Imagine Dragons: Demons Meaning
Song Released: 2013
Covered By: Jasmine Thompson
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 Jul 21st, 2013 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 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 Jun 28th, 2014 6:44pm report
For me its not what I think they are talking about but what the song means to me, I suffer from mental illness and have done since I was 16- when it comes to talking about I want to hide the truth, I dont want people to know what I have exactly. It is the demon inside, which if I get ill can come out and when it comes to relationships with others, not romantic I have that in my life, my spouse but others in general, I dont want people to get to close lest the discover this demon inside I try to keep to myself so much, I dont want to seem different to them from then on, people have such terrible stereotypes and assumptions of those who have one of those illnesses are like- they see the ones who go off the deep end and think- we all must be that wa. This song means alot to me because its says what I cant say to others, how I feel about what I deal with every day and yes I would love to be shown how to without feeling scared.
*slaps hands together* Time to interpret one of my favourite songs!
First, allow me to highlight a few lyrics:
-"I want to hide the truth. I want to shelter you."
-"Don’t want to let you down, but I am hell bound."
-"Your eyes, they shine so bright. I want to save their light."
These lyrics seem to have a protective feeling, like a parent talking to their son or daughter. It's as if they are trying to tell their son/daughter that the world isn't all good and that there are so many ways to lose innocence. Innocence is such a precious thing, but modern society has made it so easy to lose our childish perspective of a fairy tale.
More lyrics point out how corrupted the world can be:
-"... The ones we hail are the worst of all."
(We seem to twist our values.)
-"There’s nowhere we can hide."
(No matter how hard you try, you can never avoid the truth of a broken reality.)
-"And the masquerade will come calling out at the mess you made."
(This line could refer to depression and how they may feel like they never tried hard enough to help those around them - As if everything is their fault.)
Even the parent can't say that they are completely good with the lyrics, "Don’t get too close. It’s dark inside. It’s where my demons hide."
While the song, in general, appears to be dark, pay attention to this line:
"I can't escape this now unless you show me how."
Earlier, I stated that this song could be a parent talking to a son or daughter, and while most older people would be expected to state that they know better because they are older, this parent is ASKING FOR ADVICE FROM A CHILD. Yes, at first it seems like a silly idea, but an innocent child could represent hope for a future generation. That parent is hoping for their child to bring back all the good in the world.
anonymous Jan 22nd, 1:46am report
I feel like this is a Biblical meaning. They're singing about how there demons inside of us, and it's dark inside our souls. "There's nowhere we can hide" that's saying that we can't avoid the monster inside of us with God.
anonymous Jul 15th, 2015 7:11pm report
This is a reeeeeeeaaaaaaallllly long shot, but he could be talking about how he is secretly a werewolf- "but with the beast inside, there's nowhere we can hide" :b
anonymous Jun 15th, 2015 6:59pm report
Imagine Dragons certainly has a few confusing but fun songs! This is the way I would interpret one of the biggest hits of all time, 'Demons', however.
I feel like this song is, honestly, about two things: both Christianity, and the enviroment.
In a Christian sense, it is talking about the happenings in Revelation. This sounds like it is the end of the world "When the days are cold, 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") and God is about to come down and destroy evil and Satan once and for all.
Now on to my enviromental twist on it: I also feel like this song is something the Earth would sing, warning us to become more eco-friendly before pollution wreaks havoc on the world, creating a desolate wasteland (as seen in WALL·E. It is the Earth warning us to take heed, before junk piles up compeltely and it is not fit for humans anymore.
Thank you for reading - it is okay if you disagree, this is just the way I see this confusing song.
anonymous Mar 31st, 2015 3:26pm report
It could be about the badness in him.
anonymous Mar 17th, 2015 3:45pm report
I think this song is about a person trying to hide his past from his children.
anonymous Mar 17th, 2015 3:02pm report
I thought the song spoke for itself. It can be taken literally. He is possessed my one or many demons hence the "with the beast inside theres nowhere we can hide" and "look into my eyes thats where my demons hide".
The front cover of the albumn looks like some kind of exorcism too. Pretty freaky stuff.
To cut a long story short, he doesnt want the one he loves to be possesed by demons as they are extremely hard to get rid of and the only way to do it is through the true God hence the "unless you show me how". He is too far gone now and feels his only hope is if she helps to expel the demons through the only means possible the True God.
"The saints we see are all made of gold" is literal. He cannot call on the saints because they are no help they are just made of gold.
