“Monsters”-Ruelle and Challenger Deep

I have been listening to Ruelle a lot, the singer of the songs from Shadowhunters. Listening to “Monsters”, I realized that it can compare to something other then demon-killing and fantasy. Therefore, I’m comparing it to Challenger Deep, the story of a boy with schizophrenia.

Lyrics:

“You’ve got no place to hide.
And I’m feeling like a villain, got a hunger inside.
One look in my eyes,
And you’re running cause I’m coming going to eat you alive. Ah ah ah oh

I think, in comparison to Caden (the main character), that “you” refers to Caden and the narrator of this verse is his mental illness. As he notes throughout the book, he changed a lot. Having schizophrenia took away some of the things that made him himself.

Your heart hits like a drum, oh, oh oh
The chase has just begun, oh, oh, oh

Monsters stuck in your head
We are, we are, we are
Monsters under your bed
We are, we are
We are monsters oh, oh
We are, we are, we are monsters oh

I think that the “monsters stuck in your head” are all the paranoid thoughts Caden has. He constantly thinks the worst of everything, even when there’s nothing there, which is a symptom of schizophrenia.

Ah ah oh ah ah – one misstep, you’re mine
And you better stay clever if you wanna survive
Once you cross the line
You’ll be wishing you would listen when you meet your demise
Ah ah ah oh

In this verse, I think it’s the relation of how much trouble his schizophrenia can cause him if he allows it to. The whole story is his internal fight of having this mental illness.

Your heart hits like a drum, oh, oh oh
The hunt has just begun, oh, oh, oh

Monsters stuck in your head
We are, we are, we are
Monsters under your bed
We are, we are
We are monsters oh, oh
We are, we are, we are monsters oh

We never shoot to stun, we’re kings of the killing
We’re out for blood, we’ll take them one by one
We’re kings of the killing, we’re out for blood
We never shoot to stun, we’re kings of the killing
We’re out for blood, we’ll take them one by one
We’re kings of the killing, we’re out for blood
Monsters stuck in your head
We are, we are, we are
Monsters under your bed
We are, we are
We are monsters oh, oh
We are, we are, we are monsters oh
Ah, ah, oh, ah, ah
Ah, ah, oh, ah, ah

In this last part, which includes the bridge, I believe that it’s continuing the idea that Caden’s mental illness could harm him, but only if he lets it. It is like the monster inside of him.

(Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/ruelle/monsters.html)

See my review for Challenger Deep here

I know that the real meaning of the song is probably far from this, given it is on Shadowhunters, but I felt that it kind of related to this book in a completely different way.

Here’s the lyric video (from Shadowhunters because why not?)

-Book Hugger

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