"Demons" as written by and Matthew D. Berninger Aaron Brooking Dessner....
When I think of you in the city
The sight of you among the sites
I get this sudden sinking feeling
Of a man about to fly
Never kept me up before
Now I've been awake for days
I can't fight it anymore
I'm going through an awkward phase
I am secretly in love with
Everyone that I grew up with
Do my crying underwater
I can't get down any farther
All my drowning friends can see
Now there is no running from it
It's become the crux of me
I wish that I could rise above it

But I stay down
With my demons
I stay down
With my demons

Passing buzzards in the sky
Alligators in the sewers
I don't even wonder why
Hide among the under views
Huddle with them all night long
The worried talk to god goes on
I sincerely tried to love it
Wish that I could rise above it

But I stay down
With my demons
I stay down
With my demons
I stay down
With my demons
I stay down
With my demons

Can I stay here? I can sleep
On the floor
Paint the blood and hang the palms
On the door
Do not think I'm going places anymore
Wanna see the sun come up above New York
Oh, everyday I start so great
Then the sunlight dims
Less I've learned
The more I see the pythons and the limbs
Do not know what's wrong with me
Sours in the cup
When I walk into a room
I do not light it up
Fuck

So I stay down
With my demons
I stay down
With my demons
I stay down
With my demons
I stay down
With my demons


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"Demons" as written by Matthew D. Berninger Aaron Brooking Dessner

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI think it might be "I can sleep on the floor, DRINK the blood and hang the palms..." because hanging palms is a religious (catholic) tradition around palm sunday, and drink the blood would then refer to communion. I think Matt Berninger went to Catholic school.

    So my interpretation of this one is a speaker who at least partly wants the comfort of belief in god of some sort "huddled with unbelievers...worried talk to god goes on...I sincerely tried to love it" but he just doesn't believe. He wants to sleep (have comfort) in the church (palm branches, drink the blood), but he's depressed or troubled and bothered by the evil he sees in the world (symbolized by pythons, buzzards, limbs, etc). He's kind of fighting his own demons, depressed, certainly not one of those people who can light up a room, although he wants to be (I do not light it up/fuck). Maybe the people he grew up with were this type, and that's why he's "secretly in love" with them.
    tori113on May 06, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen I walk into a room
    I do not light it up.
    Fuck.
    TheWrongGirlon January 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm pretty certain that it's "paint the blood." I think you're spot on, tori, with the palms being a reference to people hanging the palms from Palm Sunday, but I think the "paint the blood" is a biblical reference as well (or at least that's how I took it the first time I heard the song). I assumed it was a reference to the story in Exodus in which God instructs the Israelites to paint their doorposts with the blood of the lamb to let him know which houses to pass over when he unleashes his latest plague (the one in which the first born son of every household will die). Those who painted their doorposts would be safe from this plague. I'm not particularly religious, but this is the basic story as I remember it from my study of the Bible. The line "paint the blood and hang the palms on the door" seems to me to be a reference to the idea of having some sort of charm/protective sacrament that will keep trouble away from the narrator. I know that some cultures view the hanging palms as a way to ward off evil spirits, which ties in pretty neatly with the title of the song.
    msnovemberon May 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOfficial lyrics from album sleeve:

    When I think of you in the city,
    The sight of you among the sights,
    I get the sudden sinking feeling
    of a man about to fly.
    It never kept me up before,
    now I've been awake for days.
    I can't fight it anymore,
    I'm going through an awkward phase.
    I am secretly in love with
    everyone that I grew up with.
    I do my crying underwater,
    I can't get down any farther.
    All my drowning friends can see,
    now there is no running from it.
    It's become the crux of me,
    I wish that I could rise above it,

    but I stay down
    with my demons.
    I stay down
    with my demons.

    Bats and buzzards in the sky,
    alligators in the sewers.
    I don't even wonder why.
    I hide among the younger viewers.
    I huddle with them all night long,
    the worried talk to God goes on.
    I sincerely tried to love it.
    I wish that I could rise above it,

    but I stay down
    with my demons.
    I stay down
    with my demons.
    I stay down
    with my demons.
    I stay down
    with my demons.

    Can I stay here?
    I can sleep on the floor
    Paint the blood and hang the palms
    on the door.
    I do not think I'm going places anymore.
    I want to see the sun come up above New York.
    Every day I start so great
    and then the sunlight dims.
    The less I look,
    the more I see the pythons in the limbs.
    I do not know what's wrong with me,
    the sour is in the cut.
    When I walk into a room
    I do not light it up.
    Fuck.

    So I stay down
    with my demons.
    I stay down
    with my demons.
    flamebroiledchickenon June 08, 2013   Link
  • -4
    My InterpretationHe's simply depressed and can't find help in God for not being a believer.

    So he stays with is demons...
    FraciscoBon May 21, 2013   Link
  • -4
    My OpinionBut if he believe in demons also believe in God...
    FraciscoBon May 21, 2013   Link

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