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Song Released: 2003

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I'm coming out of my cage
And I’ve been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Because I want it all
It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this
It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss

Now I’m falling asleep
And she’s calling a...


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    Aug 20th, 2013 8:49am report

    '#2 is right except the first part its about being an introvert and coming out with the more and more shows he plays he has to stick with his band his #1 priority to make it but he fell in love with a girl and got a kiss and she has boyfriends he hopes to be the only one, most of the songs on this first album were about his relationship with his girlfriend at that time but she wasnt committed to him its the ups and downs of the relationship


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    Jul 1st, 2013 7:11pm report

    I believe this song is about a couple who break up, and the guys doesn't know how good what he has is until it is gone. He sees his ex with another man and it drives him crazy. And He wants to get back with her so bad it hurts


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    Nov 17th, 2012 11:52am report

    I think this song is about a guy who has just gotten over a relationship with someone else, and he feels like he's okay, but then he somehow meets a girl who is already in a relationship, and they kiss. He really feels a connection, and the girl starts cheating on her boyfriend with him. But he still has to see the girl with her boyfriend and it makes him super jealous, even though the girl is cheating on her boyfriend to see him.


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    Apr 20th, 2012 4:13pm report

    My interpretation was that he was in love with a girl, and tried to find out if she loved him too. After seeing her with another man, he is heartbroken, but stays optimistic (Mr.Brightside), satisfied that he now knows the truth.


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    Apr 1st, 2012 4:58pm report

    I think the song is about how the lead singer loves his friends girlfriend, and is jealous that he can't have her to himself.
    I'm coming out of my cage (he wants to tell her that he loves her)
    And I’ve been doing just fine (he hasn't been bothered about seeing his friend with his girlfriend)
    Gotta gotta be down
    Because I want it all (he thinks he hould be feeling sad because of how badly he wants her to himself)
    It started out with a kiss
    How did it end up like this
    It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss (she kissed him once, but he didn't expect it to make him feel this strongly about her)
    Now I’m falling asleep (he's going to bed and thinking about her)
    And she’s calling a cab (she's going to go see her boyfriend)
    While he’s having a smoke
    And she’s taking a drag
    Now they’re going to bed
    And my stomach is sick (he hates the thought of someone else being with her)
    And it’s all in my head (he's imagining the scenario)
    But she’s touching his—chest
    Now, he takes off her dress (the boyfriend and girlfriend are going to have sex)
    Now, let me go (He doesn't want to feel like this anymore)
    Cause I just can’t look its killing me (he doesnt want to see his friend with her anymore)
    And taking control (how he feels about this girl is taking control of his friend ship with her boyfriend)
    Jealousy, turning saints into the sea (his jealousy is making the good person he was start to hate his friend)
    Swimming through sick lullabies (he can't get out of thinking the thoughts he's having about her)
    Choking on your alibis
    But it’s just the price I pay (he desurvs this for feeling this way about his friend girlfriend)
    Destiny is calling me (He thinks he is ment to tell her)
    Open up my eager eyes (open his eyes to whats really going on)
    ‘Cause I’m Mr Brightside (he's looking onto the "brightside" of the situation)
    I never...
    I never...
    I never...
    I never...(he never told her how he felt)


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    Mar 11th, 2012 3:14am report

    The song is about a man telling us about how his girlfriend cheated on him.
    He recalls the events that took place as it happened, he takes us on his journey of what happened and of how he has finally put it all behind him.

    “I'm coming out of my cage”
    : The cage could mean he was suffering, self-punishment, continuous rethinking of the situation, he withdrew himself after what happened, locked up his heart, his self-esteem. Coming out means he has begun to heal, he is ready to move on.

