"Wild Man" as written by and Kate Bush....
They call you an animal, the Kangchenjunga Demon, Wild Man, Metoh-Kangmi.
Lying in my tent, I can hear your cry echoing round the mountainside.
You sound lonely.
While crossing the Lhakpa-La something jumped down from the rocks.
In the remote Garo Hills by Dipu Marak we found footprints in the snow.

The schoolmaster of Darjeeling said he saw you by the Tengboche Monastery.
You were playing in the snow. You were banging on the doors.
You got up on the roof, Roof of the World.
You were pulling up the rhodedendrons. Loping down the mountain.
They want to know you. They will hunt you down, then they will kill you.
Run away, run away, run away
While crossing the Lhakpa-La something jumped down from the rocks.
In the remote Garo Hills by Dipu Marak we found footprints in the snow.
We found your footprints in the snow. We brushed them all away...
From the Sherpas of Annapurna to the Rinpoche of Qinghai.
Shepherds from Mount Kailash to Himachal Pradesh found footprints in the snow.

You’re not a langur monkey nor a big brown bear – You’re the Wild Man.
They say they saw you drowned near the Rongbuk Glacier.
They want to hunt you down. You’re not an animal.
The Lamas say you’re not an animal.

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"Wild Man" as written by Kate Bush

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    General CommentKB has humanised the Yeti. Fantastic!
    t14blakeon October 14, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe wild man is symbolic of our (human) search for the mystical.
    We search for it but in doing so we also destroy it.
    It feels like a song about wanting to touch what is sacred, but in not understanding it we end up applying our own interpretations and world views - this distorts the purity of what is sacred.
    Bush refers to the Lamas of tibet, and uses many exotic, almost esoteric, words like Kangchenjunga Demon and Metoh-Kangmi. This adds to the feeling of this being a song about something alien and so different from our normal understanding.

    I love this song, I find it very moving, not just the concept, but the wonderful arrangements. The narrative comes to life, and I often find myself close to tears at the line "they want to know you, they will hunt you down, then they will kill you"

    To me its all about god essentially.
    lolainslackson November 07, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningI feel that as we modern humans "wiped out" the Neanderthals many years ago, that there are extra elements to us found sometimes in special humans which are not understood well. Neanderthals are around still and we should embrace that!
    GeoffSydneyon October 19, 2018   Link
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    General CommentWild Man can be seen to address elements of us modern humans who have some Neanderthal in them. We should embrace them, or what's left of them!
    GeoffSydneyon October 24, 2018   Link

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