"The Monster (feat. Rihanna)" as written by Marshall B. Iii Mathers, Bryan G. Fryzel, Jonathan David Bellion, Aaron L. Kleinstub, Bleta Rexha, Robyn R. Fenty and Maki Athanasiou. "The Monster (feat. Rihanna)" refers to...
I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy

I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek
Oh well, guess beggars can't be choosey
Wanted to receive attention for my music
Wanted to be left alone in public, excuse me
Been wanting my cake, and eat it too, and wanting it both ways
Fame made me a balloon cause my ego inflated
When I blew, see, it was confusing
Cause all I wanted to do is be the Bruce Lee of loose leaf
Abused ink, used it as a tool when I blew steam (Woo!)
Hit the lottery, oh wee
With what I gave up to get was bittersweet
With this like winning a huge meet
Ironic cause I think I'm getting so huge I need a shrink
I'm beginning to lose sleep, one sheep, two sheep
Going cuckoo and cooky as Kool Keith
But I'm actually weirder than you think

Cause I'm, I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy

Well, that's nothing
Well, that's nothing

No, I ain't much of a poet but I know somebody once told me
To seize the moment and don't squander it
Cause you never know when it all could be over tomorrow
So I keep conjuring, sometimes I wonder where these thoughts spawn from
(Yeah, ponder it, do you want this?
No wonder you losing your mind, the way it wanders)
Yo-lo-lo-lo-yee-whoo
I think you've been wandering off down yonder
And stumbled onto Jeff VanVonderen
Cause I need an interventionist
To intervene between me and this monster
And save me from myself and all this conflict
'Cause the very thing that I love is killing me and I can't conquer it
My OCD is conking me in the head
Keep knocking, nobody's home, I'm sleepwalking
I'm just relaying what the voice in my head's saying
Don't shoot the messenger, I'm just friends with the

I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy

Well, that's nothing
Well, that's nothing

Call me crazy, but I have this vision
One day that I walk amongst you a regular civilian
But until then drums get killed and I'm coming straight at
Emcees, blood get spilled and I
Take it back to the days that I get on a Dre track
Give every kid who got played at
Pumped up feeling and shit to say back
To the kids who played 'em
I ain't here to save the fucking children
But if one kid out of a hundred million
Who are going through a struggle feels and then relates that's great
It's payback, Russell Wilson falling way back
In the draft, turn nothing into something, still can make that
Straw into gold chump, I will spin Rumpelstiltskin in a haystack
Maybe I need a straight jacket, face facts
I am nuts for real, but I'm okay with that
It's nothing, I'm still friends with the

I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy

I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy

Well, that's nothing
Well, that's nothing


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"The Monster" as written by Marshall Mathers

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  • +6
    General CommentI believe this song is just about Eminem's life as an artist. "Call me crazy, but i have this vision, one day that ill walk amougst you, regular civilians." Hes say that he believes that one day he be a normal person and not have to deal with the negitive things of being famous. "I aint here to save the f**king children, but if one kid out of a hundred million, who are going through a struggle, feels and relates, thats great" he is saying that he is not writing songs that are for children to relate too, but if there are children, that are going through rough times, that listen to some of his songs to relieve some of their frustrations, then he thinks thats great. "Im friends with the monster thats under my bed." Hes is speaking about slim shady, which is his vulgar alter ego. How he is friends with his alter ego, the"monster". "Maybe i need a straightjacket, face the facts, im nuts for real, but im okay with that, its nothing." He his refering to his alter egos video "my name is" where he is wearing a straightjacket. He saying that he is really that weird and that he is okay with being that way, cause it doesnt affect him as a person, that he will countiue to be friends with his alter ego, slim shady, his monster, so he will continue to make some vulgar songs that slim shady creates. Marshell Mathers all the way!
    gcme123on January 25, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about schizophrenia. "Friends with the monster that's under my bed" is the halusinations and "get along with the voices inside of my head" is about the voices the person hears in their head. "Your trying to save me stop holding your breath" the hospitals and medication "you think I'm crazy yeah you think I'm crazy" is from how people say the things you say don't egsist.
    SMARTCOOKIE1331on December 22, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is tough- maybe his past is haunting him, like a monster from under his bed.
    mimp36on November 16, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this is a generalization of obsessive compulsive intrusive thought disorder i.e the monster
    tyler1988on December 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe guy is OCD and tends to hear his mind telling him things, his mind being the monster. Instead of ignoring or listening to it, he argues with it.
    Avalax11on December 29, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere you go, the original lyrics, whatever is on here is what people think they heard. This is what they actually sing :

