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What is the meaning of the song "Your Guardian Angel" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus? (This is not for an essay, just a small analysis) Here are the lyrics: When I see your smileTears run down my faceI can't replaceAnd now that I'm stronger I've figured out How this world turns coldAnd breaks through my soulAnd I know, I'll find deep inside meI can be the one I will never let you fallI'll stand up with you foreverI'll be there for you through it allEven if saving you sends me to Heaven It's okay, it's okay, it's okay Seasons are changing and waves are crashingAnd stars are falling all for usDays grow longer and nights grow shorterI can show you, I'll be the one I will never let you fallI'll stand up with you foreverI'll be there for you through it allEven if saving you sends me to Heaven 'Cause you're my, you're my, myMy true love, my whole heartPlease don't throw that away 'Cause I'm here for youPlease don't walk awayAnd please tell me, you'll stay, stay Use me as you willPull my strings just for a thrillAnd I know, I'll be okayThough my skies are turning gray I will never let you fallI'll stand up with you foreverI'll be there for you through it allEven if saving you sends me to Heaven I will never let you fallI'll stand up with you foreverI'll be there for you through it allEven if saving you sends me to Heaven I will never let you fallI'll stand up with you forever

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At the beginning of the song, the narrator is crying because he is so deeply in love with his beloved but she seems to be pulling away from him. We can guess this not only because of his tears, but because he says "this world turns cold" and, most significantly, "cause you're my ... true love ... please don't throw that away."

His beloved is threatening to walk away and he is desperately trying to convince her that he loves her beyond all measure and would do anything for her. He says he would even die for her: 

I'll be there for you through it all
Even if saving you sends me to Heaven

He wants her to understand that he will not only die for her, but he also wants to be with her forever. He expresses the deep yearning of a person fully in the throes of romantic love, pouring himself out and expressing the fullness and sincerity of his love. He also shows love's abjection, as he is willing to be abused by her, as long as she stays with him:

Use me as you will
Pull my strings just for a thrill

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As with most poetry, there are always many interpretations of the meaning. "Your Guardian Angel" is most commonly believed to represent a pledge of total devotion and neverending love.

The type of love and the characters are not specified but a loved one is being assured that the poet will always be there, will do anything for the loved one.

This vagueness allows the readers of the poem to reflect upon their own lives to see if the poem seems to apply.

 



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Throughout the whole song, we can observe that the singer is willing to do anything for her in order to prove his absolute and unfailing love, even to sacrifice his life. He also is willing to let her use him as much as she wants, even for sexual pleasures. As the song continues on, we can discover that the singer is slowly losing hope over her as in the text “though my skies are turning grey”; I think that also could be the reason why the song gets louder in the end. The singer talks about how he is always happy and joyful when he sees her and how much he wishes that they can be together. Basically, something dramatically happened in their previous relationship that caused them to separate.  

So unfortunately, this relationship is “one-sided” and she does not feel the same love for him.