The beast in me
Is caged by frail and fragile bars
Restless by day
And by night rants and rages at the stars
God help the beast in me

The beast in me
Has had to learn to live with pain
And how to shelter from the rain
And in the twinkling of an eye
Might have to be restrained
God help the beast in me

Sometimes it tries to kid me
That it's just a teddy bear
And even somehow manage to vanish in the air
And that is when I must beware
Of the beast in me
That everybody knows
They've seen him out dressed in my clothes
Patently unclear
If it's New York or New Year
God help the beast in me

The beast in me


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The Beast In Me Lyrics as written by Nick Lowe

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    General Comment

    Everyone is mostly right. Though it was written long after the worst of it, the song is definitely about Cash's drug use specifically. That said, no he himself didn't write it; his son-in-law, Nick Lowe (who also sang 'The Sopranos version'), did, for him.

    And while it is about that in specific, in general, it can be about any personal demon that affects a person for the worse, whether it be anger, drug/drink abuse, phobias or simply under-confidence. Anything that you may have thought was 'done with', that wouldn't affect you again. Anyone that has had any issue (which is, basically, everyone) must be able to relate.

    The best part of the song for me? The single acoustic guitar that most people accompany the song with. It highlights (1) the calm saneness of the person when 'the beast' is not around AND (2) just how fragile the person is, all at the same time.

    andrewspon April 11, 2013   Link
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    altough i dont know what time in his life this song was written, this song is most deffinitley about his drug abuse.

    jinx_me6on December 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    except that he didn't write it...

    stanlavisbad2on February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    it could mean any beast, be it drugs, sex, violence, etc., anything that gives us any form of 'power' over whatever (lol, I'm stoned)

    angrygoatmanon February 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
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    nick lowe, carlene carter's ex wrote it for cash.

    DBT dadon April 13, 2008   Link
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    I think this song is about internal conflcit one is facing -- whether it be a personal and emotional ordeal or whatever. I prefer Lowe's version, honestly, as much as I love Cash...

    LoveisBlindnesson April 16, 2008   Link
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    The Hangover 2 brought me here. I only used to know the Sopranos version of this song, and now I love the Cash version

    McScrittleson July 24, 2011   Link

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