"This is my Kingdom come" is the demons Kingdom come. The devils domain is the earth. When the true Gods Kingdom comes he will destroy the demons. So for the moment, for as long as the true God permits Satan to rule its Satan's kingdom come.
Anyway that was my initial understanding of the song and these guys obviously have some dealings with the devil because the front album cover gives that away!
anonymous Mar 2nd, 2015 3:05am report
Human emotion conflict far from simple. One who tries to be good protect others yet life takes it's toll.
Demons hide same place the good in us lives, in our minds and the conflict is within us as people.
Clever song that reflects our daily conflict and decisions where we each choose our path Good vs evil.
anonymous Nov 9th, 2014 11:32am report
I think the first two stanzas just give a general dark and hopeless background for the situation.
Then the third stanza says, "But with the beast inside", which implies that he's trying to hide something from someone, he also says, "There's nowhere we can hide" to whoever he's trying to hide it from. So whatever he's trying to hide is part of him; he can't escape it.
Now to the first chorus. "When you feel my heat." That could literally be his body heat. Or it could be something else. I have a guess, but I'll get back to that later.
"Look into my eyes/It's where my demons hide... Don't get too close/ It's dark inside". I'd infer from this, and other lines in the song, that the person he's talking to is a lady friend of some sort. When she gets close to him his darkness is more apparent. Simple enough.
The next stanza, "At the curtain's call..." Is for the sole purpose of emphasizing the despair of the situation.
But next we see the "masquerade" calling out at the "mess you made". Again, I have a guess about the "mess", but I'll get back to it later.
"I am hell bound". Those are some serious words. But could this be a metaphorical hell? Like the hell he would be in if his G-Friend broke up with him if she found out what he's hiding?
The last three stanzas are where it comes to the real grit and grind. "They say it's what you make/I say it's up to fate". This "thing", whatever it is, cannot be helped. It is subject to fate, or luck. Hmm.
"It's woven in my soul/I need to let you go". The whole song is essentially in second person; he's talking to his woman-friend the whole time. But here it changes. He's still talking to someone or something. I'd say something.
Now, could "woven in my soul" be anything other than his literal soul? Could he be referring to the innermost depths of his body instead? I think so.
With that context, put this together: "When you feel my heat... It's woven in my soul." Could this heat possibly be woven... in his bowels?
I believe the song is about a man who is trying desperately to hold in a fart, maybe even diarrhea, (call back to mind the "mess you made"), because he doesn't want his girlfriend to be subject to the horrible smell.
This makes even more sense in the next stanza. "Your eyes, they shine so bright/I wanna save that light". I think you can assume with plenty of assurance that her eyes won't be shining brightly if he lets out the south wind.
Although I'm not sure about the last two lines before the final chorus. "I can't escape this now/Unless you show me how."
This implies that his girl can show him how to avoid farting. I have to admit, the song lost me there. But who am I to judge? Maybe she has Beano.
anonymous Oct 22nd, 2014 10:18am report
It's about trying to protect your loved ones by keeping you past inside and not exposing them or yourself to those memories.
anonymous Oct 20th, 2014 10:21pm report
As a Christian, and knowing that an Imagine Dragons band member is Mormon, I'm sure this is about the apocalypse leading up to the Second Coming. I don't think he's speaking to a woman, I think he's confessing to God. He talks about saints made of gold: idols. No matter what we breed, we are still made of greed: the human race has tried to perfect the world, but without God's mercy and grace, it will never work. He says he tries to shield "you" from the truth, but he knows deep down that God knows he's a sinner. Unless you show me how: he's asking for God to give him eternal life (he's accepting Jesus). Notice how dark and pessimistic it is almost till the end. Deeply religious song. Love how emotional and true it is; most artists try to hide their beliefs. I'm glad the writer/writers of this song stayed true to their beliefs.
anonymous Sep 23rd, 2014 9:40pm report
Demons. A very confusing and confused song.
This first verse:
"When the days are cold/And the cards all fold/And the saints we see/Are all made of gold" This verse goes along with the second verse:
"When your dreams all fail/And the ones we hail/Are the worst of all/And the blood's run stale" He is making a statement on the world. I would like to think that he is talking about a dystopian place or perhaps what he thinks our world may be like centuries from now, but I don't know. What I do know however, is that he is saying in this song that he feels that the world he lives in is completely messed up. Everyone has forgotten morals. "The days are cold" -- no one shows warmth toward their fellow human being anymore. "The saints we see are all made of gold" -- the people that this world loves, admires, respects, and looks up to are those that have the most money, not the ones who live by good morals and follow their religion and know what they believe in and are true good people.
