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Skillet - Monster



This was the second single from American Christian rock band Skillet's eighth studio album, Awake. In a 2014 Songfacts interview, John Cooper said this was inspired by the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk, starring Ed Norton. After Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) is injected with chemicals to become The Abomination, the Hulk's adversary, a soldier asks him how he feels. "Like a monster," he replies.


Frontman John Cooper explained:


"It's a song about being fake and putting on a face for people that's not the real you. But it's basically about the nature of sin and the nature of the divine, which is the duel nature we have as Christians. Everyday we have to strive to throw away the old and be that new person in Christ."


"In a theological sense, the song is about original sin. You are born into the human race, you're guilty or sinful, no matter what you hope to be. 'Monster' is about the fact that there is somebody we know we don't want to be. Some people call it the old man or the old self. That guy wants to creep out when you're driving and somebody cuts you off. You wonder as a Christian, how do I keep it at bay? I liken it to the idea of a '50s horror film of this beast inside you coming alive."



Lyrics


The secret side of me


I never let you see


I keep it caged


But I can't control it


So stay away from me


The beast is ugly


I feel the rage


And I just can't hold it



It's scratching on the walls


In the closet, in the halls


It comes awake


And I can't control it


Hiding under the bed


In my body, in my head


Why won't somebody come and save me from this?


Make it end!



I feel it deep within,


It's just beneath the skin


I must confess that I feel like a monster


I hate what I've become


The nightmare's just begun


I must confess that I feel like a monster


I, I feel like a monster


I, I feel like a monster



My secret side I keep


Hid under lock and key


I keep it caged


But I can't control it


'Cause if I let him out


He'll tear me up


And break me down


Why won't somebody come and save me from this?


Make it end!



I feel it deep within


It's just beneath the skin


I must confess that I feel like a monster


I hate what I've become


The nightmare's just begun


I must confess that I feel like a monster



I feel it deep within


It's just beneath the skin


I must confess that I feel like a monster


I, I feel like a monster


I, I feel like a monster



It's hiding in the dark


Its teeth are razor sharp


There's no escape for me


It wants my soul


It wants my heart



No one can hear me scream


Maybe it's just a dream


Or maybe it's inside of me


Stop this monster!



I feel it deep within


It's just beneath the skin


I must confess that I feel like a monster


I hate what I've become


The nightmare's just begun


I must confess that I feel like a monster



I feel it deep within


It's just beneath the skin


I must confess that I feel like a monster


I'm gonna lose control


Here's something radical


I must confess that I feel like a monster



I, I feel like a monster


I, I feel like a monster


I, I feel like a monster


I, I feel like a monster

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