The Killers: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine Meaning
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Jenny Was a Friend of Mine Lyrics
We had a fight on the promenade out in the rain
She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go
She couldn't scream while I held her close
I swore I'd never let her go
Tell me what you...
This is easy folks.....The entire song is about a guy being interrogated by police, and he is emphatically declaring his innocence. He admits taking a walk with jenny, and sensing something wasn't the right, and then having an argument.......Then...."she said she loved him but had somewhere go" .....So she's leaving him......
He then admits to reacting emotionally by holding her very tightly, "she couldn't scream while I held her close" ....So he is even admitting he sort of lost it and wouldn't let her leave....He squeezed her so hard she couldn't even scream and he swore he'd never let her go. So he's saying he loved jenny, and admits breaking down emotionally by physically clinging to her. She is trying to push him away but he is over reacting and holding her too tight...Its almost that he is admitting to having a lovers quarrel with jenny earlier that evening.... But that's it!!....Obviously he been over this story with the cops over and over and he is getting fed up with the questioning...."I know my rights, I've been here all day and it's time for me to go, so let me know if it's alright, I just can't take this, I swear I told you the truth, she couldn't scream while I held I close I swore i'd never let her go".......The cops still don't believe his story, but he repeats the worst thing he did was cling to her, and squeeze her too tightly. Again he declares his innocence....."tell me what you wanna know, oh come on, oh come on, oh come on, there ain't no motive for this crime, jenny was a friend of mine, so come on, oh come on, oh come on"
check out "midnight show" too as it is somehow related . I'm thinking this song is about jenny with her killer....
anonymous Feb 19th, 2007 2:51pm report
"We took a walk that night but it wasn't the same,
We had a fight out on the promenade out in the rain."
I think that Jenny and the singer were friends - only he was in love with her. She, however, only loved him as a friend, and when he told her he was in love with her, she freaked out a little.
"She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go."
I think that's definitely Jenny trying to get away from him, because he's starting to scare her. The singer can't take the rejection because he loves her so much, and ends up killing her.
"She couldn't scream while I held her close, I swore I'd never let her go."
Naturally, he gets arrested for murder, and he's talking to the police. The repetition of 'Jenny was a friend of mine' is ironic because all that they had was friendship, but he wanted much, much more.
This song is a little tricky because it has a very open ending, you can take to a darker side or a lighter side.
My opinion- The singer and Jenny used to date but Jenny wanted to end it. The singer couldn't face losing her ("I swore i'd never let her go.."), and thus the crime is committed. It isn't exactly clear whether he killed her or just assaulted her. "I held her so close, she couldn't scream," suggests there was a physical struggle between the two but it may not mean he killed her. We know it was a crime because the word is thrown around a lot, so whether the singer roughed jenny up or went all the way with murder (whether accidental or not),it is left to the listener's imagination.
anonymous Oct 28th, 10:03pm report
This song is about the Preppy Murder in Central Park in the 80s.
anonymous Aug 4th, 2018 8:08am report
I think this is based off the murder of Jenny Levine who was strangled in central park. The person who killed her claimed is innocence by stating "Jenny was a friend of mine" and that he had no motive (hence "There was no motive for this crime"). The part "She couldn't screma as I held her tight" refers to the actual strangling and this is his non confessional interrogation.
anonymous Aug 20th, 2013 8:39am report
This is a girlfriend story, how you feel, when you find out she doesnt love u anymore or never realy did and how u wish she felt, when ure breaking up and howyou feel inside,its u not her screaming yelling inside because u love her so much.
anonymous Aug 22nd, 2012 8:13am report
So Jenny was a friend of mine, is the third installment of a story. (Part one is Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf, Part 2 is MIdnight Show)
So in part 1, Jennifer (jenny) breaks up with him and he's so overcome with emotion, he gets drunk and confronts her which leads to him killing her. (shown in And I never liked your hair or those people that you lie with
But I'm not satisfied
Until I hold you tight
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don't you see I can't be satisfied
Until I hold you tight)
Part 2 is all about him dumping the body. (shown I wanna take you a midnight show tonight
If you can keep a secret
I got a blanket in the back seat on my mind
And a little place that sits beneath the sky)
so her body's wrapped up in the blanket and"Oh crashing tide can't hide a guilty girl" so he dumps her in the ocean.
