This weeks album is of one of my most favorite bands – Imagine Dragons!
Imagine Dragons are an alternative rock band composed of 4 members – Dan Reynolds (lead singer), Ben Mckee (bass player), Wayne Sermon (guitarist), and Daniel Platzman (drummer).
The band has, among many EPs, two albums released: Night Visions and Smoke and Mirrors. The album for this week is the deluxe version of Night Visions!
Night Visions deluxe has 16 tracks and in those tracks are hundreds of meaningful lyrics. That’s one of the main reasons I love this band: their songs have a deeper meaning.
For example, their single “Demons.” This song, of course, can be interpreted in many ways, however you see fit, but this is how I see it: “Demons” is about person A wanting to keep person B safe, secure, untouched by the terrible things in this world.
There are many lyrics in “Demons” that hint at the bad things in the world; such as ‘And the ones we hail are the worst of all’. The way I see this lyric, I see it as the priests in churches. Many people look up to them and see them as close to God – and yet these priests do the worst of things. I really, really don’t want to get into detail of what I’ve heard, so if you’re confused please Google it, I guess.
Another lyric I like from “Demons” is ‘when the lights fade out all the sinners crawl.’ To me, this is about the show. The show everyone puts on, those in your neighborhood and those controlling the things we see in entertainment. We all put on that every thing’s fine, but when we’re alone – when the lights have faded out – the real thing sets in. The sadness, the pain, the misery. The sinners crawl. Of course, there are much better ways to explain what I’ve just said and better things to compare it to.
So, those are examples of the things person A wants to keep person B from seeing and experiencing. However, ‘no matter what we breed, we still are made of greed’, we can’t change things, no matter how hard we try. It’s just not humanly possible. And ‘with the beast inside, there’s nowhere we can hide’ – person A has already been affected by the world. Person B isn’t even safe from the person that wants to keep them safe.
That, in my eyes, is what “Demons” is about. And, because of that meaning, “Demons” is one of my top favorite Imagine Dragons songs. Also, in Smoke and Mirrors there is a track, “Dream“, that, to me, is about a person realizing that this world isnt what they thought it was. It isnt all the colors that they painted in their head – they’ve realized it’s not as magical as they thought it was. Because of what I think “Dream” is about, I feel it goes hand-in-hand with “Demons” in the way that I think “Dream” is about person B who’s grown up now and isn’t shielded by person A anymore. “Dream” is also one of my top favorite Imagine Dragons tracks.
Night Visions is about more than the badness of the world, of course! There are fun tracks too, such as “On Top of the World“, and “It’s Time.” One of my favorite lyrics from “It’s Time” is ‘now don’t you understand? I’m never changing who I am.’ I find it really empowering.
What are your favorite tracks from Night Visions? My favorites are “Demons“, “Radioactive“, “Amsterdam“, “Hear Me“, “Round and Round“, “The River“, and “Selene“! Share your favorite Smoke and Mirrors tracks, too in the comments!!
All images and gifs were taken from Google