The Angel and the One

Album: The Red Album (2008)
Play Video
  • It's not my destiny to be the one that you will lay with
    So many reasons why I have to go but want to stay here
    Sometimes I want a taste but then I don't know what I'm saying
    You are the angel and I am the one who is praying

    There is another love that I would rather be obeying
    I see the ecstasy and already I'm anticipating
    I feel a deeper peace and that deeper peace is penetrating
    I've got the magic in me, I am complete is what I'm saying

    I'm flying up so high, my purple majesty displaying
    I've reached a higher place that no one else can make a claim in

    I'll take you there my friend
    I'm reaching out my hand, so take it
    We are the angels, and we are the ones that are praying

    Peace, shalom, peace, shalom
    Peace, peace
    Peace, shalom, peace, shalom
    Peace, peace Writer/s: RIVERS CUOMO
    Publisher: E O Smith Music
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Chris from Near Buffalo, NyOK. It took me a while but I got it. This song is very deep. It is a first person song obviously but who is the person.


    This person has reached the highest enlightenment possible.
    He is a King as his purple majesty is displayed.

    He will take you to the enlightenment if you will only take his hand.

    Who is this man?

    Como is singing from the first person of Jesus.

    At first he is singing to Mary Magdelene, explaining to her why he can't be with her.

    Another bit of relate...who uses Shalom in language other than a jew. Jesus was a jew his entire life.

    I am not a bible thumper or a christian but when you listen or read the lyrics again, it is a perfect fit.
  • Adam from Boyce, VaVery great song. Love the pipe organ at the end of the song.
  • Sam from Toronto, OnIn the liner notes for the deluxe edition of the "Red Album", Rivers Cuomo explained, "This song...it started out as a really standard pop song called 'bad girl', and had a verse and a chorus and bridge and all that stuff. And I just wasn't satisfied with it. It wasn't moving me spiritually enough. It was...too normal. So one day I sat down with my acoustic guitar and I just played that song over and over, basically looping it. My fingers hurt so much, but I just kept playing it. And over the hour that I was playing it, the song slowly evolved and it smoothed over and the sections blurred into each other. And it turned into the spiritual reverie that is really just one long development without any distinction between sections. Every line in this song rhymes and then melody just gradually get higher and higher and the music gets louder and more powerful...there isn't any study of music in this song. It was just the desire to break away and not write a standard three minute pop song."
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Sugarland

SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Meet the "sassy basket" with the biggest voice in country music.

Pete Anderson

Pete AndersonSongwriter Interviews

Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.

Al Jourgensen of Ministry

Al Jourgensen of MinistrySongwriter Interviews

In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.

Experience Nirvana with Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt

Experience Nirvana with Sub Pop Founder Bruce PavittSong Writing

The man who ran Nirvana's first label gets beyond the sensationalism (drugs, Courtney) to discuss their musical and cultural triumphs in the years before Nevermind.

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real Group

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real GroupSong Writing

The leader of the Modern A Cappella movement talks about the genre.

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

Rob Halford of Judas PriestSongwriter Interviews

Rob Halford dives into some of his Judas Priest lyrics, talking about his most personal songs and the message behind "You've Got Another Thing Comin'."