I could liken you to a werewolf the way you left me for dead
But I admit that I provided a full moon
And I could liken you to a shark the way you bit off my head
But then again I was waving around a bleeding open wound

But you were such a super guy til the second you get a whiff of me
We are like a wishing well and a bolt of electricity
But we can still support each other
All we got to do is avoid each other
Nothing wrong when a song ends in the minor key
Nothing wrong when a song ends in the minor key

The lava of a volcano
Shot up hot from under the sea
One thing leads to another
And you made an island of me

And I could liken you to a chemical
The way you made me compound a compound
But I'm a chemical too inevitable you and me wouldn't mix
And I could liken you to a lot of thing but I always come on around
Cause in the end I'm a sensible girl
I know the fiction of the fix

But you were such a super guy til the second you get a whiff of me
We are like a wishing well and a bolt of electricity
But we can still support each other
All we got to do is avoid each other
Nothing wrong when a song ends in the minor key
Nothing wrong when a song ends in the minor key


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Werewolf song meanings
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  • +4
    My InterpretationI read some new interviews Fiona did and she mentioned how she's realized how she's the only constant variable with each relationship that ends. This caused her to examine herself, and I feel like this song presents her as the catalyst for the werewolf she brings out of the 'super guy'. She's not blaming other people like she admitted to doing in earlier albums.

    The werewolf/moon analogy illustrates how she sparks his dangerous werewolf transformation.
    the shark/bleeding open wound analogy demonstrates that she lured him into her demise(decapitation).
    The volcano reference is both intriguing and beautiful. Since he made an island of her, she was the 'lava that shot up hot from under the sea'. He isolated her, brought her to the surface and cooled her down but left her alone and motionless.
    The chemical verse shows that they don't get along, 'you and me wouldn't mix' but she returns(to him or sensibility?) for the 'fiction of the fix' that provides an addictive, unrealistic, pretend fantasy. Their inability to mix also connects with the "we can still support each other all we got to do is avoid each other" lines since they can only get along when they're apart. When they're apart he's a 'superguy' until she's nearby and he 'gets a whiff of [Fiona]'.
    I'm not gonna try to interpret the wishing well/bolt of electricity one that seems really open-ended. I can only relate wishing wells to the fictions/pretense that everything is okay/ignoring problems.

    'Nothing wrong when a song ends in the minor key'
    Pretending that things are okay when they're not 'major' problems, just 'minor' things that will go away.(omg get it? thank you piano lessons it's all worth it now)

    In the pitchfork interview she said that the laughing children was inspired when she was playing the song as a fighting scene broke out on the movie she had playing on TCM. I think the screaming kids(originally fighting) is meant to create a sense of the werewolf as it attacks its victim on a full moon.

    Here's the excerpt from the interview:
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    Pitchfork: What about the sound of children screaming on "Werewolf"-- it seems to come out of nowhere.

    FA: I wrote that song while staying at my mother's apartment up in Harlem. Whenever there's a TV, I put on [Turner Classic Movies]-- I always have it on, while I sleep, whatever. I was recording myself doing the song for the first time, and a battle broke out in the movie that was playing. People were shooting and screaming. I liked it, but I couldn't use it from the movie, so I spent literally the next year trying to recreate that sound. I went to San Francisco for Halloween and I was hanging out in trollies recording people screaming. I would walk past a bunch of drunk people and be like: "Hey, scream!" But it would always sound wrong and stupid.

    But on the first morning we were planning to record, I had just gotten out of the shower and I heard all these kids screaming-- there's an elementary school across from my house in L.A. I was like, "Oh shit, that's it." I threw on whatever was right there-- which I didn't realize at the time was a pair of pants that I was going to throw away because the ass was split-- and I ran out, half-clothed, carrying my recording thing. I was standing there looking like a crazy person, watching these kids. They were jumping with balloons between their legs, trying to make them pop. In the actual song, we had to take out all the balloon pops because they sounded like gunshots. But it was so perfect.

    full interview here:
    pitchfork.com/features/interviews/8853-fiona-apple/
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    lisasonodaon June 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The way you made me compound A compound"
    letmegohomeon June 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSome relationships are just too passionate & volatile for their own good. Sad songs are often in minor keys, but it doesn't make them any less significant or beautiful - just like various relationships.
    nylonstringon June 28, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe first line "liken you to a werewolf" could actually be interpreted as a double entendre, as "lycan you to a werewolf", since a werewolf is also known as a "lycanthrope".
    BearSharkon December 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think she admits her part of guilt but at the same time claims that her partner was the one actually responsible for their breaking up. It´s sad, sad song when it comes to lyrics, but perfectly rhytmic and melodic and fast all the same. I like her, her voice and such, a lot.
    sonuliqueon February 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction*we are like a wishing well and a bolt of electricity
    luttion June 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPossibly my favorite song on The Ilder Wheel...so beautiful! I love the way Fiona accept that the relationship can't work, but that it doesn't make it any less important than previous relationships.
    JackSylverwindon July 06, 2012   Link

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