Through Explanation you See the Lyrics in a New Light
James Blunt: Monsters
Oh, before they turn off all the lights I won't read you your wrongs or your rights The time has gone I'll tell you goodnight, close the door Tell you I love you once more The time has gone So here it is
I'm not your son, you're not my father We're just two grown men saying goodbye No need to forgive, no need to forget I know your mistakes and you know mine And while you're sleeping, I'll try to make you proud So daddy, won't you just close your eyes? Don't be afraid, it's my turn To chase the monsters away
Oh, well I'll read a story to you Only difference is this one is true The time has gone I folded your clothes on the chair I hope you sleep well, don't be scared The time has gone So here it is
Sleep a lifetime Yes, and breathe a last word You can feel my hand on your own I will be the last one, so I'll leave a light on Let there be no darkness in your heart
But I'm not your son, you're not my father We're just two grown men saying goodbye No need to forgive, no need to forget I know your mistakes and you know mine And while you're sleeping, I'll try to make you proud So daddy, won't you just close your eyes? Don't be afraid, it's my turn To chase the monsters away
In this very emotional song the narrator says farewell to his father who probably is terminally ill. The son tries to consolate and to calm the father: “Don’t be afraid, it’s my turn to chase the monsters away”. As it is indicated in this quotation, father and son change their roles. This idea reappears when the son says that he wants to read a story to the father and that this story, however, would be true. The son also says that he would do his best so that the father can be proud of him. This is also a way of comforting.
Reading a story as well as the “Sleep in a lifetime” in the last verse is an old metaphor indicating that death is similar to sleep. Comparing death to something harmless aims at taking away the father’s fear of it.
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