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She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes

Album: Shake Your Money MakerReleased: 1990Charted:
30
  • During VH1's The Black Crowes Storytellers, filmed at The Bottom Line in New York City on August 27, 1996, lead singer Chris Robinson explained that this song is not about "one" person, but rather a "hot dog" (as he put it) of people that they knew from the Atlanta club scene in their early days. "Not all the best parts" explained Chris, "or the best parts for you." Chris says that there was always a girl in the club scene back then with really dark makeup (like Siouxsie And The Banshees), and after thinking about her one day, he scribbled the lyric "she paints her eyes as black as night." He then went on to write an entire biography (completely made up, by the way) about her in the form of the song that then became "She Talks to Angels." (thanks, Jacob - Dallas, TX)
  • In our interview with Chris Robinson, who wrote this song with his bandmate/brother Rich, he said: "'She Talks to Angels' is a funny song in that so many people resonate with it. The dark details like drugs and things like that would be a part of growing up and being in this world, but when I wrote that song I had no idea - I hadn't done any of those things. I hadn't lived that - everything was in my imagination."
  • The Christian band Third Day has a song about the Black Crowes that references this song and others. It's called "Black Bird" and imitates their style. The song says that Third Day really likes The Black Crowes music but that they essentially need Jesus in their lives. There is a lyric in "Black Bird" that says "You say to talk to angels, well I say it's such a lie." (thanks, Bob - Omaha, NE)
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Comments: 64

Today marks years #6 of being clean from a 3-year battle with an addiction. To those who are not understanding, keep in mind.. it's really not that easy. If it was, then I think a lot less people would be addicts. It consumes you.. it becomes you. Your life fades away to it... be it drugs, sex, alcohol, or even gaming. You skip out on work and school just for that extra hit. You do things you swore you'd never do... become the person you swore to never becomePrashant - Kathmandu, Nepal
It may be as Chis Robinson says, but my feel is this. This band has met a troubled girl who believes she talks to angels. Why would I take this line so literally- because before I knew what this song was about- I knew that I talked to angels.. and all they did was call me by my name. Yes It's absolute truth- and Im not on anykind of drugs when it happenes, it just is quiet, and it doesnt happen anymore seemingly. So, you have this girl who believes she talks to angels, yet she never got the message- just her name is called (eventually, I got a message and thats when it stopped) So this has given her faith, but she still is troubled and shooting up. Her faith tells her to not have a lover as she isnt married, and for her it is something (unlike the drugs) that she can control. She doesnt understand this, but it is the essence to why she is alive. You know- someone might be a good bb player or a good guitar player- well, she hears angels calling her name.Normy - Phoenix, Az
Why is it everyone says, "I know what this song is about" and then goes into great detail about what their interpretation is about. It may have nothing to do with what the person who actually wrote the song says it's about - if you can't take it straight from the horse's mouth .... well. Wouldn't it be better, and more accurate to say, "This is what this song means to me."Rob - Duluth, Ga
I think we all need to really appreciate the worth and value of this artist and what they stand for instead of slamming each other and "I am" you speak the truth... This is the pure deal, a real icon of music and symbolizes all the good in human nature and each other. If you ever struggled with addiction or have lived thru the effects of it then this song can bring sweet with the bitter because it speaks the truth..... love dis song ya......Prashant - Kathmandu, Nepal
Could the song not be about "cutting" (Self Injurious Behavior) .(When the pain comes)Perhaps a result of past addiction or from the pain of having abandoned/given up for adoption her own child (hair of a little boy) Just a thought. That ties in to the "Hot dog" not all the best parts idea.Diane - Moundville, Al
The line that says there's a smile when the pain comes the pains gonna make everything allright is an obvious reference to a heroin needleBrian - Boston, Ma
