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Post by Soulmonster Thu Jul 13, 2023 11:32 am

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MONSTERS
Album:
Unreleased.

Written by:

Musicians:

Live performances:
As far as we know, never played live.

Information:
Written and originally recorded during the Chinese Democracy era and one of the songs Marco Beltrami worked on in the summer of 2002. Known working titles are Leave Me Alone, Elvis Presley and The Monster of Soul, and Soul Monster. Parts of Beltrami's orchestral arrangement had been played as an introduction during live shows in 2010. A poor quality audio clip, recorded by a fan via cell phone during an after party in Vienna in 2010 (and mislabeled by fans as being from The General), leaked online in 2018. A new version of the song, eventually named Monsters, leaked in full in October 2023 alongside the new version of The General.
Lyrics:

The monsters can't get me
The monsters can't get me
The monsters can't get me
The monsters can't get me

A tour-de-force of an evil old passion
A broken heart that was out of fashion
Dynamic duo keep your figure crashing
My early warning was your satan laughing

I was there for you
It's all I could do
Oh but it's all burnt down
Oh but it's over now
I was there for you
It's all I could do
Oh but it's all burnt down
Oh but it's over now

The monsters can't kill me
The monsters can't kill me
The monsters can't help me
The monsters can't get mе

You stole my soul with the devil's romancing
All alonе in your bedroom, dancing
Thought I could feel somebody worth having
But in the end I guess you're good for the damage

I was there for you
It's all I could do
Oh but it's all burnt down
Oh but it's over now
I was there for you
It's all I could do
Oh but it's all burnt down
Oh but it's over now

The monsters can't kill me
The monsters can't kill me
The monsters can't get me
The monsters can't...

The more I did, what I did, I did for you
There's no excuses for the hell on Earth you put me through
I never cared how much I cared, when I cared for you
To make you better there was nothin' that I wouldn't do
I doubt there's anybody left that wants to know the truth
The dirty secret that you hid away inside of you
Who ever thought I'd be around to shed a light on you
Well here's the story, baby, I got nothin' else to do

I was there for you
It's all I could do
Oh but it's all burnt down
Oh but it's over now
I was there for you
It's all I could do
Oh but it's all burnt down
Oh but it's over now

I was there for you
It's all I could do

I was there for you
It's all I could do

(It's over)
(It's over)

I was there for you
(It's over)
(It's over now)



Quotes regarding the song and its making:

The bridge in "Elvis Presley and the Monster of Soul aka The Soul Monster (working title Leave Me Alone)" which will no doubt end up "Soul Monster". I think it's r most Black Sabbath moment. Sang it on a Christmas eve. Imo the meanest section of anything I've sung to date. Which having said that I'm sure when it's heard others may disagree but we felt it was a Christmas card of unadulterated venom so to speak. I felt a lot better afterward.


In 2003, composer Marco Beltrami mentioned the songs he had worked on, and included "Leave Me Alone" among them:

[Being asked which songs it were]: A song called "Seven," which is the one that I did the most work on, I actually did some writing on. There was one called "Thyme," one called "The General," one called "Leave Me Alone."


Talking about re-working songs from the Chinese Democracy era:

What happened was, Axl has all these songs that he recorded at some point along the way, and so Duff and I went and redid them, basically (laughs). [...] You know, I write my own parts to what else is going on, and just sort of… just took the drums and redid everything else.

A lot of [the new material] was done [during the pandemic], yeah.

Basically, the material was there, and I just got in there during covid and re-did the guitars, Duff did the bass, and we went from there and just put it out. And there’s some more stuff coming out too. But there’s not sort of a mental trajectory. It’s just that Axl wanted to get this material done because it was sitting there. He said: “Okay, we can rehash it.” So there you go.

One of the things Axl wanted to get off his chest was a bunch of material he’d recorded. So we thought, ‘Well, that’s a good way to wet our feet.'


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Post by Soulmonster Sat Oct 28, 2023 12:12 am

Looking at Axl's quote above about the bridge on Soul Monster - it fits perfectly with the bridge on Monsters. Taking the name similarity into account too, I find it highly likely Leave Me Alone/Elvis Prestley and the Monster of Soul/Soul Monster is an early version of Monsters.

Still, no point in merging threads now even if this is correct - this thread can remain for the Soul Monster version of the song and Monsters can be discussed in the The General thread (which will likely be renamed to The General - Monsters or whatever this two-part song is called).
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Post by Soulmonster Sat Oct 28, 2023 7:32 am

With the verse line, "You stole my soul with the devil's romancing" I will conclude that this is really Soul Monster and change the thread accordingly.
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