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Hungry Like The Wolf
Song

Hungry Like The Wolf

Duran Duran
Album:
Rio

Song Meaning of Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran, and what it is about


"Hungry Like the Wolf" is a song by English new wave band Duran Duran which was written by the band members for their second album Rio released in 1982.


It reached No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart, MTV placed the "Hungry Like the Wolf" video into heavy rotation. Subsequently, the group gained much exposure; the song peaked at the number 3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1983, and Duran Duran became an international sensation.


Hungry Like the Wolf was written and recorded on a Saturday in the spring of 1982 at the basement studios of EMI's London headquarters.


The song was built throughout the day as each band member arrived, and by the evening it was essentially complete.


"That track came from fiddling with the new technology that was starting to come in", guitarist Andy Taylor said in an interview with Blender magazine.

 

Rhodes came up with an idea for the backing track in the car while he was going to the studio.


He started playing with the Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard, while lead vocalist Simon Le Bon was working with the lyrics.


The lyrics were inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, and the repeating of the word "do" at the end of each verse takes its melody from the instrumentals in Gordon Lightfoot's song "If You Could Read My Mind".

Andy Taylor worked out a Marc Bolan-ish guitar part, a very Marshall-sounding Les Paul guitar lick that was added to the track.


Then the bass and drums were added, and the whole track was finished that day, including Le Bon's vocal melody and lyrics.


The laugh at the beginning of the song and the moans during the song's fade-out were performed and recorded live by Rhodes' girlfriend at the time.


John Taylor has stated that he "(doesn't) really know" what the lyrics mean, speculating that the song is probably about "meeting girls" and/or "wanting to have sex with someone"


Lyrics of Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran


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 down, 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 down, I'm after you

Mouth is alive with juices like wine

And I'm hungry like the wolf

 

Stalked in 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 down, 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

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 down, 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 down, 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

Release Date

1982

Songwriter/s

Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor

Producer/s

Colin Thurston

Label/s

EMI, Harvest, Capitol

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