Hungry Like the Wolf
Duran Duran Lyrics


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Dark in the city, night is a wire
Steam in the subway, earth is afire
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo

Woman, you want me, give me a sign
And catch my breathing even closer behind
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo
In touch with the ground
I'm on the hunt, I'm after you
Smell like I sound, I'm lost in a crowd
And I'm hungry like the wolf

Straddle the line in discord and rhyme
I'm on the hunt, I'm after you
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And I'm hungry like the wolf

Stalked through the forest, too close to hide
I'll be upon you by the moonlight side
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo

High blood drumming on your skin, it's so tight
You feel my heat, I'm just a moment behind
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo

In touch with the ground
I'm on the hunt, I'm after you
Scent and a sound, I'm lost and I'm found
And I'm hungry like the wolf

Strut on a line, it's discord and rhyme
I howl and I whine, I'm after you
Mouth is alive, all running inside
And I'm hungry like the wolf

Hungry like the wolf

Burning the ground, I break from the crowd
I'm on the hunt down, I'm after you
I smell like I sound, I'm lost and I'm found
And I'm hungry like the wolf

Strut on a line, it's discord and rhyme
I'm on the hunt, I'm after you
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And I'm hungry like the wolf

Burning the ground, I break from the crowd
I'm on the hunt, I'm after you
Scent and a sound, I'm lost and I'm found
And I'm hungry like the wolf

Strut on a line, it's discord and rhyme




I howl and I whine, I'm after you
Mouth is alive, all running inside

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Duran Duran's song "Hungry Like the Wolf" are about a man's pursuit of a woman. The first verse sets the scene in a bustling city, with nightfall bringing an intense energy to the surroundings. The man is drawn to a woman but is unsure of her interest in him, waiting for a sign to make his move. The chorus repeats the line "I'm on the hunt, I'm after you," expressing his determination to catch her attention.


The second verse uses a metaphor likening the man's pursuit to that of a wolf stalking its prey. He is so in tune with his surroundings that he can sense the woman's scent and sound. The bridge of the song repeats the metaphor, emphasizing the man's animalistic instincts. The final verse sees the man breaking from the crowd and fully embracing his desire for the woman.


The lyrics of "Hungry Like the Wolf" are filled with sensual imagery and a sense of urgency, capturing the feeling of lust and the desire for the unattainable. The song is a classic of the new wave era and remains a popular and iconic track to this day.


Line by Line Meaning

Dark in the city, night is a wire
The city is a dark, dangerous place with electricity running through it, like a live wire.


Steam in the subway, earth is afire
The subway is hot and humid, like the earth is on fire.


Woman, you want me, give me a sign
The singer detects a woman's interest and asks her to confirm it.


And catch my breathing even closer behind
The woman's presence makes the singer's heart race as he gets closer to her.


In touch with the ground
The singer is aware of his surroundings and grounded in the moment.


I'm on the hunt, I'm after you
The singer is determined to pursue the woman he desires.


Smell like I sound, I'm lost in a crowd
The singer's physical appearance matches his rockstar persona, but he feels anonymous in a crowd.


And I'm hungry like the wolf
The singer is driven by his desire for the woman, as if he were a predator seeking prey.


Straddle the line in discord and rhyme
The singer is balancing between chaos and order, trying to find a way to win over the woman.


Mouth is alive with juices like wine
The singer's mouth water, anticipating the excitement of winning over the woman.


Stalked through the forest, too close to hide
The singer is following the woman like a hunter tracking prey in the forest.


I'll be upon you by the moonlight side
The singer will catch up to the woman soon, as if under the light of the moon.


High blood drumming on your skin, it's so tight
The singer's own physical excitement is pulsing against the woman's skin.


You feel my heat, I'm just a moment behind
The woman senses the singer's pursuit and knows he is almost upon her.


Scent and a sound, I'm lost and I'm found
The singer's senses guide him towards the woman, leading him to find his purpose.


Burning the ground, I break from the crowd
The singer is creating a path of his own, no longer a part of the anonymous crowd.


I smell like I sound, I'm lost and I'm found
The singer's physical presence matches his rockstar image, and he has found his true self.


Strut on a line, it's discord and rhyme
The singer is walking a tightrope between desire and control, hoping to impress the woman with his confident swagger.


I howl and I whine, I'm after you
The singer's desire for the woman is intense and animalistic, and he is willing to make noise to get her attention.


Mouth is alive, all running inside
The singer is filled with excitement and anticipation, his body and mind fully engaged in the pursuit of his desire.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Roger Taylor, Simon Le Bon

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@ziweiyuan

When I got this 45 back in the day I took it into my room and blasted it at top volume, fully prepared to piss my parents off. Sure enough, my dad comes busting into my room.

"What is this music!" he demanded.

"Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran," I said, sticking my lower lip out, ready to go into full snotty teen mode.

"I LOVE IT!" he exclaimed. "This song is great! Tape me a copy of this!"

Teen rebellion failed! It was kind of a letdown, but at the same time, a great bonding moment with my dad.



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Right? We were supposed to be "driving" flying cars, but we had to teach people to wash their hands, lol

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Seems like technology has blessed and cursed us. Remember the walkman and making mix tapes? The fun of trying to buy a playboy underage? It was much easier back then to get alcohol as a minor tho. Now everyone is woke, stoned and addicted to their mobile phones. And going to covid parties as well. Maybe doctor who can take me back in the tardis. Where is tom baker when you need him?

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