What does Midnight Show mean?

The Killers: Midnight Show Meaning

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Midnight Show Lyrics

I know what you want
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
She turned her face to speak
But no-one heard her cry

  1. anonymous
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    Aug 6th 2007 !⃝

    Wow how clever a murder trilogy
    well this is just my opinion
    the song is describing how "s" murders jenny
    she was going to meet him and have sex with him
    but s is gone crazy n is seeing to many therapists and is going to crack
    he picks up a jenny who is his ex and wants to get back with her because thy were 'such a good thing'
    she refuses him as she is with someone else and he gets angry and strangles her
    Well baby... you can keep a secret....as she is dead an wil never be able to tell the secret
    he washes her body to the sea
    she was not drowned in the sea but the secret of the murder was killed with her when the sea washed away the body

  2. GibsonGirl64
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    May 6th 2007 !⃝

    Only one thing is confusing me...If the guy kills Jenny in "jenny was a friend of mine" (JWAFOM), then how did he see her at the party. Or did he not kill her? Cause that was definitely a break up thing in JWAFOM. And this was probably after the break up. And if he did rape or assault her, then she would probably have some sort of restraining order. I mean, it makes sense about the whole jealous thing, so he does another girl....but how did he see her there? Someone please leave a comment answering this.

  3. anonymous
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    Feb 20th 2007 !⃝

    It's about sex, that's all. It's about being gratified by gratifying someone else. She wants it, he's wants to give it to her. When he does he watches with satisfactions as he "takes her breath" and watches her disappear into a fit of...well...ecstasy.

  4. rachel
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    Jul 25th 2006 !⃝

    This song is about a bad girl and the guy is gonna give her all the thrills "drive faster boy"..The guy has maybe broken up with his girlfriend or is still with her but he wants to break free and be destructive and ruthless.."also drive faster boy I think is about the girl tellin him to thrust faster.."you got a real short skirt I wanna look up look up look up" bad girl but he doesn't care about being gentlemen like..He just wants her.. But then he realises that she's not as good as his old gf..Shes just a whore "midnight show" is ultimatley reffering to death his girlfriend may have died "I took my babys breath beneath the chandelere of stars and atmosphere and watched her disappear into the midnight show" and then he's sayin I'm gonna take you to a midnight show..Which is reffering to a car with a blanket at a look out or something..Its definately sinister

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  5. prongs666
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    Jul 17th 2006 !⃝

    Yeah...Thats basically it except for the fact that he has sex with her first...And it doesn't necisarily mean that it was his girlfriend...Or that she cheated on him...

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  6. anonymous
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    Jul 14th 2006 !⃝

    What it sounds like to me is a man (the speaker) catches his girlfriend cheating on him, so he kills her and dumps the body.

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 1st 2006 !⃝

    okay so
    i'll try not to be like everyone else and repeate everything said above, however order
    it is kind of like back and forth really as the beginning of jenny is obviously when she is still alive but it fades into the questiong
    if you don't already know there is a movie being produced about the murder
    "Oh crashing time (tide) can't hide a guilty girl"
    this line wasn't really talked about fully,
    she is guilty in his opion because she wasn't with him but another guy. I think it is tide because it exsplains how water is involved but she doesn't drowd. it could also be guessed that she isn't guilty at all but just his guilt... and the words are just slered around a bit

  8. steve0
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    Apr 22nd 2006 !⃝

    I believe this is part two of the trilogy, with Jenny was a Friend of Mine third and Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf first (and still to come). I believe this song is a framed story of sorts, he with a girl in his car but at the same time keeps reverting back to the murder. "She turned her face to speak, but no-one heard her cry". and "There's something in my head Somewhere in the back said We were just a good thing We were such a good thing" he's recounting this story to the girl he is currently with (which does him in in the 3rd part and is probably why he's being interrogated by the police).

    The last lines of the song puzzle me however, "And watch her disappear/Into the midnight show..." This leads me to believe the midnight show isn't a show at all but is either a metaphor for either the ocean where it seems he dumped the body (The crashing tide can hide a guilty girl) or simply a metaphor for the great beyond, where he sent her.

