What does Andy, You're A Star mean?

The Killers: Andy, You're A Star Meaning

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Andy, You're A Star Lyrics

On the field I remember you were incredible
Hey shut up, hey shut up, yeah
On the field I remember you were incredible
Hey shut up, hey shut up, yeah
On the mats with the boys, you think you're all alone
With the pain that you drain from...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 17th 2008 !⃝

    ALRIGHT SERIOUSLY I LIVE IN NEPHI AND ANDY IS MY WEIGHTS TEACHER! This song is about Andy being a dick to Brandon all through high school. That is why he wrote the song. Brandon doesn't like boys he is being sarcastic through the whole song. Andy gets pissed whenever somebody says that to him because he is guilty and embarrassed for being a jerk. and no plaques don't line the halls.


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    Nov 14th 2006 !⃝

    Haven't you heard that's very common for people who write poems or songs to write as a different person? It's pretty normal for a guy to write as a girl, or the other way, or just someone to write something he hasn't experienced as if he has experienced it (it has it own name, but I dunno how it's called in english). Sooo... Well, it could be about a gay relationship, or maybe hetero if he's singing as a girl. But I do think it's about some freakish kind of obsession, as often fans are, like "i'll die to get close to him ohmygawd" etc, just only in a sightly more stalk-ish way.


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    Jan 8th 2006 !⃝

    Yeahe, I agree with the couple of folks above me who felt that Andy was a football star. Look at the lyrics, "Leave your legacy in gold in the plaques that line the halls", which implies that Andy was some sort of athletic star. The singer wants Andy, like, badly. He sees him with girls and gets jealous. He wants these girls not to be of any high significance to Andy ("Promise me she's not your world"). The singer also wants Andy to leave his phone number on his locker so he can call him. I think that the title/chorus implies that Andy is much more than just a football star to the singer ("'Cause Andy, you're a star. In nobody's eyes but mine").

    But I don't think Brandon Flowers is gay. Maybe he likes leaving his audience in a constant state of ambiguity when it comes to his sexual orientation, having them ponder if he's straight, gay, or glam or whatever. I'm not a gay man, but Brandon Flowers is indeed quite hott with two t's.

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 2nd 2019 !⃝

    andy messersmith was a high school teacher at uintah high school in vernal and i heard rumors that he used to bully brandon.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2019 !⃝

    It really is about a kid that bullied Brandon, Andy was popular and played football and wrestling. Andy did become a P.E. Teacher and Brandon became a singer, Andy, Mr. Messersmith, banded this song in my high school when he worked here.

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 11th 2012 !⃝

    Is it possible that Andy is maybe a girl? I mean Andy is also a name for a girl.. Just this line: "In a car with a girl, promise me she's not your world" .. confused
    So is Andy a boy or a girl?

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 18th 2012 !⃝

    I've heard they Brandon and Andy were somewhat rivals in high-school. Andy didn't necessarily bully Brandon but he was definitely more popular than him because of his aptitude in wrestling and football.

    "On the field I remember you were incredible"
    Football field.

    "On the mats with the boys...."
    Wrestling mats.

    Andy always told Brandon he was no good, and he would never make anything of his life. Ironically Andy went on to be a high-school Physical education teacher and Brandon went on to be a critically acclaimed international rock-star.The song "Andy Your a Star" is poking fun at Andy and drawing attention to just how wrong he had been.

  8. river12
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    Aug 1st 2012 !⃝

    Brandon was or is still bisexual. He became very rebelious at a young age and once he got older and got more involved with his religion he started to change. He infact had a crush on Andy. And my uncle went to school with Brandon and he doesnt remember a football player named Andy he says it has to be about Andrew from waterpolo and soccer and btw andrew was mexican.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  9. anonymous
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    Mar 29th 2012 !⃝

    I agree with what Migduh said for the most part. In high school, a boy named Andy bullied Brandon and constantly called him gay so in the song he's saying he's jealous of the girl Andy's with and all that but he's being sarcastic

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2012 !⃝

    I went to school with Brandon. Andy was a guy who did play football and wrestle and he also was a BULLY to many people including Brandon. Andy's dad was the football coach and school teacher. Andy was very popular, athletic, and most guys wanted to be him and most girls wanted to date him.

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2012 !⃝

    The mystery of one brandon flowers quite illuding but im gonna say well I just dont know.

