But I cannot kill the angel in the house
Even in my wildest heart
I cannot kill the angel in the house
The angel in the house, the angel in the house
– “The Angel in the House” by The Story
Here’s another album with a title track inspired by Virginia Woolf. This one mixes ’60s-style folk with an undercurrent of jazz and Latin touches, according to Todayonline.
It’s called The Angel in the House and is performed by The Story. It was originally released in 1993. Liner notes explain the literary thoughts underlying the individual songs.
For Woolf, the “Angel in the House” was the ever-virtuous, long-suffering wife and mother who sacrificed her own needs and desires to meet those of her husband and family. In the process, she would also sacrifice her ability to create as a writer and artist.
Woolf borrowed the concept from the Coventry Patmore poem and criticized it in her 1931 paper, “Professions for Women,” which she read to the Women’s Service League.
You can read the lyrics to the title track and listen to it here.