Eric Church Explains the Story Behind New Song “Monsters” [Watch]

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Eric Church’s latest album “Desperate Man” tackles a wide range of emotions. One track called “Monsters,” which Eric Church wrote with longtime collaborator Jeff Hyde, details the figurative monsters we all go through in life. In a new video, the singer explains the inspiration behind the song.

Eric Church | Monsters

“Anymore when a restless feelin’ keeps me up at night / Fallin’ on my knees is my new turnin’ on the light / I keep my faith intact, make sure my prayers are said / ’Cause I’ve learned that the monsters ain’t the ones beneath the bed,” he sings in the chorus.

Watch Eric Church’s music video, “Desperate Man”

“I think ‘Monsters,’ too, after Vegas, became just more real to me,” he says in a video clip. “A specific night I can remember going into my oldest son Boone’s room. His closet light or one of the bathroom lights, the dimmer wasn’t bright enough. He wanted it brighter. And when I went in and made it a little brighter he said, ‘That’s good. That’s good. That’s perfect.’ And it wasn’t much and that stuck with me. This is pre-writing the song. That stuck with me. All he needed was more light.”

He continues: “I got together with Jeff [Hyde] and we started talking about all this stuff and the song happened so fast. It will always be a song that I think about where I was in that time of my life, where my kids were, and how just that little bit of light is what made the difference. That’s the key. That’s where the second verse goes to and the overall theme of ‘Monsters’ is it’s just that much,” he says holding up his fingers an inch wide. “It’s not a big blinding light, it’s this much light that made the difference. That little nugget is what I carry with me on that.”

Eric’s new album, “Desperate Man,” is out now.