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Song Released: 2010


The Animal Lyrics

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I can feel the animal inside
My resolve is weakening
Pounding at the doors of my mind
It's nearly overpowering
I cannot begin to describe
The hunger that I feel again
Run if you intend to survive
For the beast is coming to...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2011 report

    This song is about the way David Drainman viewed himself after his girlfriend's suicide. If you watch some of the behind the scenes videos on youtube he explains all of the Asylum Album. He views himself as this animal because of his thoughts about the suicide and his own thoughts of doing the same thing. He became depressed and had some not so good thoughts, and instead of bottling it up inside, he wrote it down and eventually decided to make them into songs .

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    anonymous
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    Jan 2nd 2011 report

    The song is inspired by movies like underworld. It is not satanic. It's about a person being a werewolf and they love the power of the transformation stage. Why does it every time a song isn't about love someone always thinks it's satanic. It's a song about the power that an animal has, or is about to have. He explains it (rockband dlc). If you read the lyrics you will see that it's not satanic and that it's a transformation.

  3. anonymous
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    May 7th 2013 report

    I could definitely see why someone would think this song is Satanic. I thought it was when I first listened to it. Then, as I listened to it more, I didn't think so as much. Sure, there is plenty talk of Hell in the song and lines like, "the animal soul is mine," but this, like any song, is interpereted based on the way the song crossed the listener's mind and whatever else is flying around in their head when they hear it. Really traditional Christians or Satanists could find this song to be Satanic, or about being possessed by a demon, or going to Hell. But heck, this could be about werewolves, or X-Man Wolverine, or even the Balrog from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. What I'm going to tell you is that I am a serious Christian, and I listen to this kind of metal in additon to other sub-genres, I listen to stuff worse than this, and I'm even in a metal band myself! Sure, I can see how people could take this as demonic, but I dont think it is.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2013 report

    Im porbably gunna get "ur goin 2 hell." Or. " I'm a christain which means if ur not u go to hell" and shit like that but. this song ain't about no relegion bullshit i mean iff U think so chill man i ain't splurtin all over the interweb that I dobt believe ib god and shit like that but I think its about a man/woman who's whole life has been treated like a dog and that eventually takes over. because what happenes when you hit an animal to much. it can kill u thats what

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2012 report

    First of all, I love Disturbed's music; they are one of my favorite bands. Lets' clear that up right now.

    Now, to all the people bashing others for saying that this particular video/lyrics symbolizes and makes satanic references,you all clearly have not studied the word and unfortunately do not know much about Jesus being the lamb of God. The beast is the Antichrist which will eventually be empowered by Satan himself. All you who are bashing people about religion clearly would not know the symbolism because you don't take the time to educate yourselves on something very important.

    Secondly, of course David is going to say that the song and video were about something else..(a werewolf transformation? A movie? Suicide? Yeah... if that helps you sleep better at night, okay...) Honestly, why would he want people to think this song is in any way satanic? Not trying to bash David for anything that he's been through, but the video and lyrics definitely symbolize and say otherwise about the true meaning of the song.

    Lastly, There is CLEAR REPETITIVE symbolism in this video and in his words. For example: "The beast is coming to life...death approaches on this night" (as he is showing the head of a LAMB getting a CROSS carved into it; the cross symbolizes death if you did not know. Now... Out of all the animals on the earth, he couldn't have picked something else? Maybe a deer? Why not? Because it wouldn't be SYMBOLIC of what he is subliminally trying to point out! I'm not saying David is a bad guy and quite frankly as much as I love Jesus this song is an AWESOME workout song and is my favorite disturbed song regardless of the content. I listen to it all the time. However, that doesn't mean one can deny what it is portraying, and if you have studied the word, especially the book of Revelation, then you would know of all the other symbolism that is in the lyrics/video as well. Once you learn this, you'll find the song and video even much more interesting... at least I did.

