Well they say I should approach you
With caution
But not to let you be aware of my fear
Never know what you'll find
Don't understand your kind 'round here
Watching your moves
They look so radical
Hearing your words
They sound fanatical
Something inside reveals you're magical
How can I get enough

You're a strange animal
That's what I know
You're a strange animal
I've got to follow

They've been trying to stick a line
In your system
Analysing the defenses you hold
Trying to open wide
Hoping to step inside your soul
But everything here is unfamiliar
Nothing they've seen remotely similar
How can it be you're so peculiar
How can I get enough

You're a strange animal
That's what I know
You're a strange animal
I've got to follow

O Ominous Spiritus!


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    General CommentOh my goodness, I can't believe I'm the first to comment on this song! I can't be sure of the exact meaning, but I've always interpreted it to be about someone who's infatuated with someone else, and maybe they don't understand why. Perhaps they aren't their usual type, who knows? In any case, a great song!
    Elelwynon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, I'm listening to it right now, actually. I've heard it on the radio awhile back and was waiting for it to come back on. Today, someone had the radio on and I was about to leave the room when it came on. So I went to the station web site (says the name of the current song) and downloaded it. It's a good song, not sure what it means yet. If I get any ideas of the meaning, I'll post here.
    KattsandDogon January 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis's actually my favorite song, identify well with it.

    The VIDEO to the song by Gowan is kind of... yeah... it interprets it as "man" as in humankind, being strange in a way.

    I never cared much for it myself in that interpretation and try to pretend the video doesn't exist.




    For my personal preferred way of thinking of it is this:

    The concept is to run across someone unique and special, they may be a love interest or may not, it's not really required in the context of the song. Someone who just stands out as being out of the norm, and in a good way.

    Clarisse McClellan from Fahrenheit 451, for example, would be a perfect example. That one individual to whom the term "I'm not insane, the world is!" actually applies truthfully.

    Yes, people are scared of that which is different of them. Be cautious around anything new, or potentially exciting, as it could also be dangerous. Every once in awhile though, someone who's on the edge, who COULD have been that one, comes out to the foreground and recognizes genius when they see it. When everyone else shys away in fear, there's always one who just has to understand the chaos, make sense of it all, to break the enigma of this radical element who enters their life.

    If yeu go with the mentality on say... the book 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand, also seen in the song '2112' by Rush, though that's actually a tribute to anthem, but the point's still there... then yeu get the concept of some larger 'them' or 'they', whoever the nameless faces in charge are, be they corporate drones, scientists or whotever, they seek to understand this mysterious person who exists outside the monotonous grey boundries set before them. The childlike enthusiasm can't be quantified, nor understood, and leaves them without the ability to truly understand.

    Regardless, the one person who was looking at them with actual interest, still doesn't get them either, but is still captivated regardless.

    The theme's carried out in multiple books and movies, and other forms of media; check for two characters; 1 shunned for their non-conformist attitude, and 1 who revels in their bizzare approach to life... the first one I can think of off the top of my head is V is for Vengeance which's perfectly fitting.

    It's a common theme, and a good one at that. The question now, becomes 'are yeu the non-conformist, the observer, the fearful masses, or the corporate drone?'.

    In case it wasn't clear enough, the song's sung from the perspective of the observer, in reference to the non-conformist, while noting the reactions of the other two upon them.
    Katsunion June 11, 2009   Link

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