"Wolves" as written by and Matthew Houck....
Mama there's wolves in the house
Mama they won't let me out
Mama they're mating at night
Mama they wont make nice

They're pacing and glowing bright
Their faces all snowy and white
Bury their paws in the stone
Make for my heart as their home

They tumble and fight
And they're beautiful
On the hilltops at night
They are beautiful

Blazing with light
Is the whitest and the tallest and the biggest one
She's muscled and fine
When she runs

They're tearing up holes in the house
They're tearing their claws in the ground
They're staring with blood in their mouths
Mama they won't let me out

They tumble and fight
And they're beautiful
On the hilltops at night
They are beautiful

Blazing with light
Is the whitest and the tallest and the biggest one
All muscled and fine
When she runs

Mama there's wolves in the house
Mama i tried to put them out
And mama i know you're too wise
To wait till those wolves make nice


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"Wolves" as written by Matthew Houck

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  • +8
    General Commenti think this song can also describe depression in a way the wolves being thoughts or experience or stresses that crowd the mind. Maybe like existentialist issues or troubles with the philosophies of life, death and love. Kind of like addressing the issues and when things scare you when youre younger you call out to your mum. I spose growing up and having to deal with these things,and how negative thoughts just multiply and take over and you cant escape.
    these thoughts are beautiful and strange and ultimately glorious but at the same time can be devastating holes to fall into.
    i kind of interpret 'the house' as his mind, nightmares and such.

    such a beautiful song off such a beautiful album!
    Rabbitheartedon July 01, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI've interpreted the wolves to be thoughts stuck in the narrator's head, fermenting while he dreams at night. They are challenging him, 'tearing up holes in the house', forcing him to open his eyes. They are conflicting and radical, but at the same time the narrator recognizes they are ultimately wise, strong and ubiquitous; beautiful.
    yourtongueinhisteethon April 16, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti adore this song, can't stop putting it on repeat
    johannsenon December 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is the most relaxing song ever, i love it!
    Blockson November 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really would like to know what this song is about. It's truly amazing.

    By wolves, does he mean strangers?
    Darn it, I really want to know.

    I really like when he says, "mama there's wolves in the house."
    My favorite line, actually.
    mad about the boyon January 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust out of curiosity, did anyone else have the first impression of an abusive home life or relationship?? I dunno, just the lines of:

    "mama there's wolves in the house
    mama they won't let me out"

    brought to mind the image of someone trapped by another person.

    It's just a thought and the impression I get from the song. More so every time I listen to it.
    Wolf42on August 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely going with drug addiction. The song comes off as more than just a plea for help, but a confession. The narrator can't even help himself but to call the wolves (drugs) beautiful, which makes more sense than calling thoughts of depression beautiful. Hilltops can be an analogy for being high, and the whitest, tallest, biggest one can symbolize a particular drug, coke for instance. Mama being too wise to wait til they make nice may mean he accepts the consequence for his behavior, which is probably getting cut off to some degree, in terms of money, the relationship, the house itself.
    usernme1993on June 04, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationHe's referring to nightmares in my opinion.

    Ever heard of the expression, 'wolves at your door'? Well, it's kinda like saying something's brewing, or in the works of going wrong. In this case, something to bring up nightmares.

    Well, in this song, now they're 'in the house'.

    Mama is also something he's using in a child-like perspective. Cause when you're a child and you wake up from a bad dream, you call to your mom. :)

    'mama they won't let me out
    mama they're mating at night
    mama they wont make nice'

    Obviously, he can't escape them. By 'mating' he simply means that they're growing either more 'vividly' or even in numbers. And they won't make nice, as in he just can't figure out how to get rid of his nightmares.

    He also describes them as tearing up the house and running around.

    Perhaps he means that these problems, these nightmares, are just destroying everything, changing his perspective and eating away at his mind. He just can't relax with them around anymore.

    And again, he refers to his 'mama'.

    'mama there's wolves in the house
    mama i tried to put them out
    and mama i know you're too wise
    to wait till those wolves make nice'

    He's looking at his mother in a child perspective again, where he thinks her too wise, and strong to be buffeted by these horrible nightmares, that she won't try to make amends with these nightmares or stand for it at all.
    StilleNachton May 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningPersonally I think the song is about addiction. Wolves in the house equalling addiction, mating at night meaning it's getting worse. The wolves are beautiful when on substance and destroying the house when the withdrawal kicks in. The last lines, "Mama I tried to put them out" = I tried to stop "Mama I know you're too wise, to wait till those wolves make nice" = you know I need help and I can't do it myself, you're the only one that knows me well enough to help, etc.

    Of course it can be interpreted many different ways, it could be about being mentally unstable, it could be a bad dream as others have said, it could be about a relationship going south and the beauty of the past (wolves beautiful on the hilltop, far away, but in the house they're tearing it apart).

    It's a beautiful, sad song though, whatever the meaning.
    cascadejimon May 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    Yeah I agree with everyone pretty much,
    I think it's about something tearing up at his mind, stuck in his head, a nightmare, maybe an addiction.
    Just something that wont leave him alone, being called "wolves"
    i love when he sings the
    "they tumble and fight
    and they're beautiful
    on the hilltops at night
    they are beautiful"
    part. the way he sings beautiful!

    very good song
    speaksofton June 27, 2009   Link

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