Angel with the Scabbed Wings

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"Angel with the Scabbed Wings"
Angel with the Scabbed Wings cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Antichrist Superstar
Released October 8, 1996
Recorded 1996 at Nothing Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre Industrial metal, groove metal
Length 3:53
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Marilyn Manson, Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayne Gacy
Producer Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie, Marilyn Manson
Media

"Angel with the Scabbed Wings" is the tenth track on the 1996 release Antichrist Superstar. The song features a riff strikingly similar to the main theme of the Broadway Jesus Christ Superstar, of which Antichrist Superstar is a parody.

Appearances[edit]

Albums[edit]

Versions[edit]

  • Angel with the Scabbed Wings — Appears on Antichrist Superstar.
  • Angel with the Scabbed Wings (Live) — Appears on Dead to the World.
  • Angel with the Scabbed Wings (Demo) — Appears on Antichrist Final Songs.

Demo Version[edit]

 


Demo lyrics[edit]

  he is the angel with the scabbed wings
  hard-drug face, want to powder his nose
  he will deflower the freshest crop
  dry up all the wombs with his rock and roll sores


  rock and roll sores
  rock and roll sores


  dead is what he is
  he does what he please
  the things that he has
  you'll never want to see
  what you're never gonna be now
  sketch a little keyhole
  for looking-glass people
  you don't want to be him
  you only want to see him
  mommy's got a scarecrow
  gotta let the corn grow
  man can't always reap what he sow


  he is the maker
  he is the taker
  he is the saviour
  he is the raper


  dead is what he is
  he does what he please
  the things that he has
  you'll never want to see
  what you're never gonna be now
  sketch a little keyhole
  for looking-glass people
  you don't want to be him
  you only want to see him
  mommy's got a scarecrow
  gotta let the corn grow
  man can't always reap what he sow


  he is a
  she is a
  (?)
  you'll never want to see
  what you're never gonna be now


  he is a
  (?)
  (?)
  you'll never want to see
  what you're never gonna be now


  he is the maker
  he is the taker
  he is the saviour
  he is the raper


  get back you're never gonna leave him
  get back you're always gonna please him
  get back you're never gonna leave him
  get back you're always gonna please him


  he is the angel with the scabbed wings
  hard-drug face, want to powder his nose
  he will deflower the freshest crop
  dry up all the wombs with his rock and roll sores


  greater than god
  greater than god
  greater than god
  greater than god


  greater than god
  greater than god
  greater than god
  greater than god


  get back you're never gonna leave him
  get back you're always gonna please him
  get back you're never gonna leave him
  get back you're always gonna please him

Lyrics[edit]

   he is the angel with the scabbed wings
   hard-drug face, want to powder his nose
   he will deflower the freshest crop
   dry up all the wombs with his rock and roll sores
   dead
   is what he is, he does what he please
   the things that he has you'll never want to see
   what you're never gonna be now
   sketch a little keyhole for looking-glass people
   you don't want to see him
   you only want to be him
   mommy's got a scarecrow, gotta let the corn grow
   man can't always reap what he sow
   "he is the maker"
   (he is the taker)
   "he is the saviour"
   (he is the raper)
   dead
   is what he is, he does what he please
   the things that he has you'll never want to see
   what you're never gonna be now
   sketch a little keyhole for looking-glass people
   you don't want to see him
   you only want to be him
   mommy's got a scarecrow, gotta let the corn grow
   man can't always reap what he sow
   "he is the maker"
   (he is the taker)
   "he is the saviour"
   (he is the raper)
   get back you're never gonna leave him
   get back you're always gonna please him

Trivia[edit]

  • The song takes a play Galantians 6: 7-9: "7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
  • The song's mention of "looking-glass people" is likely a reference to the Lewis Carroll story Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. Marilyn Manson later attempted to incorporate characters from this book, including Alice, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, into the film Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll.
  • It is one of the few songs to be written in and recorded using the Eb Standard guitar tuning.
  • The song bears lyrical similarities, particularly the line "man can't always reap what he sow", to "Scapegoat", a track recorded originally during a rehearsal session sometime in late Autumn of 1993 and (for reasons unknown) shelved until the release of "The Spooky Kids' second remasters compilation".