    “And I've been doing just fine”
    He has finally let go of the self-turmoil and he feels good now, after a long time.
    This verse is repeated, this could mean that this man, while telling himself and us he is over his ex, the relationship and the breakup, he is not entirely truthful with himself. In repeating the words he hopes it would make him feel the change that he knows he should feel – the need to truly let go. It’s an assurance like “I’m fine, I’m fine, I gotta be fine”

    “Gotta gotta be down
    Because I want it all”
    : Once again he tell us his got to get over it, He has too, there’s no option “gotta, Gotta” He has to continuously push himself to keep this strong “gotta move on” frame of mind if he wants it all. He wants it all, he wants to find true love, he cannot sit back and let this defeat him, he has to get up from his slump and move on, he has to keep his end goal in mind – to find true love.
    “It started out with a kiss
    How did it end up like this
    It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss”
    : With this whole verse he begins letting us in on the story, we learn why this guy is actually coming out of his cage, what happen to cause this...
    In brackets means in between telling the story to us, he shares his revelations.

    “It started out with a kiss”
    : He recalls when he fell in love, it started out with a single, magical, great kiss and then it grew into something so much more, he was in love, just with that little kiss which was not just "a kiss" to him, from it sprung his true love, well that’s what he thought at that time.

    “How did end up like this?”
    : Everything has fallen apart, it’s a rhetorical, baffling question, the perfect romance became rocky, it ended, how did he lose everything? In the third line of the first chorus he answers his own question.

    First chorus
    (“it was only a kiss, it was only a kiss”)
    : He is now convinced with such a betrayal, even thou at first he thought it was true love, in reality it was not. It was actually, just basically what it was, a kiss - small, not necessarily insignificant, just not his density - she was not the one. He answers his question by assuring himself what he had hadn’t been true love, he was mistaken.

    Second chorus
    (“It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss”)
    : The words are the same but now the meaning has changed. After telling us the story he hears himself and becomes irritated as he has opened up old wounds, he recalls what she told him, recalls what he thought.

    He found magic in their first kiss, we’re unsure what she felt in it, but we learn that she cheated on him by kissing another guy and she defends herself by saying it was only a kiss. He finds this illogical so he sings this chorus as “It was only a kiss?! only a kiss?!” It is filled with the sound of disbelief and he is now not talking about their first kiss, he is talking about the kiss that betrayed their love, when she kissed this other man. He is baffled about how she could think it was only a kiss when it was in fact just how they started as well; it was the pinnacle moment, the genesis of their relationship. So he says you may think it was only a kiss but you have no idea what you have done and if you have no idea, if you cannot understand the severity of your actions, how can you be the one. They were not on the same wave length.

    After this second chorus he has more confidence, he doesn’t have to coach himself to move on, he has just experienced a revelation and there is a sense of real release.

    “It was only a kiss”
    : Different sound in vocal, meant to seem like it is the girlfriends voice

    I feel this is where the confusion lies; everyone thinks he's just repeating the verse when in actuality it’s more than that, - his girlfriend cheats and she wants forgiveness. He recalls how she pleads with him now. He seems more at ease, and relays this part with a tone of “can you believe the nerve of this woman” so anyway she tries to explain herself almost pitifully.

    She’s like please forgive me it meant nothing it was only a kiss - that was all she did (well that’s what she tells him), he is not convinced that is why he tell us what she did but what he thinks probably happened also, either way whether it was just a kiss or sex he doesn’t care, he’s done with her because in his mind they started out with “just a kiss” and became something great, if she could not understand that, she couldn’t understand him, so even if it was just a kiss, by doing that small act he concludes it’s as good as sleeping with him so that is why it doesn’t matter.

    (“It was only a kiss”)
    : He repeats her words now, it’s filled with sarcasm. He's like yea right it was only a kiss, so we're just only a kiss, meaning insignificant, little nothing - he uses her definition of kiss as opposed his definition of kiss like in the first verse intro.

    First chorus "it was only a kiss, it was only a kiss" tells us presently this is how he feels about the relationship that they once had, second chorus "it was only a kiss, it was only a kiss" was what he felt when they were together.