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  6. anonymous
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    May 28th 2012 report

    it is about how all people have a savage side (the animal) and sometimes it can take over

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 7th 2012 report

    This song is very clearly about a werewolf/lycanthrope. The lady in the clip is trying to bait the werewolf, but fails.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2012 report

    This has nothing to do with Satanism or werewolves. It is about the anger he feels inside, how he can't control it any more.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2012 report

    You have to be some of the dumbest people ever. It says he is commiting an unholy crime in the song. I'm not saying that I care but it doesn't get much more satanic than that

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 29th 2011 report

    The song wasn't inspired by Underworld. It was inspired by Wolfman, about a man who is literally a werewolf, enjoying the power he posesses.

  11. anonymous
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    Nov 19th 2011 report

    this song is about the elation one gets from being a werewolf. plane and simple, no satanic overtones.if you look at the lyrics in the coda it makes total sense.
    "we begin the hunt tonight, feel the power course as the creatures take flight for the kill is close tonight. Are you satisfied? for the smell of fear tonight, wakes an ancient lust that will not be denied. YOUR MINE!"

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 8th 2011 report

    Now!

    *I can feel the animal inside
    My resolve is weakening
    Pounding at the doors of my mind
    It's nearly overpowering
    I cannot begin to describe
    The hunger that I feel again
    Run if you intend to survive
    For the beast is coming to life
    Taking form in the glimmer in this tainted moonlight
    Death approaches on this night*

    I think the song talks about something along the lines of werewolves. One thing that caught my eye about that was the moonlight part. Also, the video shows wolves. In stories, werewolves usually cannot control their hunger and sometimes cannot control when to transform. If you don't want to get eaten, run for your life.

    *For the animal's soul is mine
    We will be completed right before your eyes
    I have no control this time
    And now we both shall dine in Hell tonight*

    The animal's soul probably means where his body shares the human and animal soul. Completed probably means transforming and again no control.

    *I can hear it calling again
    The primal need is filling me
    Changes are about to begin
    And now my blood is boiling
    I can see the fear in your eyes
    But you can't bring yourself to scream
    Time to shed the mortal disguise
    For the beast is coming to life
    Taking form in the glimmer of this tainted moonlight
    Death approaches on this night*

    Changes = transforming.

    *For the animal's soul is mine
    We will be completed right before your eyes
    I have no control this time
    And now we both shall dine in Hell tonight*

    *We begin the hunt and I
    Feel the power course, as the creatures take flight
    For the kill is close and I will be satisfied
    For the smell of fear tonight
    Wakes an ancient lust that will not be denied
    You're mine*

    After the kill takes place, he won't feel uncontrollable.

    *For the animal's soul is mine
    We will be completed right before your eyes
    I have no control this time
    And now we both shall dine in Hell tonight*

    *For the animal's soul is mine
    And the world around will never hear your cries
    An unholy crime
    And now we both shall dine in Hell tonight*

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 22nd 2011 report

    Its about Lycans or Werewolves. Getting in touch with your inner animal.

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2011 report

    who ever says the bible iz real iz stupied if u belive the ORIGAL bible iz real i can belive that, but the new 1's are retarted they have changed it so meany times that's itz not real any more 1 religion that they dont change iz the greeks and they make so much more sence then the bible
    and the song iz like a dude that getz so angry that he like changes who/what he iz nothin about religion

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  15. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2011 report

    Look,it is a song. Simple as that. It is meant to entertain, and it does a damn good job of it. Could there be hidden meanings and subliminal messages within the video itself? Absolutely. But only if you sit there and try to analyze it will it turn into a problem. There are much more disturbing music videos than this out there and we still watch them. Hell, most of us let our kids watch them. So quit bitching about if it's demonic or evil because God will be the one to make the final judgement. But in my opinion, he's rocking out to it too. Na ah na ah!

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 2nd 2011 report

    Can I please point out how idiotic you are claiming anything of a religious stand? David specifically said that the song was about a "werewolf". Simple as that.

  17. anonymous
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    May 27th 2011 report

    I think this song is about lycanthropy, otherwise known as being a werewolf. the line "Taking form in the glimmer of this tainted moonlight" references the werewolves turning in the light of the full moon. "Shedding this mortal disguise" Could also reference this, since a werewolf is virtually immortal in animal form, but in human form is perfectly mortal and can be killed.

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