Angel of Death

Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy

About Angel of Death

"Angel of Death" is a song by rock band Thin Lizzy featured on their Renegade album, released as a single in the United States. The tune peaked at No. 38 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The song was a collaboration between band leader Phil Lynott and Darren Wharton who had joined the band as a keyboard player in 1980. Angel of Death was premiered live in August 1981 when its lyrics were rather different from the later released versions. The opening number of Thin Lizzy's live set during the Renegade world tour of 1981/2 when it heralded the band on stage with the sound of air-raid sirens, Angel of Death was also an integral part of the Thunder and Lightning live set in 1983.  


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Oh my God
There's millions of them

I've seen a fire start in Frisco
The day that the earth quaked
I've seen buildings a-blazing
Throwing up in flames

I heard men, women and children
Crying out to their God for mercy
But their God didn't listen
So they were burned alive

They went down, down, deep underground
In the great disaster

I was hanging out in Berlin
In the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty nine
I've seen Hitler's storm troopers
March right across the Maginot line

I've seen two world wars
I've seen men send rockets out into space
I foresee a holocaust
An angel of death descending to destroy the human race

Down, down, deep underground
A great disaster

In the sixteenth century there was a French philosopher
By the name of Nostradamus
Who prophesied that in the late twentieth century
An angel of death shall waste this land

A holocaust the likes of which
This planet had never seen
Now, I ask you
Do you believe this to be true

I was standing by the bedside
The night that my father died
He was crying out in pain
To his God he said, have mercy, mercy

His body was riddled with a disease
Unknown to man so he expected no cure
But before he died that night
He was lost, insane

He went down, down, deep underground
A great disaster

You'll go down, down, deep underground
A great disaster

I think they've got now

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Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist/vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Thin Lizzy are best known for their songs "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", all major international hits still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years based around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. more »

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Written by: Darren Wharton, Philip Parris Lynott

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Band History
"Angel Of Death" is a song by Thin Lizzy, a rock band from Ireland. The band achieved international recognition through prominent rock anthems, including "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back In Town."
Song Background
"Angel Of Death" is from the album "Renegade," released in 1981. The album was the band's 11th studio album and it marked a departure from their traditional sound.
Lead Band Member
Phil Lynott, the band's lead vocalist and bassist, took on the dominant role in writing most of the songs, including this one. Known for his poetic songwriting, Lynott infused storytelling elements into his music.
Lyrics Content
The "Angel Of Death" song tackles tough subjects like the Apocalypse and the end of the world. It paints a graphic picture of the final reckoning, consistent with Lynott's penchant for strong narratives.
Influential Instrumental Work
The song is also famous for its ambitious guitar work by Scott Gorham and Snowy White, suggesting a more progressive direction for the band on the "Renegade" album.
Creative Input
"Angel of Death" was co-written by Darren Wharton, who joined Thin Lizzy as a keyboardist in 1980. It's one of the few songs where Wharton received a writing credit.
Live Performances
"Angel Of Death" was regularly included in the band's setlist during their live performances and became a fan favorite due to its atmospheric haunting keyboards and powerful lyrics.
Despite the fact that the "Renegade" album received mixed reviews from critics at the time of its release, songs like "Angel of Death" became classics and continue to be recognized as reflecting Thin Lizzy's unique rock sound.
Posthumous Recognition
After the tragic death of Lynott in 1986, "Angel Of Death" gained more recognition. It is seen as a testament to Phil Lynott's deep and somewhat dark creative skills.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by several artists over the years, affirming its lasting influence in the rock genre.

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