What does Jenny Was a Friend of Mine mean?

The Killers: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine Meaning

Tagged: Murder [suggest]
Album cover for Jenny Was a Friend of Mine album cover

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine Lyrics

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 her close
I swore I'd never let her go
Tell me what you...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 14th 2006 !⃝

    Okay, so what happens is this girl tell her boyfriend she's leaving him, so he either kills her or rapes her (I think it makes more sense that he killed her) and the police are interrogating him about it, and he insists he is innocent.

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  2. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2006 !⃝

    Jenny is not dead. If you hear the song it says: "there is not motive for this crime, jenny was a friend of mine, so come on, oh come on, oh come on. LET HER GO".

  3. dez
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    Jun 7th 2006 !⃝

    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.

  4. abs91
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    Apr 21st 2006 !⃝

    An aquaintence of mine who claims to have friends who go drinking w/ Brandon (I think she's a lying sack of crap) says that Brandon is killing Jenny, and I think that's pretty obvious. "There ain't no motive for this crime..." He killed her for no reason, he was in the mood. He's talking to the cops or something after he kills Jenny when it says "Tell me what you wanna know, Oh come on oh come on, oh come on"

  5. plasticcup_politics
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    Apr 3rd 2006 !⃝

    I'm not sure if this is right but just humour me for a moment.....could it be about raped. please comment on anything to help me out here but he talks about how she couldnt scream when he was holding her close-like maybe he smothered her mouth because they were so close or like she passed out because he was holding her to tigh and then she wouldnt be able to scream would she. If she was being raped shed be screaming!

    'theres no motive for this crime, jenny was a friend of mine'-maybe he saying why would I rape her, she's my friend, there's no motive.

    i dunno. Its just a thoery that poppped into my head when I was listening to it one day

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 24th 2006 !⃝

    What if they were in love, and she went to tell him she was moving across country or something, and he held her close, said some sappy crap, and its a crime to split lovers up like that....thats just the feeling I got from it...

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  7. Brogez_01
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    Feb 14th 2006 !⃝

    Why does Jenny have to die? Consider the possibility that the singer cheated on his girlfriend and is now trying to make up for it and Jenny is the one he cheated on his girlfriend with. In the chorus he's asking what she wants to know about it, that it was nothing against her and that Jenny was just a friend of his and nothing more. Just another way of looking at it...

  8. lola
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    Jan 15th 2006 !⃝

    It's a case of "I love you, but I'm not in love with you"
    (she said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go)

    and he goes into a jealous rage and smothers her to death
    (she couldn't scream when I held her close, I swore I'd never let her go)

    classic case of "if I can't have you, then no one will"

  9. Cruelwinter
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    Dec 14th 2005 !⃝

    Jenny and the singer where in a deep relationship that ended badly one night. Jenny goes missing and is found dead, the singer is under investigation by the police. The singer is saying why would I hurt Jenny? "Jenny was a friend of mine". But the singer begins to let more and more tibits about the iner workings of there relationship leak out, showing the police that there is more to story. He loved her, but things went really bad.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 4th 2005 !⃝

    Listen to "Mr. Brightside" then "Jenny was a Friend of Mine". Throw in the band name and there you go.

  11. prongs666
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    Nov 29th 2005 !⃝

    SHE COULDN'T SCREAM when he held her close. God, I think something happened and something happened to her and he is brought in for questioning.

  12. taggy87
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    Nov 4th 2005 !⃝

    Andy is out with his girlfriend. She wants to split up, and he doesn't, so he holds her close and she screams and the police are called. He's questioned and he says he didn't do anything wrong- he goes to jail.

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