Def Leppard - Animal - About the song
This was Def Leppard's first hit in their native England. Even Pyromania, which was a massive hit album in America, was largely ignored in their home country. "Animal" was the song that finally broke through in the UK, and it earned them their first appearance on the popular music TV show Top Of The Pops.
It took three years to finish this song about a furious animal love. Following up on their hugely popular Pyromania album from 1983, the band attempted to record Hysteria with producer Jim Steinman, but it didn't go as planned. Steinman is the man behind grandiose, symphonic songs like "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All," and unlike Steinman's compositions, "Animal" is straight-up rock produced by Mutt Lange, who took over the project 18 months after it began.
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen wrote the original version of this song, which he recorded as a demo. He explained:
"We'd revisit it and I remember we were recording vocals in Paris for something and one day Joe [Elliott] had done this vocal and Mutt Lange had said, 'Wow, this vocal's killer. Let's rewrite the song around that.' So we did and it was our first English Top 10 single, so it was worth waiting."
Animal - Lyrics
A wild ride, over stony ground Such a lust for life, the circus comes to town We are the hungry ones, on a lightning raid Just like a river runs, like a fire needs flame I burn for you I gotta feel it in my blood whoa oh I need your touch don't need your love whoa oh And I want and I need And I lust animal And I want and I need And I lust animal Cry wolf, given mouth to mouth Like a movin' heartbeat in the witching hour I'm runnin' with the wind, a shadow in the dust And like the drivin' rain, yeah, like the restless rust I never sleep Huh! Ah! Cry wolf, baby cry tough Gonna hunt you like an, an, an, an, an, animal Gonna take your love 'n' run And I want and I need And I lust animal Take me, tame me Make me your animal Show me stroke me Let me be your animal I want, ooh yeah, animal