  9. sg
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    Jan 10th 2006 !⃝

    I just thought that I would share a part of an interview with Brandon I found a while ago. Brandon said: "She died because of water, but she wasn't drowned." So far I think that kk's interpretation makes the most sense to me.I always thought that the trilogy started with leave the bourbon on the shelf, and ended with jenny was a friend of mine,with midnight show in the middle. Does anyone know for sure the order?

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2006 !⃝

    I think "kk" could be right, although when it says 'There's too many people trying to help me cope' its not about the loss of jenny, because it was suspected he had to see a number of psycologists, they are the ones trying to help him cope.

    What I don't get it "I can't hide a guilty girl" what did this girl do? Were they a couple when S found out she was hanging out with another guy and then he kills her? I got this idea as he said "with jealous hearts."

  11. sam1990
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    Dec 1st 2005 !⃝

    I think that Andy (if that is who is meant to be speaking) has gone to a party or something and seen Jenny (his ex-girlfrend), he gets jelous and decides to take some random girl back to his car (he thinks that some how this will make Jenny jelous, but it doesnt) to have sex, he starts driving her to a sucluded place, when it says:

    "She turned her face to speak, But no one heard her cry, Drive faster, boy' (the girl is shouting for him to drive faster and when it says 'but no one heard her cry" the no one is Jenny.

    He then starts seeing Jenny's face instead of this girls and starts talking to her as if she is Jenny 'Somewhere in the back sayin, We were just a good thing, We were such a good thing' When he realises it isn't Jenny he gets mad kills the girl, he gets too caught up in the moment.

    "And watched her disappear, into the midnight show" he has dumped the girls body into a lake or river and he watches it drift away.
    Okay that's all, sorry if its a bit long! hehe!

  12. kk
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    Nov 30th 2005 !⃝

    This song is part of a three-part murder trilogy. The other two parts are 'Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf', which hasn't been released yet, and 'Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine'. And this is my interpretaion:
    The Speaker (who from now on will be referred to as S) has already murdered Jenny in the first part of the trilogy, and Midnight Show is the third part. He hasn't been called in to the police station yet.
    "I got a blanket in the back seat on my mind"
    In the first verse, he has found a different girl, and he's trying to get her to come with him in his car. (To have sex.)
    "There's too many people trying to help me cope"
    In this line S is saying that everyone is trying to help him deal with the loss of Jenny.
    "We were such a good thing"
    Here he is just feeling sorry for himself and his relationship with Jenny.
    "Make it go away without a word"
    In this verse S is begging the unnamed girl to help him forget his problems and what he's done.
    "Drive faster, boy"
    This line is repeated several times. There's some debate about it, but I think he's talking to himself as he's driving away from the scene of the crime, which would make it a flashback.
    "Oh crashing tide can't hide a guilty girl"
    This verse is difficult because it depends on if the lyrics are 'tide' or 'time'. I think it's tide, because to me that makes much more sense. Also, I'm not sure if he's saying 'can' or 'can't', but either way it still comes out to the same.
    "With jealous hearts that start with gloss and curls"
    This is saying that S thought Jenny was cheating on him, which in turn made him envious.
    "I took my baby's breath beneath the chandelier"
    I am of the opinion that he choked her.
    "And watch her disappear into the midnight show"
    Now the midnight show could be the stars in the sky, or it could be a body of water. I think after he choked Jenny he dumped her body in a lake or the ocean, or possibly a river.
    "Oh faster, faster, faster"
    This could be the ongoing flashback, or it could be referring to the girl in the car with him.. Or it could have a double meaning.
    "If you can keep a secret"
    Keep in mind that S is telling this girl about Jenny and what's he's done. This also may be how he eventually does get brought in for questioning. I think the girl went to the police.

    That may or may not have made sense, but there you go.

  13. prongs666
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    Nov 29th 2005 !⃝

    You said the police heard her... Anyway, she wants to go to the movie and he wants to sleep with her and they both get their way in the end.

  14. taggy87
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    Nov 4th 2005 !⃝

    Andy and Natalie go out one night and see Jenny and Michael in the same area. Andy again goes insane, and brings back memories of what actually happened that night in Jenny Was A Friend of mine-he tried to rape her-'no one hear her cry'

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