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Animal Lyrics

Here we go again, I kinda want to be more than friends
So take it easy on me, I'm afraid you're never satisfied
Here we go again, we're sick like animals, we play pretend
You're just a cannibal and I'm afraid I won't get out alive
No, I won't...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
    Austin Zajichek
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    Jul 25th 2011 report

    ~The Story of Animal~

    'Here we go again!
    I kinda wanna be more than friends
    So take it easy on me
    I'm afraid you're never satisfied'

    Again! Like every day, every waking moment it seemed, they were arguing. He could no longer remember why though because after a second he got lost at the way she seemed to grow more beautiful every day. He wanted more than to be friends, or whatever they were from their constant arguments, but he somehow knew she probably didn't feel the same.

    She screamed something at him and he winced from her sudden explosion. 'This is funny,' he thought, 'no matter what I do. No matter how hard I try, she just doesn't seem to appreciate anything.' He sighed deeply and she stopped.

    "What? Are you bored already?"

    'Here we go again!
    We're sick like animals
    We play pretend.
    You're just a cannibal.
    And I'm afraid I won't get out alive!
    Oh I won't sleep tonight!'

    He looked into her angered eyes and held her gaze. "I guess I'm just fed up with these constant arguments. Don't you ever get tired of them?"

    She gave a steely glare before dropping all her anger, "I do." He perked up, she had agreed with him. She let out a breath, "I don't even know what we're fighting about."

    He curled one side of his lip up, "So why don't we stop fighting like a bunch of primeval animals."

    She pulled her hood down which had currently been up till now, "I'd like that."

    He broke out into a huge smile then and draped his arm across her shoulders, "Great, I'm glad we've come to an understanding here."

    'Oh oh!
    I want some more
    Oh Oh!
    What are you waiting for!
    Take a bite of my heart tonight!'

    He felt his cheek burn as he realized what he just done. He flew off of her and cowered in a corner waiting for her to chuck something at him. But nothing came. He looked up and saw her grinning at his cowardice and he swore he felt his heart stop at her grin.

    Her smiles were gorgeous because you rarely ever saw them. He looked away so his heart could get back on track. "You might as well just have my heart."

    She quirked an eyebrow, "What?"

    His eyes widened, "Did I say that aloud?" She nodded, "Oh well, what I said was... Um... Cyborg... um... took my food?"

    She giggled lightly, "Sure."

    'Here we are again!
    I feel the chemicals kicking in!
    It's getting heavy and I wanna run and hide!
    Wanna run and hide!'

    He could only stare at her as she laughed at him. He had to use all his will not to go up to her, sweep her in his arms, and kiss her. It was like she was some drug that never ceased to amaze him.

    He realized he must of been staring too long because a grey hand had to snap him back into reality, "Hey, doofus. You in there?"

    He blushed and felt like running so he didn't have to deal with the torture of being this close to her and not being able to do anything.

    'I do it every time!
    You're killing me now!
    And I'll be denied by you!
    The animal inside of you!'

    He mentally slapped himself as he stood up finally remembering he was on the floor. She looked up at him and walked closer to his body where he could feel her heat bounce off of him. He didn't know what to do. It was as if she wanted his heart to stop so he could die.

    His heart beat faster instead of stopping this time as she reached up with her hand to his chest. He grabbed her hand lacing his fingers in between her own.

    'Hush hush the world is quiet
    Hush hush we both can't fight it
    It's us that's made this mess
    Why can't you understand
    Oh I won't sleep tonight!

    She looked down at their hands as he finally noticed how quiet it was in the tower. How quiet it was outside. He couldn't stand it anymore. He knew now was the time to make something of this mess that she had created for him. 'Who knows,' he thought, 'maybe she's thinking the same thing.'

    With his other hand he lifted her chin up to him where he could see that her eyes seemed to be in a daze. He savored that look as he began to lean down to her slightly parted lips. He stopped just a few centimeters away where he could feel her warm steady breath against his lips.

    He then leaned in the rest of the way pressing his lips against hers in a long awaited kiss. Everything around him disappeared and it was just him and her. He felt her giving into the kiss as well and this caused his head to buzz with pleasure.

    He reluctantly broke the kiss slowly pulling his head away while he watched her reaction. She finally slid her eyes open to gaze at him while a faint smile toyed at her mouth. No words were said but they weren't really needed. They knew what the other thought from their eyes and he couldn’t help but replay the kiss over in his head.

    In his mind he chuckled, 'If I can't stop thinking about this, I'll never get any sleep.' They both looked out the window at the night sky feeling very, very content.

    'Take a bite of my heart tonight'


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 27th 2012 report

    It's about a guy who has
    fallen for a girl,the girl
    has nominal interest but
    hasn't fallen for him,she has
    options,she isn't satisfied to
    settle down with anyone right now,
    in the mean time it's all musings,
    flirtation and games but it's more
    serious for the guy, his heart and
    well being is on the line.

