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Imagine Dragons: Monster Meaning

Song Released: 2013



Monster Lyrics

Ever since I could remember,
Everything inside of me,
Just wanted to fit in (oh oh oh oh)
I was never one for pretenders,
Everything I tried to be,
Just wouldn't settle in (oh oh oh oh)

If I told you what I was,
Would you turn your back...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 4th 2017 report

    'Everything I touch isn't dark enough'
    Everything around you is good and you feel decayed inside. You're scared that your own fears and insecurities will destroy others.
    Overall it's about being outcasted- some of us will never fit in and society has a habit of labelling those who don't conform. Inside it hurts that society will always blame the outcasts. Ultimately, people will blame themselves. They think- why an I so sad when everyone is so happy? What's 'inside me', what is wrong with me? Something must be wrong with me and I must be poison. This is what happens when someone becomes enveloped in their own pain and insecurities that they can't see that they are a good person. When you can't blame others you blame yourself but often no one is to blame but the experiences that trigger such pain.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Nov 22nd 2015 report

    I feel like this song could have several meanings but I see it in a way I haven't seen anyone describe it as.
    From personal experience, I know that continued frustration and a feeling of being left out can bring out the worst aspects of ourselves. And it can make us feel like what's wrong with the situation is ourselves. When this happens we feel like we have to consciously force ourselves to act like the people around us and even when we so that our real personalities, our emotions and things left unsaid want to show themselves. We've been conditioned, trained to think that if we're not like the people around us then we're strange, we're the ones wrong.
    We grow confused and we want, we need help. We feel like we only have a candle, a heck of a bad light source, to guide us. We could get anxiety, depression, all sorts of fun stuff that we desperately hide in an effort to act normal.
    I feel like this song is the result of someone honestly believing that they're the ones wrong with the situation they're in and they're taking a stand against the monster inside them. They're fighting their very essence, what makes them them, because they've been taught that what they are isn't good.
    I realize that this interpretation can be viewed as sort of disturbing. Trust me, I know. This song speaks to me. The first time I heard it I thought of this reason because, yes, I've been in this situation and I still am. More than I used to be. But this song speaks to me because of that. But it shows me that I'm not alone and that's what I need.

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    Jont828
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    Dec 4th 2013 report

    The song "Monster" was written by the Imagine Dragons for the Infinity Blade Series made by ChAIR and is about the story of the deathless known as Ausar the Vile. Deathless are mortals who have mastered the technology to bring their "soul" into a new body when they or for their current body to heal from mortal wounds. Ausar was a tyrannical warlord who killed his wife and along with his former ally Galath, the deathless Worker of Secrets, destroyed the world and its inhabitants and remade it many times. Later, Ausar and Galath both betrayed each other with Ausar imprisoning Galath and Galath wiping Ausar's memory and rebirthing him as a child with vague memories of his former self with the name of Siris. Siris accidentally frees the Worker thinking him as an ally, but is betrayed and the Worker plans to destroy the world once more. Siris fights as the "good guy" this time with his new deathless girlfriend Isa. Each time Siris dies and is reborn, his memories of Ausar begin to emerge. Being someone that fights for good, he is haunted by his memories of his past self and sees himself as a monster with the burden of Ausar coming to him.

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 12th report

    I have narcissistic personality disorder....when I was a child I was neglected by parents and bullied at school...I began to imagine humans as monsters...I said to myself people aren't afraid of people there afraid of monsters...I had fragile self esteem so I built a false overconfident persona that stuck as my true,gentle, quite,awkward self died.i envied others and tried to dim there light to bring me up...my perspective is everyone was a false pretender trying to bring me down...but it was the other way around.....monsters is a true fit

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2019 report

    I have several meantal health disorders.
    About 2 weeks ago I was really messed up.
    I was drinking, I physically hurt myself, my friend decided at that moment to tell me they felt I had been brushing them off for about a month. The truth really is they were making me angry with their selfishness.
    My spouse and I were trying to do a small reno in our bedroom, but at that point I was beyond useless, drunk, exhausted, hopeless and this song came on and it broke me. It was so incredibly relatable and I felt like this song WAS and still IS me.
    It hurt my spouse to see me like that. They got angry, frustrated, because they were hurt.
    I kept replaying this song over and over just to feel like someone understood me.

    Thank you, Imagine Dragons. Whenever I feel like I need to feel understood, your music is always there for me.

    Peace, love, light. Namaste

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2019 report

    This song is about a person who thinks they are a monster and their afraid because people will not like the real them if they knew they were really a monster inside. Sorry to hear this song relates to you, hope you will feel better soon. Peace be with you and those important people in your life.

    Commoner

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2019 report

    Now....




    Like a few months ago I was in a really dark time... and all my friends left me because of it. All I had was my parents and after getting into a fight with them I heard this song... I thought it related soooo much to me all the lyrics just seemed to be like me. I don’t know where I’m going with this but I just wanted everyone to know that this song relates so much to me.

