Imagine Dragons: Demons Meaning
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Song Released: 2013
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold
When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood’s run stale
I want to hide the truth
I want to shelter you
anonymous Apr 3rd, 2013 4:42pm report
i found this on another site:
"when the days are cold" - things are dark and depressing
"the cards all fold" - everyone has given up
"the saints we see are all made of gold" - there isn't anyone truly good left
"when your dreams all fail" - life is getting hard and things aren't happening for people
"and the ones we hail are the worst of all" - the people who have the most influence are the people are are the worst influences (famous musicians, etc.)
"the bloods fun stale" - nobody has passion anymore
"I wanna hide the truth, I wanna shelter you" - he wants to hide the terrible world from someone he loves
"but with the beast inside, there's nowhere we can hide" - the things that make man fallen are inside of him, so he could cut her off completely from bad people and she would still have a beast inside her
"no matter what we breed, we still are made of greed" - same idea...man's fallen traits are engrained in him, and you can't make them go away
"this is my kingdom come" - this is my reality, i realize that now, and this is as good as it's getting
"when you feel my heat look into my eyes, it's where my demons hide" - I may seem like a better person on the outside, but in reality I'm just as bad as everyone else on the inside, I've got problems too
"don't get too close, it's dark inside" - you're too innocent for me
"when the curtain call is the last of all" - the show's over, now you see who the people really are, but they've still got smiles on their faces
"when the lights fade out all the sinners crawl" - but when your not looking anymore, the people are just humble sinners on their hands and knees just like everyone else
"so they dug your grave" - everyone is just waiting for you to fall too, because they know you will
"and the masquerade" - like I said before, everyone is just a fake
"will come calling out at the mess you made" - even though they're just fakes, they are just looking for their chance to criticize you and pull you down, which s why they've dug your grave
'don't wanna let you down, but I am hell-bound" - I really don't want to hurt you, but even though I know you trust in my, I'm gonna have to burst your bubble cuz I'm as bad as everyone else
"don't wanna hide the truth, know this is all for you" - he wanted to hide he truth earlier, but now he knows he can't keep deluding her, she needs to know who he really is, who people all really are, and it may hurt her but it's all for her in the end
"they say it's what you make, I say it's up to fate" - some people say that what you do and how hard you work determines the outcome of life our a relationship, but he thinks it't just gonna happen like it happens and there's nothing he can do to change it: people will always have demons inside them
"it's woven in my soul" - his demons are a part of him, he's never going to shake them
"I need to let you go" - she's innocent, and he doesn't want to ruin that and since he's stuck with his demons forever, he needs to separate himself from her
"your eyes they shine so bright, I want to save that light" - again, he wants to preserve her innocence
"I can't escape this now" - again, he thinks he's stuck with his demons forever
"unless you show me how" - here's the note of hope in this song. He thinks he's pretty much stuck like he is forever, but whoever he is talking to is so innocent and 'her eyes shine so bright' that he thinks just maybe possibly she might be able to show him the way out
anonymous Nov 24th, 11:36pm report
The main theme of this song is hiding. With lyrics like 'Dug your grave in the masquerade', and 'I want to hide the truth', the singer gives us a feeling that he is hiding from something, which are, in fact, his 'so-called' 'Demons'. Furthermore, he also gives us the sense that he is telling someone, most likely a child, all that is wrong with the world and that he wants to protect the person, but is unable, and he feels ashamed about that. However, another really major theme is greed and protection. 'And the saints we see are all made of gold' is a line that is more thought out than most people realize. It means the people that we idolize/ the people who we look up to [The saints we see] are better than what we can ever be [are all made of gold]. This line makes more sense with a line that comes later on in the song, 'No matter what we breed, we are still made of greed'. What he's saying is that no matter what we do, how hard we try, or what comes as the result [no matter what we breed], humans still want something more [we still are made of greed]. When it gets to the chorus, he is talking about how he is ashamed about all of the 'greed' that he has (his demon), and how he needs to protect the child from greed.
anonymous Nov 23rd, 11:58pm report
This song sounds good to the ear and has a catchy melody, however after listening to the song several times and reading the lyrics it appears that Imagine Dragons are spreading a message that all will fail. I agree that all humans have Demons but I disagree that they are inside. According to scripture we battle our flesh. God sent the Holy Spirit as our comforter and is inside all who are open to receive him. The light fades out and greed and judgement sets in when we lack understanding of mans purpose. We were made to Love even our enemies and spread Good news. This song can lead a lost person to depression and acceptance that life battles cannot be defeated. Demons have no authority over us, they are just a test and if we have Thick Flesh ( or dimmed spirit) they can and do confuse many people to forget who we are. We are in end times and the Devil is working harder than ever to win souls. Study to show ourselves approved.
anonymous Nov 21st, 11:21pm report
Sounds like he sold his soul to the devil to become rich. But that's just me.
anonymous Aug 22nd, 8:43pm report
The interpretation of this song can only be made by those who look deep inside where their demons lie. the best part about songs are that they can be interpreted any way the listener wants to. Music is a way of expressing the true feelings and the inner demons of the artist. anytime an artist comes out with an inspirational song, the artist leaves it up to the listener to actually connect with the song. And when they do, that is where the interpretation of an artists song becomes to reality.
anonymous Aug 8th, 8:15am report
Though illustrative of many thematic elements present in society or interpersonal relationships, massive deception where revelation of the truth is more damaging than keeping the truth concealed is inherent in the meaning.
Clearly the narrator has devised an expansive network of deception and lies all for "you," the audience. Careful construction of reality aided by a multitude of masked faces only further evade the truth hidden beneath cloak and dagger. This isn't so much a need for the narrator to reveal the truth but to gain acceptance and commitment to the façade much like attempting to coerce the audience into "sympathy for the devil." Political leaders and big business; architects of what is socially acceptable thus lies to console the world when what we allow is grafted in to the very fabric of the lies and our reality.
