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Music Prompt #10: Imagine Dragons – “Demons” #musicprompt #amwriting #music

Good Morning and Happy Friday! 

I have an interesting music challenge Prompt for you today. I’m taking you down from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” to a much newer band and place on the celestial realm, to Imagine Dragons and their hit song “Demons.” I’m hoping a lot of you recognize the rock/pop song and can write something beautiful for it, or perhaps in this case, something a bit broken? 

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Credit: Weheartit.com – Imagine Dragon Lyrics

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According to Wikipedia, “Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, consisting of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist and keyboardist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. . . The band first gained exposure in 2012 with the releases of their debut studio album Night Visions . . . Later, “Rolling Stone named the [bands] single ‘Radioactive’ from Night Visions the “biggest rock hit of the year. 

The band’s second studio album Smoke + Mirrors was released in 2015, and reached number one in the US, Canada, and the UK. After touring for their sophomore record, the band took a [break] to focus on their personal lives. During the latter half of 2016, they began recording their third studio album, Evolve, released in 2017. While all three albums were commercially successful, critical reception was mixed.” 

 Listens to both versions of “Demons” below, if you’ve time, as both give a diverse perspective and story of the lyrics. Not to mention, you know a bands good when they can sing well live and write such intense, thoughtful, and relatable lyrics. 
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Credit: Imagine Dragons – Staging.iwgroupinc.com


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Imagine Dragons – “Demons” (Live in Stockholm – This Live Version’s Amazing!) 

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Imagine Dragons – “Demons” – Official Version (Also Fantastic!)

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Use Imagine Dragon’s song “Demons” as inspiration for any form of creative expression (including but not limited to short stories, poems, lyrics, artwork, photography, etc. Alternatively, If you are a musician use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

The lyrics of this song have always sent me into a tale spin. It’s as if Reynolds is up on the stage emotionally and psychologically naked revealing his most guilty crimes, those crimes we all commit, the wrongs we’re all a part of and so badly need saving from. 

How we want to be better and appear better than we are for those we most love in our lives. It’s about the deepest secrets never told and not wanting to hurt our love one’s terribly with our ‘demons’ and misdeeds. 

Does the song seem as visceral to you as it does to me? Has there ever been a time in your life where you’ve been so ashamed of yourself or afraid to reveal yourself to friends, family, or lovers?  Have you ever felt so exposed, naked and raw on the inside, as the lead singer describes in these lyrics? 

If it’s too personal, tell me a story about inner demons, how we all fight them, wishing for acceptance and even redemption. Write me anything that this song inspires! 

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Imagine Dragons – “Demons” 

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When the days are cold

And the cards all fold

And the saints we see

Are all made of gold

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When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail

Are the worst of all

And the blood’s run stale

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I wanna hide the truth

I wanna shelter you

But with the beast inside

There’s nowhere we can hide

*****

No matter what we breed

We still are made of greed

This is my kingdom come

This is my kingdom come

*****

When you feel my heat

Look into my eyes

It’s where my demons hide

It’s where my demons hide

Don’t get too close

It’s dark inside

It’s where my demons hide

It’s where my demons hide

*****

At the curtain’s call

It’s the last of all

When the lights fade out

All the sinners crawl

*****

So they dug your grave

And the masquerade

Will come calling out

At the mess you made

*****

Don’t wanna let you down

But I am hell bound

Though this is all for you

Don’t wanna hide the truth

*****

No matter what we breed

We still are made of greed

This is my kingdom come

This is my kingdom come

*****

When you feel my heat

Look into my eyes

It’s where my demons hide

It’s where my demons hide

Don’t get too close

It’s dark inside

It’s where my demons hide

It’s where my demons hide

*****

They say it’s what you make

I say it’s up to fate

It’s woven in my soul

I need to let you go

*****

Your eyes, they shine so bright

I wanna save that light

I can’t escape this now

Unless you show me how

*****

When you feel my heat

Look into my eyes

It’s where my demons hide

It’s where my demons hide

Don’t get too close

It’s dark inside

It’s where my demons hide

It’s where my demons hide

*****

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©MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie – August 11, 2017. 

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13 comments on “Music Prompt #10: Imagine Dragons – “Demons” #musicprompt #amwriting #music

  1. anisioluiz2008
    August 11, 2017

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

  2. Henrietta Watson
    August 11, 2017

    Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.

  3. Lorraine
    August 11, 2017

    So very dark and very true. I’m not sure how to respond as I have my demons, too.

    • mandibelle16
      August 11, 2017

      I guess start writing and see what happens? Thanks Lorraine.

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  5. georgeplace2013
    August 12, 2017

    Love the song and the group. Thanks for the introduction.
    https://fmeoformyeyesonly.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/the-long-shadow-of-war/

    • mandibelle16
      August 12, 2017

      You’re welcome. They have some great other music too 🙂

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