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2017 report

    This is definitely about mental disorder. It describes them all perfectly: Alzheimer’s,schizophrenia, the Autism spectrum, ocd, anything that makes the mind break down fits this. I being autistic love the verse I was never one for pretenders, everything I tried to be just wouldn’t settle in. It describes how I struggle with understanding social aspects too well that I became antisocial and how I’ve had to get over these loops to get through it. And honestly we never needed sympathy, we needed understanding. If I told you what I was would you turn your back on me described that we know some people think that we’re faking it and we’re trying to get attention.

  9. anonymous
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    Oct 11th 2017 report

    As someone struggling from POCD (Pure-O OCD) this song struck deep in my heart. The lyrics such as "if I told you what I was would you turn your back on me? and if I seem dangerous, would you be scared?" While this song seems to be interpreted in many ways, I know for a fact I can relate to it.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 4th 2017 report

    'Everything I touch isn't dark enough'
    Everything around you is good and you feel decayed inside. You're scared that your own fears and insecurities will destroy others.
    Overall it's about being outcasted- some of us will never fit in and society has a habit of labelling those who don't conform. Inside it hurts that society will always blame the outcasts. Ultimately, people will blame themselves. They think- why an I so sad when everyone is so happy? What's 'inside me', what is wrong with me? Something must be wrong with me and I must be poison. This is what happens when someone becomes enveloped in their own pain and insecurities that they can't see that they are a good person. When you can't blame others you blame yourself but often no one is to blame but the experiences that trigger such pain.

  11. anonymous
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    May 17th 2017 report

    When you try to make your presence count.When you are trying your best to be acknowledged by the people around you.When you watch people interact with each other and fail to do so yourself.You are desperate, you have no friends at all,no one cares about you and not one soul to love you or understand you.You feel like you are an outcast,a freak, "A Monster" and no matter what you do you just can't find a way to fit in. You're so frustrated,you can feel your consciousness slipping away as you start hating the world for having turned you into what you are now "A Monster" one which doesn't have any feelings or emotions and is as cold as ice.

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 28th 2017 report

    "Monster", like all of Imagine Dragons' appearances on soundtracks, is a brand new song written specifically for the soundtrack, this time in collaboration with Chair Entertainment for their 2013 title, Infinity Blade III. It will be used in-game, and will be triggered during "crucial battles" within the game's engine and core gameplay.[6] Speaking of the song, the band stated:

    “ Chair has always been on the cutting edge of mobile gaming. Infinity Blade has been massive and we felt the song fit perfectly with the tone and visuals. We're pretty big gamers ourselves, so we couldn't be more excited.[7] ”

    - From Wikipedia

    Regarding the person who commented below, why feel a monster? How will you know that they would turn their back on you unless you revealed who you really are. You will know if they are really your buddy or pal when you come out to them.

    I had gay friends before when I was a preteen, teenager, and young adult and sometimes they are more honest than straight people.


    - I'm a straight female

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2017 report

    I think this song is about coming out or coming to terms with being gay. I found this song when I was coming to terms with being gay and I fully relate to the lines "if I told you what I was would you turn your back on me" this is exactly they way I feel when I'm about to come out to someone

  14. anonymous
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    Jan 16th 2017 report

    Having dealt with one,what I get is that he is a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
    They are where there term soul vampires comes from.

    Look it up, it all fits...
    especially the lines; 'if I showed you what I was...' and 'Everything I touch isn't dark enough if this problem lies in me.'
    Thoughts?

  15. anonymous
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    May 14th 2016 report

    For the line "Everything I touch isn't dark enough." Means that everywhere they go isn't bad enough; they just have to make it worse.

  16. anonymous
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    May 14th 2016 report

    This song is about personal problems like depression and how people don't uderstand. Hence, "Do I have to run and hide?"

  17. MyPanicBoy
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    Jan 5th 2016 report

    I think this song means that some one just wants to fit in and be normal. But is truly afraid of who they are. But is trying to say I'm only a man but truly thinks that they are a worthless monster.

  18. kooljohn176
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    Nov 13th 2015 report

    A person who became aphatetic to the point that whatever he touches he can't feel anything anymore, thinking scared that he is becoming a monster that was not naturally born in him. It is actually being slowly created to feel and think like one to believe he [the Protaganist] is turning into one in the society that he is living in by the phoniness of the unhealthy mortal conditions of the manupulitive system that we are all part of in our participation in making us think that we need this and that with all kinds of drugs to be pleasurely entertained, to feel good in the cesspool of it's sin to assimilate our minds on a monstrous path to survive between becoming monsters or helpless useful idiots to them in this dog eat dog mentality that our cultural society was created to live in it's competition. We are creating many different kinds of monsters, and I don't mean the one's that end up in jail or in mental instututions, because very few of them are there, but the ''real evil monsters'' are on the outside that don't look or act like monsters, but certaintly they are very creative and manipulative in their camoflauge human form to use their acting with their wise tongue foreign polocies to influence us to feel and think that we are becoming a monster ourselves.

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