Imagine Dragons: Demons Meaning
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 Aug 6th, 2013 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 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 Mar 25th, 3:51pm report
I actually keep questioning myself if there is a real meaning about it at all... then i realize, hey! its jut a song no? so what the f#$@ im looking in this song.
As I said there is not a whole meaning, its your life and u can interpretate it how ever you want.
I think maybe its about a guy who´s life has gone to hell because his own demons, his own defects(like if he keps making the same mistake with her), so if its like that when they say "I want to hide the truth I want to shelter you But with a beast inside, There is no where we can hide" maybe he is protecting her from himself. dunno, just saying.
anonymous Mar 16th, 3:15pm report
My boyfriend used this song as an example of what he's feeling... He's been acting weird and began getting more and more distant. When I decided we needed some space from each other, he told me, "take a quick listen to this song. it'll explain why i haven't been wanting to hang out with you." He's been holding in his anger the entire time and is scared he might do something to me that he would regret... "i don't want to hit you." that was what he said...
anonymous Mar 16th, 3:31am report
I personally think that this message fits the song best. Throughout the song the lyrics are written as if it is about two people coming from the point of view of one of them. It talks about a person wanting to protect and shelter someone he loves from other people’s inner demons, his demons and the world’s cruelty and that he can only do that by letting the person go because he has no other option but to settle to the fact that he has these demons. At the end of the song it talks about a small glimmer of hope being that the person he loves is so innocent and pure that only they can save him from the reality of the world and himself.
anonymous Mar 8th, 3:30pm report
i believe that the song means that we as human beings are all greedy and do care about one another showing hatred. it tells us that we all need to love one another and care about each other no matter what and to give up our selfish ways
anonymous Feb 19th, 2:20am report
This song was made for a man who had cancer. It basicly means, we all have troubles ( aka: demons ) with certan things. It's not evil, it just refers to hard times and stress.
anonymous Feb 5th, 2:13pm report
This song is about the fact that everyone has a secret to hide.And everyone has something that is killing them. That is what this song is about to me.
anonymous Jan 20th, 1:45am report
MY bf and I broke up and he is using this song to tell me what he is...how sad that after 5 years I am learning what he really is. SO now my daughter and I are so confused because since he heard this he has completely sheltered us out
anonymous Jan 20th, 1:44am report
MY bf and I broke up and he is using this song to tell me what he is...how sad that after 5 years I am learning what he really is
anonymous Jan 10th, 1:21pm report
The band members are Mormon, so I believe that part of this song is from the POV of Jesus: "This is my kingdom come."
Some of it is how he (the singer) cannot be rid of what he has done in the past, and he has learned from has mistakes, and they have made him who he is.
anonymous Dec 28th, 12:44pm report
Everyoe has a demon, everyone has something from their past, or that is still with them (baggage) that affects their life. this song is about the most dangerouse of demons, the kind that will stay with you forever and will never leave you alone, constantly holding you back from the life you were born to live.
anonymous Dec 26th, 12:43pm report
This song is a boy that had cancer. Like when it said "With the beast inside, there's nowhere we can hide," the 'beast' is cancer.
manthatsonofamitch Dec 22nd, 12:29pm report
[when the days are cold] is referring to when the days arent that good, he is trying to stay happy but the demons are depressing him [its when my demons hide] he cant take the depressing demons out of him because even when they hide, they are still getting to him
anonymous Dec 20th, 12:34am report
i dont think it has any religous meaning so stop bringing christ into this
anonymous Dec 19th, 12:41pm report
Well, I'm pretty much restating what everyone else has said. He really wants to hide the cruel reality of the world from someone, but also wants them to not be niave when they go into the world. He also wants to hide his "Demons", or the not-so-great parts of him. He views the person as pure and innocent, and he wants them to remain that way, but does not want them to be taken advantage of.
In summary, he sees the cruelty in the world and himself,and he wants to hide it from someone, but wants them to be prepared. He wants them to stay innocent and pure.
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