Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Wolf Songs


Wolves make for good music, and why not?

They’re beautiful, wild, and predatory, and yet at the same time they’re familiar. Wolves look more like their domesticated brethren than cats do, after all. No wonder we’re fascinated by them.

Wolves make for great cliches, too. She’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s a lone wolf. They’re just crying wolf.  Werewolf! There wolf! There castle!

There’s a lot there for a lyricist to work with, so maybe I should stop howling and get to the songs:


“The Hungry Wolf,” X.

“Lonely Wolf,” Flat Duo Jets.

“Wolf City,” Amon Düül II.

“I Am the Wolf,” Mark Lanegan.

“Boy Cried Wolf,” Patti Smith.

“Someone’s In the Wolf,” Queens of the Stone Age.

“Wolfish Prate,” Rotary Downs.

“Wolf Like Me,” TV On the Radio.


There you have it: Eight wolfish songs to accompany your bark at the moon. What did I miss? I’m listening.

2 replies »

  1. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
    “Will the Wolf Survive?” – Los Lobos
    “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” – Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
    “Clap For the Wolfman” – The Guess Who
    “Hungry Like the Wolf” – Duran Duran
    “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” – The Cramps
    “Brother Wolf, Sister Moon” – The Cult
    “A Wolf at the Door” – Radio Head
    “Wolf Call” – Elvis Presley
    “Don’t Cry Wolf” – The Damned

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