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Three Days Grace: Animal I Have Become Meaning

Song Released: 2006

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Animal I Have Become Lyrics

I can't escape this hell
So many times i've tried
But i'm still caged inside
Somebody get me through this nightmare
I can't control myself

So what if you can see the darkest side of me?
No one will ever change this animal I have...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 2nd 2008 report

    This video/song is about an individual who has long tried to hide his true emotions, his anger, and desire for revenge against all those who have done him wrong. Finally, he snaps, and becomes the side of himself he never let others see. Caught in a mix of his rage and concern, he doesn't know who is the real him: the one he pretended to be for all those years, or the animal he has now become...


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 11th 2007 report

    The song itself is about Adam Gontier, the lead singer of Three Days Grace. He wrote it when he was at the Toronto Rehab Center Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for his Oxycontin addiction.

    'So what if you can see, the darkest side of me, noone will ever change this animal I have become.'
    In this verse he's referring to this addiction of his, and how he's accepted it as the new him, he's selfish about it and doesn't care what others think so long as he can get his pleasure from it.

    'I can't escape this hell,
    So many times I've tried'
    Self-explanatory. He's saying he's tried stopping so many times to quit his habit, but to no avail.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 25th 2009 report

    this song is about adam(lead singer).. and others dealing with drugs.. he suddenly becomes something hes not.. a failure, a disgrace, an annoyance, an animal.. he wants to escape that, make life better, escape the hell hes in. he tries and tries, but he cant escape it. addiction has taken over, and its taking over..

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 28th report

    I know this song is about his addiction and all but to me you can interpretate it in the way it is describing most people nowadays and their animal like behavior, most people now fight for everything, are selfish and don't respect anyone else than themselves just like animals and the singer wants to escape this animal like behavior he has like most people nowadays but he can't because it is too hard with everyone around him being like that but he understands this is not how we should behave and that this is not our natural behavior but a behavior we developed throughout the years.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2019 report

    I think that this song is about someone that had something happen to them, and they just give up and release the beast.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2019 report

    Yeah, I think the song is about all of the build up rage inside of him from past events. It's a song that I can really relate to...

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 2nd 2017 report

    I think he is trying to hide his true feelings and when he lets them all go he feels like an animal and he cant control it.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 17th 2017 report

    The song is about a struggle with one's inner self. Either a good person is trapped inside or a beast is trying to claw out from within. Kind of like Disturbed's song "Down With the Sickness".

    I also see this fitting very well with the Marvel character The Hulk.

  9. anonymous
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    May 30th 2017 report

    The first time I heard this song was 2006. At this time I was totally anorexic/bulimic and it just screamed out my feelings. Especially when I was bulimic and felt like an animal that could just not be controlled. The feeling that no one could help, no one would see into my soul and know how I was feeling. The song screamed that out and it felt so good to hear it. Now, 11 years later I´m still not the healthiest person ever, but I pretty much got it under control. Still, when I hear the song - there´s that feeling.

  10. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2016 report

    For me, the interpretation is of a person who was once a good person, but after years of bullying and torment,as a result suffers from a mental illness, causing the person to have psychotic, malevolent thoughts.
    And after what the bullies did to him, he seeks vengeance.
    He becomes a dangerous person. When he loses control of his emotions, his temper, the psychopath within takes over.
    He can't control this, and can't escape what he is, the animal he has become.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 23rd 2014 report

    Honestly, this song reminds me of mental illnesses. Like paranoia, or eating disorders, or in my case...schizophrenia. In the video the guy sees someone else who is not him and tries to take him down. That happens to me. I think I'm an "animal" I want to escape the hell I am in but it doesn't matter what I do...they will always be there.. torturing my soul...

    "Somebody help me through this nightmare! I can't control myself!!"

    I'm screaming that in my head everyday.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 16th 2014 report

    It's all about his anger.

  13. outcase
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    Dec 21st 2012 report

    I think that it`s about a guy who is trying to fight what his is and deep inside he knows that he needs to accept that he is an animal no matter how good he tries to be.

  14. secret
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    May 23rd 2012 report

    Its all about his struggle with opiate addiction. "Somebody get me through this nightmare" if you've ever went through withdrawls from OC you'll know exactly what this song is about. It is a nightmare, the worst possible mental and physical agony you could imagine.

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 6th 2011 report

    It is about a person who has problems and can't control it like when he says i am still caged inside that means he feels like a animal and not a Human Basically the song is about a Human who is somewhat a Animal.

  16. anonymous
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    Jul 23rd 2011 report

    everyone really complicates the general meaning of this song. its a cry for help "someone help me believe, its not the real me..." Adam's asking for help getting off drugs because he know he cant do it alone (I can't escape this hell) and he doesnt want to do it anymore because he realizes how its hurting him

  17. anonymous
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    May 25th 2011 report

    when I listen to this song it reminds me of all the bad in my life and what has happened to me after that. I used to be a great person and now its like I could give a shit what anyone thinks of me and im like that monster that he sings about out and I cant stop it. I want escape it but I cant its taken over and I can barley remember who I use to be so I listen to it to think about what has happened to me and sometimes it helps.

  18. anonymous
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    Apr 14th 2011 report

    To me this is about a guy who was infected with some type of blood from probably something like godzilla but smaller. And now the blood is mutating his DNA and he's turning into the creature. It's sort of like the werewolf thing except it randomly happens, but it only happens at night on different days. He has friends and he doesn't want them to know, he can feel the transformation start, so when it starts he makes up a lie that he has to somewhere so he can get away from them. The friends get suspicious, so four of them stop him from leaving his house and start to question him. The others are away and learn whats wrong and try get to them before he transforms. A sudden bolt of anger makes the guy smash the door and he escapes, the four friends follow. They find him and this were the song comes in, they witness him transform and the "Somebody get me through this nightmare" parts are him begging for help, and the "So what if you can see the darkest side of me?" parts are the creature telling them that they can't stop him (the creature) and that he has already won. The guy isn't sing this, it's playing in the background. The song closes and we see the creature for the first time as he stands in front of the friends.

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