"Demons" as written by Natalie Mcintyre, Bill Withers and Norman Cook....
They say she had a heart attack
I think the preacher's coming back
And I'm frying 'cause all my love's electrifying

And I'm comfy like a cesspool
want to be with you
And it's my premonition
I better give my heart a listen
And my preacher say

All of your demons will wither away
Ecstasy comes and they cannot stay
You'll understand when you come my way
'Cause all of my demons have withered away

They said he shook himself to death
I want to dance 'til my last breath
But mister disco only parties hard in Frisco

And I'm comfy like a cesspool
Want to be with you
And it's my premonition
I better give my heart a listen
And my preacher say

All of your demons will wither away
Ecstasy comes and they cannot stay
You'll understand when you come my way
'Cause all of my demons have withered away


Lyrics submitted by MistaTwista, edited by wolfgang11

"Demons" as written by Bill Withers Natalie Mcintyre

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    General CommentOne correction: It's "I think the creature's coming back." Not "preacher's coming back." The creature in reference is a personal "demon." She later reflects on something her "preacher" told her about his faith, but in the first line, it's "creature."
    carolyn112on February 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI don't know what this song means, but when I listen to it I feel good. No matter how crappy I feel, no matter whats happened in the day, I listen to this and life is better. It's like a psychic orgasm.
    BeerToberFeston August 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song - lyrically one of Cook's finest - seems to me to have two overlapping meanings.

    The first is a drug reference.
    "All of your demons will wither away / Ecstasy comes and they will not stay" reflects Norman Cook's controversial claim that the drug MDMA (Ecstasy) cured his depression (i.e. banished his emotional demons).

    The second meaning seems to me quite deep, spiritual and mystical (though not necessarily 'religious').
    The word 'ecstasy' in its non-drug usage is derived from a Greek word meaning 'to stand outside oneself'.
    This refers to a state of spiritual enlightenment in which a person 'steps out' of their 'ego' (or blind 'lower self') to experience a broader perception of things in which one's 'demons' (negative perceptions leading to emotional distress) 'wither away', leaving a state of joy and bliss.
    Macy Gray's 'preacher' (perhaps Cook himself through his music?) sounds more like a spiritual guide than a traditional clergyman, offering a 'way' in which one could personally experience 'ecstasy' and overcome one's 'demons' - an intensely personal process in which one must look inward, or 'give one's heart a listen'.

    As for the connection:
    Shamans and mystics have been using music, rhythm, drums, dance and psychedelics for thousands of years in order to describe the kind of ecstatic states described here.
    The experience in which "all my love's electrifying' is common to both mystics (e.g. Walt Whitman's 'body electric') and users of MDMA. An experience of love or connectedness is also common to both.

    It is therefore not surprising to me that a spiritual dimension would enter into such drug-fuelled electronica.

    Enough deep thoughts - the message here is to absorb yourself in the music, dance, experience, connect, and feel alive.
    (But go easy on the brain-frying!)
    Mequaon August 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCorrection here...it's "come feel like a cesspool" cesspool being a sewage receptacle.
    MoogLeeon August 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI have always liked this song. After hearing Macy Gray sing it, I REALLY like it. That woman's voice makes my heart feel good.

    You can clearly hear Macy say "creature's coming back" at the beginning, not "preacher's coming back".
    wolfgang11on July 15, 2014   Link

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