Then, he says:
"I wanna hide the truth/I wanna shelter you/But with the beast inside/There's nowhere we can hide". He is talking about this one person who still has purity, innocence, and a sense of right and wrong. He wants to help them escape the cynical world they live in, but he doesn't know how, because he feels like he is going bad too.
"No matter what we breed/We still are made of greed/This is my kingdom come/This is my kingdom come" He feels like there is no way out. Bad people are just getting together and creating more bad people. He feels like this society is too far gone, so he might as well give up.
"So they dug your grave/And the masquerade/Will come calling out/At the mess you made". Perhaps he is metaphorically stating that the evil people in the world they live in don't want this pure person around. They think that the pure one is wrong.
"Don't wanna let you down/But I am hell bound/Though this is all for you/Don't wanna hide the truth" He is telling this pure one that he wants to help her but he feels like he is being taken over by evil and like there is no way for him to stop it.
"They say it's what you make/I say it's up to fate" So basically, he's saying that the way of life where you try to live life to the fullest and be the best you can and everything is what you make it isn't true; he wishes it were. He believes that he has no control over his fate and that none of that that I stated above could be possible.
"Your eyes, they shine so bright/I wanna save that light/I can't escape this now/Unless you show me how" He is telling her/him (the pure person) that they are so amazingly pure. He can't believe how they managed it. And he is pleading with him/her that they show him how to be pure, or else he will be doomed to being utterly evil forever.
anonymous Sep 21st, 2014 9:52pm report
I remember from the official music video of the back stories they put in it. I kind of though that the song retraces to what people have to hide, and the secrets they keep. The 'demons' would be the secrets, and in the line, 'unless you show me how', would be crying out for help.
anonymous Sep 14th, 2014 9:49am report
I like to see that this song can affect so many. I think it's great that there can be general meanings. I do think it possible that for the writer of this song that the biblical references are exactly that. Perhaps, refereeing to the boy with cancer...the singer met with him and found he was placed on a pedestal by this boy-Tyler. So, line by line, he is tracing his emotion by meeting with this boy. I agree very much with the interpretation from the original poster. But the saints reference...I think it means this- when the saints we see(both literally as in past actual saints and figuratively as in people we suppose to be saint-like) turn out to be nothing more than something we've built in our minds using the most precious medium available. IOW, fake, not real. He's saying that when we realize that everything is over and the buzz has worn off and we come back to reality...
Perhaps Tyler was a boy of strong faith and discussed this with the singer. The writer doesn't want to let Tyler down, but in his effort to hide his demons, he begins to face them. His view of the world and mankind is bleak. He focuses on maintaining Tyler's innocence but realizes at some point that if he cares so much as to protect this boy from these demons that possess him, then he may not be as bad as he first thinks. Thus, Tyler may show him how to return to light. Just my humble opinion and imaginings. Oh yeah, the blood runs cold... This happens in death and I believe that is a reference, like the saints. The singers faith is dead. Jesus's blood no longer spills for him. But Tyler does give him hope. God bless that boys soul.
anonymous Sep 6th, 2014 9:53pm report
Well this song contains a lot of biblical elements. The other parts of the song were broken down well but the biblical references were lacking. When they say kingdom come they are alluding to the coming of Christ. The coming of Christ is a purge of all sin in the world and a final confrontation against the devil. So in my opinion the message of that verse is saying that this his confrontation with the demons. That this is it for him and he will make his stand. Demons are another biblical allusion. They could represent the evil in us all or the challenges that face us in life. The Devil sends demons to kill, steal, and destroy. When he says "your eyes they shine so bright" that is also a biblical allusion. Eyes shinning bright is like youthfulness of spirit. This fraise is used often in the Bible to describe elderly servants of God and can be interpreted as purity. Sin is also used a lot in the song. Sin means to miss the mark and is another biblical allusion. It could mean how we all sin at one point or another in our life. Sinners are just people who haven't repented. Hell is also a biblical allusion. We all have an idea of hell and when he says he is "hell-bound" he may be saying that he has no hope or that he has done something so bad that he is guaranteed to go to hell. The Bible says that those who repent will be forgiven of their sins. At the end of the song it could be saying that whoever he is with has not done anything wrong or has not sinned yet and that maybe he/she "could show him how".
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