What does Demons mean?

Imagine Dragons: Demons Meaning

Album cover for Demons album cover

Song Released: 2013


Covered By: Jasmine Thompson


Demons Lyrics

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. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2014 !⃝

    This song was written in memory of a boy named Tyler Robinson. Tyler was just like any other one of their fans- only he had cancer. He died at the age of 18, in 2013. Imagine Dragons wanted to write a song in memory of him, because the band has a connection with their fans, one most bands these days don't have. If you look up the music video, at the end there is footage of Tyler singing the last chorus of "It's Time" with Dan Reynolds, the band's lead singer. The actual meaning of the words in this song is very deep, so deep Adele couldn't roll in it: Bad things have happened to the singer of the song, and he wants to shelter the person he loves from the world, but he can't, because demons stay with you forever. The line "unless you show me how" is a ray of hope: the singer's so messed up, but the person he loves is so pure and innocent she/he might be able to show the singer how to get out of the cage made by his demons.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 25th 2014 !⃝

    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.

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  3. anonymous
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    Mar 16th 2014 !⃝

    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...

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 16th 2014 !⃝

    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.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2014 !⃝

    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

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 19th 2014 !⃝

    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.

  7. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2014 !⃝

    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.

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 20th 2014 !⃝

    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

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 20th 2014 !⃝

    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

  10. Zora55605
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    Jan 11th 2014 !⃝

    No one is perfect!

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2014 !⃝

    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.

  12. anonymous
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    Dec 28th 2013 !⃝

    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.

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 26th 2013 !⃝

    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.

  14. manthatsonofamitch
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    Dec 22nd 2013 !⃝

    [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

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  15. anonymous
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    Dec 20th 2013 !⃝

    i dont think it has any religous meaning so stop bringing christ into this

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