Animal Instinct

Artist: The Cranberries
Released on: Bury The Hatchet (Track #1)
Length: 3:32

LYRICS

Suddenly something has happened to me
As I was having my cup of tea
Suddenly I was feeling depressed
I was utterly and totally stressed
Do you know you made me cry-y-y-y wo-o-o
Do you know you made me di-i-i-ie

And the things that gets to me (things that gets to me)
Is you’ll never really see (never really see)
And the things that freaks me out (things that freaks me out)
Is I’ll always be in doubt (always be in)

It is a lovely thing that we have
It is a lovely thing that we
It is a lovely thing, the animal
The animal instinct
Wu-u-u wu-u-u wu-u-u-u

So take my hands and come with me
We will change reality
So take my hand and we will pray
They won’t take you away
They will never make me cry-y-y-y, no-o-o
They will never make me di-i-i-ie

And the things that gets to me (things that gets to me)
Is you’ll never really see (never really see)
And the things that freaks me out (things that freaks me out)
Is I’ll always be in doubt (always be in)
The animal, the animal, the animal instinct to me
It’s the animal, the animal, the animal instinct to me
It’s the animal, it’s the animal, it’s the animal instinct to me
It’s the animal, it’s the animal, it’s the animal instinct to me
The animal, the animal, the animal instinct to me
It’s the animal, it’s the animal, it’s the animal instinct to me

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music by N. Hogan & D. O’Riordan
Lyrics D. O’Riordan
Produced by The Cranberries & Benedict Fenner
Engineered and Mixed by Mike Plotnikoff at Sarm West and Olympic (London)
Recorded at metalworks (Toronto), Windmill Lane (Dublin), Le Miravel (France), Sarm West (London)
Mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios (Portland, Maine)
Published by PolyGram International Publishing Inc. (ASCAP) 1999

MEANING

In 1999, in a video about Animal Instinct, Dolores explained: “It’s like a hearty song, and it’s about a hearty thing. It’s just about love that comes when you’re carrying a child, when you give birth to a child and stuff when you become a parent. It’s the animal instinct, it’s a protection feeling that you’ve never felt before for anything […] I am a different person than I was two years ago. Women are extraordinary creatures really, you know, I mean the fact that we can give birth, what the bodies can do is pretty amazing, and feed, feed children with your own body […] It’s a pretty cool thing really, and it does change you, it makes you a lot more confident and happy  in yourself makes you more thankful.

NOTES

  • Animal Instinct is the 2nd single released from Bury The Hatchet on July 5, 1999.
  • The song was played live for the first time during the show Taratatà in 1999 (RAI Uno, Italy).
  • The song was used in the TV series Charmed (season 1 episode 22 “Déjà vu All Over Again”, 1999)

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