Animals - Maroon 5


The Experience: Maroon 5 unveils a song about wanting and getting a girl, "just like animals." The beat is catchy, the words could make for a disco hit, but make no mistake, this isn't a love song. This is just animal...



Promotional Video: Three hamster-humans find that electrical zaps make a hamster turn into a very available hamster-woman. So they drive off to a pet store, [Of course with the Kia car the commercial's about] buy tons of hamsters and turn them all into a harem of hamster-women. The idea of treating women as animals (available, controllable, just for my own desires) runs through the video as well as the song.

Official Lyric Video: Maroon 5 play with the 'animal' imagery. Snakes slither through bedsheets, over lingerie and love lockets. A rabbit nibbles around feathers and flowers. The meaning? The serpent is the man. The woman? She's the 'bunny' that means both a plaything and an easy victim. Again, being "just like animals" isn't pretty.

Official Music Video: According to MUSICinsideU's content policies, this video isn't posted here. Adam Levine plays a butcher, obsessed with a girl, which leads him to stalk her down streets, then voyeur-photograph her - from the street, later even breaking into her apartment to photograph her nearly-naked in bed, finally stalking her into a nightclubs, and touching her without her permission, since he can't control himself. All the while Adam plays a butcher with a fetish for raw meat and body-painting in blood. The video's last scenes involve a crude sexual fantasy with the girl and Adam slathered with blood. The video basically promotes rape: men are 'butchers', entitled to stalk, touch, photograph and sexualize women as their 'meat' without any permission required from women. 

The meaning of Animals is a man's mere animal desire. While Adam's falsetto may seem sweet, the words talk about "preying... hunt you down, eat you alive... you think that you can hide?" (With over 15% of women being victims of rape, lines like these don't help anyone.) A man's sex drive is powerful, and it comes from the animals, but men are meant to be more than animals. The words heart, mind, soul, and love are get no mention in the words of this song. (A single "I love your lies" doesn't count as loving a person.) What happens when you reduce a person to his instincts has never been clearer

Ask yourself: Is animal love enough? If not, what's missing?


LYRICS:

Baby I'm preying on you tonight
Hunt you down, eat you alive
Just like animals
Animals
Like animals-mals
Maybe you think that you can hide
I can smell your scent from miles
Just like animals
Animals
Like animals-mals
Baby I'm..

So what you trying to do to me?
It's like we can't stop, we're enemies
But we get along when I'm inside you
You're like a drug that's killing me
I cut you out entirely
But I get so high when I'm inside you

Yeah you can start over
You can run free
You can find other fish in the sea
You can pretend it's meant to be
But you can't stay away from me
I can still hear you making that sound
Taking me down rolling on the ground
You can pretend that it was me but no

Baby I'm preying on you tonight
Hunt you down, eat you alive
Just like animals
Animals
Like animals-mals
Maybe you think that you can hide
I can smell your scent from miles
Just like animals
Animals
Like animals-mals
Baby I'm..

So if I run it's not enough
You're still in my head
Forever stuck
So you can do what you wanna do
I love your lies, I'll eat 'em up
But don't deny the animal
That comes alive when I'm inside you

Yeah you can start over
You can run free
You can find other fish in the sea
You can pretend it's meant to be
But you can't stay away from me
I can still hear you making that sound
Taking me down rolling on the ground
You can pretend that it was me but no

Baby I'm preying on you tonight
Hunt you down eat you alive
Just like animals
Animals
Like animals-mals
Maybe you think that you can hide
I can smell your scent from miles
Just like animals
Animals
Like animals-mals
Baby I'm..

Don't tell no lies (lie, lie, lie)
You can't deny (ny, ny, ny)
The beast inside (side, side, side)
Yeah, yeah, yeah
No girl don't lie (lie, lie, lie)
You can't deny (ny, ny, ny)
The beast inside (side, side, side)
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Woah woah woah
Just like animals 
Just like animals 

Baby I'm preying on you tonight
Hunt you down eat you alive
Just like animals
Animals
Like animals-mals
Maybe you think that you can hide
I can smell your scent from miles
Just like animals
Animals
Like animals-mals
Baby I'm..

Don't tell no lies (lie, lie, lie)
You can't deny (ny, ny, ny)
The beast inside (side, side, side)
Yeah, yeah, yeah
No girl don't lie (lie, lie, lie)
You can't deny (ny, ny, ny)
The beast inside (side, side, side)
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Woah woah woah
Just like animals 
Just like animals

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