"The Howling" as written by Robert Westerholt, Sharon J. Den Adel and Daniel Gibson....
We've been seeing what you wanted, got us cornered right now
Fallen asleep from our vanity, might cost us our lives
I hear they're getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They're coming down the hills from behind

When we start killing
It's all coming down right now
From the nightmare we've created,
I want to be awakened somehow
(I want to be awakened right now!)

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we're in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing...

We've been searching all night long but there's no trace to be found
It's like they all have just vanished but I know they're around
I feel they're getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They're coming down the hills from behind

When we start killing
It's all coming down right now
From the nightmare we've created
I want to be awakened somehow
(I want to be awakened right now!)

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we're in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing...
When we start killing...

I feel they're getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They're coming down the hills from behind

The sun is rising
The screams have gone
Too many have fallen
Few still stand tall
Is this the ending of what we've begun?
Will we remember what we've done wrong?

When we start killing
It's all coming down right now
From the nightmare we've created
I want to be awakened somehow
(I want to be awakened right now!)

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we're in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing...
When we start killing...
When we start killing...


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"The Howling" as written by Sharon J. Den Adel Robert Westerholt

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's about the end of this corrupted world and how close this time is from nowadays. Most of the human race will die with war, famine, diseases, and catastrophes and in the end only a few will survive and those will remember what human race did wrong in the past so they will learn from it and not repeat again.
    joana11741on November 16, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey fairly well explained what this one is about on their website, it was made for a trailer for the "Spellborn" mmorpg game they are involved in. Its about a visious creature that people were able to drive out, but as they started expanding their borders as people always do, they started getting attacked again. Or something to that effect.
    mhortonon March 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah they also used the story of spellborn the come up with the lyric, they used some parts of the story of spellborn to form this story, but since i don't know the game i don't know wich one. sharon said that in a interview on faceculture.nl
    In the miston March 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere are a few mistakes in the lyrics above. Here are the right ones (out of the booklet):

    We've been seeing what you wanted, got us cornered right now
    Fallen asleep from our vanity, might cost us our lives
    I hear they're getting closer
    Their howls are sending chills down my spine
    and time is running out now
    They're coming down the hills from behind

    When we start killing
    It's all coming down right now
    From the nightmare we've created,
    I want to be awakened somehow
    When we start killing it all will be falling down
    From the hell that we're in
    All we are is fading away
    when we start killing...

    We've been searching all night long but there's no trace to be found
    It's like they all have just vanished but I know they're around
    I feel they're getting closer
    Their howls are sending chills down my spine
    and time is running out now
    They're coming down the hills from behind

    When we start killing
    It's all coming down right now
    From the nightmare we've created,
    I want to be awakened somehow
    When we start killing it all will be falling down
    From the hell that we're in
    All we are is fading away
    when we start killing...

    I feel they're getting closer
    Their howls are sending chills down my spine
    and time is running out now
    They're coming down the hills from behind

    The sun is rising
    The screams have gone
    Too many have fallen
    Few still stand tall
    Is this the ending of what we've begun?
    Will we remember what we've done wrong?

    When we start killing
    It's all coming down right now
    From the nightmare we've created,
    I want to be awakened somehow
    When we start killing it all will be falling down
    From the hell that we're in
    All we are is fading away
    when we start killing...
    when we start killing...
    when we start killing...
    Soulslayeron March 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think that this song is about murder and the haunting guilt or other consequences that ensue. "I feel they're getting closer; their howls are sending chills down my spine," for instance, indicates that the memory or spirits of the murder victims are closing in on and tormenting the murderers. This makes sense because most of Within Temptation's songs [that I have heard] seem to entail an analysis of sin.
    Snyarhediron January 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know why, but this song always brings an image of two villages or tribes, one attacks the other and the other seeks retribution causing an endless cycle of killing and bloodshed, the song seems to be question the point of war and violence.
    Flashfire07on January 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI always saw the song as a mix between being a werewolf and being chased by them.
    WithinOurTemptationon January 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about warewolves. For one thing, the title. "The HOWLING"... it's about warewolves and their intent to kill. Second, "The sun is rising, the screams have gone, too many have fallen, few still stand tall. Is this the ending of what we've begun? Will we remember what we've done wrong?", It means once the sun rises the werewolf form goes away and many people have been killed. For the "Will we remember what we've done wrong?" part.. it means once they are back in human form will they remember what they have done wrong, which is killed so many people. It's plain obvious this is about werewolves if you just read the lyrics.
    garrettlson December 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother song from The Heart Of Everything that I absolutly loveeeee =D
    The_howlingon February 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother wonderful song from Within Temptation
    Rubberduckon March 11, 2007   Link

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