Imagine Dragons: Demons Meaning
Song Released: 2013
Covered By: Jasmine Thompson
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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 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 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 Jun 14th, 19:57 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.
anonymous May 22nd, 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.
anonymous Feb 11th, 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.
anonymous Jan 29th, 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous Mar 28th, 2017 3:25am report
This song was dedicated to a 17 year old that had fought and died from cancer.
anonymous May 14th, 2016 5:46am report
It's honestly about our personal problems and things. It's obvious. It's also kind of protective, and giving up.
*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, 2016 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.
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