  12. anonymous
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    Jan 7th 2012 !⃝

    I think this could be from a Highschool boy's POV (singer) pining after a girl with homosexual tenancies - "On the mats with the boys you think you're alone" implying a girl feeling left out by her feelings, and feeling singled out because of them. This is reinforced by "Andy you're a star, in nobody's eyes but mine", which could mean she is being bullied or shunned by everyone else because she is a lesbian or something to that effect. The singer could be just a close friend, a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend from the sounds of it.
    "Leave your number on the locker and i'll give you a call, hey shut up, hey shut up." could mean it's a boy trying to date her and not listening to her protests, even though he knew about her being alone.
    "Leave your legacy in gold on the plaques that line the hall" implies that she is a sporty (not just boys can do sports you know) and is very much in the public eye because of this. Brandon Flowers has made it abundantly clear that this song is open to interpretation any way you see, this is just how i think when i hear it, but it is possible that the character in this song is male as Flowers is known not to sing songs about himself (eg: Murder Trilogy)

  13. anonymous
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    Sep 18th 2011 !⃝

    I believe the song is like the rest on hot fuss, depicting the story of a serial killer. the lyrics "In nobodies eyes but mine" he's saying his stardom is from killing but only to himself no one else finds him to be a star.

  14. windrider
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    Aug 17th 2011 !⃝

    Andy You’re a Star is about a star athlete who unwittingly starts to question who he is, his sexuality and what that means to the success he’s had and the perception everyone has of him. Andy has always been the All-American. High school athletic star, popular with the girls and a hero to everyone until something happens between him and the narrator that causes him to question everything about him. He’s torn by this. Terrified and he tries to ignore it. Hope it will go away. He doesn’t want to deal with it yet the narrator is infactuated and won’t let him Andy is struggling. Andy dates girls possibly to keep up appearances but finds he is attracted to the narrator. The narrator, on the other hand, is certain where his love lies and he is obsessed by Andy. Something happened between them, probably something innocent, however, it caused Andy to start questioning his sexuality and triggered the obsession on the part of the narrator. While Andy does everything to try to ignore the situation, the narrator won’t let him and pursues him. The narrator keeps reaching out to him, reminding him of what happened maybe even what he perceived had happened or wanted to happen but clearly, Andy doesn’t want any part of it so constantly tells him “hey shut up shut up.” He’s telling the narrator to leave him but more importantly, he’s refusing to deal with the bigger issue of his sexuality hoping he can tell it to “shut up” and it’ll go away and he won’t have to deal with the issue.
    “In a car with a girl, promise me she’s not your world.” Again, the narrator acknowledges Andy’s struggle and that he is trying to keep up appearances. He is okay with this, with Andy being with someone else, but only for appearances.
    “Leave your number on the locker and I’ll give you a call”…the narrator is acknowledging that Andy isn’t open about his struggle so is okay with keeping things secretive if that will allow him to be with Andy who isn’t “out”. They can keep it low key. That’ll be enough for him. “On the streets, such a sweet face jumping in town” suggests that no one has any idea about Andy’s struggles but the narrator. “In the staff when the verdict is in,” tells us that the narrator is fully aware of Andy’s battle and perhaps, is even willing to “out” him so other can judge him and arrive at a verdict. Because Andy doesn’t want to reciprocate the narrators constant advances, the narrator us upset and resents him pointing out that Andy may be a star but (if the truth were known) he would be a star in nobody’s eyes but his. In other words, if people knew, they would think differently of Andy, they would judge him and wouldn’t hold him in such high esteem. The narrator, however, who feels he has this connection with Andy and who knows about his struggle, would still worship him, would stand by him, would be there. “Hey shut up hey shut up.” Clearly, Andy just wants ignore it, for the issue to go away. It’s not the just the narrator he tells to shut up but on a much deeper level, his entire struggle regarding his identity, who he is, his sexuality and how difficult it is to come to terms with this (especially given the pressure on him as the school’s star athlete.)

  15. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2011 !⃝

    (Felix Swan)I agree with other interpretations, yet I see it as from the point of view of a sports recruiter or maybe a best friend who sees Andy's potential. Not so much as homosexuality, hence the "hey shutup"...the kid has real potential

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2011 !⃝

    hes probably bi not gay (obviously he has a wife). there are more songs that seem to have homosexual meanings by the killers like where the white boys dance, the ballad of michael valentine, somebody told me, and this song. we cant all jst jump to the conclusion that hes no longer bi because hes married, even thgouh he isnt gay.
    "leave your number on the locker and ill give you a call"
    "in the car with a girl,promise me shes not your world"="promise me you dont love this girl (out of envy/sadness)"
    "on the mats with the boys you tink youre alone" obviosuly andys not alone... the singer is there watching him, i suppose.

  17. anonymous
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    May 26th 2011 !⃝

    Maybe the song was meant to speak to a variety of people types...It just depends on what point of view you take...One might see at that they are Andy. You had it all in school and you used your popularity to get love(lust)... Now that life is gone and your stuck with only the memories of when people liked you and you could do anything...now its all over...and your only a star in your own eyes...(obviously my life..lol)Its sorta left open so maybe everyone can relate

  18. CALF
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    Mar 30th 2011 !⃝

    This song was made for a guy from the same high school of Brandon. This guy called andy messersmith was a wrestling champ. He was a great sportsman, he was popular too so brandon admired that boy. That andy and I thing that this song was made with double sense meaning just to put the real fans to thing about the song. In that way this song was made like a old memory from high shool remembering the admiration of brandon to andy.

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