“Werewolf” by Cocorosie- NOT About a Girl being Raped by her Father

It’s about a woman who was raped because of her father.

Lyrics:

In a dream I was a werewolf
My soul was filled with crystal light
Lavender ribbons of rain sang
Ridding my heart of mortal fight

Broken sundown fatherless showdown
Gun hip swollen lip bottle sip yeah I suck dick
Lose grip on gravity falls sky blinding crumbling walls
River sweep away my memories of
Children’s things a young mother’s love
Before the yearning song of flesh on flesh
Young hearts burst open wounds bleed fresh
A young brother skinny and tall my older walks
Oceanward and somber, slumber sleeping
Flowers in the water,
But I’m just his daughter
Walking down an icy grave
leading to my Schizophrenic father.
Weeping willow won’t you wallow louder
Searching for my father’s power

I’ma shake you off though
Get up on that horse and
Ride into the sunset
Look back with no remorse

He’s a black magic wielder some say a witch
Wielded darkness when he was wilein’ on his mom’s
And born child and he was the bastard that broke
Up the marriage evil doer doing evil from a baby carriage
And he was born with the same blue eyes
Crystal ships dripping with ice, diamonds coruscate
In the night fireworks electric bright
And now he’s got his own two sons
Tried to hide his tearz in a world of fun
But loveless bedrooms filled with doom
Bring silent heartache July to June
Woon over new young hot flame
Mourn the memories later
Laugh now aligator

Oh in a dream
My father came to me
And made me swear that I’d keep
What sacred to me
And if I get the choice
To live in his name
I pray my way through the Rain
Singing Oh happy day

I don’t mean to close the door
But for the record my heart is sore
You blew through me like bullet holes
Left staind on my sheets and stains
On my soul
You left me broke down beggin for change
Had to catch a ride with a man who’s deranged
He had your hands and my father’s face
Another western vampire different time same place
I had dreams that brings me sadness
Pain much deep that a river
Sorrow flow through me in tiny waves of shivers
Corny movies make me reminisce
Breat me down easy on this generic love shit
First kiss frog and princess

The first verse is about herself, the second verse is about the man who “blew through her like bullet holes.” The third verse is drawing a parallel between the man who “had your hands and my father’s face” and her father.

Beginning the song, the singer, a girl, is talking about being fatherless, alluding to how her “schitzophrenic father” was checked out, not there, and how she was “searching for her father’s power.” For reasons that weren’t his fault (mental illness), dad wasn’t there for her, therefore the only person to blame for her misery was herself, and when you can only blame yourself, bad things happen, low self-esteem, depression. “Weeping willow won’t you wallow louder…searching…” The blatant sex references allude to a loss of innocence. A father never taught her how men should treat her, or taught her the wrong way men should treat her. She’s having sex she doesn’t want to searching for her father’s power, her father’s influence.

The second verse talks about someone, I wasn’t sure who at first when I read the verse, I assumed she was still talking about herself, or her father, but then I realized she was talking about someone else entirely, someone who would “woon over new young hot flame.” I realized the young hot flame is her, and the man she is talking about is her lover. She’s describing his life from his time growing up, painting a depressing picture of a depressed and abused man, telling his story as if it wasn’t his fault that he abused and “wooned over new young hot flame.” Why would she paint the images of the men in her life who hurt her as victims? Again, she blames herself for her misery. When you have no one to blame but yourself, bad things happen.

Then she launches into a dream sequence, it seemed to me like her father came to her in her dream and was everything she ever wanted in a father, a supportive, caring, nurturing figure who told her to hold onto everything she held dear, and if she “had the choice to live in his name,” she’d make it “through the rain.”

In the last verse, she’s slamming her father and her lover all in one, who may be an allusion to the many lovers she’s had who have all one by one abused her and psychologically torn her, seeing as in the beginning of the song she touts promiscuity and dark experience by saying “yeah I suck dick.”

