"My Own Monster" is a song written by Katy Perry (then Katy Hudson) for her self-titled debut album, Katy Hudson. The song is about Hudson's "struggle with her problems with fear" and the monster is metaphorically fear itself.
Hudson explained the meaning of the song on her site in 2001.
- "After asking kids in a joking kind of way if they still had nightlights, they responded with a cheer, after I exposed one of my more personal secrets with them, that I too struggle with fear. One night I realized I needed God "to help me, to hold me," as the chorus says. Growing up, my parents would tell me to pray when I got scared, and to tell the devil to flee. I remembered all that and wanted to write about how I find my refuge underneath His wings. You can't open up to fear, it'll eat you up."