Song Analysis

Snow Angel

Tuesday 16 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

"Snow Angel" is one of the original Tori Amos compositions on Midwinter Graces. It refers to the legend of angels and to the winter practice of "snow angels" (children falling on the snow and stretching their arms eagle-like to make imprints which have the shape of an angel). In the song, the children seem to have a special relationship to angels or the invisible ("the children know this/that she will come to them") but beyond that, the same way "Star of Wonder" talks about the sun, "Snow Angel" seems to talk about the arrival of the snow, that everyone’s waiting for on Christmas —and especially children— and that will only stay "for a time."

Frozen angels or angel statues under the snow are also a common image in the visual arts and one that filmmaker Tim Burton seems to like since such figures can be seen in Edward Scissorhands (1990) in the form of an ice-sculpture and in a graveyard scene in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).