What deeper meaning I’m really sensing though is the “Werewolf” theme. I think her lovers, her father, everyone changes. “He had your hands and my father’s face.” He had your hands but he and the person who had his hands are the same person, the lover. The lover changed to someone she didn’t know who looked like someone she loved. She’s slamming men who have lured her in and then changed into violent werewolves in schizophrenic frenzies. “Another western vampire different time same place” could either mean many men all the same or that she’s seen her father in her lover.  A very last line that struck me is how she’s talking about how “corny movies make her reminisce,” how this “love shit” isn’t like the movies, and her “first kiss frog princess” is a grim fairy tale turned real, which in many ways is the textbook definition of real life.

But she’s going to shake it off, get up on that horse and ride into the sunset looking back with no remorse…which never happened because the beginning of the song is sung in present tense, “yeah I suck dick” not “yeah I sucked dick.” She’ll keep telling herself that, wishing, hoping, praying for her father to come to her like he did in that dream, instead of “blowing through her like bullet holes.”

Witness the plight of those who are “just his daughter.”

*Correction: “He had your hands and my father’s face.” After listening to it more closely I do think this is actually some random person, the “man who is deranged.” She keeps falling in with people who are like her father and her x-lover and blames them for it.

Advertisements

27 Responses to ““Werewolf” by Cocorosie- NOT About a Girl being Raped by her Father”

  1. Wow, thank you for breaking this down. It’s a really powerful song…the strongest lyrics I have heard in a very long time.

  2. I understand what you are saying and I must wholly agree. Sylvia Plath wrote a poem about a man she married because he reminded her of her father, and I think this song is a bit like that. The singer’s father was checked out, so she looked for father figures and took them as lovers. Or rather, she found men who reminded her of her father and thought she loved them because of this. Either way, in the end, one of these lovers hurt her very deeply (I’m not 100% sure it was rape), and she is saying she needs to move on beyond that. That’s what I think anyway.

    Well done, you put a lot of thought into this analysis. Thanks.

  3. RococoRosie Says:

    I can’t confidently say this for sure, but I have read other interpretations of this song that differ greatly and are based much more on facts from their lives rather than just the authors’ gut feeling. The first verse references their brother who drowned. The father was “checked out” not only because of a mental illness, but also due to his interest in/exploration of hallucinogenic drugs often affiliated with Native American ‘journeying’ (they are 1/2 native american).

    I read independently that the second verse discusses how their father has since begun a new family; he has a more typical life with a “new hot young flame” and two sons; He tries to forget about all of the pain from his first “life” but they project that he must suffer in silence year round (I seem to remember that the brother died in July).

    My point through all of this however isn’t to shoot you down and try to explain why you’re wrong, but it seems that you write this opinion piece as fact. Music, particularly that of deep, cryptic and interpretative lyricists cannot be explained through the lyrics alone. There are stories behind each line and without doing proper research the true meaning that lies underneath is completely lost. This song is not about rape at all (by their father or anyone else).

  4. I think that maybe the song is titled werewolf because she wants the change in her relationships and life, not because everyone changes. she says “you left me broken down beggin for change,” like she wants the werewolf. she also says “another western vampire,” so i assume that every lover in her life is the same “vampire” but she wants a werewolf.

  5. lizzette Says:

    wats the song all abt if its not abt a girl that was raped?

  6. Hi Rocorosie, you are right that ever song has a story behind it and the original songwriter is the final authority on what the song actually means because of course they wrote it. Some artists like Tool never talk about the meanings behind their songs to keep people speculating (brilliant). I didn’t write the songs so of course I only have the lyrics to go by and try to do as much research about the song before I post an interpretation on it just to see if the songwriter has not told us the meaning in an interview somewhere. I do have an English degree and some experience in interpreting meanings in writing, but in the end, yes, I am for the most part going on a gut feeling about what I think the song means, and hopefully others can add their interpretations and we can get to the bottom of it all and appreciate the songs for more than just how they sound. If I can someday get an artist to come on this blog and say what they actually meant about a song from their perspective, that would be super cool! 🙂

  7. Enthusiast Says:

    I agree with this article. Reading the lyrics I got the same vibe. I also partially agree with RococoRosie, while I don’t think it’s about her father getting a new life, I do think that the music is much to cryptic to decide which story is correct.

