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Skillet - another popular christian rock band

Just like rock bands Evanescence and POD, Memphis band Skillet is singing the glory of god and has been doing so since 1996.



Who knew?



Who knew that Christian Rock could be made into something that passes for mainstream music? I sure didn't. I liked P.O.D. I liked Evanescence. I thought these two bands' music were about overcoming adversity and love. But in reality they were about submission. Submission to a god. Specifically submission to the Christian god(s), Jesus (and friends).



Skillet's song Monster, is really a metaphor for inner demons which is really a metaphor for succumbing to temptation. Specifically temptation brought on by the very "real" deity - Satan. Oh my.



Monster: the lyrics


The secret side of me

I never let you see
I keep it caged but I can't control it
So stay away from me
The beast is ugly
I feel the rage and I just can't hold it

It's scratchin on the walls
In the closet, in the halls
It comes awake and I can't control it

Hidin under the bed
In my body, in my head
Why won't somebody come and save me from this
Make it end

I feel it deep within
It's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what I've become

The nightmare's just begun
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster

My secret side I keep
Hid under lock and key
I keep it caged but I can't control it
Cause if I let him out

He'll tear me up, break me down
Why won't somebody come and save me from this
Make it end

I feel it deep within
It's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what i've become
The nightmare's just begun

I must confess that I feel like a monster
I feel it deep within
It's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster

Its hidin in the dark
Its teeth are razor sharp

There's no escape for me
It wants my soul it wants my heart

No one can hear me scream
Maybe its just a dream
Or maybe its inside of me
Stop this monster

I feel it deep within
It's just beneath the skin

I must confess that I (feel like a monster)
I hate what i've become
The nightmare's just begun
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I feel it deep within
It's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I've gotta lose control
It's something radical

I must confess that I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster


This song has everything that is important to religions like Christianity, namely: acknowledgement that humans are inferior and that there is a demon out there looking to ruin your life.
You and I know that human beings are far greater than religion wants us to believe. We all know that there are no such things as demons or spirits or gods.



Will the music industry of the future be teeming with religious metaphor? Not likely. A study was published today announcing that religion is becoming extinct in nine countries (BBC: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says).

Religions' days are numbered.

5 comments:

Esther said...

Why do you capitalize Satan, but not God? That's odd. God goes by the name God so it would be appropriate to capitalize the G. That's not the reason for my comment though. Never have I been told that I am inferior as a human being. It's conflicting how this is written. I see your point, but *personally* God to me IS love. God is what *we* put out there. If we are loving, God is loving. If we aren't, well then we're not putting it forth very well...we have the God given ability to love, but we choose otherwise. The lyrics you posted don't have to mean there is a specific demon (like you mentioned earlier) that makes you a monster. I personally think you can see the song as self reflection of what you feel you've become. If you feel it's bad, you acknowledge that it's taking over and how it feels. It can be a call for help. Faith can pull you out of it. Faith in yourself or faith in your relationship with God. It's all about how you identify with the song. - E

rarehero said...

It was my intent to not capitalize both god and satan. I chose to not capitalize the word god out of spite for the use of the word as a revered term. There is no god. Therefore there is no need to capitalize the word god when referring to a singular entity. I recognize that when referring to a god like God it is grammatically correct to capitalize the word.
Religious organizations maintain their power by teaching that the path to enlightenment or heaven is to follow their teachings. To do anything less will prevent a person from achieving their true potential. Therefore, people are interior unless they follow the church or a church or a guru.
Religious organizations need monetary donations from their followers. If people weren't following the rules then the organization would not be sustainable.

The Robot said...

um there is something wrong with god(s). There is only one GOD! and He rocks all day every day thank God for skillet and other christian rock bands!

The Robot said...

this is my version of monster I FEEL LIKE A MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Robot said...

The beast is ugly. This line represents Satan

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