    The repetition of the verse “Now I'm falling asleep, And she's calling a cab” is used to illustrate that in that verse, he is thinking of everything she is telling him (the other verses) while she is there explaining.

    “Now I'm falling asleep
    And she's calling a cab”
    : He recalls the day they broke up

    When they were together their relationship had become shaky, there was tension and they use to fight a lot, on one occasion when they fought, she left, probably to cool off or just get away.

    “While he's having a smoke,
    And she's taking a drag”
    : This is that time they fought and she took off, probably she sought comfort in a friend, they smoking, she’s sharing her problems with him, probably about her rocky, once again freshly scarred relationship, she’s relaxing with this other guy, probably letting herself become vulnerable, might not be purposeful that she cheats, it just happens. They kiss, maybe do more... She only tells him it was a kiss.

    “Now I'm falling asleep
    And she's calling a cab”
    : After it happens she feels guilty and tells her bf what happened, as she explains he visualizes something more, what could have happened, what might have happened, how would he know? Even though she says it was just a kiss his mind leads him to wonder something more worse...

    “Now they're going to bed
    And my stomach is sick”
    : Now he has the images in his mind of what might have happened, left with this unsettling feeling that makes him feel nauseous, his world has just collapse. Now his thinking...

    “And it's all in my head”
    : He has no proof.

    : But this is what he thinks really happened and if it didn’t it is as good as it really did, he doesn’t see a difference.
    “But she's touching his chest
    Now, he takes off her dress”
    : He visualizes tortuous images of this guy and his girlfriend together, he imagines it as somewhat lusty and seductive. Although he has no evidence, since all that he thinks up is just in his head he knows he will never have peace of mind in their relationship anymore.

    “Now, letting me go”
    : As he visualizes them together, he seems to pause on the fact that she lets this happen, in that kiss, that one act which is not just a kiss, it’s a "KISS" - to him it’s everything. She allows this man to figuratively see her naked, if not really naked. He feels she bares herself, her soul, like how she did for him once, long ago or so he thought, he is confused, he's not sure if she felt what he felt when they first kiss now, but he doesn’t care because with this betrayal she has let him go, she let their love go, closing the book on their love and relationship, it’s when he realizes she has truly gone from him, there’s no coming back from this.

    “I just can't look its killing me”
    : He can’t handle it anymore, the thoughts are too painful for him to handle.

    “And taking control
    Jealousy, turning saints into the sea”
    : His anger becomes too much to contain, he is too jealous, even if it was "just a kiss" as she puts it, it’s too much for him. It turns he's usually passive demeanor into something somewhat, rough and unforgiving like the sea, he was usually a forgiving person and probably overlooked many of his girlfriend's flaws but this act was unforgivable so he cannot afford her the same grace this time. My guess is she expected forgiveness that is why she told him, she knew he was soft.

    “Swimming through sick lullabies”
    : She tries to sooth him, by lulling him, probably begging him, asking for forgiveness, saying it was only a kiss, it’s not so bad please forgive me, lets, move on. It’s very painful, he seems disgusted by her attempt, she spreads it on so thick and he's so deep in it, probably in hope to drown him and make him forgive her but he swims through, he is not hearing any of it.

    "Choking on your alibis"
    : She tries to feed him all her reasons for why that one night happened, she probably tells him that she was not in her right mind, she was confused, basically saying like it was an out of body experience, it meant nothing, her body was there but her mind was somewhere else, it just happened, she regrets it and she wishes she could take it back. He seems to not be buying any of it, he’s choking on it meaning, he's not eating any of the crap she’s feeding him, and he chokes rather than swallows it.

    “Now I'm falling asleep
    And she's calling a cab”
    : He is tired of listening to her bullshit now, “falling asleep” whatever she says has no effect on him, he seems bored with her attempts, he breaks it off and she leaves...