    He wants more than friendship or
    casual relations but she is holding

    The endorphins, pheromones and state of
    attraction is intense around her. He knows
    it isn't panning out how he would like and
    it's all just making him feel and look foolish. But he is still determined to
    spark her carnal attraction and interest in him.

    He is struggling with offering his heart
    but also wanting to cease and desist and
    save it from more anxiety and pain of

    He want's her to understand the given situation and see things his way; she
    should feel the same way and quit entertaining other alternatives.

    He's loosing sleep over her.

  3. picklegirl
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    Oct 15th 2016 report

    The lead singer was raised in a very strict Mormon household in Utah and was in the closet. This song was written non-gender specific as to hide it from his father, but it's about the very first boy he was ever in love with. The boy was a friend, and he couldn't straight out tell him, so he wrote this so his parents would think it was about a girl. He said this in an interview about a year or two ago.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2013 report

    The meaning?
    Girls are confusing

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. anonymous
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    Apr 24th 2013 report

    I think it's a boy and a girl that each time they meet for sexual needs and he say " oh oh, i want some more, oh oh what are you waiting for? take a bite of my heart tonight" its like they complicated about their relationship specially the girl. maybe she want more then that

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 16th 2013 report

    It could mean that he loves a girl who is his friend but he wants to be a couple but she doesn't

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2012 report

    Hes falling for a girl he knows only wants to play with heart. He just wants to give in to her but knows he shouldn't, knows that he should just walk away from her.
    "take a bite of my heart tonight"
    "say goodbye to my heart tonight"

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2012 report

    I agree it may be interpreted as a live ballad reference or even drug addiction but think its a combination or influence from both. I think its more about being out of control in general...just along for the ride we call life and how it all inevitably boils down to having no control and reverting to what comes best to each individual...

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2011 report


  10. SIngs4Funm
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    Oct 7th 2011 report

    It is about the masochistic pain of love, which starts as friendship.

    The singer is friends with object of his affection, and is scared to take the chance of making his feelings known, as he has watched her dissatisfaction in other relationships.

    The "chemicals kicking in" is a reference to the surge of endorphines and pheramones when they are together.

    The seeming contrast between "Take a bite of my heart" and "Say goodbye to my heart" (the lyrics say BOTH..not either/or), is much about the internal conflict -- Offering up his heart to her, and taking it back out of fear, OR "Say goodbye" could be an internal conversation...Offering his heart to his love, while saying farewell to control of his feelings.

  11. anonymous
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    Aug 24th 2011 report

    This song is totally about drug addiction.
    "I feel the chemicals kicking in
    It's getting heavy and I want to run and hide
    I want to run and hide
    I do it every time, you're killing me now
    And I won't be denied by you, the animal inside of you"
    It's the feeling of a drug overwhelming you, when the high is too intense and you don't know what to do. He keeps saying "I want some more" and "I won't sleep tonight" meaning he's addicted to an upper of some kind, but from the song you can see he hates the addiction. "Take a bite out of my heart tonight" and "say goodbye to my heart tonight" refer to how when he's high it eats a part of him and he's not himself. Afterall, drugs change anyone.

  12. anonymous
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    Aug 23rd 2011 report


  13. Makayla Leann Bray
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    Aug 15th 2011 report

    Despite the issues in their relationship, despite the pain it's causing him... he still loves her enough to go through it...

    The meaning of this song reminds me of Grenade by Bruno Mars.

  14. Lux
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    Jul 11th 2011 report

    It could be about love or addiction. This song sort of reminds me of Muse's Hysteria just because it could go either way too. I personally think this song is from one person to another because it says "I won't be denied by you, the animal inside of you". It's like he's talking to somebody. If that's the case then he's probably saying I'll never give up on you. Even though we play pretend we both know that we love each other. Oh, and which book had the high girl who was listening to this song?

  15. anonymous
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    Jul 6th 2011 report

    I don't believe it's about love. I think it's about drug addiction. I was reading a book about a girl who was addicted to meth and listening to this song at the same time and after getting high she said, "I won't sleep tonight." I've looked at the song completely different after that moment and I truly believe it's about the monster meth.

  16. anonymous
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    May 16th 2011 report

    It's an asexual song (no gender of love defined) about what seems to just be yiffy sex :3

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  17. anonymous
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    Feb 15th 2011 report

    I see all the peoples perspectives here but, if you search up the lyrics, you'll find that a lot of them say "Take a bite of my heart tonight." Instead of " Say goodbye to my heart tonight." So i was wondering which is the actual lyrics and if anyone knows... What do they mean.

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