"Human" as written by Elena Veronica Tonra and Igor Alexandre Haefeli....
Woken up like an animal
Teeth ready for sinking
My mind's lost in bleak visions
I've tried to escape but keep sinking

Limbs lost to a dead weight stake
Skull cage like a prison
And he's lost faith he'll ever see again
So may he once thought of me then

Underneath the skin there's a human
Buried deep within there's a human
And despite everything I'm still human
But I think I'm dying here

Woken up like an animal
I'm all ready for healing
My mind's lost with nightmares streaming
Woken up (kicking screaming)

Take me out of this place I'm in
Break me out of this shell-like case I'm in

Underneath the skin there's a human
Buried deep within there's a human
And despite everything I'm still human

I think that I'm still human
I think that I'm still human
I think that I'm still human

Underneath the skin there's a human
Buried deep within there's a human
And despite everything I'm still human
But I think I'm dying here


Lyrics submitted by cavador, edited by kateejo17, yobrat, ShieskaClow, Ashlexa, toadling17, PJonny, adverbs

"Human" as written by James Harris Iii Terry Lewis

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  • +5
    General CommentLyrics Correction:

    "Limbs lost to a dead weight state
    This skull cage like a prison
    And he's lost faith he'll ever see again
    The soul mate he once thought of me then"

    "Waking up like an animal
    I'm un-ready for healing
    My mind's lost with nightmares streaming
    Woken up (kicking screaming)"
    kateejo17on May 28, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI heard this song a few days ago and could not believe how much it spoke to me. It is so relevant for what is currently going on in my life. For the past 6-7 months, there has been a lot of sexual tension between my roommate and I. We became extremely close friends, spending quite a lot of time together while conversing into the wee hours of the night. To make a long story short, the inevitable took place: we finally had sex. Very hot, passionate sex. I haven't felt that alive in several years. I've felt unappreciated, undesired and alone despite being in a serious relationship for the past 5 years. Anyway, my roommate and I often spoke about sex (which obviously stemmed from the sexual tension between us), sharing intimate details of our sexual encounters, discussing what we would and/or wouldn't do, etc. Well, I digress. Let me get to the point. Him and I talked a lot about how we can separate sex from "other" emotions. But for some reason, I am having a hard time doing that in this situation. And I don't think he knows this. I obviously can't tell him. He continues to tell me about these other females that he is sleeping with, thinking that I have no care in the world but to listen. I think it bothers me most because our friendship has changed. We no longer talk for hours through the night, and he hasn't been showing me much interest outside of when we have sex ever since he has met this new girl. I am significantly younger than both of them, so he probably does not want to give up our amazing sex, but I feel worthless now. And I don't know why because I have no place to be bothered by this. This song speaks to me, it is so beautiful. Below I interpret the lyrics as they are meaningful to myself:

    "Woken up like an animal
    Teeth ready for sinking
    My mind's lost in bleak vision
    I tried to escape but keep sinking"

    This is a metaphor for the animalistic desires that bring me great struggle; particularly my insatiable craving for physical, and perhaps subconsciously, emotional connection. These intense feelings mimic a high, waking me up out of a sleep with my heart racing, I'm reading to "sink my teeth" into the forbidden fruit: the person I want not only sexually, but emotionally, but cannot realistically have. My rational mind understands this can never be in reality, but I am clouded by the overwhelming "high", stupid emotions flooding my brain. I tell myself I have to stop or it will always get worse, but whenever the opportunity arises, I give in. I sink.

    "Underneath the skin there's a human
    Buried deep within there's a human
    And despite everything I'm still human
    But I think I'm dying here..."

    He thinks that I am "different", that I am some emotionless, sexual human being. Little does he know that "underneath the skin there's a human." I may pretend that everything is okay, put on a smile, laugh and listen, but "buried deep within there's a human". "Despite everything, I'm still human..." The longer this goes on, the more emotionally drained I will become. Once the manic high wears off, I will fall into a dark, depressive state. "but I think I'm dying here..."
    FragileOneon June 20, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthanks for the lyric edits! I honestly couldn't find the right ones ANYWHERE online. Also, I love how this song can be so personal for everyone even if the meanings are completely different.

    For me, the song has a lot to do with cynicism. I suppose there could be a personal story for me in there somewhere, but it's more just a connection to my life. The first verse to me sounds like she is a wounded animal, turned an ugly shade of angry and untrusting by things or past relationships in her life. Something with this guy became a trigger and brought back all of the memories, sort of like PTSD.

    In the second verse, now that her new partner in this budding relationship has seen this side of her, even if it's not the real her, he can't go back to viewing her how he did before.

    In the verse, it feels like she's begging him, trying to convince him that she's still the same girl, she just has all this shit, these scars, to work through. She's still human, it's just that sometimes she can turn and strike. The verse also has a more worldly meaning to me as well. It reminds me that everyone acts the way they do for a reason, and not to take things personally. They have scars and faults, but ultimately they are human, and probably beautiful underneath all of it and I should try to be more empathetic, understanding, and patient.
    jmpetty10on August 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi get the feeling that this song just may be about 2 people that are in a complete state of hopelessness (they might just be depressed or suffering from an mental illness) and b/c of that begin acting very oddly (?)

    the girl in this situation wants to move on and get better, but finds it too difficult to do.
    despite how 'oddly' they behave, she still believes there is an ounce of humanity left in them. that there just might be a chance for them to get better and/or despite everything they have done they still possess qualities of being human.

    idk just my interpretation of what this song may be about. her lyrics are strange in the sense that they can mean something different to everyone.
    yobraton June 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are really off. Really listen to her words.

    Woken up like an animal
    Teeth ready for sinking
    My mind's lost in bleak visions
    I've tried to escape but keep thinking

    Limbs lost to a dead wait state
    Skull caged like a prison
    And he's lost faith he'll ever see again
    The soul mate he once taught of me then

    Underneath this skin there's a human
    Buried deep within there's a human
    And despite everything I'm still human
    But I think I'm dying here

    Woken up like an animal
    I'm un-ready for healing
    My mind's lost with nightmares streaming
    Woken up, kicking, screaming

    Oh~ Take me out of this place I'm in
    Oh~ Break me out of this shell-like case I'm in

    Underneath this skin there's a human
    Buried deep within there's a human
    And despite everything I'm still human

    I think that I'm still human

    Underneath this skin there's a human
    Buried deep within there's a human
    And despite everything I'm still human
    But I think I'm dying here

    What say you guys? =^.^=
    ShieskaClowon November 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationPersonally, this song really hits home for me as well. My interpretation is different though, and the above lyrics correction helps a lot with that. I was wondering if my hearing was wrong when I first read the lyrics up top. XD

    Anyways, for me this really relates to a situation I was in with a now ex-boyfriend that I was living with for around two years. We went through something pretty heavy, and after that I was never the same. I do have a problem with depression, but then again who doesn't? Either way, I was in a place where I felt like I was dead inside, as cliche as that sounds. I remembered I loved him before the incident (we'll call it that) happened, but I had nothing left in me to still love him after the first time I broke down about it, showing that amount of weakness for the first time in front of someone ever, and he only said I needed to get off the fucking edge. It was that moment my entire being just shut down. After that we still lived together, he went about his life like nothing happened, while I became this person I didn't know, pretending right along with him. After a while, you forget consciously that you're pretending, that you're heart is tearing apart with each breath. Each day, I would fall further and further into madness until I just felt like screaming because I never dealt with what happened, and the only person I had loved with all my being, who had a part in the incident, just seemed to bounce back. I got cold, started to hate almost everything about him, lashed out with misplaced anger, and just became a shell. I knew inside it was wrong, knew this wasn't who I was, knew that I wasn't being fair, but the pain and anger suffocated me and after not facing what happened for so long, it was easier to never do so. Of course, I finally left because we both couldn't turn back time, and i couldn't become the person he loved so much before because I lost a large part of who I was. Sorry for the long babble, I guess I took this as a therapy post. XD Either way, everything in this song really speaks to my heart. I didn't know if I was human anymore, I didn't know how to stop feeling or acting the way I was, I didn't know how to love anymore, and I felt like I was dying every day.
    Akumion July 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningAgree with the proposed lyrics changes, and moreover, suggest that the lyrics are "shell-like case", not shale-like

    Wow, some fabulous thoughts as to meaning. I've never posted before, in fact I joined to be able to reply. I truly hope that Akumi and fragileone are in better places now, and truly appreciated your honesty.

    My thought was far more mundane. I'm here working flat out on yet another Sunday, feeling fed up and jealous of people who get weekends. and the chorus just resonated. Just ground down be relentless work, and the sad thing is that I'm starting to accept this position as the norm - I get up each day, I work, I go to bed. I'm finding myself resenting social invitations, or sports fixtures, or phone calls from friends, cos that means I have to work later.

    So I'm hearing that I'm not a computer, a kettle or a TV. I'm telling myself that there is a human inside my body, that this state isn't natural, and yes, I'd like to get out of the metaphorical place I'm in, break out of the shell, and remember what it was like to watch TV in the evening.

    Sorry, it's a pathetic first post, and it's totally selfish. Maybe no-one will read it anyway? I'm sure that's not what Elena Tonra had in mind. But Elena, if you ever read this, please know that the track has been played over and again!

    D
    Spangleon October 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like this song is written about being in the midst of a depression, where you really only feel like a bare animal and not a human capable of processing thoughts and emotions. So instead of enjoying life and the full spectrum of human emotion, the singer feels numb and robotic. It also feels like the singer is going through a personal awakening because of a recent breakup, and she's learning more about herself and the way her emotions affect her, possibly questioning her own humanity in the midst of it all.
    zeeshineon January 19, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what the original song is about, but right now this song is what I keep repeating to myself just to get through days. I'm dealing with PTSD and all the anxiety and depression that comes with that, plus just trying to figure out what it means to be a human and how to live in the world instead of just being on the outside looking in. I feel lost, and sometimes I don't feel like I'll ever be able to get where I want to be, and that's what this song reminds me of. That feeling where you just want to live and be like everyone else, but you don't know how to get there from the place you're in even though you can feel your surroundings slowly killing you.
    Clairelyseon October 12, 2015   Link

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