Howlin' For You
The Black Keys Lyrics


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Alright
Yeah
Well, now

I must admit, I can't explain
Any of these thoughts racin' through my brain
It's true
But, baby, I'm howlin' for you
Alright
There's something wrong with this plot
The actors here have not got
A clue
Baby, I'm howlin' for you

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Mockingbird, can't you see?
Little girl's got a hold on me
Like glue
Baby, I'm howlin' for you
Yeah
Throw the ball to the stick
Swing and miss and a catcher's mitt
Strike two
Baby, I'm howlin' for you
Yeah
Yeah

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Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Black Keys' "Howlin' for You" tell a story of a man's obsessive love for a woman. The man admits he can't explain the thoughts racing through his brain, but he's still "howlin' for" her. The song seems to be about his undying passion for a woman despite the fact that the "actors" surrounding him (perhaps friends or family) can't seem to understand why he's so deeply addicted to her.


In the chorus, the singer compares his love for this woman to a ball game. He asks to throw the ball to the stick, but then he misses and catches strike two. This metaphor represents the emotional journey the singer has with his love interest. The game doesn't end with strike two, and the singer is still "howlin'" for her.


Overall, the song is a rock driven, bluesy love song that uses interesting metaphors to convey a man's almost obsessive love for a woman. The singer seems to be consumed by his love, and he can't help but keep "howlin' for her."


Line by Line Meaning

Alright
Let's get started


Yeah
Agreement


Well, now
Emphasis on what's to come


I must admit, I can't explain
Feeling overwhelmed and unable to articulate


Any of these thoughts racin' through my brain
Mind is racing and chaotic


It's true
A statement of fact


But, baby, I'm howlin' for you
Despite confusion, there's a strong desire for the person being addressed


There's something wrong with this plot
Detecting a problem with the current situation


The actors here have not got
Those involved are not equipped to handle the situation


A clue
There's a lack of understanding


Baby, I'm howlin' for you
Despite the issues, there's a strong desire for the person being addressed


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Instrumental break


Mockingbird, can't you see?
Talking to someone or something that sees things clearly


Little girl's got a hold on me
Feeling trapped or influenced by someone, likely a younger woman


Like glue
Indicates a strong attachment or influence


Baby, I'm howlin' for you
Despite feeling trapped, there's still a strong desire for the person being addressed


Throw the ball to the stick
Reference to the game of baseball


Swing and miss and a catcher's mitt
A failed attempt


Strike two
Second failed attempt


Baby, I'm howlin' for you
Despite failure, there's still a strong desire for the person being addressed


Yeah
Agreement


Yeah
Agreement


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Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Daniel Quine Auerbach, Patrick James Carney

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Comments from YouTube:

BigNickel

I love his guitar tone. I also love that they sounded great on Letterman because many good live bands sound weird on these shows.

General Ed.

This is the best performance of Howling for you that I've seen even better than the recording. Also Dan looks cool without his beard reminds me of the rubber factory times.

Felipe Martins

I think the studio version sounds better. Vocals mostly

Genki Dama

As someone who has seen them live, I can say it's better than their studio stuff precisely because the Solos Dan improvises on the spot are so awesome.

fraq81

I think it's amazing how so many of their songs sound so much better live. They're incredibly talented

Nick De Backer

1:09 Pat misses a beat, starts laughing and goes on. LIKE A PRO

Steve Romo

@A K p

Dream About A Stereo

That was not a mistake

A K

I think he hit the drum mic. You can hear it crackle.

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PlayStation3UserCJ

One of the greatest songs ever made man!

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