Fallen Angel

Album: Human (2015)
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  • On the album's fourth single, Three Days Grace taps into the feeling of helplessness that occurs when a loved one is in pain. The song was based on drummer Neil Sanderson's childhood memories of witnessing his mother's grief over losing her husband and one of her sons.

    "It's probably the most personal song I've been part of writing," he told Artist Direct. "The guys were really supportive for me to dig deep into a pretty dark time of my life. I was just a young boy. I'd lost my dad and my brother in the same year. It was only as an adult that I realized the gravity of the situation. That song talks about my mother. I didn't realize how much torment she was going through but still putting on a strong face to make us feel like everything was going to be okay. Was it hard to write? Definitely. To be able to lay it all out there was hard, but I'm glad I did. That's something a lot of people go through. It's real, and it's not shiny. It's reality. That is common on this record. The biggest thing for me is when a fan comes up and says, 'That song changed my life. When I hear that song, it makes me think of what happened to me and what I'm going through. That song made me realize I'm not alone, and I'm not the only person who goes through these things. For an artist to hear that from a fan is the most powerful things ever. It's one of the most important and gratifying things about being in Three Days Grace. If we can put into words what people are going through, that's amazing. We're just talking about real s---."
  • Guitarist Barry Stock added his perspective on the tune: "This one had a deep story. It's really about being there for someone when you feel helpless. They're in a troubled place, and you just feel helpless. Neil told this story we thought would be cool to sing and talk about. As a child, he'd listen to his mother late at night. It was very personal to him. Neil would go to bed at night. His mom would be strong all day, and then he'd hear his mom crying. That's where that story came from. He felt helpless as a young guy. Someone around you is going through tough times, and you feel helpless. The song's pretty much about that. You want to help them, but what do you do?" >>
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    Jake - Virginia, for above two

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