Not About Angels - Birdy




The Experience: Birdy joins her sweet voice to a soft piano and violin. This song is a tear-jerker, like the movie - The Fault in Our Stars, but also sweet at the same time. 



Music Video: Birdy appears in white by the piano, but also in a black, star-studded dress, surrounded by dangling stars. Then both appear together. The white-clad Birdy (symbolizing the real person) was waiting for her angel (symbolized by the starred Birdy). The quiet presence of her angel responds to Birdy's plea "Don't give me up." Angels take care of us, whether we see them or not. (And for a brief moment in the video, ordinary Birdy wanders among the stars too.)

In the lyric video, while the words appear, clouds show deeper questions behind the video. Behind the video, lines from A Fault in Our Stars appear in dark clouds: 
  • I do, Augustus, I do
  • Maybe 'Okay' will be our 'Always'
  • Some infinities are bigger than other infinities
  • Without pain, we would not know joy
  • My thoughts are stars. I can't fathom into constellations


The Meaning of Birdy's Not About Angels: The song asks about 'angels' - those people who "make us special"... and whether they exist, or how to find them. With Fault in our Stars cancer, or any suffering really, those angels are essential. Half the lyrics are about finding something  special or true ("There's just time." "Something real that's out of touch.") but knowing it's going to fade away. ("How unfair... could you give it up?... Would you dare to let it go?") The final answer of Not About Angels tells us to stop hoping for an invisible angel ("Not about those angels) and to hope in the human angels of those who love us. 

Ask Yourself: Who are your angels? How do you find them? 

Soundtrack: The Fault in Our Stars (2014)


LYRICS:

We know full well there's just time
So is it wrong to toss this line?
If your heart was full of love, 
Could you give it up?

'Cause what about, what about angels?
They will come, they will go 
Make us... special
Don't give... me up
Don't give... me up

How unfair it's just our love.
Found something real that's out of touch.
But if you search the whole wide world,
Would you dare to let it go?

'Cause what about, what about angels?
They will come, they will go 
Make us... special
Don't give... me up.
Don't give... me up.

'Cause what about, what about angels?
They will come, they will go 
Make us... special

Not about, not about angels?

Angels


by Simon Cleary 

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