FINALLY part 3, Jenny was a friend of mine. At the beginning you can hear the helicopters and the sirens. He's being questioned by the cops and he admits to seeing her that night but they only got into a small argument. He protests and pleads his innocence. and the rest is pretty self explainable :)
I believe that Brandon is singing about a difficult time in his marriage. He didn't walk with, or fight with, Jenny in the promenade but his wife. She didn't trust him anymore because of mistakes he had made in the past. She's at the end of her rope and he's trying to make her understand, wholeheartedly, that his recent time with Jenny was innocent. She is just a friend but it's difficult for his wife to believe this considering the recent past. It's an extremely scary and important turning point in his/their life. And so he wrote about it...
anonymous May 31st, 2012 5:42pm report
FOREST GUMP... geezus
I always thought that Jenny was a "friend" of the singer. Friends that took it to the next level. The singer eventually wanted more than friendship while she wanted to stay friends. When he knew things wouldn't be the same after telling her his feelings, he pushed her away all together.
I would say that I had a friend named Jen, and everything that I just said happened between her & me. My opinion may be slanted lol.
anonymous Nov 12th, 2011 11:15am report
Here is my personal theory. Jenny is being blackmailed and fears for her life, so she tells him she loves before she goes to her rendezvous point. She is chased and runs back to him into his arms and is shot, dying too quickly to scream. He says he will never let her go, and mourns her. The police come and find him holding her body, and he is immediately named a suspect. Later, the police realize he was framed, but it is too late.
anonymous Nov 4th, 2011 11:30pm report
If you take the songs Mr Brightside and Jenny Was a Friend of Mine and put them as parts of the same story it kind of makes sense: he's imagining her cheating on him in Mr Brightside to the point where he thinks it was real, and one night, on a walk, he gets frustrated at her wanting to leave (possibly thinking she's off to see her lover?). He gets so angry and jealous that he 'swears he'll never let her go' and clings on to her physically. He ends up killing her. The chorus of the song is him being interrogated by the Police, and him telling them 'Jenny was a friend of mine'- they broke up.
anonymous Sep 2nd, 2011 9:06am report
Honestly if you have watched that music video he is declaring his innocence yea. But the hole point in that is you see the cop hand him a confession notice with his signature on it. He already confessed to murder. He killed her but doesn't remember it.
anonymous Aug 20th, 2011 8:06pm report
You guys take this song text too literally. Its not about a love story between a man and a woman, but a love story between a man and heroin. Jenny is slang for heroin.
"We took a walk that night, but it wasn't the same
We had a fight on the promenade out in the rain
She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go
She couldn't scream while I held I close
I swore I'd never let her go"
He's trying to quit his drug abuse, but somehow he's too addicted.
"Tell me what you wanna know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain't no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
So come on, oh come on, oh come on"
"Tell me what you wanna know" is the heroin asking him what kind of hallusinations he wants to experience after injecting. Drug abuse is a crime, but without any motive. He gets locked up by the police for being a junkie.
anonymous Mar 27th, 2011 3:06am report
Guys, I understand your points, but I also wanted to bring up the interpretation that could be begging a girl to forgive him for cheating on her "Jenny was just a friend of mine", something along those lines.... still the interpretation of the police interrogation sounds better
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2011 2:14pm report
This song was writen for his brother, as he was the one who got him intressted in music in the first place, theres nothing gay about it in my eyes, he's basically saying that he looks up to him, and no one else can see it, as he quoted, "in nobody's eyes, but mine". Have you ever though he might be singing it from a girls point of view...?
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2011 2:46am report
I belive that Jenny was a friend of mine, and Mr brightside, mainly, because at the beggning of mr brightside he says coming out of my cage, which could imply that he started of in a prison cells, i also think that jenny was a friend of mine follows on from Mr brightside, were peope have interited, and from the vidio footage, that in mr brightside the womans clearly having an ffir, and i think in jeny was a friend of mine he reveals how much he loves, her, she obviously only felt it was a fun thing at the time, for instance he quates "it was only a kiss", but when it says "she had somewhere to go", it appears to me, as if she was going to see another man, and his jealousy once again takes over, as he grabs hold of her, because "he wants it all", and i'd say he didn't want her to get away, he wanted her to himself, but in he events of this, he accidently suffocated her. I also think, that in mr brightside, he is looking back on the thinks that have happend, for instance what happend wih Jenny, and how he got there.
anonymous Dec 26th, 2010 12:13pm report
I actually think that he is admitting his guiltiness (of some physical crime to Jenny ["She couldn't scream as I held her close, I swore I'd never let her go"] to the police, as Jenny was such a friend to him that he feels that he needs to be punished for the crime that had no motive.
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