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Florence & The Machine – Howl lyrics

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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    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 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. That's my take anyways (also "she" is singer and "you" is person b).
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    UnregisteredJul 23, 2012 at 3:30 am
    She's using the werewolf image to compare to how she feels when she's in love. It's made her a 'beast' so to speak, lusting after him. She turned it into a cool werewolf story. And the part where she says "i drag my teeth across your chest to taste your beating heart. My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in. " might sound a little creepy and gross but it's like she's trying to find the key to his heart except she's a beast so she's trying to tear her way in to his heart. I like when she says "be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers, it starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters. " it further proves that she is talking about making love but she hides that fact by putting 'curse' into it which ties it back to the werewolf theme. The part where she says "the saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound. " refers to the fact that she knows she probably shouldn't give in to the lust but "the ropes have been unbound" and she can't contain the 'beast' once it's released. She is a genius with words.
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    UnregisteredApr 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    It's about how a love can make a person be free and love with a lot of passion, that she want every part of him with lust and possesives thoughts but when time continue, both the passion and the lust is starting to becoming more strong and possesive than before, always wanting to be with that person, and wanting somthing more and rude like marking him as her own, and to be marked.
    Like the wolves.
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    UnregisteredMar 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    I personally think that the song is about how love changes you. She says, "be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers/ starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters. " love can change you into a beast, can change the nature of your relationship with a person. Possessiveness is often characterized as animalistic, and she wants to possess his beating heart. She wants him to know what love for him does to her. It turns her into something she can't recognize, a beast in the night howling at the moon.

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