Monsters

Album: Once Upon a Mind (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • James Blunt wrote this song for his father, Charles Blount, a former cavalry officer in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars, helicopter pilot and colonel in the Army Air Corps. His dad has stage four chronic kidney disease, and this minor-key piano ballad is a tear-stained tribute to his sick father.

    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


    Blunt explained to Apple Music: "I idolized this man throughout my childhood, but as we grew older, I realized that he had his own fallibilities, and that's an awesome thing to see because you suddenly can become friends then. And then obviously as parents get older, the responsibility starts to weigh on the children that look after them. Although that can be painful, there's something beautiful about it, too."
  • Blunt wrote and recorded the song without telling his father. According to an Event magazine interview, when Blunt played it for him in a room with just the two of them there, he responded, "That's the way it is."
  • "Monsters" was recorded in the Guards Chapel, on Birdcage Walk in London, where Blunt had been a serving soldier. It features The Trinity Boys Choir, who are all pupils at Trinity School, Croydon, London. The choir has made numerous TV and radio appearances through the years, including the Royal Variety Performance and Bing Crosby's 1977 TV Christmas Special.
  • Blunt wrote the song with:

    Singer-songwriter Amy Wadge. A childhood friend of Ed Sheeran, their co-writes include Sheeran's hit singles "Thinking Out Loud" and "Galway Girl."

    London based songwriter and producer Steve Hogarth. The pair go back a long way; Hogarth worked with Blunt on his debut Back to Bedlam album, and even helped him on his first ever demos, such as the first-ever version of "You're Beautiful."

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