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Imagine Dragons: Demons Meaning

Song Released: 2013


Covered By: Jasmine Thompson



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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
I want to hide the truth
I want to shelter you
But...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    anonymous
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    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



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 11:45pm report


    Could be better but I get what I need out of it so it cant really be that bad.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 7:25am report


    It reminds me of this conversation I had with Dan Reynolds at a park in orem like 7-8 years ago... Idk I'd say it's pretty easy to see that Tyler Robinson inspired the song.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 24th, 2019 2:08pm report


    This song is not what you think. A lot of you are thinking suicide, mental illness, girlfriends, depression, yadda yadda yadda. Actually, this song was for Tyler Robinson, who died of cancer at 18. It says in the music video, In loving memory of Tyler Robinson, who showed BRAVERY as he battled cancer. Yep, look for yourself. Robinson was good friends with the band, and Dan must have felt like a part of his soul was missing with the loss of Tyler. To note, Robinson’s favourite line in the song “It’s Time” was “ the path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell,” so basically that all connects together. So what was that about girlfriends again? Makes no sense. Oh, and if you need proof that Tyler is real or you just would like a website to look at if you’re interested, here you go: https://www.trf.org/about/



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    anonymous
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    Sep 11th, 2018 9:29pm report


    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
    A man speaking to a Child about the real world



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2018 7:21pm report


    Two people in love. One has a mental illness, and tries to protect the other person from themself. They finally realize that they can’t save themselves without their partner’s help (like the “unless you show me how” line). Kind of a weird way of thinking about it, but that’s just how I feel.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 25th, 2018 6:44pm report


    I think it's about the singer having depression or some other type of darkness within him. If you pay attention to the speech he gave at a concert before he sang that song, he mentioned how he was diagnosed with depression a long time ago and how so many people are dealing with the same thing and see it as a weakness but it's not. A bunch of stuff like that. But the singer is talking about trying to hide it from someone in the song.

    "Dont get to close. It's dark inside. It's where my demons hide. Its where my demons hide"

    They want to tell them the truth but also don't at the same time. He wants them to know what's going on but doesn't want to hurt them or put them in a bad mood too. I can kinda understand that.
    "Your eyes they shine so bright. I want to save that light."

    That's at least what I wanna think it's about because I can relate so much.

    (Sorry for any spelling mistakes)



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    anonymous
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    Jun 14th, 2018 6:57pm report


    I feel this song could also be about two people maybe parent and child. The child is either evil or has done something bad and the parent knows or is part of it. The parent wants to get the truth out because its eating at them but they want to shelter their kid too. They also want to free the child from the lie because at the end of the day the truth will come out. The part talking about the mess they made is the part that describes the truth being uncovered and people seeing the truth come out. ??? Idk just my thouhts.



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    anonymous
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    May 22nd, 2018 5:25am report


    I believe this song is saying that tough stuff will happen,'when your dreams all fail and the ones we hail are the worst of all...' but are we gonna let our demons out?? Or are we gonna be who we've said we where??
    Are we gonna fight it out and stand our ground?? Or are we gonna be like the others who are fake?? We should stay who we are through thick and thin, we shouldn't act like someone we're not.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 11th, 2018 2:15pm report


    well, the first interpretation is usually the worst interpretation, so think again!it's not really a song with a bad message. if you look at the end of the music video, it says:
    "in loving memory of Tyler Robinson, 1995-2013". this just means that someone has died and the song is just as a memorial of his life, and how he went through it.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 29th, 2018 1:09pm report


    This song is about quitting an addiction. One that he can't hide from his partner anymore. "With the beast inside there is nowhere we can hide" is referring to how once the drug is in him, there is nothing he/they can do. It time to deal with it at that point. "no matter what we breed we still are made of greed" is saying no matter what they do together, his humanity craves the drug still. He can't control the desire for it.
    Throughout the song I see him speaking to several different audiences to include himself, his lover, us, and even the drug he's trying to let go of.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 26th, 2017 9:47pm report


    This is one good educational song. In who seems to be about a caring and consciencious Individual that doesn't want to hurt anybody. If anything, He wants to save the certain innocent soul away from bad temptations and guide her/him from the demons of this world that He knows of them and tries to keep them in check within his not so perfect self that is admitting he's a uncertain, but concerned sinner. He is not to sure of himself if he could always keep them demons in check, to not come out of him and hurt anybody that he truly cares about. For me the Protagonist seems to be like the Protagonist Holden Caulfield from ''the catcher in the rye'' book, who really just wanted to save the innocence of the children that he believed could be taken over and fall over the cliff, if They would not be thought and educated properly from the demons of this fallen world, which can influence Them the wrong way into the darkness that would take away the innocent shine in Their eyes.



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    Baby_Bear_Is_Bomb
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    Sep 18th, 2017 9:09pm report


    I feel that this song is about someone trying to hide the self that no one else knows but also wants the other person to know who they really are, also trying to warn them that they might be scared of what the other person sees.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2017 7:02pm report


    The song presents the wickedness of humanity and some how people fate and hope that comes to you when you try your best to fight the demons inside you.honestly I love the song.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 2017 7:30pm report


    The artists said that it's about not judging someone at face value because you probably don't know why they are the way they are



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    anonymous
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    Mar 28th, 2017 3:25am report


    This song was dedicated to a 17 year old that had fought and died from cancer.



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