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Only Angel

I’m not usually one for deep lyric interpretation.  I like to simply experience the music, before I try to make any sense of it.  That said, Only Angel has found me a bit perplexed (though I dearly love the sound of it) but I believe I had an epiphany last night.

Harry expertly (and I think instinctively) molds his voice to fit the mood and feel of a particular song.  Some have said his voice seems too warm for a song that’s about pure lust and surrender to it.  It doesn’t have that hard edge, “I don’t care” feel like Kiwi.  I have a few ideas about the vocal warmth and what the song might mean to Harry.

I believe the song is about the real Harry as opposed to what others expect, or wish him to be.   The angel is his personification of qualities within himself which he is not allowed to express, or show freely.  (Including, but not necessarily limited to, being a gay man in love with his band-mate.)

The song begins and ends with a “heavenly chorus.”  “She’s an angel, my only angel.” is an argument against everyone shaming and telling him no.  Every time something negative is said about “her,” Harry reinforces that “she” is, in fact, an angel - there’s nothing wrong with her as she is.  He is fully committed to it, powerless (as if consumed by lust) to be other than who and what he is.  He fights and claws to be himself - even if only in darkened hallways and secluded rooms.  He always crawls back to himself - away from the image of who he’s supposed to be.  

“Open up your eyes, shut your mouth and see
That I’m still the only one who’s been in love with me.”

He’s no longer questioning who he is, but embracing it.  He wants the listener to open their eyes and see him.  They’ve been in love with a facade, a false image, but not really with him.   “Couldn’t take you home to mother….”  I don’t for one second believe he’s singing about Anne here.  “Mother” refers to every authority telling him he’s not good enough - he must project a false front.  He’s done with being shamed.  It doesn’t matter what “she” told her brother, the facade is not an accurate image.  He can’t help being who and what he is - you may call it evil or ugly, but again Harry insists “she” is an angel.  “She” is good and worthy as her true self.  Not only is she an angel, but, “My only angel.”  The song is raucous and proud, unapologetic.  And isn’t that what Harry has become?  Raucously, proudly, unapologetically himself.  (All the while, still having to hide a very important piece of it.)

So, there you have it.  I believe the song is about fame, false images and self acceptance.  The burning lust to be one’s self even under fame’s hot light.  Being true to himself and truly himself, of course, does not mean he wants to expose all his secrets in public.  Whether this is Harry’s interpretation, we’ll never know, but he would never say this is wrong.  (He’ll only do that if you say he wrote a song about Swifty!)

Considering how thirsty Damen is - page FIFTEEN in book one rambling about the courtier with the ‘astonishingly lovely face’ and beautiful hair - I’m surprised there wasn’t a paragraph waxing lyrical about Laurent’s accent making the pronounciation of ‘Damianos’ in sound exotic and unique with lilting syllables and stress in strange places after Laurent says ‘I know who you are, Damianos.’

it sounds like testosterone is kicking in

I don’t see any change in anything physically, but my voice has lowered. A little bit. The slightest bit. A shade, maybe. And I love it. I keep singing to myself or at least humming whenever I’m alone. I’ve forgotten pretty much all song lyrics I’ve ever known in any language, but I can’t stop because I fucking love the sound of my own voice.

Is this how cis men feel, like, all the time?

like just asking but have you guys just only one time stopped and thought about how much machist are ‘war of hormone’ by bts, ‘monster’ by exo and 'girls girls girls’ by got7? because i’m really sad that i have. i’m really offended because when war of hormone and ggg came out i was jamming to it without knowing the real lyrics and i’m kind of…… sad, you know? lol i just can’t. it’s the same with girl groups like twice’s TT… girl…. get over this…. or 'doll’ by lovelyz……… GURL JUST D O N ’ T

anonymous asked:

From the SnapChat geofilter clue L dropped, I'm speaking these lyrics into existence: "When push come to shove / You need my love / (???) down / I'm gonna keep loving you down"

omg you have such good vision how did u get that 

-L

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seventeen × al1 tracklist posters

“Band names are just made up!”

Really?

Then I’m not surprised that Panic! At The Disco came from the lyrics of “Panic” by Name Taken (Panic at the disco/Sat back and took it slow).

Mikey Way used to work at a Barnes & Noble. While stacking books during his shift, he saw a book by Irvine Welsh called Five Tales Of Chemical Romance. He wrote the title down and showed it to his brother Gerard after he came home. Gerard agreed with the name for the band - he just added “My” to make it personal.

While performing for the first time, Fall Out Boy was nameless at that time. The band asked the audience to give them name suggestions. One of the audience yelled out “Fallout Boy”, who is the sidekick of Radioactive Man in The Simpsons. The name stuck.

Green Day is actually a slang for someone who does nothing but smoke marijuana all day. 

AC/DC was an acronym for “Alternating Current/Direct Current” on a electric sewing machine. Kinda fits the rhythm of the band if you think about it.

Black Veil Brides is a Roman Catholic term used to describe a woman who gives up her pleasures after getting married in a church so she could devote her life to God. Since marriage is the happiest moment of one’s life, the opposite of it is be having to attending a beloved’s funeral. 

Imagine Dragons is an anagram of letters from different words. The band kept a secret of revealing the words.

Joy Division is the name of a prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp from the novel The House of Dolls.

Avenged Sevenfold was mentioned in Genesis 4:24; “If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.”

Coldplay was originally called “Starfish”. They renamed themselves after another friend’s band, who had named themselves after a book of collected poems, Child’s Reflections: Cold Play.

The Beatles misspelled their name to describe their music “beat”.

Nirvana is a term of Buddhism for a person who succeeds into transcending the human suffering and rebirth through many spiritual practices and meditation.

Linkin Park is the change of name of Lincoln Park, the same park where Chester used to drive past every day for band practice.

Pierce The Veil was a social term that Vic learned in his Sociology class. According to his professor, “piercing the veil” is a fancy term for cutting the root of a problem before it influences you.

Twenty One Pilots got its name when Tyler was in theatre class. The play he was studying was All My Sons which involved the main character allowing the flight of various planes after finding faulty parts. Due to his actions, the protagonist becomes responsible for the deaths of 21 pilots.

There are a couple reasons how The Who got its name. The most popular was that Pete Townshead’s grandmother often called popular bands “The Who?” due to her impaired hearing.

Of Mice & Men named themselves after the novel by John Steinback.

Paramore is a respelling of paramour which means “secret lover”.

Iron Maiden is the name of a torture device.

Foo Fighters were used by the Allies during the WWII to describe UFOs.

Evanescence means a disappearance/dissipation like vapor. The band chose this as they find it as the description of the temporal nature of life. 

Asking Alexandria was named after Alexander the Great.

All Time Low was mentioned in the song “Head On Collision” by New Found Glory.

Led Zeppelin refers to the Hindenburg disaster. Before the band was formed, Keith Moon and John Entwistle made a joke of how a supergroup containing themselves, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck would be a “lead balloon”, a British idiom for disastrous results.

Muse originates from the fact that the bandmates heard someone from their hometown suggested that a muse is hovering Teignmouth, England to explain why many of the town’s populace are becoming members of band.

The Misfits is the name of the 1961 film.

Yes, there are some bands whose names are inventive and original but seriously. There are many musical groups that I can count whose names come from something. So if you say any band names are just “made-up”, I dare you to do some research like the members did before you could say it right in my face.