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This song was controversial because it makes reference to the "metaphysical" or occult. It is thought that it is about Aleister Crowley who was a infamous practitioner of the occult who rose to public infamy during the 60s and 70s in Britain. Paul McCartney claims it is simply a song about when things go wrong unexpectedly.
2 years ago
He was in love with this woman who took the relationship they had like a game. She was using him for sex and after each time, she'd say goodbye like it was nothing till she needed more from him. Eventually, he got sick of it and she knew it and didn't want him to say goodbye. As the song says, he wont say goodbye anymore, which means he is done playing the game with her. At the end of the song, he gives her everything she wants, and he is the one who ends it for good, never saying goodbye to her. This loops back to the beginning of the song where he whispers it to himself.
2 years ago
It's interesting hearing a song -or reading a book for that matter- that takes place in an entirely different season -for instance now it's July- I tend to think of parallel universes, getting lost in a spiral of parallel characters, situations and handling of those situations....
A song that packed a big punch upon its initial release, one of the first songs by a big star that talked about AIDS, which in 1987 was still hugely misunderstood. Like much of Prince's work on the Sign o' the times album, it's a reflection on the bleakness of late 1980s life in inner city America.
The Angel is Billie Holiday, this song is really just a love song to Billie Holiday and the genius of her voice juxtaposed against the backdrop of Harlem. You get the sense of Holiday's voice rising above the streets angelically yet inextricably tied to the harshness of the city