"The Beast and Dragon, Adored" as written by and Britt Daniel....
The beast and dragon, adored
You been gone so long
Where you been for so long
I went to places unknown
Rented a room
And I forgot my pen
Shook my twin
And I had to find the feelin' again

Now all I need is a crew
One that can act as if
One that can slay on cue
And sneeze and sniff
Uh-huh alright
I'm going back to the water
Been landlocked too long

I got a feelin' it don't come cheap
I got a feelin' oh and then it got to me
It took its time a-working into my soul
I got to believe it come from rock and roll
Believe it come from rock and roll

Where did you get for so long
I been learning my scene
I been watching my friends move away
I summon my love back to me
And I went down by the seawall
That's when I knew, knew They Never Got You

Great dominions they don't come cheap
Great dominions they just want you to leave
I got the meaning the meaning sat tight
Said it's not what you expected but it could be right

I got a feelin' it didn't come free
I got a feelin' and then it got to me
When you don't fell it it shows they tear out your soul
And when you believe they call it rock and roll
And when you believe they call it rock and roll


Lyrics submitted by J.Diddy

"The Beast and Dragon, Adored" as written by Britt Daniel

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

The Beast and Dragon, Adored song meanings
Add your thoughts

10 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General Comment"[T]he working title for 'Gimme Fiction' was 'The Beast and Dragon, Adored,' which is also the name of the lead-off track. It's a phrase that Daniel found in a book of French tapestries; one of them was called 'Apocalypse: The Beast and Dragon Adored.'"

    I think that the song has to do with realizing that the world may not end, so you need to pick yourself up and get on with life again.
    drosson February 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionSome of the lyrics posted are incorrect. This is from the band's website:

    The beast and dragon, adored
    You been gone so long
    Where you been for so long
    I went to places unknown
    Rented a room
    And I forgot my pen
    Shook my twin
    And I had to find the feelin again

    Now all I need is a crew
    One that can act as if
    One that can slay on cue
    And sneeze and sniff
    Uh-huh alright
    I'm going back to the water
    Been landlocked too long

    I got a feelin it don't come cheap
    I got a feelin oh and then it got to me
    It took its time a-working into my soul
    I got to believe it come from rock and roll
    Believe it come from rock and roll

    Where did you get for so long
    I been learning my scene
    I been watching my friends move away
    I summon my love back to me
    And I went down by the seawall
    That's when I knew, knew They Never Got You

    Great dominions they don't come cheap
    Great dominions they just want you to leave
    I got the meaning the meaning sat tight
    Said it's not what you expected but it could be right

    I got a feelin it didn't come free
    I got a feelin and then it got to me
    When you don't feel it it shows they tear out your soul
    And when you believe they call it rock and roll
    And when you believe they call it rock and roll
    jagodaon August 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt first I thought it was about mixed feelings for a returning lover, but now I think it is about the band hitting the road again, or maybe about the end of a dry spell in songwriting.

    PS - Normally when I write one of these comments I have some background knowledge of what the song is about, but this album is brand new so finally I get to just write my own opinion and have the luxury of probably being wrong!
    Gonzo Soulon April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis seems like a plea to the muse to return. The speaker's bummed that he can't recreate the feelings he used to have about music. Then there's a transistion "That's when I knew, knew they never got you". He knows the original feeling of joy and authenticity "don't come cheap" and inspiration doesn't always flow like a tap. One has to work for the deep, genuine feeling of music ("I got a feeling, it didn't come free"). There's a lot of truth in this song.
    JilliefromChileon May 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like how the stanza

    Where did you get for so long
    I been learning my scene
    I been watching my friends move away
    I summon my love back to me
    And I went down by the seawall
    That's when I knew, knew They Never Got You

    is like an outline of the songs that will come in the rest of the album
    ottovonbismarckon September 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about songwriting. Its about all the dry spells of insperation, and the frustration this creates, which is shown in the angry messy guitarwork in the song. it explains that really music requires, the utmost commitment to music to make something that is truely great. "when you believed they call it rock and roll" the title and repeated phrase "the beast and dragon adored" is symbolic of this worship of music. it is nothing but pain and frustration to achive greatness as it is in any art. even when one is sucsessful the are thrown into a world of sin and excess like the city of babylon in the book of revelations. it implys the idea that to become a true artist one must pour there entire being into it, including one's very soul.
    FuzzRockKingon August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with a lot of what's already been said. I see this as this one moment of inspiration gone and lost forever. A guy who needs to have inspiration to write songs to find his feelings because he feels misunderstood and numb to the outside world.
    suclid003on January 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the album title Gimme Fiction might have, at least in part, been inspired by a song called 'Friction' by Television in which he says "Gimme Friction." Television had a very short (2 year, 2 album!) career in the late 70s, and their debut album, Marquee Moon, is the best overlooked album of that decade.

    I know Britt got the name Spoon from the song of the same name by a band named Can, also from the 70s and of similar cult status. He also mentions a lot of songs by Iggy Pop in his songs, i.e. "Shake Appeal", "Down on the Street", and "Some Weird Sin. So, theres a pretty good chance that Britt was influenced by Television as well, and that Gimme Fiction is derived from Gimme Friction.

    The play on words in Gimme Fiction works on many levels though and is really clever for a lot of reasons.
    shmortisborgon April 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's def. about music.
    hessaon October 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlooking for the inspiration.

    this was the last song written for gimme fiction, he successfully completed the other tracks and it seemed like he was stuck on this one. so he wrote about being stuck?
    tropicanaaon April 07, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain