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eraserhead
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01/23/02 12:33 PM
The Angel Man/the Damned Man [re: Adam]  

Something kind of hit me today... I stumbled across a message on another message board, which talked about the old saying: "If you see the face of God you will die"...

In reply to:

It is no coincidence that Angel Man appears in this song [I'm Deranged].


Well, the connection between "Angel"/God and derangement is...I don't know, interesting? It says in the Bible: "If you see the face of God you will die". Perhaps "die" can be interpreted as: you will lose your mind, or you will lose yourself - your 'self' will fall apart and die.

I'm Deranged could be about a man who wants to be touched by God. But then we're humans and God is God, and we're not supposed to get too close to heaven. (Or so the Bible says.) The moment someone - anyone - sees the face of God, it's already too late. "No return" as Bowie sings. And what happens is that the person who has seen the face of God (the person who has become an "angel man" - which of course is a paradox in itself) this person becomes deranged. And then it's all downhill, so to speak: "I'm deranged down down down". Bowie sings about "the fist of love" which is also a paradox. (We usually think of Love as something good. ) To come too close to God/Love itself is like getting a fist in the face.

I'm not saying I subscribe to this belief (that if you see the face of God you will die) myself, but it's an old belief, it's an idea that goes back a long time, and therefore it's likely that Bowie, who's always struggled with the big questions, has thought about it. Maybe too much.





 
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*I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  Adam12/15/00 12:26 PM
.*Labyrinth!  strangeDivine04/30/03 04:24 PM
.*Re: Labyrinth!  Sysiyo05/05/03 02:31 AM
.*Re: Labyrinth!  LaughingGnoome05/06/03 09:47 PM
.*Re: Labyrinth!  Spunkrat09/23/04 03:00 AM
.*Being a word I use quite frequently in writing  strangeDivine05/05/03 06:41 PM
.*Re: Being a word I use quite frequently in writing  th0mas08/30/04 08:24 PM
.*Re: Being a word I use quite frequently in writing  Mxy08/31/04 00:45 AM
.*Non-Linear  zigbot08/31/04 02:08 PM
.*Re: Non-Linear  Mxy08/31/04 09:20 PM
.*My Thoughts  Lacrimans04/29/03 03:30 AM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  schizophrenic03/01/02 05:37 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  ExquisiteCorpse03/01/02 07:27 PM
.*MIRANDA  ExquisiteCorpse02/28/02 02:51 AM
.*Artiste in a Tunnel  AdamModerator03/02/02 10:40 PM
.*Re: Artiste in a Tunnel  ulfdub09/24/04 04:24 AM
.*QUIET  poorsoul09/24/04 04:44 AM
.*Re: QUIET  ulfdub09/27/04 04:47 AM
.*the architect  nymphet03/23/02 06:09 PM
.*Re: the architect  ExquisiteCorpse03/24/02 04:18 PM
.*Dreging up old dirt  StrangeDrugs09/20/02 01:33 PM
.*Re: Dreging up old dirt  strangeDivine04/30/03 00:08 AM
.*Re: Dreging up old dirt  Bramanti09/23/06 11:23 AM
..The Angel Man/the Damned Man  eraserhead01/23/02 12:33 PM
.*Buddhism/The Tibetan Book Of The Dead  WildWind01/23/02 06:08 PM
.*Re: Buddhism/The Tibetan Book Of The Dead  Tyger_Lily03/02/02 12:18 PM
.*Salaam  AdamModerator03/02/02 09:52 PM
.*Really deep thoughts  eraserhead01/24/02 05:06 AM
.*Made for Heaven.  Tristan01/24/02 12:53 PM
.*Miranda's clothes  kisch12/20/00 05:41 AM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  bewlaysib12/15/00 08:13 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  pussycatraynor12/18/00 10:26 AM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  Tyger_Lily12/16/00 03:35 AM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  bewlaysib12/20/00 00:51 AM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  Tyger_Lily12/23/00 03:36 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  Adam12/17/00 09:54 AM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  kirk12/18/00 12:05 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  Adam12/18/00 01:08 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  sevenlives12/23/00 04:33 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  dice01/20/01 11:08 PM
.*The Motel - - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  AdamModerator05/22/01 09:40 AM
.*Re: The Motel - - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  BigFatDog08/30/04 09:41 AM
.*Re: The Motel - - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  StrangeDrugs05/27/01 05:56 PM
.*The Zeroes Were Singing For You  AdamModerator05/28/01 04:19 AM
.*two sides and a spiral up  zimmo05/28/01 10:05 PM
.*Re: two sides and a spiral up  AdamModerator05/29/01 10:13 AM
.*Oh my...  ExquisiteCorpse02/26/02 11:38 PM
.*Re: two sides and a spiral up  zimmo05/29/01 08:04 PM
.*Freaky !  NoGame05/27/01 06:01 PM
.*_  Sysiyo05/23/01 03:37 AM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  kirk12/19/00 02:29 AM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  Tristan12/22/00 02:20 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  pussycatraynor12/15/00 04:57 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  lowlodgerheroes12/15/00 01:19 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  Adam12/15/00 01:50 PM
.*Re: I'm Deranged - Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1977  lowlodgerheroes12/15/00 02:37 PM
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