What is the meaning of the following verse from Bernie Taupin's Tower of Babel as sung by Elton John on the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy?
Those hungry hunters
Tracking down the hours
I cannot come up with anything except for a reference to the Book of Hours, which would make some sense to me. Obviously, the lyrics deal with drug usage, and "hungry hunters" could be the police, "tracking down the hours" could then mean chasing after them.
Help from a native English speaker would be really useful here.
The lyrics can be found on Bernie Taupin's website here.
Thanks a lot!