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Of Monsters And Men – I of the Storm Lyrics 3 years ago
It sounds like it could be about being in a relationship and having clinical depression. When it hits you are no longer you....so in essence you "are gone".(you never know when, how, or sometimes even why).

If I could face them-Depression/Anxiety

If I could make amends with all my shadows - If she had any control over her affliction she would choose to be well adjusted. Her "shadows" are the dark cloud of clinical depression/Anxiety that is impossible to shake.
I'd bow my head and welcome them

But I feel it burning-She feels the onset of another bout of depression
Like when the winter wind- Winter is cold and gloomy
Stops my breathing- Anxiety does this

Are you really gonna love me when I'm gone?-

Will her significant other love her when she is no longer "herself"; When she is: apathetic, sad, angry, suicidal, snappy, needy...Essentially what she feels is a burden to him.
I fear you won't
I fear you don't- Her fears are based on her own perception of herself. While their are some people that would cut and run, people that love you will stick by you but you may not be able to see it through the fog of depression.


And it echoes when I breathe
Until all you see is my ghost
Empty vessel, -Depression has turned her into vapor.

crooked teeth- The reflection you see in the mirror is often hideous when you are in the throes of depression.

Wish you could see- She wishes he could understand she has no control over it, she cant just be happy, or just take a shower, or just get out of bed. Most people who have never suffered from depression think it a matter of "snapping out of it".

And they call me under
And I'm shaking like a leaf
And they call me under
And I wither underneath
In this storm- Whatever little bit of her "real self" is left is scared; you never know how long a bout of depression will last. It could last a few months or even a few years. Her real self slowly dies a little more each time she has to suffer through another bout of depression, "she withers underneath".

I am a stranger
I am an alien inside a structure -Her body and mind no longer belongs to her
Are you really gonna love me when I'm gone?
With all my thoughts
And all my faults
I feel it biting
I feel it break my skin so uninviting
Are you really gonna need me when I'm gone?
I fear you won't
I fear you don't - How could he need her/want her when she doesn't like or want to be around herself.

And it echoes when I breathe
Until all you see is my ghost
Empty vessel, crooked teeth
Wish you could see

And they call me under
And I'm shaking like a leaf
And they call me under
And I wither underneath
In this storm I feel it

And they call me under
And I'm shaking like a leaf
And they call me underneath
To this storm

The real dig is that when your going through a bout of depression/anxiety, your significant other may be doing everything they can to love or support you but because your sickness you are full of self-doubt and can't see it.

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