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10 Beastly Songs about Wolves

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You might be surprised at how many songs there are out there about wolves. But when you think about it, there are many emotions that can be embodied by wolves – from animalistic passion to well-calculated stalking. We guess that’s why these artists decided to use the metaphor of the wolf to express the emotions they’re feeling!

Florence + The Machine – Howl

Only the glorious Florence Welch could have described the passion of young love using wolves as a metaphor. Howl is a song about how love can make you feral and animalistic. You can behave the way you never thought you could, and you just find yourself feeling like a werewolf. This song was inspired by a time in Florence’s life when she was going through the extremes of being in love alongside the idea of werewolves. It’s an odd combo, and yet we have a great song that captures the feeling accurately!

Lyrics about wolves: If you could only see the beast you’ve made of me

I held it in but now it seems you’ve set it running free

Screaming in the dark, I howl when we’re apart

Drag my teeth across your chest to taste your beating heart



 

Radiohead – A Wolf at the Door

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke was a new father when the Hail to the Thief album was released. This explains the many fairy tale metaphors in the songs. One of the age-old metaphors we can find is the wolf as a sign for evil. In this song, he talks about wanting to keep the wolf from the door as it harasses him and his family. This is his way of showing his anxiety about protecting his young child from the dangers of the world.

Lyrics about wolves: I keep the wolf from the door

But he calls me up

Calls me on the phone

Tells me all the ways that he’s gonna mess me up

Steal all my children if I don’t pay the ransom

And I’ll never see them again if I squeal to the cops



 

Michael Hurley – Werewolf

We all see the werewolf as this evil monster who should be feared and loathed. However, this song urges us to look at the point of view of this mystifying creature. In this song, Michael Hurley describes the sad and lonely life of the werewolf. He was wired to be the predator that he is, howling at the full moon and preying on young maidens. However, this is all in his nature, and a part of him is still as human as you and me.

Lyrics about wolves: He goes out in the evening when

The bats are on the wing

And he’s killed some young maiden before the birds sing

For the werewolf, for the werewolf

Have sympathy

Because the werewolf he is someone

Just like you and me

 

Phosphorescent – Wolves

Phosphorescen’ts Mathew Houck sings this chilling hymn about wolves to the soothing sounds of the ukulele. His voice sounds as if he’s exhausted from trying to get away from the wolves that haunt and terrorize him. And yet, despite his fear of the wolves, he admits to their beauty and this reveals the main theme of this song – an unhealthy infatuation with something that you know won’t be good for you.

Lyrics about wolves: They’re pacing and glowing bright

Their faces all snowy and white

Bury their paws in the stone

Make for my heart as their home

They tumble and fight

And they’re beautiful

On the hilltops at night

They are beautiful

 

Fever Ray – The Wolf

The Wolf is a song from the Red Riding Hood soundtrack, and we can’t think of a song that’s more appropriate for the movie! This chilling song is reminiscent of the feeling you get when you’re alone and surrounded by danger. And the lyrics about wolves definitely drives the imagery home!

Lyrics about wolves: Eyes black, big paws and

It’s poison and

It’s blood

And big fire, big burn

Into the ashes

And no return

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TV and the Radio – Wolf Like Me

You may not think that a wolf is seductive, but this song might change your mind. The wolf-as-a-sexual-predator trope has been around for a long time, and it’s exemplified in the Little Red Riding Hood story. It’s said that the story is about the wolf seducing the young maiden to join him as she opens up to her sexuality. This song is no different, with the titular wolf inviting a young woman to be his playmate so he can show her otherworldly pleasures.

Lyrics about wolves: I know it’s strange another way to get to know you

You’ll never know unless we go so let me show you

I know it’s strange another way to get to know you

We’ve got till noon; here comes the moon

So let it show you

Show you now

 

Manchester Orchestra – Wolves at Night

Who hasn’t been plagued by temptation at least once in their life? Wolves at Night is a song that’s rife with references to being tempted by earthly pleasures. There’s a woman on the bedside, a reference to laying with her, and a virgin losing what matters the most to her. We admit that this song is cryptic at best.

Lyrics about wolves: I could have sworn that I saw you knee bent on the bedside

Arms stretching like a kite

That time will eventually grow, I’m so sure of it

I’ve got a reason to long for songs

That tells why your legs and arms

Are actually able

‘Cause I confide in wolves at night

Well, have you seen my baby girl?

She’s lonely, yeah, oh, oh, oh

 

Bon Iver – The Wolves

The Wolves is a song about being haunted by pain. Bon Iver sings this to an ex-lover whom he says will be haunted by the pain she has caused him. He compares the memory of him to wolves that pace around her. Perhaps this all just wishful thinking on his part because he just can’t let her go, and he find solace in hoping that she’ll forever be haunted by what she did to him.

Lyrics about wolves: Someday my pain, someday my pain

Will mark you

Harness your blame, harness your blame

And walk through

With the wild wolves around you

In the morning, I’ll call you

Send it farther on

 

The Black Keys – Howlin’ for You

Howlin’ for You is heavily inspired by modern blues, and subsequently the blues legend, Howlin’ Wolf. In this song, the singer is enamored by a girl, and he can’t help but be “howlin’ for her.” It’s like saying he’s so enchanted by her that he has regressed to his animalistic tendencies. There’s that, and also the fact that it used to be pretty common for guys to make howling wolf sounds whenever they see a sexy girl/

Lyrics about wolves: I must admit

I can’t explain

Any of these thoughts racing

Through my brain

It’s true

Baby I’m howlin’ for you

 

Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf

According to lead singer Simon Le Bon, the lyrics were inspired by the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. At first, you might think it’s a cute song about a guy who’s madly in love with a girl. But once you know the inspiration behind the lyrics, you can see that it’s about a predator stalking his prey.

Lyrics about wolves: In touch with the ground

I’m on the hunt, I’m after you

Scent and a sound, I’m lost and I’m found

And I’m hungry like the wolf

Strut on a line it’s discord and rhyme

I howl and I whine I’m after you

Mouth is alive all runnin’ inside

And I’m hungry like the wolf

 

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