This song is played in open E tuning. I learned to play this song a few years back. I don't play it all that often because of the odd tuning,and i sometimes risk breaking strings and I hate restringing my guitar. Anyway that not withstanding it is a great song to play on acoustic. It is not that difficult to learn and it sounds great. I encourage those just learning guitar to try this song. If I can play it anyone can. Also when you have your guitar tuned to open E put a capo on the 8th frett and you can play You Can't Always Get what You want from the stones.Brian - Boston, Ma
The only person that has the "facts" about this song is Jacob from TX. He saw the same VH-1 Storytellers episode and if the lead singer and band tell you what a song is about then I think that pretty much settles it. The best thing about music is it means something diffrent to all of us but this is what they wrote the song about in reality.Rob - Marion, In
Talks to angels is Jennifers song who without a doubt talks to angels who hid my addiction from her grandmother to protect both her and her brother. Later (in her teens) becomes angry shutting me out and isolating herself(pulling shades) angry painting her eyes dark.It was a lonely dark time when she was being left alone feeling abandoned (an orphan) lock of hair her brother and the man she has not met God. she feels betrayed and unloved by the one she loved the most she continues to seeks my love but is unable to identify it (she dont know no other lover) she can not see that to me SHE IS EVERYTHING!!!!! jennifer Let Your Light Shine!!!!! I love you MoM*Wendy - Wabasha, Mn
If I ever heard a song that made me litteraly WEEP!, it is this cut!I avoided the Crowes for many months, then I heard this track!! I will never ever again Pass judgement on a band or musician, without knowing what they are cabable of doing . This is the sweetest culmination of what anyone goes thru when they hit the bottom, and have no else to tell about their inner pain, hanging onto a past she can never bring back, and never forget!!Lawrence - Rimrock, United Kingdom
And I left the part out about "She knows no lover..." The woman has been diagnosed with HIV... that is why he says "wears a cross around her neck... the man she has not met.. not yet" because she is dying.Emily - Houston, Tx
This is a great song! I actually know what it is about... It is infact about a woman... but not a young woman... that has a drug problem. "Never mentions the word addiction in certain company.." because her family has watched her struggle for years with this... "she'll tell you she's an orphan.." because she feels so far away from everyone due to the drugs. "She paints her eyes black as night now, pulls her sades down tight" this is in reference to what drugs do to your physical appearance. "Smiles when the pain comes, the pain's gunna make everything alright..." refering to the pain of a needle in your vein being painful, but the drug being the remedy. The part about the little boys hair in her pocket is about the child she lost... this is what started the drug use. The part about not having a lover is in reference to the drug itself... the drug is what she loves... " and then "She talks to angels..." Because she sees and hears things while on the drugs... Very sad song. My heart goes out to all and any with a drug problem. This song actually fits my mother perfectly. Wear the cross, and meet the man.Emily - Houston, Tx
Why does everyone assume it is a young woman in the song? I believe it could just as easily be about an older woman, the matriarc of a family who is dying. "She'll tell you she's an orphan, after you meet her family"...this tells me she's created a family with children , grand children, but was orphaned herself as a child. "...in certain company", this could refer to her reluctance to speak of her displeasure with the "grand kids (could be Rich & / or Chris'" drug use. "The pain gonna make everything alright", could be the cure for the desease, so to speak, such as chemo with cancer. Anyway, would be interested if anyone else out there has had a similar take? For me this great song will always be about Mom Mom.Shane - Miami, Fl
Yeah, this song gets me. I think I used to listen to it over and over when it came out. I recently found my old cd and have listened to it like 10 times today.
I'm curious about the lock of hair from a little boy. who is that and why do they say LITTLE boy...(her child that died?)
If it wsn't for the lover reference, I was thinking of all possible interpretations, and of course the addicted girl makes most sense, but I was thinking of a little girl with leukemia or something...dark eyes, and talking to the angels that will take her soon enough. Overprotective parents and pulling the strings of her hoodie over her bald head. Anyway, whatever...just great to hear and remminisce over one of my fav songs.
Jess - Small Town, Wy
i hate how everyone says a songs about someone with a drug problem....... i mean for all you know the girl in the song could be a recovering addict to me this song difines renee yohe ....look her upDevon - Wolcott, Ny
Oh I forgot in my last posting anyone looking for another realy good song about dealing with H check Running to stand still by U2 it's off the Joshua Tree Album I was once told it si about the Edges girl from high school but not 100% about how factual that it is.Liam - Ottawa , On
Most of what I read seems to be a Metaphorical translations I think the only ones that can tell us exactly what this song means line for line is the artist. We can surmise and contemplate all we want, for an example I’d like to take a little more straight forward approach to this song. I read where someone wrote that the line “she keeps a lock of hair in her pocket and a cross around her neck, the hair is for a young boy and the cross for someone she hasn’t met, Not yet. They wrote this meant that the angel or one of them anyway that she talks to is her boy that died?. could be right but there is no mention of a dead boy in the song. Now I’ve seen and rightfully so, child services take a child out of a home where the parents were alcoholics! Would not be reasonable that child service would take the child of an H addicts house and the cross for someone she has not met meaning she is not dead and the grace of God/Christ “not yet” then there’s the line “there’s a smile when the pain comes, the pains gonna make everything alright”. In a straight forward sense anyone who has been a long time user of H can tell you that when your up your feeling no pain as H blocks pain receptors, but when your down stubbing your toe feels extremely painful as your receptors are now in over drive having felt nothing for a long time. So the pain of the needle pocking though the skin and into the vein would hurt like hell but smiles cause when that first drop of H hits it takes it all away making everything alright. It can also mean that she is possible trying to get straight and again after long time use and stopping every joint in your body is in pain but the pain means your healing so everything is alright. I guess what I’m trying to say is not every line in every song has some deep metaphor behind it could be just the straight forward telling of a story and again only the Crowes know for sure.Liam - Ottawa , On
brilliant song, simple music but deep lyrics. robinson has a great rock voice that perfectly suits this song.Jared - Perth, Australia
I have a friend I'm just going to call B this song
fits her and her life she is addicted to pills and
other drugs and she wears black makeup to hide the dark circles around her eyes and when she was very young her little brother died and she thinks it's her fault and she carries the memorie and she I love her deeply and I'm trying to help her.
Jeremy - Gainsville, Ga
This song sticks a huge knife in my chest. I am a 26 year old "girl" who is recovering from a herion addiction. I wear a cross around my neck every day now, some day hoping that I can beat this horrible disease. I know what it feels like to be an orphan. I felt like I was an orphan in my family. Nobody ever discuessed feelings or emotions, there were no connections there. So no matter how much they loved me and cared about me, I had no idea how to feel. It makes me realize all the horrible s--t I've been through and the only person I can blame is myself. I've been trying to learn new ways of thinking and do try to talk to god, angels, anybody that will listen to me when I'm praying.Missy - Pittsburgh, Pa
I havent read all of the comments already posted, so sorry if theres any repetition. I take this song as a girl, who is very close to death, and by calling her out by her name, theyre calling her to die. And I think her son died, or was taken away from her drug use. The cross, if used as a sign that god cares for her. And she doesnt care that she doesnt have a lover, because everyone she gets involved with is sick of her drug use. "She paints her eyes black as night, Pulls those shades down tight" is her getting up and putting a lot of black eye make up/ And shes pulling down the shades so no one can see her using. Everyone sees the song in their own way, thats mine.Morgan - Hampton, Nj
This song will always take me to a weird place in my mind. For about a week it was stuck in my head and I was driving home one night, it was playing on my cd player when I flipped my car. When the car stopped I remember hearing this song. The next time I heard it, I broke down crying because I realized just how close I had come to talking to angels myself.Thomas - Natchez, Ms
This song is very close to me heart for several reasons.

First, my aunt lost her son when he was 16 and the song reminds me of her for obvious reasons.

Second, though it may be that this song is about a woman with a drug addiction, it speaks to me as a young woman with a self injury addiction. "She gives a smile when the pain comes. The pain gonna make everything alright" give me chills because it is such a reflection of how my heart feels about my SI.

"she never mentions the word addiction in certain company"-- as anyone with any kind of addiction will tell you, I always fear that just by mentioning the words cut, harm, injure, talking about razors or anything pertaining directly or indirectly to self injury will somehow expose my problem. I feel like if I just pretend it doesnt exist, no one else will remember it exists either and won't be suspicious of me.

"She paints her eyes as black as night now. She wears a cross around her neck" also hits home for me. I used to be a pretty, popular cheerleader... the epitome of a bright, cheerful person, and now I paint my eyes to match how I feel inside. My faith has not failed though, so my cross is always around my neck.
Kalin - Knoxville, Tn
this song, like all songs, can be interpretted in many different ways. that's the beautty of writing. it may mean one thing to me and another thing to you. no one is right or wrong. your opinion is no better than the next guy, so everyone, relax. in the end it's just a song that you had nothing whatsoever to do with. try not to lose too much sleep over it.Berto - Northport, Fl
Since the first time I heard this song I have pictured the girl in this song as the girl who is having the hardest time trying to find herself in the world. A few girls that are close friends were (and still are) like that. They were into very spiritual things, and they would sit in circles and pray to the earth and things like that. For a while they always wore black eyeshadow. One of them was a cutter, and she seemed to cut to get attention. She was always talking about the pain she felt, but would never tell you what caused it, even if she knew what it was. If she didn't have a pain to share, she wasn't happy. Saying that she "was an orphan after you met her family" was like the things she would do. She seemed to bask in her pain. And when the chorus comes with the "She talks to angels, says they call her out by her name" I see the girl in the song killing herself in the end. It reminds me so much of my friends, in particular that one girl because it seems so real. I love this song for that.
But the most powerful part for me is the bridge. "She don't know no lover, None that I ever seen, Yes to her that ain't nothin', but to me, yeah me, it means everything" gives me chills every time I hear it. I think it's the singer saying that no one is her lover, and she doesn't care because she doesn't think anyone will love her. But the singer disproves her very point.
Jason - Southington, Ct
This song means the world to me, I can relate to it on so many levels. One being the verse about carrying the lock of hair around in her pocket and wearing the cross around her neck-My son died as an infant, and I carry his hair everywhere. It effected my life in so many ways, one way being, I was put on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, and sleep medications-I did not become an addict, but I hurt so badly, even to this day, that I could see how easily it could happen. This song speaks volumes to me. It's a brilliant song...Hillary - Utica, Ny
this song means alot to me and i have lived this.I have lisened to this song for years. This is my song and in my opioion it is the best song ever written.
jessica,bristol tn.
Jessica - Bristol, Tn
The most beautiful part of the song is when the singer finally reveals why he sings about her with such pain and emotion. She dosn't care for or know any lovers because of her reckless addiction. But for him she means everything. He is deeply in lover with her (they are lovers) and suffering while watching her destroy herself. This is revealed at the climax of the song.Stephen - Sf, Ca
Carols favourite song ...I Love You Carol!Richard - Norfolk, Va
Beautiful song. I think it's symbolic of someone suffering from heroin addiction. Someone wrote in that Chris Robinson wrote it. I always thought I heard that his brother, Rich, wrote the song when he was only 15 or 16. Everyone is commenting on specific lyrics like "She gives a smile when the pain comes. The pain's gonna make everything allright". I take it to mean that she knows she's still alive because she can still feel pain. And I'm sure it might be about the feeling the addicts get after shooting after what I see written above. Can't speak from experience on that though.Sandi - Bel Air, Md
Ok I haven't read everyones comments so maybe someone else other then me hear the words this way. She Talks to Angels.... What would happen to a girl in todays times that claimed to talk to angels. That went as far as to say she was chosen by God. What if she were the modern day Virgin Mary? She has to tell her family that she is pregnant by the hand of God. Would anyone believe her? What would happen to her? She would be an embarrassment to her Christian family. Their lovely virgin daughter claiming to be pregnant by God. "She dont know no lover, No man that I ever seen. Yes, to her that aint nothing But to me,
Its everything." The first part when the words " The pain's gonna make everything alright " may refer to the pain of child birth. Meaning that when the baby comes everyone will know she is telling the truth. But after the baby arrives the Angels still do not return. "The cross is someone she has not met, not yet" may refer to her Assumption into heaven meaning that, at the end of her earthly life, Mary will be taken directly into Heaven just like the original Mary was.
The baby is taken away and in her shame she runs away and ends up on the streets. As many teen runaways do she turns to drugs to mask the pain of her life.
In the second part to the song when it says "She gives a smile when the pain comes, The pain's gonna make everything alright" thats the pain of a heroin needle piercing her arm and for a moment the drug will make everything alright.
Chris - Baltimore, Md
This song is definitely a classic. The first line really gets me, "she never mentions the word addiction in certain company." To me, it's obvious that she knows she is an addict but she feels that she must hide this part of herself in "certain company." Also, I think she feels very alone, which is why she'll tell you shes an orphan after you meet her family, who probably does not accept her. I think that it's pretty obvious that the lock of hair in her pocket which belongs to a little boy is probably her lost son, whether he is lost to death or was given up for adoption I'm not sure. The cross from someone she has not met is clearly a sign of her spirituality, she hasn't met them yet...meaning that she will when she dies. "She gives a smile when the pain comes, the pain gonna make everything alright" is self-inflicted pain. I am a cutter, and from experience I know that matching the pain you feel on the inside by hurting yourself on the outside really can does make you feel better, it can also be a form of self-punishment for the things that you have done. I think the girl in the song is lost in addiction and has had very traumatic things happen to her as a result, or maybe the traumatic things caused her addiction. Either way, she talks to angels because 1) she's alone, and only god and the angels really know and understand her 2)she feels like those angels are the only ones that might be able to save her or 3) she's dying and the angels are calling her home.

I've thought about this a lot, actually, I love this song and it really hits close to home. I've battled heroin addiction for awhile now and I really can relate.
Kate - Nashville, Tn
I First heard this song at a funeral for my fathers assistant, i hadn't gotten a chance to know her that well but this song still reminds me of her to this date, hmmm but now that ive read these it is starting to make senseTodd - Toronto, Canada
Her father is an addict; he's abbusive. He's the one she won't mention addiction around - addicts don't call themselves addicts. He's also the reason she doesn't know a lover. She gets pregnant and gives the baby away. She suppresses the memory (pulls the shades tight, lock of hair in her pocket). The memory is painful, but the memory also provides the one picture of her son and makes everything alright. She outwardly seeks vindication for giving her baby away: cross around neck for everyone to see, SHE SAYS she talks to angels. The singer is the boy. It is very important to him that she has a lover (or at least had a lover). In the last part he forgives her: Its not "She says she talks to angels", its "she talks to angels". Remember what Earnest Hemmingway said about "The Old Man and The Sea":
No good book has ever been written that has in it symbols arrived at beforehand and stuck in. ... I tried to make a real old man, a real boy, a real sea and a real fish and real sharks. But if I made them good and true enough they would mean many things.
Chuck - Florence, Al
I love this song, and I read all these comments and they all have alot in commen. When i first heard this song, i loved it. but I didnt understand it, so I listened to it over and over again. Heres what came to my mind...
I see a girl, a young girl, who had a pretty tough life. She feels like she cant comunicate with her family, so she feels as if shes alone of "an orphon" and I belive she got involved with drugs, but i think she has a way with comunicating with god & angels. And she does thinks what they tell her to do. I love this part " gives a smiles when the pain comes, the pains gunna make everything alright." i think that statement is so true i mean for anyone, every thing that hurts inside of us happens for a reason but in the end everything is alright ... that part with the hair and the little boy, i think it was a boy who died in her life, and she refuses to love becasue seh doesnt want her heart broken. and this one guy whos totally fallen head over heals for this girl who everyone belives is crazy. No one knows why this girl does the the things she does, but all she can say is "she talks to angels" and i think its funny because we all look at this girl and we think shes crazy, but how do we know for sure she really cant comunicate with angels?
Julie - Abington, Ma
To me this song is about a young woman who is from a poor white trash family she is embarrassed of. She always made bad choices in life in the city streets. She is addicted to heroine of course.The lock of hair is from the little boy she gave up for the best. In God's mercy the angels are calling to her because her life style is killing her and she is nearing her death time.
I knew a girl just like her.God be with you Lydia.
Joe - Charlotte, Nc
I'm trying to figure out where horse or giving the boy heroin comments are coming from... Am I missing something?Dd - Indianapolis, In
i use to look down on people who use heroin until i met a girl who was an addict and fell in love i use to but belive it or not i am not hooked at lease not yet steve from sacramento i can relate to every word you have written i just hope my friend can someday find some peaceIamno1 - Pgh, Pa
I cried the first time I heard this song and have every time since. I know in my heart this song is about a very famous woman who became seriously addicted to drugs after suffering the loss of her son. She keeps a lock of hair as a reminder and a form of self-torment. The cross she bears is on her back as well as her chest, a symbol of someone she has not yet met (God or a future son not yet born?) The angels talking are voices of children she lost trying to become a mother again. She was not able to give birth to another child after many tries at pregnancy. She may have felt responsible for her son's death and punished herself with drugs and by rejecting her one and only lover, a man who loves her deeply and unconditionally, and composed this song to tell her so.Mary - La, Ca
deffintly about a herion addictiion she smiles when the pain comes bc the pains going to make everything all right its to get away se dont now how to deal with her problems so she uses herion it takes u away thats why i sleepJessica - Chattanooga, Tn
As I heard this song the first time I felt that someone had been looking in on my life secretly and that they knew about the several female friends I have that I hold near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately for all involved, these ladies all have a habbit with IV drug use. I have never had the desire to use my drugs that way but have used them in almost all other ways. I don't know why I have this attraction to these women not even knowing they use that way, but I have fallen in love with almost all of them at some point and not due to thier habbit but due to thier personalities. Some...ok, all have a inner personality that they deal with and some may be able to share it with certain others they come in contact with. This song totally hits the nail on the head for me and I love hearing it and feel some sort of inner peace knowing the same situation exists else where in the world other than just in my world. I am grateful to have this song on in my colection to relive my broken heart a bit when I come to the reality of realationships with these gals....which is not possable while they are still actively useing. The drugs are the only realationship they can know along with finding ways and means to support the habbit. I do love all these ladies but I seem hopeless in trying to win thier love, over the addiction, but I find relief hearing this song. I know...sounds like I have the addiction problem , huh? Love ya!, SteveStephen - Sacramento/nor Cal, Ca
This is such a great song. It has such great meaning for me because I was addicted to heroin for a long time and every time I listened to this song I seriously wanted to cry. It's about a girl who has an addiction that shes trying to hide, and she gives a smile when the pain comes means she loves the pain of shooting up because of the feeling after. Great song.Jerica - Detroit , Mi
This is song is about the general chick in the audience that they saw in ATL's clubs. But they added a story to it. But theyare actually uneducated on heroin, because heroin is NOT a hallucinogen, you don't think you're talknig to angels when you do it, it is jsut a good "plush" feeling. And the "smile when the pain comes" refers to the feeling you get right after injecting it, the best part of the high which is several hours long of "the nod" which is when you are seriously tired for the rest of the high. And horse is a slang term for heroin.Jeremy - Lafayette, La
one of my favorites
now the lover thing, i think might mean that the lover he hasn't seen might be heroin.
the hair is probably from a baby that was adopted or died.
now shooting your baby up with heroin?, you've been reading too much 60's government propaghanda or something.
a. waste of heroin
b. your baby, who is heartless enough to ive a baby heroin
Bob - Van City, Canada
I think it's funny, the person that put that the little boy isn't a horse. Horse is a term for heroin. I always thought that this song was about an opiate addiction, having been there. When you inject certain opiates a sharp pain goes through your spine. It hurts, but addicts learn to love it because of the feeling afterwards. I love this song, I used to put it on repeat and just cry. Whoever the boy is, I don't think it matters, but it's a very powerful song. As far as testing drugs on children? "as many heroin addicts do"... yeah check the source on that. Thats disgusting and I've been around people who did awful things in front of their kids and neglected kids.. but thats pretty extreme. I would say that probably warrants a firing squad. At the very least.Gracey - Asheville, Nc
It's one hell of a songCody - Hagerstown, Md
Whatever the woman has done as a result of her addiction, she can't forgive herself. Otherwise she would have met the person that the cross represents. I agree with Laura, lively, Canada about not being able to let go. Pain tells us we haven't let go. It's always worse at night.Lalah - Wasilla, Ak
This song's melody and lyrics are meant to move listeners. The song is about a young woman who is a recovering addict. She comes from a family of drug abusers. She is ashamed of this history of abuse and sarcastically refers to herself as an "orphan." Her two young children died in a car accident. She was driving high and caused their death. She mourns the death of her children and hides behind her dark makeup and sunglasses. Her mourning and grieving take away the pain because she hears the voices of her two forgiving children (angels) telling her that they still love their mom. She has a lock of her son's hair that she carries around. The cross that she wears symbolizes her relationship with God--someone she has not yet met. She hasn't been able to take a lover since the death of her children, but the lyricist loves her deeply and wishes to be with her.Rex - Miami, Fl
this song is so amazing!! i'm not very old, but my dad listens to music like this and when i first heard this i was thinking of my step-dad's sister-in-law as the girl. i think that it was obvious that the boy wasn't a horse. it said "the little boy" so i don't think it was a horse. i think the way it is sung is what haunts most people. it haunts me, because at my age, we see alot of death and it is weird how something old can appeal to a young person. the addiction they are talking about could be anything. it is a great song though.Amanda - Helena, Ar
rich robinson wrote this song when he was only 17, just a year or so after he started playing.Will - Atlanta, Ga
I always thought that the first few lines of this song were about someone dealing with their friend's addictions, I know when we hang out with those of my friends who have become addicted to drugs, we have to tip-toe around certain subjects. As for the testing the drugs on her kids, i have never personally heard of someone doing that but then again none of my friends who are drug addicts have kids that they have custody of.

