


Line by Line Meaning

She stands on her suitcase
She's trying to leave but can't quite bring herself to go.


And looks out her window at me.
She's saying goodbye and looking for a reaction from the person she's leaving behind.


The smile leaves her face,
She realizes that this is a difficult goodbye and the happiness she's trying to convey just can't be sustained.


The mirror don't like what it sees.
She's not happy with herself and the reflection she sees in the mirror.


So she hides all her secrets.
She keeps her true self hidden from others.


She's thinking I'll never know
She thinks that no one will be able to see through her facade.


That she burns like an angel
She has a passion and intensity that she keeps hidden.


Into her fire she goes.
She is willing to lose herself in her passion.


She don't miss nothing
She's very observant and doesn't miss any details.


Even though she pretends she don't see
She tries to act like she's oblivious to certain things.


Everything she's watching
She's closely watching everything around her.


She puts her hand next to me
She's looking for a connection with the person she's with.


She says give me one reason
She's asking for an explanation or justification.


Why I should be here again.
Why she should continue to be around this person.


But then she blows out the candle
She's ending the conversation.


And shows me the reason again.
She reveals the passion and intensity she keeps hidden.


Cause she loves like an angel
She has an intense love that is almost angelic.


She burns like an angel on fire
She has an intense passion that is almost angelic.


After the movie,
A shift in time and setting.


She walks in the park with a friend.
She's with someone else, but still thinking of the person she left behind.


She tells it to her straight.
She's honest about her feelings.


He don't mean nothing to me.
The person she's with is not as important to her as the one she left behind.


She says I can't believe him
She's surprised at herself for being with him.


If I gave him enough rope he'd hang me.
She's aware that this relationship could be harmful to her.


But when she turns to him
She still finds comfort in being with someone, even if it's not the person she truly wants to be with.


There's no place she'd rather be.
Even though she's not with the person she loves, she's still enjoying the moment.


And she's stuck
She's torn between her passions and her obligations.


When she comes on so hot.
She has a fiery and intense personality.


And you have never felt
The listener has never experienced someone like her before.


A heavenly slow burn.
Her passion is otherworldly and keeps burning slowly over time.


I'm so hot,
She's describing herself as passionate and intense.


When I leave her cold,
She's capable of emotionally hurting others.


Frying in her room
She's self-destructive and prone to being consumed by her own passions.


Like angels always do.
She's comparing her passionate nature to that of a self-immolating angel.


And you think I love you
The person she left behind misinterprets her passion and intensity as love.


Just cause I said so.
The person she left behind thinks her words are declarations of love, when she's really expressing her passion.


Butterflies shiver
She's excited and nervous.


She lives all the things that I've known.
She experiences all the same things as the person she left behind.


She's thinking her diary
She's introspective and reflective.


Convincing her words as she goes.
She's trying to make sense of her own experiences and feelings.


She says heaven forgive me
She's asking for forgiveness for her sins.


Am I going to pay for my sins?
She's reflecting on the consequences of her actions.


Cause she burns like an angel
She feels an intense passion that is almost angelic in nature.


Every time she lets me in
Every time she opens up and shows her true self to someone.




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@millingsrgood3292

I wish that TOTD, would've put out more music. Now I'm not taking anything away from SoundGarden or Audioslave, but these guys had a sound like no other.
It was just the perfect combination.
Every song on their album was perfect.
I see people who download just the "radio pushed" ones, but they have no clue what their missing!
Reach down, fall walled world, your savior...the whole album.
And now heres this new to me song.wow.
Every band Chris was in, Instantly turned to Gold.
He was so loved.
RIP now Chris is a real Angel 🙏🏻💗



@samsquanch1996

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
And though she pretends she don't see
Everything she's watching
She puts her hand next to me
She said "give me one reason
Why I should be here again"
But then she blows out the candle
Shows me the reason, yeah
'Cause she burns like an angel
She burns like an Angel on fire
On fire

After the movie
A walk in the park with her friend
She tells it to her straight
He don't mean nothing to me
She said 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

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
You really 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
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

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



@rottencherries51

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



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@ccsg1313

Chris Cornell was one of the most talented human beings ever. The range and versatility in all the music, melodies, lyrics he created. Just a beautiful soul! Miss you Chris. You've made a deep impression on me, one I will never forget, EVER.

@aterryadg

Ashley S. I totally agree!

@ccsg1313

@jeanchase1322

He was a phenomenal person. I miss him so much. Loud Love Christopher ❤️

@TammyCondren

I STILL PAY HOMAGE TO MY BAND, SOUNDGARDEN❤WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT U GAVE THE WORLD👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙏🏻

@CristinaF210

His star will shine forever

@devoniusmaximius6848

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@millingsrgood3292

I cannot believe that I found this song just now in may 2021..! Its so amazing when this happens because its brand new music to yourself.
And yes, it is absolutely phenomenal !

@millingsrgood3292

I wish that TOTD, would've put out more music. Now I'm not taking anything away from SoundGarden or Audioslave, but these guys had a sound like no other.
It was just the perfect combination.
Every song on their album was perfect.
I see people who download just the "radio pushed" ones, but they have no clue what their missing!
Reach down, fall walled world, your savior...the whole album.
And now heres this new to me song.wow.
Every band Chris was in, Instantly turned to Gold.
He was so loved.
RIP now Chris is a real Angel 🙏🏻💗

@denisefreitas6727

Absolutely

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