Song Analysis: Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace (2006)

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Animal I Have Become is one of my all time favorite songs by one of my all time favorite bands. I think everyone can relate to this song at one time or another during their lives. We all have a dark side and sometimes we just need to accept that and get it under control rather than ignore it and let it define us. Check out the music video down below; lyrics are listed below the video.

http://www.elyrics.net/read/t/three-days-grace-lyrics/animal-i-have-become-lyrics.html

Analysis

This song is about the lead singer of Three Days Grace, Adam Gontier, describing his experience with drug addiction and rehab. However, I think it can apply to all of us in one way or another.

I can’t escape this hell
So many times I’ve tried
But I’m still caged inside
Somebody get me through this nightmare
I can’t control myself

He has tried to escape this very bad situation many times, but has been unsuccessful. He is crying out for help from someone else because he can no longer control his situation.

So what if you can see the darkest side of me
No one will ever change this animal I have become
Help me believe it’s not the real me
Somebody help me tame this animal!
This animal, this animal

This is the chorus of the song and one of my all time favorites. The singer is expressing that he no longer cares if people are judging him because of his problem. He has given up the hope of fixing his situation, and can only hope that this problem will not define his identity. The animal is the demon that has plagued him for a long time. We all have “animals” inside of us that need to be tamed or put under control. We can choose to accept that it is there and take steps to get it under control, or we can ignore it until it is too late and let it take over our identity.

I can’t escape myself
So many times I’ve lied
But there’s still rage inside
Somebody get me through this nightmare
I can’t control myself

He can’t escape from the problem because it is an internal struggle. He has tried to convince himself that it is not there or that he can get rid of it, but it still remains within him. He cries out in desperation for someone to help him because he can’t control this problem on his own.

Chorus again

2nd half of chorus repeated

Somebody help me through this nightmare
I can’t control myself
Somebody wake me from this nightmare
I can’t escape this hell

The singer is crying for help once again, saying that he can’t control his problem by himself. He has gotten to the point of desperation and his life hell.

“This animal, this animal
This animal, this animal
This animal, this animal
This animal”

The animal once again symbolizes the singer’s internal struggle. It is becoming more powerful by the minute and threatening to take control of him.

Chorus

Help me believe it’s not the real me
Somebody help me tame this animal!
This animal I have become

The singer is hoping that the animal is not his real self, but rather a sickness that has taken over him. He’s hoping that the animal can be tamed but ends by saying that he has now become the animal.

I think the main takeaway from this song is that we all struggle with an “animal” at some point in our lives. It can be drug addiction, alcoholism, anxiety, depression, hatred, jealousy, revenge, and much more. The decision we have to make is whether we let it control and define who we are, or whether we fight against it and try to get it under control, realizing that sometimes it is impossible to completely destroy it.

Let me know what you guys think about this song, and comment with your opinions down below. Please like the post and share with your friends if you enjoyed it. Also feel free to suggest some songs that you would like me to review in the future.

Thanks,

Jeff

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One Response to Song Analysis: Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace (2006)

  1. Aunt Do says:

    Another song i’ve never heard Jeff. i think you hit the nail on the head by making the decision to either, let it define us, or learning to accept the “animal”, learn how to control it, ask for help if we need it and continue to live well adjusted lives. what ever “it” is may not go away completely but can completely be controlled.

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