There is a monster in my room we discussed movies over coffee
And I think it's quite absurd he got hungry,
licked his lips, shook my hand, and tried to eat me.
And it's getting on my nerves
Don't you think it's strange that I've been reading,
and I still don't know how to kill you
I'm trying hard not to meet you when I'm sleeping,
still don't know how to kill you

I've got tickets to show I know no one will be attending
And think that you should go
I don't mind your complexion or the fact you are bleeding
It's just the way that it goes

Don't you think it's strange that I've been reading
and I still don't know how to kill you
I'm trying hard not to meet you when I'm sleeping,
still don't know how to kill you

I don't mind the shape your head is in
I've just got to watch you explode


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    General Commenti love this song so much. the chorus is awesome! hmm i'm not sure about the meaning but it sounds like he's talking about the time and about falling asleep in the chorus "don't you think it's strange that i've been reading and still i don't know how to kill you" to kill the time but i'm really not sure at all about what i just said! lol tell me what you think
    guitarheroon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this songs about the devil and how its impossible to get rid of him. (most of HIL's fans dont even know they're a christian band...)

    Don't you think it's strange that I've been reading,
    and I still don't know how to kill you
    I'm trying hard not to meet you when I'm sleeping,
    still don't know how to kill you

    reading the bible, im guessing, and still not being able to get rid of satan and the temptations he presents. and hoping not to be haunted through dreams..

    thats what i got from this song
    i am hollywoodon April 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is the second in my HIL series - its been awhile but thats practically how long it takes to figure out what this band is on about (lyric-wise) So heres my best shot:

    There is a monster in my room we discussed movies over coffee
    And I think it's quite absurd he got hungry,
    licked his lips, shook my hand, and tried to eat me.
    And it's getting on my nerves

    (Well since we all should know by now, He is Legend has aimed to criticize the vast being of Hollywood. This song is no different - The "monster" is Hollywood/a media representative who just invited themselves into the lives and career of He Is Legend (or any band) - hungry to pounce upon a potential gold mine of a kickass band. But He is Legend thinks this is absurd and is not the way to be successful in the music industry - and to be frank its getting on the nerves of the band)

    Don't you think it's strange that I've been reading,
    and I still don't know how to kill you

    (The band asks this media representative if he finds it the least bit odd that after all the - ironically - bad press the media has been receiving from everyone critiquing thier greedy headstrong marketing schemes they still don't know how to silence this garbage)

    I'm trying hard not to meet you when I'm sleeping,
    still don't know how to kill you

    (The band, like many others, dream of being famous, but this is one musical group who will not dream about making it famous by selling out/changing their beleifs and style)

    I've got tickets to show I know no one will be attending
    And think that you should go

    (Maybe this is about how the band would rather play shows for their fans that matter for all the right reasons, even if hardly any show up)

    I don't mind your complexion or the fact you are bleeding
    It's just the way that it goes

    (Unsure - maybe the band likes it when people go crazy for their music and mosh/get a little bit hurt cuz thats the spirit of rock and roll? He Is Legend perhaps don't care if their fans are unorthadox because if it was any other way it would be sleazy coporate pimps and fans who only like one or two songs and like the band for the wrong reasons)

    I don't mind the shape your head is in
    I've just got to watch you explode

    (The band muses that they don't really care just how big the heads are of these media hound dogs. They can keep tryin to persuade and tempt them but this band is just going to keep doing what they do until the music industry explodes and cannot handle the fact that bands will hopefully decide to stop selling out and making music for the quick fix)

    Rock on He Is Legend!
    staplesmcjebuson January 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmaybe this song means what everyone else thinks it does but when i read the lyrics this is what i thought:

    "Don't you think it's strange that I've been reading,
    and I still don't know how to kill you
    I'm trying hard not to meet you when I'm sleeping,
    still don't know how to kill you"

    it's like when you are in love or have had your heart broken but you can't get the person to get the fuck out of your head... you want to kill it, but it won't go away.
    iamsceneon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure almost all of HIL's songs are about movies/books. but If that's true, I don't know what this song is based off of.
    hiub713on March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure at least part of this is based on Richard Matheson's book "I Am Legend", which is also where the band got it's name. It's a story about this guy who is the last human being on earth, and everyone else has turned into vampires. He spends a lot of time in the library reading about blood and vampires and whatnot, and it takes him forever to figure out how and why the vampires react to various things, thus "Don't you think it's strange that I've been reading, still I don't know how to kill you." The next two lines might be from the protagonist's point of view, but they may also be from the vampires' point of view, since the protagonist kills a lot of them in their sleep.

