Off through the new day’s mist I run
Out from the new day’s mist I have come

I hunt
Therefore I am
Harvest the land
Taking of the fallen lamb

Off through the new day’s mist I run
Out from the new day’s mist I have come

We shift
Pulsing with the earth
Company we keep
Roaming the land while you sleep

Shape shift
Nose to the wind
Shape shift
Feeling I’ve been
Move swift
All senses clean
Earth’s gift
Back to the meaning of life

Bright is the moon, high in starlight
Chill in the air, cold as steel tonight

We shift
Call of the wild
Fear in your eyes
It’s later than you realized

Shape shift
Nose to the wind
Shape shift
Feeling I’ve been
Move swift
All senses clean
Earth’s gift
Back to the meaning of life

I feel a change
Back to a better day
Hair stands on the back of my neck
In wildness is the preservation of the world
So seek the wolf in thyself

Shape shift
Nose to the wind
Shape shift
Feeling I’ve been
Move swift
All senses clean
Earth’s gift
Back to the meaning of life


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  • +3
    My InterpretationMost comments are debating whether the song is about a werewolf or whether there's a deeper meaning about our wild side as human beings. My answer is yes. They're both saying the same thing. No one can deny (I hope) that it's about a werewolf; the title gives that away. Here's why he talks about werewolves. In the first two choruses, he finishes with "back to the meaning of life", but in the final chorus he says "back to the meaning of wolf and man". The point made is that we can find the meaning in our lives by recognizing that we're werewolves; by seeing that we are both wolf and man- wild and tame. He also talks about the transformation from Man to Wolf: "shape shift". If we can transform from one to the other, then there's clearly a difference between the two, and Hetfield says that becoming wild is good: "I feel a change/Back to a better day". "mullet2k" points out the line "In wildness is the preservation of the world". This is a line from Walden, which is a book about the relationship between humans and nature. The book says that we have to accept and live our wild side to really understand ourselves. Everyone's different interpretation of the song depends on how we interpret that "wild side". For some- maybe Hetfield- that's about the partying lifestyle, for others it can be drugs or playing music or anything that makes us wild. That's why it's up to everyone to interpret the song for themselves.
    jim0watkinson October 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn some Metallica sites, it says that it's just a song about a warewolf, but I've always thought about it as a metaphor for getting drunk. You start out normal but after a few drinks you change into something different and sometimes you do some awful stuff and when you wake up, you have no idea where you are or what happened.
    King Nothingon May 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen Metallica played at Hultsfred Sweden with the Sonisphere tour, James said that this song is about the animal that´s in all of us. Basically meaning the primal instints and urges that´s in all of us. James has just used a lyrical werewolf-metaphore in this song.
    Mika1978on July 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about humans wants and needs for basic primality , we all used to be hunters in a sense and i think Wolf is a metaphor for these needs within us PLUS METALLICA RULE
    Darkstar_1515on November 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised no one has brought this up, but has anyone read the book The Call of the Wild, by Jack London?
    I just finished this book a couple weeks ago, and right away this song came into my mind. The book basically tells the story of a pampered dog who is kidnapped and moved to the north in order to be a sled dog during the Klondike gold rush. Buck, the name of the dog, basically goes through a metamorphosis (shapeshift) and he becomes more aware of the wolf-nature within himself. He becomes a hunter, a killer of men, and a leader to dogs and wolves.
    I could be almost certain Hetfield took inspiration from this story because he uses phrases that are directly from the book. London often mentions Buck's senses becoming "clean" and pure, and when Buck stares into the fire he he is taken back to the time "of wolf and man" when the two were both brothers in the hunt.
    The overall theme of the book revolves around trusting primitive instincts and adapting to one's environment. I see this same message in the song as well. London repeats the message of "going back to the beginning" over and over again when referring to Buck's transition to a wild animal.
    It is hard to discount the connection between the song and the story when there are so many similar phrases and themes... not to mention the actual words, "call of the wild," are found in the lyrics.
    If this song has touched anyone, I STRONGLY recommend the book. It is a very harsh and brutal story, but memorable and thought provoking.
    Cashedon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI very much agree with the opinion that this song is a representation of embracing your primal instincts that we all seem to have forsaken.
    But this song means so much more than just that.
    I cant put my meaning into words very easily, but I'll try.Its like making us remember where we came from;a time when we had to be brutal, savage and mercilless in order to survive "...a better day" reminding us of ourselves, our past and what natures still lurk within us all...
    It reminds me very much of the character Perrin aybara in the wheel of time series by the late robert jordan ( amazing series, strongly recommend it, although it gets a bit monotenous after book 8). Perrin has something awakened within himself, an inner wolf. His senses heighten, his eyes turn golden and his instincts become more wolf like.

    I can see how some people here see more immediately obvious meaning to this song, as you can with most songs, such as drugs, alcohol etc etc yada yada
    But almost all songs are more than that, if only to the listeners, and the same holds true with this AMAZING song.
    Seeker of meaningson May 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would say that this song works on both concrete and metaphorical levels. It is about werewolves, but isn't the very concept of a werewolf a metaphore for releasing your inner beast? Your inner beast could be anything that releases you from the confinement of human institutions. Taking drugs, being violent, roaming free... anything goes as far as I'm concerned.
    krikkeron August 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok guys, its about a WAREWOLF. metallica certainly has lots of meanings you have to look for, but i really dont think there are any in this one. its a raw, blasting song from second #1
    thrashmanon April 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTwilight princess. lol.
    darragh109on September 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about re-connecting to your most basic instincts within us all
    jonalethon May 12, 2002   Link

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