As I see it: 1. I never had any trouble interpreting these lyrics, even as a little girl. In one particular fantasy, she has herself dancing with a boy who in her mind has spent time spying through her bedroom window before he gets up the courage one night to knock on the front door and offer to be her dance partner. However, she obviously has a power that no one would ever believe possible. And somehow, she magically shrinks him and traps him inside her radio. I don't know if the lovers who fade away when Dad knocks were also captured or just imaginary.
Angie is a loner who constantly listens to the radio in her bedroom, increasing the volume on her favorite songs and dancing with fantasy lovers at will. Everyone in the neighborhood assumes the boy died. It is partly a cautionary tale. Live concert albums of your favorite band. In Angie's mind, he vaporizes into nothing as quickly as he appeared.
Learn how to download music. He thinks this will mean an easy way to get his kicks. This ultimate decision on the parents' part would have been much easier in the 70s than it is today, a factor I think some people may not consider when hearing this song in the 2000s. But look what happens - Angie was not as helpless as she seemed. This line is a clear indication separating fantasy from reality the previous dancers being only in her mind, v. There, she is never rejected. I'm hearing the song say that she had paranormal powers and wasn't able to cope, so had to be removed from school.
The boy wants to get some from a girl he thinks nobody will believe if she claims he raped her. Once a song comes on the radio that she won't dance to, she turns the volume back down as part of her routine, not needing anyone until the next danceable tune gets played. I disagree with the top analysis and agree with the second. Tell the radio good-night All alone once more, Angie Baby Angie Baby, you're a special lady Living in a world of make-believe Well, maybe Stopping at her house is a neighbor boy with evil on his mind 'cause he's been peeking in Angie's room at night through the window blinds I see your folks have gone away Would you dance with me today I'll show you how to have a good time, Angie Baby When he walks in her room, he feels confused like he's walked into a play And the music's so loud it spins him around 'til his soul has lost its way And as she turns the volume down he's getting smaller with the sound it seems to pull him off the ground toward the radio he's bound never to be found The headlines read that a boy disappeared and everyone thinks he died 'cept a crazy girl with a secret lover who keeps her satisfied It's so nice to be insane No one asks you to explain The radio by your side, Angie Baby Angie Baby, you're a special lady Living in a world of make-believe Well, maybe Well, maybe. I always interpreted it pretty much as a straighforward story about a girl who had special powers and didn't know how to live normally. Is dancing with the guys make-believe? In fact, the lyrics are extremely flat-out and prosaic on the matter of the newspaper headlines, as well as the boy appearing to take advantage of her, and her backstory her parents taking her out of school, her solitary life.
People believe Angie is crazy, as she lives in her head, so to speak, is extremely antisocial, and entertains invisible visitors, dancing with them to her radio. . This is referring to the fact that she goes to her alternative school the next day, creating her own verbal 'headlines' by telling people about a peeping Tom who 'came over' to dance with her 'while her parents were gone. She brings the stalker neighbor to her room, the music surrounds him and grabs him and draws him into her radio, where he stays until she brings him out to pleasure her. There is no reference to Angie pretending to go to school or do the reporting herself, by the way, nor any reference to her saying she is a black widow spider. Who really knows, except the lyricist? I remember this song very well from when I was a teen, and boy is it creepy! The papers reported him missing and presumed dead, and nobody suspects her. But I do think the boy neighbor came over to take advantage of her, and she magicked him into her radio, trapping him for her own pleasure.
No one has ever believed her, everyone thinks she's nuts and nobody will go near her, so she has retreated to her radio world. Angie got the last laugh on a world that was only ever cruel to her for being different. One night, a local boy pays her a visit while her parents are away. Worse yet, she has some sort of magical connection to her radio. Songwriter Alan O'Day devotes an entire verse to the effects on the boy when she does this, but those lines are nothing more than typical song development, utilizing multiple rhymes, sound-a-likes, and imagery. It is a really cool song, and is fun to try to figure out! I think that was deliberate, or else just sheer laziness on the songwriter's part.
He thinks he can manipulate this naive, weird girl into having sex with him. But in reality, he's a prisoner in Angie's radio, and she only lets him out once in a while, to amuse herself. That's the way it is with all of her dance 'lovers. Search and download from millions of songs and albums. Now, for the boy, it's all too late.
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