What does Animals mean?

Nickelback: Animals Meaning

Album cover for Animals album cover

Song Released: 2005

Animals Lyrics

I, I'm driving black on black
Just got my license back
I got this feeling in my veins this train is coming off the track
I'll ask polite if the devil needs a ride
Because the angel on my right ain't hanging out with me tonight
I'm driving...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 21st 2007 !⃝

    I absolutely thrive on this song. It's about, of course, two teenage lovers doing what teens do best--get in trouble, be rebellious, and experiment with each other's hormones. There is nothing disgusting with this song!! (To those of you who think so, you have a right to your opinion) No one can say that they don't want to hear the loud rumble of a hot rod beating against the gravel with your babe by your side, giving you those fiery eyes and dangerous smirk. IT's exciting!! You're only a teenager once! Obviously, Chad Kroeger knew that, and decided to touch up on the subject. I don't know about anyone else, but this song is fun and makes me wanna wave my hair in circles only to get whiplash the next morning.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 6th 2006 !⃝

    I love this song, disgusting or not. I agree with the first submission... Just teenagers being rebellious, doing naughty things in the car. <3


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 2nd 2006 !⃝

    Uhh, this song really does not need interpretation. It's about the stereotypical teenage 'badass dude' taking his girlfriend out for a bit of "fun." everything seems to be going good for him as they participate in their little mating ritual, but then he has the misfortune of her father showing up where they've decided to park their car, and to make matters worse, he cannot locate the ignition key to avoid what he deserves.

  4. anonymous
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    May 20th 2013 !⃝

    um......first of all, if you're writing comments that are bitching about the song, you have no reason to comment at all. second, dont act like youre all fuckin high and mighty.....third, this is an awesome song and yes, its kinda perverted, but its just as bad as all that rap shit thats out there. at least nickelback dont hide what he thinks.....its "'bam!' in your face" about it, to quote someone else :)

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 13th 2012 !⃝

    For the longest time I was really confused about the first line because I thought they said, "I'm driving like I'm black,"

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 1st 2012 !⃝

    this is a dirty but epic song. Its so different to all the crap that gets out there these days. its one of those songs which doesnt have the hidden 'dirtyness'. its "bam!" in your face. these days, so much crap out there is about girls not knowing that they are beautiful and crap like that. Dont know about other gals, but this song relates to me and makes me feel much more special than most other shit out there. And anyway, if you dont like the lyrics, ya gotta admit, those riffs are fucking legend!!

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 10th 2012 !⃝

    I think its kinda clear,
    Two young people who think there in love screwin around and get caught. She's prbly a good girl who thinks she can change a guy and thinks they'll end up together forever. It's cute <3

  8. anonymous
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    May 14th 2012 !⃝

    Chad has said before that this song like several other songs that he has written is autobiographal. The part that he mentions about her dad being outside the car, he claims that this actually happened to his mom and dad. But how can you hate on this song it's an amazing song that every teenager can relate to.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 18th 2012 !⃝

    this is not about teen agers dude. read your bible....what the hell is up with all of you accept you don't read the most important book that was every created....My Father's word...Hello...he is not against sex....you must, just have to really love that person so that you don't hurt them in any way....that is what my Bible, My God says.....and there is no fucking around if your married....got it.

  10. anonymous
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    May 11th 2011 !⃝

    Hi, i'm a professional dancer. i would like to make a showreel with regard to my promotions. I also want to use some animation. Can someone suggest me a fantastic animation studio, but not really very expensive? I'm here for 3 months for a tour.

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  11. Awesomedude
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    Jul 31st 2010 !⃝

    Good Ol' times in the car messin' around

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2009 !⃝

    It's not about cheating! The "Angel" and "Devil" are the good thoughts and the bad thoughts.

    He means they aren't going to be good tonight :)


  13. anonymous
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    May 5th 2009 !⃝

    For all you people out there who can't hear or read it's not about a guy and his girlfriend.

    (I'll ask polite if the devil needs a ride
    Because the angel on my right ain't hanging out with me tonight)

    "The angel on my right" is his girlfriend and the devil is the girl he is cheating on her with.

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  14. Spicylollipop
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    Feb 19th 2009 !⃝

    This song is about 2 teenagers doing what most of us did at some point in their teenage years. It's about young hormones, passion, and rebellion. Not all of our fathers caught us, but I think at least 70% of you can relate to the subject. And btw, I dont see anything disgusting with this song. Sex is something that just about everyone will do at least once in their lifetime and theres nothing dirty about it.

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 3rd 2008 !⃝

    This song is about sex. nothing more, nothing less

  16. anonymous
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    Jul 13th 2008 !⃝

    To those of you who honestly believe there is nothing obscene about this song, I suggest you look again at the lyrics. Here are some of the naughtier lines:

    "This train is comin' off the track."
    "Parts of you that I've been kissing"
    "Just how hard you wanna squeeze"
    "You got both hands on my gears"
    "I guess nobody ever taught her not to speak with a full mouth." (Eww...)
    "It felt so good I almost drove into the ditch."
    "We just started getting busy"

    Need I provide any more examples? I can't say I'm opposed to the song, since I've never actually heard it before, but I think it's clear what the meaning is.

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  17. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2008 !⃝

    Very cool song. It's all about sex, which is what rock n' roll is all about. Understand the origin of the term? "Rock" and "roll" is a literal description movements involved in the sex act. "Animals" is one of the few songs to take rock back to these roots--anyone who disagrees should stay away from rock. Like it or not, this is the real deal.

  18. anonymous
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    May 10th 2008 !⃝

    It is definitely about a young man sneaking his younger girlfriend out of her house with her parents not knowing. but in the chorus you can tell that he is sort of pressuring her into getting into the car with him. When she actually does he takes her out by the tracks, not knowing that it was a place where her parents could find her. He couldn't find the keys to get out in time and probably got his ass kicked from the girls father after wards. That is what I think of the song and I'm pretty sure that is what it means.

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