  8. I think she was raped by someone because she said , “left stains on my sheets and stains in my soul”….

  9. How about some literary interpretation? A lot of the terms here ring out in resemblance to Ophelia’s death scene in Hamlet. Anyone?

  10. zscott135 Says:

    i think when she says “Oh in a dream
    My father came to me
    And made me swear that I’d keep
    What sacred to me
    And if I get the choice
    To live in his name
    I pray my way through the Rain
    Singing Oh happy day” shes talking about god because she says “swear that I’d keep What sacred to me” (the lord)
    “live in his name” (name of the lord) “pray my way through the Rain” (pray through the hard times) “Singing Oh happy day” (like in church songs) and the next verse “I don’t mean to close the door
    But for the record my heart is sore” (not pure of heart) “You blew through me like bullet holes Left stains on my sheets and stains
    On my soul You left me broke down beggin for change
    Had to catch a ride with a man who’s deranged” (telling god he hasnt done anything for her) “He had your hands” (gods healing hand) “and my father’s face” (your hands and my fathers face thats two different ppl)

  11. Taraka Ballentine Says:

    you are a an amazing person and must be really smart to be able to decrypt this song

  12. I think this song is about a woman’s resentment towards her family. Her father was schizophrenic, her mother passed away when she was young and her brothers where estranged from her. She had to go through life alone, without advice, so she ended with men who hurt her. She doesn’t mean to blame her family for what had happened to her, but she is hurt because she had to go alone through all of it. If you look for Cocorosie’s biography you’ll find that this could be a metaphor of their lives.

  13. Great Stuff, do you currently have a youtube profile?

  14. naturally like your web-site however you need to test the spelling on quite a few of
    your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find
    it very troublesome to tell the truth on the other hand
    I’ll definitely come back again.

  15. Wow I knew that was the meaning.. my best friend showed me this song and the first time I heard it I broke down!! Everything about this song is everything I have done!! This song is very powerfull especially if you relate!! Love love love cocorosie!!

  16. Chemical_riot Says:

    i believe that this is mostly right however rape is refered to quite often if you look such as “get up on that horse ride into the sunset and back with no remorse” could possibly be referring to her having sex or being raped(forced)because ride off into the sunset is actually a “position”.

  17. I must say, RococoRosie is brilliant and did a very thorough job of actually researching these lyrics. Everything makes so much sense now.

  18. I know this web site offers quality depending articles and other material, is there any other
    site which offers such data in quality?

  19. It sounds, to me, like she was initially sexually abused by her father and thus leaving her vulnerable to be victimized by the other individual.
    “Searching for my fathers power” ( power doesn’t refer to authority.) and ” willows wallow won’t you wallow louder” the verse containing those lines describes the sexual abuse with we father. Her brothers were sleeping while it happen. She speaks of her “flower”. She is “just” his daughter….justifying why it was ok. Her father was literally skitzo. He was the werewolf.

    The incident with the other man was the second time. ” another western vampire, same place different time”

    • StillFrame Says:

      I agree with your interpretation but I think that the song is also about her brother, and how he was just as bad as their father, or worse because he wasn’t mentally ill to them, he was evil from birth and likely did as many horrible things as he did. And then he grew up and had two kids and tried to drown himself in alcohol and pills and parties and sex, but he killed himself in the end.

