Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene

Songfacts®:

  • The female character on this track is portaged by Hozier as a lover with a mean tongue. He told The Cut: "There's probably a lot of Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man in that song. I suppose it's about feeling liberation... and a woman whose references might be questionable at best."
  • James Joyce's 1916 semiautobiographical novel Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man was a very strong influence on Hozier when writing the songs for his debut album. He explained to The Cut: "It's very much about a man's struggle to find his own identity in an oppressive culture of church, in an age influenced heavily by the Catholic church and a nationalism that he just wants to be free of."

Comments: 1

  • Smartalek from BostonIn French, "la petite mort" ("small death") is an idiom for orgasm.
    In case anyone wanted to know that.
    Can't speak knowledgeably about "the codeine scene," though.
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