"Howl" as written by Florence Leontine Mary Welch and Paul Epworth....
If you could only see the beast you've made of me
I held it in but now it seems you've set it running free
Screaming in the dark, I howl when we're apart
Drag my teeth across your chest to taste your beating heart

My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in
You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to howl
My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in
You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to

Howl, howl
Howl, howl

Now there's no holding back, I'm making an attack
My blood is singing with your voice, I want to pour it out
The saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloodied feet across the hallow'ed ground

Like some child possessed, the beast howls in my veins
I want to find you, tear out all of your tenderness

And howl, howl
Howl, howl

Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters
Hunters, hunters, hunters
Hunters, hunters, hunters

The fabric of your flesh, pure as a wedding dress
Until I wrap myself inside your arms I cannot rest
The saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloodied feet across the hallowed ground

And howl

Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters

A man who's pure of heart and says his prayers by night
May still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright

If you could only see the beast you've made of me
I held it in but now it seems you've set it running free
The saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloodied feet across the hallow'ed ground


Lyrics submitted by KatherineKissMe

"Howl" as written by Florence Welch Paul Epworth

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  • +9
    Song MeaningAgreeing with everyone up their about it being about pure, animalistic, raw, intense passion or lust, sexual awakening etc.

    I think it's further enunciated by these lines:

    "Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
    Starts so soft and sweet and turns them into hunters

    A man who's pure of heart and says his prayers by night
    May still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright"

    A new relationship may be nice and sweet and then suddenly bam, their want/lust for each other becomes so intense (i.e., the 'curse'). Likewise with the second part, a man who appears to be pure, innocent and religious, may still become overcome by passion and sexual desire for somebody (i.e, become the 'wolf', the animal inside him).

    That's just my two cents. What a brilliant song it is!
    60_miles_an_houron March 30, 2010   Link
  • +6
    General Commenti think it's about that attraction you feel towards to your first boyfriend/girlfriend when lust is still new to you
    TrampVampon January 09, 2011   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningIt's about the sexual awakening of a young, inexperienced girl who becomes obsessed and has her actions dictated by sex. It's a very apt song when it comes to modern sexual attitudes.
    adeavilleon October 16, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHas anyone thought of it as maybe trying to get revenge on a man who abused her? Just a thought. I haven't really deeply read the lyrics, but from a quick glance, I see how this might make some sense.
    freklfaceon January 07, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationHonestly this is one of my favorite songs ever!

    I agree with a lot of the previously posted comments and interpretations. This song is obviously about a woman whose love has crazed her.

    I think her love has turned into an obsession because she has lost him. He hurt and her and her love for him is so strong she feels a need to hurt him with hers.
    "My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in"

    She wants to punish him and make her love him.

    "I held it in but now it seems you've set it running free
    Screaming in the dark, I howl when we're apart
    Drag my teeth across your chest to taste your beating heart"

    He is obviously gone and now she is realizing the loss of him is affecting her. she is feeling wounded and wants to feel his life and love. There are little hints to suggest she would wound him too. "Drag my teeth" "Claw your skin" "Hunt for you"

    She feels that if she is with him again that he will purify her and make her feel loved and that's when she can rest. "The fabric of your flesh, pure as a wedding dress. Until I wrap myself inside your arms I cannot rest"

    "A man who's pure of heart and says his prayers by night
    May still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright"
    I think she is hinting at a deception. She thought he was pure and then he revealed he was a wolf.

    I know some people may not agree with my interpretions but i just wanted to share
    heyykateeon August 31, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentReading all these comments makes me feel old, but lucky--lucky because I have lived long enough to experience what this song is really about...PASSION! Pure and simple. It is about the kind of passion not everyone gets to experience; but, if you do, you will understand completely. No one is doing anyone else wrong or leaving or hurting. It is simply about the kind of passion that consumes your every waking moment and makes you think you will go insane until you are together again. It makes you want to crawl inside each other and possess every part of them. Nothing bad about this song, kids. You just haven't been there yet!
    paulinebaileydaweson April 21, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI'm surprised no one's considered the possibility that she's singing as herself about a woman?

    The song completely encapsulates both the obsessive desperate longing and the bitter guilt that you feel - it makes you feel like a monster, hence the werewolf refferences. And it's made worse by the fact that she's so virtuous 'pure as a wedding dress'. And of course it's sinful by any religion 'the saints can't help me now'. But ultimatly uncontrollable 'I hunt for you with bloodied feet' ... slightly subtler than 'I kissed a girl and I liked it' ...
    silence22on July 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the aspect of the beast being there before love released it. It is not as though the romantic connection created the beast.
    AmberBon December 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it's about your first love or any true love and how that feeling takes you over, like a wolf during a full moon (the beast you made of me). And once you no longer have that love you're turned into a hunter searching for that love, that feeling you once had. (Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers Starts so soft and sweet and turns them into hunters)
    musekinspiredon April 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPersonally, I think this song is about the deepest, darkest passions we as human beings can feel when we are madly in love. The relationship starts off all lovey dovey and sweet (It starts so soft and sweet), but as it progresses it becomes more passionate, obsessive, and fiery (turns them into hunters). The singer cannot bear to be without her lover, and will do whatever she has to do to be them. Love has metaphorically transformed into an animal (a wolf most obviously) that is rabid for the love of her partner and will hunt for him if he ever leaves, until she has him back. Another meaning I see is in the line,

    " A man who's pure of heart and says his prayers by night
    May still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright"

    the meaning being that even good people who are "pure of heart" can become monsters if the setting is right. An excellent song coming from an excellent band.
    Barracudaon August 04, 2013   Link

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