Angel Cry - G-Eazy and Devon Baldwin

The Experience: There ain't no place for someone who makes an angel cry... Guilt - how do you deal with it?
The Vibe: Pride.
The Topic: Guilt. Despair.
The Value: Repentance.
The Tension: You'll regret it till the day you die (You can't deny your guilt) VS. I'll never change the way I'm living though (But you can reject your chance to do better).

Music video: Devon Baldwin alone, naked and crying. In this case that nudity is respectful: it's not graphic, it's not provocative, and what it symbolizes is perfectly synced to Angel Cry's message. Nakedness symbolizes total openness, total intimacy, and total vulnerability. That's heaven's attitude: it loves, it offers, it builds no walls. God's not jealous. He loves. But he's also the truth. We can't make that love cry without destroying the relationship. Heaven is always open - the pearly gates don't close. But we can perversely choose to still do us - our pride can become goodbye. And that more than anything makes heaven cry.

The Meaning of Angel Cry: G-Eazy and Devon Baldwin offer a layered study of guilt and how people deal with it. 

Layer 1: guilt. It could be personal: betraying and rejecting and hurting one person in particular. It could be all across the board: making angels cry. She calls him out over and over. He doesn't deny anything. There's a refreshing honesty to that. 
Layer 2: a harsh reality. He has to change to find a place in heaven. No change means he's far away from Heaven here
Layer 3: his "honest" choice. He acknowledges his guilt but refuses to change - I can't shed a tear. So he chooses to cope: cars, sex, money, alcohol. That seems to work: I'm still doing me, and sh-t's been getting better here. But nothing can truly keep the demons at bay: nights with demons and I got this liquor pouring it's a band-aid for the pain that sh-t'll come right back in the morning and I thought I'd be alright, that sh-t hit different though.

She keeps singing. She condemns but she doesn't stop loving. She holds out hope until the very end of the song. But she can't avoid a harsh truth. There are consequences and eventually those consequences become final: it's time to say goodbye. Faced with that, his bravado and proud "honesty" pale. What are they worth if when it's all over he forfeits his place in heaven?

Ask yourself: Does pride keep you from being better?

Album: - (2020)

LYRICS:


You know you made an angel cry
You'll regret it till the day you die
I wish I could be by your side
But there ain't no place for
Someone who makes an angel cry (Cry)
An angel cry (Cry)
An angel cry (Cry)
There ain't no place for
Someone who makes you cry
(Cry, cry, cry) Cry
Now it's time to say goodbye
Now it's time to say goodbye

Yeah
I made this song cry, cause I can't shed a tear
Recognize the f-cked up sh-t I did to get us here
Nights with my demons, I'm so far away from Heaven here
But I'm still doing me, and sh-t's been getting better here
New crib, new whips
Vintage Rollie cost more than the latest model (Model)
I'm dating models, in my bed it's a naked model (Model)
Victory laps, we shakin' bottles
And spray 'em on the foreigns
Life is never boring, made 20 million touring
I wanted to love you, but my career was more important
When it rains it pours, so I got this liquor pouring
It's a band-aid for the pain
That sh-t'll come right back in the morning
You know this, yeah

You know you made an angel cry
You'll regret it till the day you die
I wish I could be by your side
But there ain't no place for
Someone who makes an angel cry (Cry)
An angel cry (Cry)
An angel cry (Cry)
There ain't no place for
Someone who makes you cry
(Cry, cry, cry) Cry
Now it's time to say goodbye
Now it's time to say goodbye (Yeah)

(Yeah)
I got my problems, never lied about 'em
And sure enough they showed themselves
And you cried about 'em
(Listen)
Pursuing vices, what's a life without 'em?
Cause they'll still be on my side for
Them times you weren't on mine
But I knew I wasn't right to always push you to the left
Pretending I'm protecting you from secrets that I kept (Kept)
It hurt me when you left, but that sh-t, I had to accept
So when you chose to take that step
I gave you nothing but respect
Sometimes I need to hear how much you miss me though (Yeah)
Sometimes I need to know it's not conditional (Aye)
Hey, I thought I'd be alright, that sh-t hit different though
But, f-ck it, in a way, I'll never change the way I'm living though
For real (Yeah)

You know you made an angel cry
You'll regret it till the day you die
I wish I could be by your side
But there ain't no place for
Someone who makes an angel cry (Cry)
An angel cry (Cry)
An angel cry (Cry)
There ain't no place for
Someone who makes you cry
(Cry, cry, cry) Cry
Now it's time to say goodbye
Now it's time to say goodbye

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