    “But it's just the price I pay
    Destiny is calling me
    Open up my eager eyes
    Cause I'm Mr Brightside”
    : And now we at present time again, and basically he's like sooo yeaaa thats the story, now you know but,
    It’s the price that someone who wants everything has to pay - it doesn’t come easy, sometimes we have to go through things that seem so real and perfect but they are not, if we know exactly what we want we Gotta be strong enough to get in the game, play and be played, go through it all and if it’s not real, let it go, dust ourselves off and get back in because somewhere out there, Destiny is calling, and he says he's has gotta be there to grab it, so giving up is not an option. It’s a new day, with new beginning who knows what life has in store, all he knows he’s gotta just keep on trucking because... He's Mr. Brightside, the glass is half full... Always ;-)

    (“I never I never I never I never”)
    : This is an even further revelation he has after he tells us the story, a combination of “Wow I never thought it would end”, “I never expected it to not work out”, remember the expression "Well I never", to more self-reflection of “Well I'll be damned" - I really have moved on haven’t I, I am over it, it’s not just talk, he doesn’t have to coach himself about moving on “Gotta, Gotta be down” anymore because he is “down” now, He actually has moved on and comes to the realization that he is actually MR. BRIGHTSIDE. - K.3


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    Feb 24th, 2012 2:19am report

    This is clearly a three way encounter. He's a rock star, he's trying rock star things that most of wish we could do (coming out of his cage). Somehow or another he's gotten himself involved in a sexual liaison where he is the "I" (I just can't look it's killing me...), a girl "she" who he cares about more than he expected, and the "he" is another guy involved in this three-way. He didn't think it through and jealousy (and remorse) becomes the dominating feeling throughout his encounter and indeed the entire song.


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    Feb 20th, 2012 2:53pm report

    I think by calling himself "Mr. Brightside" the speaker is being sarcastic. The speaker of the song is extremely paranoid. When he talks about "coming out of his cage", I think this is referring to the speaker having trust/anxiety issues, and he decides to trust the girl he's falling for. He kisses her once, and when she doesn't seem to be as into him as her is her, he starts imagining situations with her and another guy. Hence the part where it says, "And it's all in my head, but she's touching his chest". When the speaker says "Jealousy, turning saints into the sea," I think this is also referring to his paranoia. His mind turns any man that's associated with the girl he loves into a threat, even if he's the nicest guy ever. For the rest of the song, the speaker talks about how messed up he truly thinks he is.


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    Jan 17th, 2012 1:27pm report

    In love with a prostitute…true story
    I don’t know if the real story on how the song got made is the actual tale that the song is talking about, but here is my take on the meaning because I am living it;
    I'm coming out of my cage
    And I’ve been doing just fine
    I had just finished a 5 year relationship and been on my own for a year, I had basically been having a grand old time going out with girls, casual sex and the things most blokes in their early 30s wish they could have done in their 20s early, except then we never had any money.
    Gotta gotta be down
    Because I want it all
    One day I am talking with a friend who constantly hires prostitutes and we are looking at site and looking at a beautiful 23 year old newcomer. I usually don’t care for fake passion shots and feigned orgasms, but there is something so incredibly sexy about the video of this girl that I decided to hire her. Why not, it’s a bit of casual sex without having to wine and dine somebody so I say what the hell
    It started out with a kiss
    How did it end up like this
    It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss
    The second I met her I felt the proverbial “love at first sight” and we end up doing something much more profound that just the safe casual sex I had planned….We exchange BBM PINs and over the course of a month see each other socially (but never have sex again during that time) and chat over the Blackberry daily.
    Since she does not bring out her job and we only see each other over the weekends I tend to forget what is she actually does…
    But then I go online and check some of the reviews she got from her previous clients…
    Now I’m falling asleep
    And she’s calling a cab
    While he’s having a smoke
    And she’s taking a drag
    Now they’re going to bed
    And my stomach is sick
    And it’s all in my head
    But she’s touching his—chest
    Now, he takes off her dress
    Now, let me go
    And I start to torture me every night thinking of exactly the things the song is talking about…I imagine her with other men, moaning, screaming, being touch and licked everywhere; doing them the things she does to me
    And I just can’t look its killing me
    And taking control
    And it does not stop
    The feeling I have for her, while we tell each other jokes, or I make some soup for her, walking around shopping clothes for her niece and while at nights we make love is now polluted with those images and they simply cannot stop, they play over and over in my mind
    Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
    Swimming through sick lullabies
    Choking on your alibis
    And I begin to question if she really does love me as she says or am I just a safe haven and provider for her, why would she be with me when there are literally hundreds of men who would fall on her knees for her…I have seen the effect she has on men (and even some women) so I can understand why some clients of here become obsessed with her, take her out to lunch dinner whatever and pay her for her time…are they just as bewitched as me, because I can clearly cannot stop myself from loving her
    But it’s just the price I pay
    Destiny is calling me
    Open up my eager eyes
    ‘Cause I’m Mr. Brightside
    Knowing what she is and what she does, sharing her with other and knowing it is the price I pay for being with her, but I simply cannot stop myself…
    I never...
    I never...
    I never...
    I never...
    I cannot believe this how far it is gone….