      “He’s a black magic wielder some say a witch
      Wielded darkness when he was wilein’ on his mom’s
      And born child and he was the bastard that broke
      Up the marriage evil doer doing evil from a baby carriage
      And he was born with the same blue eyes
      Crystal ships dripping with ice, diamonds coruscate
      In the night fireworks electric bright
      And now he’s got his own two sons
      Tried to hide his tearz in a world of fun
      But loveless bedrooms filled with doom
      Bring silent heartache July to June
      Swoon over new young hot flame
      Mourn the memories later
      Laugh now aligator”

      Which lead tot he next verse where she talks about how it hurt her, how they hurt her and left her alone with the pain and all she could do was find someone just as evil to drive her away from it and into it.

      “I don’t mean to close the door
      But for the record my heart is sore
      You blew through me like bullet holes
      Left staind on my sheets and stains
      On my soul
      You left me broke down begging for change
      Had to catch a ride with a man who’s deranged
      He had your hands and my father’s face
      Another western vampire different time same place
      I had dreams that brings me sadness
      Pain much deep that a river
      Sorrow flow through me in tiny waves of shivers”

      Here it’s her feeling a mixture of cartoonish love and the reality of it. Hos she wants it to be that simple and still dreams about that simplicity but it’s not.

      Corny movies make me reminisce
      Break me down easy on this generic love shit
      First kiss frog and princess

      Through the whole song though there is the chorus and that talks about standing up and walking away from it all. Letting go, healing and riding being stronger then the werewolves (her brother and father) who gave her happiness and extreme sadness and distrust and pain. And the Vampires who came after and tried to suck the life out of her. It’s like getting punched in the face or the gut and kicked and beaten then standing up and shaking it off so you can walk away.

      I’ma shake you off though
      Get up on that horse and
      Ride into the sunset
      Look back with no remorse

      The biggest thing is “No remorse” She wants to stop blaming herself for the appearance of the monsters in her life. She will stop being remorseful of what they took from her.

      I think there are even more layers to this song though too, like when Sierra sings about the dream. Just like with abuse there is the dark side that hurts you and the light side that makes you want to stay and want to forget. So the memory of their father and their brother is both longing for the light side longing for the kindness and those moment where they loved them.

    • Collette Says:

      Completely wrong. The brothers are from her father now.. Do some background research.

  20. Jane Bateman Says:

    Ah that’s the wrongest thing ever. Cocorosie would never write a song where the main character is purely a victim. And there’s no rape in there either.

    It’s really about a woman who loves her father but realises he wasn’t a particularly good person and didn’t live a happy life. She knows that her life is going to be just as bitter and lonely as his, and she wishes she had the same power to survive. She wants to be a werewolf and have no emotions or vulnerability.

  21. I believe you got some of it right. The big piece you are missing is that the “Lover” in the story is her half-brother.
    What I gather from this and some of their other songs and some interviews, is that Bianca was seduced by her brother at a young age. They were sleeping together, so not necessarily Rape, but an understanding of wrongness in it. I get the impression that this is the same brother that is deceased now and she misses him. They endured the same lack of parental guidance and love due to their father being crazy an busy taking part in Native American ceremonies. They had a tight bond, but he (the brother) was the “bastard that broke up the marriage” (evil doer doing evil from a baby carriage
    And he was born with the same blue eyes)
    So what I hear in this song is a lament over a childhood lost for many reasons. Parents splitting up, dad being absent and crazy, losing innocence at a young age. There are also hints of appreciation of the fathers behavior, or wisdom so to speak.
    I can’t say all that is accurate but that is the way I understand it.

  22. Collette Says:

    To be honest, I completely disagree with your interpretation. I think the whole song is talking about her father. If you know their background you’d know their parents split when they were at a young age and pretty much haven’t seen him since. He has “two new sons” and “swoon over a hot young flame” is probably about her dad about the new woman. And she’s thinking what can I do I mean I’m only his daughter , saying that should count for something.

  23. I read a lot of interesting articles here. Probably you spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a lot of time, there is an online tool that creates unique, SEO friendly
    articles in seconds, just type in google – laranita free content

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: