"Animal" as written by Christian Karlsson, Pontus Johan Winnberg, Andrew Wyatt Blakemore and Henrik Jonback....
There was a time when my world was filled with darkness, darkness, darkness
And I stopped dreaming now
I'm supposed to fill it up with something, something , something
In your eyes I see the eyes of somebody I knew before long long long ago
But I'm still trying to make my mind up
Am I free or am I tied up

I change shapes just to hide in this place but I'm still, I'm still an animal
Nobody knows it but me when I slip yeah I slip
I'm still an animal

There is a hole and I tried to fill up with money, money , money
But it gets bigger to your hopes is always

Running, running, running

In your eyes I see the eyes of somebody of who could be strong
Tell me if I'm wrong
And now I'm pulling your disguise up
Are you free or are you tied up

I change shapes just to hide in this place but I'm still I'm still an animal
Nobody knows it but me when I slip
I'm still an animal

I change shapes just to hide in this place
But I'm still I'm still an animal
Nobody knows it but me when I slip, yeah I slip
I'm still an animal

I change shapes just to hide in this place
But I'm still, I'm still an animal
Nobody knows it but me when I slip yeah I slip
I'm still an animal

I change shapes just to hide in this place
But I'm still, I'm still an animal
Nobody knows it but me when I slip yeah I slip
I'm still an animal


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"Animal" as written by Christian Karlsson Andrew Wyatt Blakemore

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  • +18
    Song MeaningThis song is about someone who can't decide what to do with his life. He had dreams of becoming something great when he was younger, but now he's contemplating whether he needs to let go and accept the normal course of life that he's currently living. He's not sure if he's free or if he's tied up, in other words, he doesn't know if he's actually still working toward accomplishing his dreams or if he's already given-in to being an average person.

    He refers to himself as an animal, because, no matter what he tries to become, he always slips back to his instinctual nature. He tries to change shapes by pretending to accept the place that he's in, but, underneath it all, he's still the same unsatisfied person. He always needs more, so he will always be chasing some unattainable fantasy.
    jonruleson June 14, 2009   Link
  • +6
    Song MeaningThis song is about someone who is looking for fulfillment. Over time, he became less idealistic and more of a 'realist,' but found that wasn't satisfying ("I stopped dreaming, now I'm supposed to fill it up with somethin'").

    When he looks himself in the eye or falls asleep, he sees somebody he used to know - an animal that isn't constrained. In the song, our narrator limits his own thinking / potential to fit in / not seem like an absurd idealist (ie- going after money... I change shapes just to hide in this place), only to find these pursuits unfulfilling.

    Everyone's trying to get back to their original state of mind - young, idealistic, filled with potential (but i'm still, im still an animal).

    Don't lose your animal! Stay hungry, stay foolish.
    trecool02on August 18, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentBasically a song for all of the square pegs out there trying to fit into the round holes that society provide us with
    striving for the balance between being true to ones inner self and the primal need to be accepted
    brilliant song!!

    Spiritualfishon January 16, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthe song for me is about shedding social camouflage and embracing our true nature in order to find true happiness with in us, we all might strive to keep attain material things to try to be cool and gain image in hope of finding acceptance and happiness but in reality we only become slaves to our egos in the long run....

    so he feels the answer is in the simple joys of life and never giving up the dream

    he then realizes how sad it is to go on living in pretense after having found the light

    and he is trying to show his friends still left in darkness the joys in the simplicity of just being your self and living life the way that makes you happy free of social and self inflicted slavery to image and materialism

    sounds right?
    sycosimson January 20, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTHis is a very simple , yet philosophical song about being an animal in this bioshpere. animals come in different shapes, but more importantly we try to avert ourselves with holes of money.

    this song means that we are animals, and the question posed is: is this an inhibiting or enhancing factor?

    be an animal!
    Blaket1234on March 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love him and his songs because they have deep deep meaning to them that you really have to look for which i love he is a great artist and should be more known and his music should have more play time then it does.
    luvtaylor2on February 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionNobody knows it but me when I slip yeah I slip
    I'm still an animal

    He says "sleep", but its pronounced slip because of his swedish accent
    Jellyfishofdoomon September 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti LOOOOOOVE this song.
    oh my god.
    best summer song ever.
    i agree with jonrules.
    i think the song is kind of the oppoiste of the meaning though, cause it has a really happy feeling to it, but then it's about never being able to attain something you're looking for.
    yppahmi2on July 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how he says it like "an-a-moo",
    instead of an-a-MAL. This song rox,
    thanx ALTNation!

    Udahoon October 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI thought the lyrics came to him from a reptilian being about it's plite to live within the confines of it's weak/frail "human" body.
    This reptilian slips up and sometimes shifts in front of others or on TV as a reporter/actor etc...and feels very inadequate because it can't hold it's human form and exposes it's true nature to it's inferior human subordinates.

    The beginning reference to darkness and seeing the eyes somebody it knew long ago (YHWH or God) describes this fallen angel's feelings of the glorified state it shed to join forces with the light bearer (Lucifer). Feeling pulled in both directions, it's fear of Lucifer dominates it and this reptilian being goes about it's daily business of carrying out the mission it's been assigned to.

    The last non-chorus lyrics then expounds on this being's suspicions that the sacraficed Christ's presence in a believer's life could be strong but it's been so deceived that it's having a hard time wrapping it's mind around the redemptive work of the Christ in the life person these lyrics are geared to. It wants to tempt the believe with a revelation of its true self to see how this person would react and to verify for itself if this person could be true to their belief in the face of something other-worldly.
    bahouda2000on August 02, 2010   Link

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