"I See Monsters" as written by and Ryan Adams....
I know you cannot hear me now
'Cause you're fast asleep, but I love you know
Colors inside your head go spinning around
Like a Ferris wheel
Exploding and falling to the ground
Oh, people are screaming, people are screaming
My baby, she's dreaming
Oh, people are shouting, people are freaking
When she comes
I know that she's the one
Makes me want it harder
Makes me want to be a little stronger
Still I see monsters
Still I see monsters

I know you cannot hear me now
'Cause you're far away at the speed of sound
Colors inside your head go spinning 'round
Like a ferris wheel
Exploding and falling to the ground
Oh, people are screaming, people are screaming
My baby she's dreaming
Oh, people are shouting, people are freaking
I'm staring at the ceiling waiting for the feeling
Makes me want it harder, makes me want to be a little stronger
Still I see monsters
Still I see monsters


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"I See Monsters" as written by Ryan Adams

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  • +3
    General CommentHe's in love with this girl. They're both heroin addicts, and she's ODing and he's laying there next to her waiting for his high thinking how much he loves her and realizing theres nothing he can do. While everyone around him is freaking out he's just admiring her....waiting for the fix
    absurd87on September 19, 2005   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningSome people here think this song is about junkies, and while I think that's possible, this song strikes me as more general.

    The narrator is starting to feel a genuine love for this girl, and he recognizes it in vivid detail as he watches her sleep. Unlike strangers, she is peaceful and beautiful, and this realization makes him want to be a better man. She gives him motivation and inspiration, but she does not allay his fear. Even though he recognizes her as the eye in his storm, his still is filled with anxiety, and worries that he can never reach her level of peace.
    jriddyon January 25, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song could be ambiguous and relate to drugs, if we recall the dark times in which it was written and recorded.

    As mentioned already, - to me - the song is about this guy who is in a relationship in which he knows "that she's the one" and yet he's scared, he communicates his deepest thoughts with her when she's "fast asleep" and "far away at the speed of sound", and he talks to her at these deep hours of the night and tells her all that is on his mind and how he truly feels.

    He's indicated that when he's with her, he feels safe, like he has everything and she makes him want to be a better person, because he admits that he needs to work harder for them. However, something keeps getting in the way (possibly, himself) and it's keeping in trapped in his own self-destructive cycle. -- "Still I see monsters"
    ysgwrnon July 18, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song sounds like it's about depression for me. Your're deeply in love, and you know it should work- but all you can see are the horrible little deamons that your mind throws at you, tearing your world apart.
    sleep foreveron October 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with absurd87. To me, this is ason about depression, love and drugs. He and his girlfriend are both junkies, they've just got their fix, and now he's watching her as she sleeps. The colours and people screaming are hallucinations caused by the drugs. And as he lays there, he thinks about how much he loves her, and how much he wants to overcome his depression because of her, but it's just not enough.
    "Still I see monsters" - the depression is continual, regardless of how much he tries to defeat it.
    turtleneckon November 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a fantastic song. It's also really sad. He wishes he could tell her he loves her but she's in some other place far away. It's lovely.
    Sum1LsesChpstckon April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes, so lovely....
    inlovewithmusicon December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's supposed to be taken that literally. I think its about him wanting to be with the girl, but not being strong enough to give her what she wants or needs.
    rabblerabbleon November 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreminds me of champaigne supernova in a way,
    soo beautifull...
    embers.of.loveon August 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I think the lyrics are very straight forward, and just beautiful. He is sitting there staring at this girl while she is asleep, and he is thinking about the ways in which he loves her. He knows that he loves her, and he knows that he is willing to do anything and everything for this girl. But the monsters represent everything getting in the way. It could be things in either of their pasts, it could be fears inside of him holding their relationship back. Any way you put it, there is something that keeps coming up in his mind that is getting between them.

    But the entire time, he loves her.
    ndavidson1186on November 13, 2007   Link

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