My Beloved Monster is a song that has been recorded by the US rock band Eels. It's the sixth song from their album Beautiful freak which was released in 1996. It became a hit after being included in the soundtrack of 2001 movie Shrek.

(Use both headphone ears when listening to the following version)

Or listen to this version (without lyrics on screen) but can hear voice in both ears.

It has a puzzling set of lyrics. I'm wondering who or what is this song really about? The apparent interpretation would be that this is about a girlfriend but I've seen that it's a tribute to the deceased sister of their bandleader Mark Oliver Everett, but there's no official source regarding that claim. His sister Elizabeth did indeed committed suicide in 1996, the same year this album came out.

Is there any official explanation on the subject of this song?

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    +1 just for this being one of my favourite albums of all time;) btw, this version isn't because it's some kind of karaoke mix; the vocal is panned hard-right on the original album track.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 13, 2021 at 18:16
  • @Tetsujin Great to meet another fan! I added another version below, which has been modified to stream voice in both ears.
    – Sandun
    Sep 13, 2021 at 22:35
  • Timeline is against the "sister" theory as according to wiki "Following the success of Beautiful Freak, E experienced a difficult time in his personal life. His sister committed suicide, and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. These events inspired him to write Electro-Shock Blues"
    – Angst
    Nov 13, 2021 at 13:59


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