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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

My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in
You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to howl
My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in
You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to

Howl, howl
Howl, howl

Now there's no holding back, I'm making to attack
My blood is singing with your voice, I want to pour it out
The saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloody feet across the hallowed ground

Like some child possessed, the beast howls in my veins
I want to find you, tear out all of your tenderness

And howl, howl
Howl, howl

Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters
Hunters, hunters, hunters
Hunters, hunters, hunters

The fabric of your flesh, pure as a wedding dress
Until I wrap myself inside your arms I cannot rest
The saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloody feet across the hallowed ground

And howl

Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters

A man who's pure of heart and says his prayers by night
May still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright

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
The saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloody feet across the hallowed ground



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    UnregisteredMay 2, 2012 at 2:40 am
    Passionate love making. The 'howl' is the passionate moan.

    "be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
    Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters
    Hunters, hunters, hunters
    Hunters, hunters, hunters"

    The progression of that passion. This happens when a child is sheltered from sexuality. The initial reaction between two young lovers it tentative, and innocent. The closer the connection, the more passionate and possessive that love becomes (especially new, young love, or first love). It results into this animalistic need to be as close as possible, to posses all of that person. Wanting to get as much of the delicious love they've gotten the taste of. Like an insatiable child to sugar.

    A direct story would be a religious girl, taught to avoid the passion of this love, but then succumbs to it, then is addicted to it.
    "if you could only see the beast you've made of me(he taught her passion)
    I held it in but now it seems you've set it running free(she couldn't help but to let go of her religious teaching for his)
    The saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound (her religious beliefs about sex are gone. )
    I hunt for you with bloody feet across the hallowed ground (now that she's hooked to his passion-sex- she's tainted,bloody. Where he resides is her new sacred, or hollowed, ground. That's where she searches, hunts, for him. "
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    UnregisteredAug 7, 2012 at 7:38 am
    Love. It enters you and posesses you. No matter how much you deny yourself, love wont go away; there is no cure. And when you accept it, once you hold it in your grasp, it becomes a curse.

    It drives you mad. You need to be with that person, you're constantly thinking about them and only wish to be in their arms. You're emotions drive you to the extreme; you'd do anything to find them, be with them, see them. It burns into an animalistic desire/instinct.

    And you no longer recognize yourself.
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    UnregisteredSep 4, 2012 at 9:44 am
    I get the feeling this song is about virginity and how it's perceived by the males. The wolf and hunter are one in search for something similar. The hunter gets his drive by hunting the wolf and the wolf get his satisfaction when attacking the prey. I get the feeling it's a story about a guy who was very innocent at first before having sex with someone, but the moment he got his "carnal knowledge" he couldn't let go of that and now wants more of that sexual, gratifying feeling. Now he lusts a virginal girl (i want to find you, tear out all of your tenderness) and he's going to do anything and everything to hunt her and make her give in to him. Which he does - he takes her virginity. "the fabric of your flesh, pure as a wedding dress/until i wrap myself inside your arms i cannot rest". I feel the message of this song is to show how sometimes lust and sex can corrupt the wonderful, sublime feeling of love, especially among teenagers. It may start "soft and sweet" but once sex comes into the picture, everything goes south - at least with teens - and that's all they want later on, instead of focusing on the person's feelings they get carried away with the lust they feel and only search for that (... Turns them to hunters). Also, another message is that no matter how religious ones family can be and how religious they raise you to be, one is always going to be naturally curious about sex, depite being brought up to believe sex is sinful, immoral and is only a means of procreation and should not be perceived as 'pleasurable'. Despite all that, we are and always will be sexual creatures, naturally, as much as we want to deviate ourselves from that fact. Example of this is the bridge:"a man who's pure of heart and says his prayers by night/may still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright. " that's why he/she think the "saints" can't help them now, because they gave in to the cardinal sin (be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers). Florence sings this song magnificently telling the story in both guy/girl point-of-view and third-person too (from what i concluded it's the meaning of the song). It's a masterful, amazing song. Excellent doesn't even begin to cover it. I love the message it sends - if it's the meaning i get from the song that is. :) my favorite song. And i love she used the metaphor of a wolf because i love wolves (real ones) and werewolf stories too! It's superb in every extent!
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    UnregisteredSep 3, 2012 at 7:08 am
    My take on the song is that this is a love(and rejection? ), it turns her into this monster. "my fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in" is just saying she doesn't to wait for you to give her access to your heart. She's rushing it and trying to force herself into it. She's so tired of this pining and she's broken the ropes the bind. She wants to be in your arms and there's nothing to stop the hunt anymore. Thats my take anyways (also "she" is singer and "you" is person b)
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    UnregisteredAug 2, 2012 at 12:49 am
    This song to me is all about a werewolf, so it reminds me of van helsing, which is the only vampire/wereholf film that i like. But it's also about making love as well, to put it into nicer terms. But this is just what i think, if someone thinks its about satanic worship, then that their opinon. ;)

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