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    Dec 18th, 2011 12:53am report

    looking at the video its about watching your loved ones slowly slip away and all you can do is watch because you are scared of what will happen


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    Dec 6th, 2011 12:16pm report

    I thinl it means,when you meet a person and you fall so fast and so hard but to only find out the other one doesn't feel the same and their finding and exploring other options other people and you start imaging your love with another and your heart starts bleeding and breaking but your trying to be optimistic and positive that maybe just maybe the will come back to you and realize they love you the same way you loved them.


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    Nov 15th, 2011 11:20am report

    This song is about Brandon's Relationship, and a remake of the original artist MACFLY. He says tells the story all the time about how he and Dave listened to this song before The Killers were created.


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    Nov 13th, 2011 11:57pm report

    Personally, I think that the line
    "Jealousy, turning saints into the sea" is one of the most overlooked lines of this song.
    To me, it screams that no matter how good of a person you are, how educated and loving you are, if you're a jealous person, then you're more likely to commit acts of foulness. Or, if you are jealous then it can turn the best people into the worst ones.


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    Nov 7th, 2011 11:10pm report

    I was just reading some other interpretations of jenny was a friend of mine and midnight show, and apparently the two songs plus a third are part of a story of a man who murders his girlfriend from jealousy. So, seeing that, I couldnt help but think of this song as the precedent, describing the jealousy that lead to the crime. But then, is it not possible that this is the after story? "im coming out of my cage" a jail cell? He is recounting the events because he says "its all in my head". Supposedly, with the other songs, we are meant to believe that after he murdered his gf, he dumped her body into the ocean. "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies"... I think it seems pretty legit lol but my original interpretation of the song lead me to believe it was about a guy who always had a really good attitude. You know, "mr. Brightside". His gf then takes advantage of this, believing that if she cheated he would gladly welcome her back. Possibly he has forgiven her for other faults. Now he realizes and says bitterly "but its just the price I pay, destiny is calling me, open up my eager eyes, cuz im mr. brightside."definitely sarcasm. And there was one video I watched where his face when he said "im mr. brightside" definitely portrayed bitterness.


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    Sep 17th, 2011 9:52am report

    The song is talkling about an ex-girlfriend or ex-lover. Most likely she broke up with him, and he still loves her. Every night when he goes to sleep he cant help thinking about her and imagines her with other men. He can't stop the thoughts, no matter how hard he tries, and it's killing him. He remembers the start of the relationship ("it was only a kiss), and wonders how she was able to hurt him so badly. Anyone who has been through this has no doubt about the meaning to this song.

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