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Song Released: 2003

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Mr Brightside Lyrics

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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    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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    Aug 29th, 2011 8:46am report

    ok so song is talking about an ex that the lead singer has caught cheating lol no deap meaning read q magazine lol night


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    Aug 19th, 2011 8:36am report

    I agree with all of you guys but he says in the end:

    "I'm Mr. brightside" and then repeats "I never, I never, I never, I never" which I think he refers that he is never Mr. brightside


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    Aug 14th, 2011 8:36pm report

    I see it more as a guy who likes a girl, although she is obviously interested in somebody else; this induces an intense feeling of jealousy in the guy.

    'I'm coming out of my cage'- this means that he is becoming more confident within himself because of this woman.

    'And I’ve been doing just fine'- he feels he is making progress with the girl he has strong feelings for.

    'Gotta gotta gotta be down
    Because I want it all'- this is saying he needs to show this passion and interest for the girl, as he wants the true love and thus having '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'- him and the girl have a kiss that invokes positive feelings of attachment from the guy for the girl. Although, she feels that it is a casual kiss that means nothing to her. He gets carried away with his feelings resulting in a sickening jealousy.

    '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'- here he is obviously describing a series of events, although I think he has seen the girl and another guy out together or someting and he is imagining the worse thing that could happen. I think this girl has a bit of a rebel attitude to life, prehaps being sexaully promiscuous. I think the 'my stomach is sick' is powerful in giving us a sense of the physical aspect the thought of them having sex is having on him, such a adverse response that is making him feel terrible, indicating a strong emotional attachment to this girl. I think he gives such intricate details is because these thoughts are circulating in his head.

    'now let me go'- could be a plea in a vain sense to try and get him to overcome his strong feelings, or alternatively directed at the girl to 'let him go' and stop messing him about.

    'I just can’t look its killing me
    And taking control' - he doesnt want to imagine what they are doing anymore and that he needs to regain a sense of power over his own emotions by servering his emotional ties to this girl, or even trying to harm the opposing guy.

    'Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
    Swimming through sick lullabies
    Choking on your alibis'- saying that jealousy is such a powerful emotion and can transform the most docile of individual into a monster, prehaps even hurting his competitor to try and feel better. The 'sick' suggests he is trapped into imagining his girl having sex with the other guy and he cant escape those thoughts. The alibis could be dates they have arranged but shes cancelled possibly to be with this other guy.

    'But it’s just the price I pay
    Destiny is calling me
    Open up my eager eyes
    Cause I’m Mr Brightside'- Saying that, its expected he would fail in his conquest and getting involved emotionally, will lead to heartbreak for him and he awknowledges that. The destiny part, I think means move on to better things and maybe a different girl that will induce the same emotions in him. Opening his eyes, could be directed at finding real love and he is excited for that. The 'Mr Brightside', is illustrating how much of a positive person this guy is, he is optimistic and knows he will find someone eventually. In the end he accepts that the original girl wasnt for him.


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    Aug 11th, 2011 8:56pm report

    This interpretation considers the video heavily.

    In the video, Brandon and the dancer are really the same man. The Eric Roberts character is quite secure in his relationship with the girl, and finds it arousing and amusing when she fools around, because he knows she will always come back. He's into this, and he also enjoys the sense of power he has over the other men she's involved with, since he can yank her back whenever he wants. He deploys her, and he recalls her, on his whims. Brandon plays the romantic, soulful, outwardly-facing part of the other man, the part that likes the hearts, the flowers (rim shot), the loooonging and waaaaanting and cannot haaaaaaaave part, the resentful part that thinks he wishes the girl would leave the other guy. The dancer - who is dressed similarly to Brandon, but a big darker and harder - is the part of him that is very turned on by the entire situation and just wants to f*ck her, very, very hard.

    Really, there may not even be two men. Eric Roberts, Brandon, and the dancer may be aspects of the same man, all representing different impulses when confronted by the idea of the girl being with other men.


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    Aug 2nd, 2011 8:56pm report

    I think he is paranoid about his girlfriend leaving him and he starts to create fantases about her cheating but it's all in his head kinda proves this. Then it goes on about her cheating which means he can't accept his own jugdment so he needs proof


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    Jun 30th, 2011 6:52pm report

    Definitely doesn't like being the "other man"


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    Jun 30th, 2011 6:42pm report

    It's about a guy who has an affair with the girlfriend of a friend of his, and he falls in love with her. He can't stand it when he sees them together and hears her lie to him about where she has been. He can't get the image out of his head. The only way he can console himself is by telling himself she isn't the right girl for him and his true love is just around the corner.


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    Jun 22nd, 2011 6:54pm report

    I have always believed that this song is about obsession and a guy who thinks that any girl who even talks to him wants him. It is also the story of a night out where the girl who he wants has hooked up for a one night stand with his friend. He sees it all in his mind and "Its killing me".
    Of course being an obsessive he is also a control freak and in his mind he wants to take control. Yet he never can.
    Talking to himself in the chorus he berates himself for being a fool and vows not to do it again. "Open up my eager eyes. I'm mister Brightside" vows not to do it again but then...
    When he is out the next time " Coming out of my cage" he is Feeling Just Fine. But then it starts again "It was only a kiss, It was only a kiss." and the down cycle starts again...


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    Jun 10th, 2011 6:48pm report

    This song was allegedly written about actor, famous as Spencer Reid on the show Criminal Minds, Matthew Gray Gubler. Gubler dated the lead singer's ex girlfriend and it is said that it made the singer jealous enough to write the song.


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    Jun 8th, 2011 6:19am report

    Has anybody considered that Brandon's character and the bad guy in the video are the same person? I say this because there is a clip in the video where Brandon is eating an apple and this is pretty much the evil dude's trademark. If they were the same person that means that Brandon was deeply in love with this girl and she betrayed him by cheating on him. He decided to live with it and even immersed himself in her lifestyle. Now he is no better than the guys she was having affairs with. But one night he and the girl remember him as Mr. Brightside, the optimistic boy that she fell in love with. That night the guy finally comes to terms with the fact that he has wasted years trying to keep this girl near when she wasn't truly in love with him. He tries to taunt his younger self, though, as if to say "You were too weak to keep her, but I'm not." But by the end he has rejected her and might be able to pick up where he left off.


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    May 31st, 2011 5:46pm report

    I think the song is about this man, Who never really gets emotionaly close to any girl, because he's something like a womanizer (he wants it all). But one day he kisses this girl and he sudnely realizes that she's more that only a kiss...and he doesn't know how to deal with this because now he's too involved and he's obsessionated by the tought of her with someone else. His obsession is "the price to pay" for caring too much. The Brightside is ironic to me, because now the "destiny is calling" him, but he can't see the bright side anymore, he can't live careless like he used to.


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    May 25th, 2011 5:39pm report

    Someone is finally letting go of a loved one after that person has been cheated. I love this song!


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    May 11th, 2011 5:49pm report

    The guy just loves a girl but it turn out the girl is still with her boyfriend damn.

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