Beautiful song, though, i'll agree with all of you on that.
Beth - Livonia, Mi
I agree with Rachel. I, too, was a cutter who struggled with the addiction for about five years.Leon - Waterbury, Ct
I think this song can be about more than just addiction to Heroin. Maybe she's addicted to cutting herself and that why she smiles when the pain comes. I was a cutter and thats how I interperated it. Maybe I'm wrong but oh well.Rachel - Russellville, Ky
I like this debate on who the little boy in the song is. As for me, I am not sure myself. I only try to take into consideration that there is a line in the song that says, "she don't know no lover, none that i've ever seen." this, i suppose, could be interpreted two ways. i guess every one is assuming that it means she doesn't have a lover now, but this doesn't exclude her past. what if she has never had a lover at all? then who is the little boy? the line doesn't say that she never knew the little boy, it says that "the cross is someone she has not met, not yet" (Jesus-the cross). this mysterious little boy could be the reason she's on drugs in the first place. just throwin' that out there.Kelly - Prescott, Az
this song is about a girl addicted to drugs , She shot up and that is what the song means when it says the pain will make everything alright, meaning the pain fromt he needle . As for the little boy I believe it is her child that she gave up for adoption. To say that the little boy is someone she gave drugs to to see what would happen is stupid you abviously know nothing about drugs.Lindsey - Stanton, Ky
Beautiful song...Ilove this song, makes you think about the little boy...what if he died, and the result was her being on heroin? or maybe she lost him when she was addicted? one may never know..but it is a touching songKuuipo - Bellefontaine, Oh
After my son was killed in a freak accident with his grandmother, I tried to ease my pain. Addiction comes in many forms. This song, I understand,depression, I withdrew, I believe there are angels, I do know their names because they were all here once on this plain with me. I do have a lock of hair from my son's first haircut, I do not keep it in my pocket. Pain helps you not forget, I should not have let him go that day. This song helps me not feel sorry for myself, I dont want too. Its a fine line. To Dave, in Nashville I dont feel pathetic. wrong wordLaura - Lively, Canada
oh i forgot to add, in reply to "as many heroin addicts do"....i've known heroin addicts, and I've never heard of any of them testing it out on their children first...u must be really drug ignorantMichelle - Shallotte, Nc
that doesn't make any sense to me...why the hell would she give a little boy heroin to see if it would kill her or not? sorry, but that just sounds dumb to meMichelle - Shallotte, Nc
as for the little boy, i think that this woman tested out her heroin on the boy to see if it wouldn't kill her, as many heroin addicts do, which explains why she has the lock of hair from a little boy. it probably killed him and now she's in more pain because she's greiving the death that was her fault, making her want the pain even more.Jessica - Edina, Mn
I wonder about the lock of hair from the little boy. Could it be from a little boy baby she gave away for adoption? Or even more pathetic, perhaps a baby who died. Could the song be about a young woman who has lost her child and is grieving for him and not about horse at all?Dave - Nashville, Tn
This is a great song that will always touch my heart for many reasons. When i first heard this song I was with some close friends. We all had an addiction. Wether it the same as each other or different we all felt the need to hide something thats already known. The pain was the addiction or whats being hidden. I will always remember my dear friend that introduced this song to me with great meaning at the rite time in my life. Frank.
Frankie T`s THE PLACE TO BE! REST IN PEACE AND TALK TO THEM ANGELS BECAUSE WE KNOW, THEY KNOW YOUR NAME.
Tara - Bayonne, Nj
I heard them perform this live with an acoustic piano, and I serioulsy cried. It's a beautiful song with haunting lyrics.Stephanie - Ellicott City, Md
Absolutely beautiful song, all time favorite of mine. So under-rated, everyone I've known that has heard this song loved it. Some of their other stuff is well not so great, but this song is simply amazing. Obviously about a girl with a drug problem, but alot about the song I don't get.Brian - Paoli, In