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Imagine Dragons: Monster Meaning

Song Released: 2013

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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. anonymous
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    Apr 9th 2015 report

    Well to me, the lyrics hit me as being a person who has tried to fit in, but couldn't because in the end they held them self's back because it did not feel right. Them becoming a "Monster" was them loosing their true self by trying to fit in. Now they would try to get rid of the monster, or try to be them self once more.

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 12th 2015 report

    Um every one here seems to have figured it out but what does every thing I touch isn't dark enough mean?

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2014 report

    he feels lost because he wants to fit in the wold he will never see the light because of his past with drugs or abuse. so now he thinks he is a monster cause no one wants to mess with him. he hates it so much that he cant control himself anymore. and it just keeps happening before his eyes

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2014 report

    "I didn't choose the thug life... The thug life chose me..."

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2014 report

    I struggled with drug addiction for years. Hearing the song reminded me so much of my life. I always wondered why I had to deal with this, whether any of my other friends dealt with anything similar. For a while I wad convinced it couldn't have been just me, but I came to realize how addiction was not something everyone dealt with. I couldn't tell people because I was afraid I'd scare them away, that they wouldn't understand. There's been so many times where I tried to act like things were fine, but then the throes of withdrawal would engulf me and id be back to where I started. Recently I've been using even more and I feel like I'm loosing this battle and I can't even tell me friends because they very well would turn their backs on me

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 25th 2014 report

    I think it means that, as long as you can remember,
    there is something that, if you showed to anyone else,
    they may think it's strange, or weird, and go away,
    and that you never really felt that you fit in anywhere,
    if you try something different, it doesn't stop, even if you never wanted it, it just found you, and never left, and you try to hide it, it always come back, and you're lost, and don't know what to do.

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 29th 2014 report

    This song reminds me of bipolar disorder, even though I know it probably doesnt have anything to do with it. I was finally diagnosed with it over a year ago at 16 after suffering through endless medication trials and hospitalizations. "Ever since I could remember,Everything inside of me,Just wanted to fit in", speaks to me because that is how I've felt my entire life. I just wanted to be like other kids and not have these raging mood swings control me. "If I told you what I was,Would you turn your back on me?", reminds me of the stigma that comes with any mental illness and it reminds me of friends I had that left me when things started going downhill. "I'm taking a stand to escape what's inside me.A monster, a monster,I've turned into a monster,A monster, a monster,And it keeps getting stronger." This set of lyrics is similar to how I feel before I go into the hospital. I dont like how my disorder makes me act, it really does make me feel like a terrible person sometimes.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2014 report

    I think this song is about always wanting to fit in pretending to be someone your not but its hard to fight that monster inside of you and if you show the real you will everyone turn away from you. I think monster represents who you really are.

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 24th 2013 report

    I think that the song is about how no one is perfect, and that we all have that 'Monster'inside of us, however the singer knows that and he knows that the monster is taking him over ('And it keeps getting stronger'). He knows that everyone has a monster, but he also knows that not everyone knows about their monster, therefore 'if I told you what I was, would you turn your back on me, and if I seemed dangerous, would you be scared'.

  10. thehungerjay
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    Nov 2nd 2013 report

    One way is the narrator works to convey that he/she was never accepted. From the lyrics choice you may see that the character we talk about could possibly emo, however a lot of people have seriously dark thoughts that are not emo. This person does not feel accepted because of this and they’re just understanding it. They see him/her as a monster because they think darkly and heavy, which makes you an outcast in his world. The word monster sticks and starts taking over his thoughts turning his thoughts into thinking he is one, which could or could not turn him/her into one in his average behavior. Since he/she had never been classified as a cool kid, or an emo, or a nerd, or whatever group they felt as if monster would classify him as something. Maybe not something good, but at least he wouldn’t be the only monster in the world. The thought to be classified is appealing to everyone no matter how you put it. In the pre-chorus, the main character explains their questioning. No one seems to agree with his statements besides the bullies that gave him/her the title, so he begins to understand it is nothing but a phycological defect. In his dark journey to discovers himself, he has little to guide him since after all he believes he is unclassified. In order to escape his own maze he needs to understand that being different is fine. But in that, the thoughts creep back and he continues going on and off with the statement making him have split personalities (ei. “I’m only a man” somewhat followed with “you must escape what is within you, a monster” implying that yes, there is a monster within you). The next verse explains how, yes, he knows how to fix this but he’s not fully letting himself to. He’s raising the eggs of demons just to be killed. The song never does reveal the fate of the fellow.

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