    I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
    Get along with the voices inside of my head
    You’re tryin’ to save me, stop holdin’ your breath
    And you think I’m crazy yeah, you think I’m crazy

    I wanted the fame but not the cover of Newsweek
    Oh well, guess beggars can’t be choosey
    Wanted to receive attention for my music
    Wanted to be left alone in public excuse me
    For wantin’ my cake and eat it too and wantin’ it both ways
    Fame made me a balloon ‘cuz my ego inflated when I blew, see
    But it was confusing, ‘cuz all I wanted to do’s be
    The Bruce Lee of loose leaf
    Abused ink, used it as a tool when blew steam
    Whoo, hit the lottery ooh-wee
    But with, what I gave up to get it was bittersweet it was like winnin’ a used mink
    Ironic ‘cuz I think I’m getting’ so huge I need a shrink, I’m beginnin’ to lose sleep
    One sheep, two sheep, goin’ coo-coo and kooky as Kool Keith
    But I’m actually weirder than you think
    (Cuz I’m..)

    I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
    Get along with the voices inside of my head
    You’re tryin to save me, stop holding your breath
    And you think I’m crazy, yeah you think I’m crazy
    Well that’s nothin’, well that’s nothin’

    Now I ain’t much of a poet but somebody once told me to seize the moment and don’t squander it
    Cuz you never know when it could all be over tomorrow so I keep conjurin’
    Sometimes I wonder where these thoughts spawn from
    Yeah ponderin’ll do you wonders no wonder your losin’ your mind the way it wanders ,yodalodaleheehoo, I think it went wanderin’ off down yonder and
    Stumbled on ‘ta Jeff VanVonderen, ‘cuz I need a interventionist, to
    intervene between me and this monster
    And save me from myself and all this conflict
    ’Cuz the very thing that I love’s killin’ me and I can’t conquer it
    My OCD’s conkin’ me in the head keep knockin’
    Nobody’s home I’m sleepwalkin’
    I’m just relayin’ what the voice in my head’s sayin’, don’t shoot the messenger
    I’m just friends with the..

    I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
    Get along with the voices inside of my head
    You’re tryin to save me, stop holding your breath
    And you think I’m crazy, yeah you think I’m crazy
    Well that’s nothin’, well that’s nothin’

    Call me crazy but I have this vision
    One day that, I’ll walk amongst you a regular civilian
    But until then, drums get killed and I’m
    Comin’ straight at MC’s blood gets spilled and I’ll
    Take you back to the days that I’d get on a Dre track, give every kid who got played that, pumped up feelin’
    And shit to say back to the kids who played him, I ain’t here save the fuckin’ children
    But if one kid out of a hundred million
    Who are goin’ through a struggle feels it and
    Relates that’s great, it’s payback, Russell Wilson
    Fallin’ way back in the draft turn nothin’ into somethin still can
    Make that straw into gold chump, I will spin, Rumpelstiltskin
    In a haystack, maybe I need a straightjacket face facts, I am nuts for real, but
    I’m ok with that, it’s nuthin’ I’m still friends
    With the...

    I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
    Get along with the voices inside of my head
    You’re tryin to save me stop holding your breath
    And you think I’m crazy yeah you think I’m crazy...
    I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
    Get along with the voices inside of my head
    You’re tryin to save me stop holding your breath
    And you think I’m crazy yeah you think I’m crazy well that’s nothin’, well that’s nothin’
    nasses321on April 10, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like the person is damaged to some extent, possibly from past experiences or failures and is regretting that. The person claims to be "friends with the monster under their bed," the opposite of normal reactions to a thought of that situation. Same with listening to the "voices" inside of their head. They reference a person or figure attempting to help them sort their life out and they block this person out. Hopefully anyone that feels they can relate eventually sorts their problems out! There are several references to famous figures in this as well, which add to the uniqueness of the song as well. One of Eminem's more laid-back songs, which I find to be a breath of fresh air from an artist like him.
    SaveTheDayon December 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the guilt of his life finally catching up with him "friends with the monster that's under my bed" I think thats Marshal and Kim and marshal trying to restart a relationship with Kim for haliles sake. This my opinion, my guess is as good as yours.
    Master Of Infiniteon January 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionOld rumor is that he sold his soul to the devil so in this song he is trying to break free of the chains that the monster has him bound with.
    DorkasaurusRexon February 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI know in this song Eminem says that he's not a poet, but really, that's what he is! His songs have so much meaning to it.

    Anyway, to tell it simply, this song is about how he came to be, starting off as just a distant dream, and becoming a reality. At the end he's coming back to where he came from and helping kids just like him that had a hard time as kids but are still looking up and becoming great. --Olivia D. :)
    leolivieon March 19, 2014   Link

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