His intentional lack of pronunciation also adds to parallel meanings which make a song that much more interesting. He does not annunciate the "ld" in "gold" and instead chooses to allow our ears to hear "go" instead. Considering that co[ld] and fo[ld] are clearly heard, leaving the "ld" sound off gold is important. Saints could represent morality urging the audience to "go" and depart from the dealing hand of the upper-crest and the politicians who are equally controlled much like the masses. Or, it could simply mean to go and depart from the driving factor...greed.
Also, "and the ones we hail" sound much like, "and the wounds won't heal" strengthening the concept of the wounds inflicted by greed never heal. There is a duality in his words which are remarkable in that they are able to represent the beast while underhandedly exposing reality if you are willing to defy what you are eroded into believing even if "they dig your grave in the masquerade."
When truth is exposed, innocence is lost and it comes with a dire price. A question of are we willing to pay the price of discovering what the dealer has prescribed or do we turn a blind eye and live happy and fruitful lives never aware that our hands are ultimately tied?
Oh, and when "thy kingdom come, that will be done on earth as it is in heaven"...so don't accept the "mark of the beast." That was so obvious that I had to throw that in as a funny.
Anywho, really awesome song in many different ways!
anonymous Aug 6th, 8:08pm report
so for me it has two meanings
it talks about a demon we all have inside us. that one thing we try to hide by putting a mask on. and that no matter how hard we try to destroy or hide that part of us it will always be there because its a part of us.
this man wants to protect that person he loves so much from other people demons and from his demon too because he knows how hard and evil the world can be and he doesn't want that person to suffer as much as he did.
anonymous Jul 21st, 7:19pm report
The 'top rated' from April 3rd is on to it...but its not a man speaking to a woman. Its parent speaking to a child about the realities of the world we live in...the realities the child will face going into the world. The parent (and the parent's generation) failed...and unless the child and his/her generation can 'show me how', then the days will be over. But overcoming the same demons will be very hard, especially b/c of inherent greed along with all the fake people in the world who are just waiting for the child to fail, like everyone else has so far.
anonymous Jul 14th, 7:48am report
"One by one, it spotlights someone in the audience and takes them outside of the concert hall into their real life. The story zooms in on that person’s own demon, whether it’s the woman who has just lost a loved one, the young man battling from anorexia (or some disease that has left his body decimated), the son bullied by his father, or the soldier struggling from PTSD. No one goes into any situation without his or her own baggage, and it’s very possible, given the deep connection that Imagine Dragons has with its fans, that the scenarios played out here come from true stories the band has heard.."
anonymous Jul 14th, 7:36am report
Taken from a yahoo member, Emerald.
"The members of the Imagine Dragons are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in other words they are Mormons [refer to first link]. I am not making fun of their beliefs, either, as freedom of religion is to be respected and is law. The song appears to be a slam against the Catholics because he sings 'and the saints we see are all made of gold' and that is out of the Roman Catholic Church [RCC]. He goes on to talk about how he is destined for failure and is doomed to fate throughout the song. He tells his love to 'not get too close' because he is so full of sin it is dangerous. He says things like he says he's made of greed and so is everyone. 'This is my kingdom come' is a mocking of RCC belief in the will of God and all things working towards God's ultimate goal for His kingdom come. It is a Christian as well as an RCC belief, but the RCC is the target of this song because Christianity does not involve saints and gold [just look at the pageantry going on with the election of the new pope, as a current example of RCC extravagance]. He eventually tells his girl to leave him because he is fated for Hell. The Mormons belief system is very different from Christian or catholic. They believe in polygamy [multiple wives] selected by the Mormon community, not yourself, as the determining factor for entrance into heaven, and not salvation. This may be why he says he can't love his girl and tells her to leave as well as simply because he is a wretched sinner. You need to understand religious theology to fully grasp the subliminal messages in the song, but it's primary one is simply that we are all sinners and bad inside and if they are to listen to the RCC, which Mormons do not, he is hell bound which is why he is poking fun at the catholic belief system."
anonymous Jul 8th, 7:29pm report
In the music video our "demons" are the part of us that we don't want other people to know about. Our demons are things we struggle with, it makes us sad and we don't want other people to know about them. This is how I interpret it... I only show you the part of me that I want you to see but when we get closer I show you who I am.
anonymous Jul 5th, 7:14pm report
I think this is saying that we are all sinners and fallen short of the glory of God. That is why Christ came to this world to die for our sins ( drove you to the grave). Through Christ sinners came be saved and spend eternity in heaven. As a Christian I feel that this is acknowledging that we are are sinners with demons inside. Christ came help us to overcome those demons
anonymous Jul 5th, 7:09am report
its talking about how everyone has demons, mostly greed, he feels that he is horrible and wants to protect someone from every bad thing including himself.
anonymous Jun 13th, 6:22pm report
I think this song is about him loosing faith in god.he says nothing about a girl or someone he loves.and In the video,when he said "I want to hide the truth,I want to shelter you" he points to the sky
anonymous May 30th, 2013 5:00am report
I think it is a way of saying don't judge someone till you get to know them because they might have hard a tough past.
anonymous May 27th, 2013 5:50pm report
I really think that this song means that people can look totally normal and sane on the outside, but they could have seen and gone through a lot. And that if really take the time to get to know them then, you will see the demons (memories) in their eyes. I just recently read matched, and when I hear the song demons, it reminds me of Ky and how Cassia took the chance to get to know him and then she realized how much he's really gone through an then later in the series, she can tell how he's feeling just by looking in his eyes.
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