The Beast In Me


This could, possibly, be the theme song of my life.

“The Beast in Me” was originally penned by Nick Lowe who included it in his 1994 album, The Impossible Bird. Nick Lowe happened to be Cash’s former stepson-in-law, married to Carlene Carter, June Carter Cash’s daughter from her previous marriage to Carl Smith, also a Country singer.

The song’s lyrics are crisp & expressive & the simple melody carries you away.

The beast in me,
Is caged by frail and fragile bars.
Restless by day And by night,
Rants and rages at the stars.
God help the beast in me

The beast in me,
Has had to learn to live with pain.
And how to shelter from the rain,
And in the twinkling of an eye
Might have to be restrained.
God help the beast in me.

Sometimes it tries to kid me
That it’s just a teddy bear
And somehow can manage,
just to vanish in the air,
And that is when I must beware
Of the beast in me.

Everybody knows,
He’s been seen out in my clothes,
Patently unclear,
If it’s New York or New Year,
God help the beast in me

God help the beast in me.

I’m putting both versions here for your listening pleasure, even though I’m more partial to Johnny Cash’s because of his amazingly commanding yet emotive voice.

Nick Lowe’s version

Johnny Cash doing a cover of “The Beast in Me” (from “Live At Montreux 1994”)

Here’s another version of the song by Mark Lanegan. Not too bad, I must say. But, it was Johnny Cash’s version that was used in the movie The Hangover II. Not this one.


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