"Hunter" as written by Rollo Armstrong and Dido Armstrong....
With one light on in one room
I know you're up when I get home
With one small step upon the stair
I know your look when I get there
If you were a king up there on your throne
Would you be wise enough to let me go
For this queen you think you own
Wants to be a hunter again
I want to see the world alone again
To take a chance on life again
So let me go

The unread book and painful look
The TV's on, the sound is down
One long pause
Then you begin
Oh look what the cat's brought in
If you were a king up there on your throne
Would you be wise enough to let me go
For this queen you think you own
Wants to be a hunter again
I want to see the world alone again
To take a chance on life again
So let me go
Let me leave

For the crown you've placed upon my head feels too heavy now
And I don't know what to say to you but I'll smile anyhow
And all the time I'm thinking, thinking

I want to be a hunter again
I want to see the world alone again
To take a chance on life again
So let me go

I want to be a hunter again
I want to see the world alone again
To take a chance on life again
So let me go

Let me leave
Let me go.


Lyrics submitted by Radioactive Man

"Hunter" as written by Rollo Armstrong Dido Armstrong

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  • +2
    General CommentI disagree that it`s a father figure, because the man is a "king" and she is the "queen".

    "For this crown you`ve placed upon my head, it feels too heavy now"
    How I can relate to this..
    It`s the situation when your lover sees you as "the one", and thinks you are perfect. Instead of satisfaction, you feel the constant pressure of living up to this standard, and avoid disappointing your partner. It gets tiring.

    "And I don't know what to say to you, but I smile anyhow"
    So, so sad.. When there`s nothing to complain about, when your relationship is perfect and everything falls into place, you still find yourself unhappy at times. What can you say to the happy person beside you? He couldn`t understand you; not even you understand yourself.
    ilyon May 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIt's Lady Diana...
    SONSiVRion February 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with most of what's been said before, but just something I think is really cool: Dido obviously has knowledge of mythology (her name is the name of Aeneas' lover-Queen who he abandons to go to Rome and who later kills herself), and I think she brings some of that knowledge into the song. I don't know how many of you are familiar with the story of Hippolyta, but it really fits. She's an Amazon queen (Amazons are hunters) who gets stolen away from her kingdom by Theseus and is forced to be his wife. There's an allusion to this in a Midsummer Night's dream, as Hippolyta is Theseus' bride, and there is some friction between them. I don't want to sound like a stuffy snob, I just thought Hippolyta's myth fits in really well with this song, as an independent woman (amazon) is yearning for freedom.
    toastguyon May 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think the guy was being bad to her, she simply wanted more from the life she had with him. Maybe this life wasn't bad, but it's like she still had a lot more to live, and she had forgotten about it, but now she's ready to pursuit again. :)
    babyfabyon February 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about that awkward stage in a relationship that is failing, where the end is near (for one of you anyway).

    The time in a relationship where you know it is over, but you haven't completely formed "The End" in your mind, but you are already picturing your future life alone.
    thecrossboneon March 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a lady who is sick of being protected and everything by her boyfriend/lover/husband, and she wants to be "free" again
    Pyro_Angelon May 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, this is probably my favourite song... it gets me motivated
    Sambanovaon September 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the above.I love this song(one of my favourite of this album) and I find the part "oh look what the cat's brought in" very funny.I have to say that Dido has an excellent voice
    Idion September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe's been so controlled and harboured for so long that she has lost her individuality. She wants to experience things and take risks...and fall if that's what it takes!! She's craving independence and adventure, instead of the stagnant, expected life she's in now!!!.
    chineezeyeson October 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDrugs? I don't see it. I think it's about someone who's been overly controlled and protected, and wants to be on her own again and take chances... experience things. Basically what everyone else said.
    bouncybluepenguinon April 13, 2004   Link

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