I of the Storm - Of Monsters and Men



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The Experience: Of Monsters and Men offers a somber but thought provoking tune about the challenge of living up to the un-realistic standards of our world while only losing our true selves in the process.


Music video: Presents a man covered in makeup, tattoos, and other hair and body modifications which make it difficult to tell his age and whether he is a man or a woman. But that seems to be the point. In our world we are under so much pressure to meet other's standards of perfection that we can lose ourself in the process leading to the bitterness and pain that the man in the film so plainly is experiencning despite his many times putting on a cool facade for the camera.


The Meaning: We are all imperfect and wish we could be more ...with all my shadows, I'd bow my head. Yet we could learn to come to terms with our own limitations ...I could make amends... and welcome them... if we knew those we love would still love us anyway ...are you really going to love me, I fear you won't. Yet we find that many people are just around for what they can get out of us and so we are afraid to let our true selves ...my ghost, empty vessel, crooked teeth... be known and instead we try to become what others tell us we ought to be. In the end these people still leave us alone and we are left without even the self we had to give up ...I am a stranger... inside a structure... trying to keep these false friends around ...I fear you don't.

Ask yourself: Am I giving up my true self trying to be what others want me to be? When will I stand up and let the beautiful and unique creature I already am shine forth?


LYRICS:

If I could face them
If I could make amends
With all my shadows
I'd bow my head
And welcome them
But I feel it burning
Like when the winter wind
Stops my breathing

Are you really going to love me 
When I'm gone
I fear you won't
I fear you don't

And it echoes when I breathe
Until all you'll 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 am a stranger
I am an alien
Inside a structure
Are you really going to 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 going to need me
When I'm gone
I fear you won't
I fear you don't

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

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