    Some spoilers may follow, so if you're planning on reading the book, you may want to stop here. Later on in the book, he finds a woman who he believes hasn't been turned into a vampire. Of course, it turns out she has, but he still loves her even after finding out what she truly is. This might explain the second verse, specifically "I don't mind your complexion or even the fact that you are bleeding", seeing as how vampires have pale skin and obviously drink blood.

    As for the rest of the song, I have no idea how it would fit into this interpretation.
    SnareRushJunkieon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not really going to contribute anything right now...

    But I just read the first post, and just because they are on a Christian label doesn't mean all of their songs have underlying christian meanings. In fact, I don't think ANY of their songs preach about God or anything, implicitly or explicitly.
    Nine Eyeson October 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoops, i meant the second post, not the first... >.
    Nine Eyeson October 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor the Christian thing, they have Christian members, but they don't believe it's their place to Bible Thump, so they don't do praise music. Not explicitly anyway. I don't see why people get so offfended over Jesus Rockers, but I digress, back to the lyrics.

    I have pretty much two ideas of what the song may be about, and I'm going to take a page from both SnareRushJunkie and staplesmcjebus. If you have read I Am Legend, the song fits really well with the book. It's done in a classic rock style and the book takes place in the 70s, which strikes me, but this may not have been intentionally. "There's a monster in my room we discussed movies over coffee, And I think it's quite absurd" Robert(The Main Character) unknowingly takes in a vampiress named Ruth. They discuss their lives over a coffee. The whole time Robert feels akward and in the back of his mind, he knows she is a vampire. "He got hungry,licked his lips, shook my hand, and tried to eat me. And it's getting on my nerves." Ruth ends up attacking Neville and he is angered and saddened by it. "Don't you think it's strange that I've been reading, and still I don't know how to kill you." Robert is constantly researching ways to kill the actual virus that causes vampirism. "I'm trying hard not to meet you when I am sleeping and still I don't know how to kill you." The vampires come out at night and congregate outside his house. He feels the urge to give up and go outside to be consumed by the vampires, but he tries hard to fight it. "I've got tickets to show that I know no one will be attending, and think that you should go." Could be when he invites Ruth into his living room to listen to records with him, and also the lonliness he feels of being and presumably Ruth being the last humans on earth. "I don't mind your complexion or the fact you are bleeding It's just the way that it goes." He finds out Ruth is indeed infected and her tan makeup rubs off and reveals her to be a pale vampiress. But Robert says that it's okay, and vows to find a cure for her.
    urgayufagon December 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSorry to double post, but I wasn't sure if it would allow me to type so much in one posting. Also, I apologize for a few grammatical errors in my previous post, I got lazy and didn't scan it before I hit submit :P.

    The second idea I have is kind of like staplesmcjebus' interpretation. "There is a monster in my room we discussed movies over coffee, and I think it's quite absurd." The monster could symbolize a Major Label trying to sign a new artist. He's just starting to get out there and they want to snatch him up just as he's about to go big. Being from L.A. myself and also being apart of the local music scene, I don't know if you could call this a local phenomenon, but deals will often happen over a cup of coffee in the local Starbucks or whatever :P. The artist and label rep discuss movies over coffee.

    "He got hungry, licked his lips, shook my hand, and tried to eat me. And it's getting on my nerves." The label rep finally cuts it with the small talk and moves in for the kill so to speak. He's trying to pressure the artist to sign with them. The artist has been getting this from many labels lately, and he's annoyed by it.

    "Don't you think it's strange that I've been reading, and still I don't know how to kill you." The artist has been reading the headlines about himself, he doesn't know what to do about his impending fame.

    "I'm trying hard not to meet you when I am sleeping, and still I don't know how to kill you." The artist doesn't want to make the wrong decision, and he's trying not to make the decision prematurely or before he knows everything about the situation. He doesn't want to sign onto a label when he is ignorant eg meet you when I am sleeping.

    "I've got tickets to show that I know no one will be attending, and I think that you should go." He invites a label rep to one of his shows to check him out.

    "I don't mind your complexion or the fact you are bleeding It's just the way that it goes." He's going to sign onto a dying label/small independent label.


    "I don't mind the shape your head is in .I've just got to watch you explode" He doesn't care that the label isn't the best. He just wants to see where everything take off.
    Weird I know, but I don't it's THAT farfetched :P. Incredible song though, more bands need to bring back real Rock N' Roll.
    urgayufagon December 04, 2006   Link

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