The Killers: Mr Brightside Meaning
Song Released: 2003
Mr Brightside Lyrics
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...
I believe that this song is about remorse from a failed relationship and that "Mr. Brightside" is actually sarcasm because the person who has remorse is not thinking optimistically.
I think the person broke up with the girl he loved and saw her someplace (party, etc..), he had convinced himself that he was doing fine and was going to move on with his life until he saw her again. Now, she is with someone else. He saw one kiss and that's all it took. He says, "I just can't look, it's killing me".. this means that he left the situation. As he went home alone and started to sleep, he felt nautious as he started "envisioning" all the things his ex-girlfriend and her new "love" could be doing. He lets his mind wander into thinking of the two of them intimately and so on.
The "price he pays" is having to let his mind wander what is really going on between the girl and her new "love", the guy she kissed. This price he pays is a destiny of remorse for him because he no longer has a right to truly know what she's up to. (For all the audience knows, it truly was just a kiss that she did purposely to hurt him and she went home alone as well but gave him something to think about).
Him saying he's Mr. Brightside is him being sarcastic about himself because he knows he's thinking the worst. Him saying "I never".. means that he never thought that his actions of leaving her would result in him partially losing his mind and composure that he figured he had for so long.
anonymous Oct 9th, 2010 10:08pm report
Okay, so first off, I think it is open to multiple interpretations, but here's my thoughts on it....It's about a guy who was in a relationship with a girl and he caught her cheating on him. The problem is she still says that she loves him and wants to be with him and wants him back but she won't stop her cheating ways and continues to see other men. He tries to see the brightside of things because he is still in love with her, but eventually realizes that she will never stop her cheating ways so he eventually leaves her in hopes that he'll find someone else. If this is the true meaning then I relate 100% to it. I think it's hard to understand unless you've had it happen to you.
anonymous Sep 14th, 2010 9:57pm report
I believe that Mr Brightside is about a guy who falls in love and when he finally works up the courage to ask her out he finds that she is already with someone and all he can do is watch the woman he loves with another man. Also when he closes his eyes he sees them together in his minds eyes and all he wants to do is escape from the his feelings of Love and Jealousy so he can move on.
anonymous Sep 8th, 2010 9:25am report
In my opinion, the whole song is a past experience. He became in love with a woman, and in the end, she ended up leaving him as he's still in love with her. He's trying to get over it, but still sees her in his dreams, or his imagination- kissing another man or being with other men. What he means by eager eyes, I believe he's saying he's trying to be done with the dreams and imaginations as fast as possible. I don't know, who really fucking knows.
anonymous Sep 1st, 2010 9:05am report
This song is about a man having an affair with a married woman whom he has fallen in love with but who will not leave her husband for him. However depressed it makes him however, he refuses to give her up.
maigloeckje Aug 26th, 2010 8:15pm report
I think it's about a guy who has fallen in love with a prostitute. by "coming out of my cage" I think he means his personal cage/prison, stuck at a point in which he can't turn things back. I guess the rest is kinda clear, like "it was only a kiss" "I want it all" until "shes touching his chest now" (her again with another guy/client) "let me go" he can't take it anymore. by the chorus the first two lines are about how he's jealous, then "choking on my alibis" making up excuses for himself why he can't let her go "but its just the price I pay" he thinks its his own fault that he has gotten himself into that situation.
the rest is just about motivating himself (cause I'm Mr Brightside) that he should stay positive and forget about that girl and look into the future (Destiny is calling me)
I don't know what the "I never" part is supposed to mean, maybe an unfinished form of "I never should have done this" "I'm never gonna do this again" or even "I never will forget this girl"
anyway there are a lot of other interpretations, but I interpret the song in this way.
anonymous Aug 10th, 2010 8:21am report
I think it's about bringing this girl to a party, they both have a thing with other. At the event, he finally gets that kiss from her, and he's on top of the world, thinking that they can be together.
"It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this"
Meaning they kissed, but her whole feeling for him disappointed and she went with another male their, who all the girls flocked too. She left him at the party to go with the other guy. While the night goes on, she starts to flirt with him more and more. But he doesn't understand how she is so attracted to this man all of a sudden.
"Now Im falling asleep, And she's calling a cab, While he's having a smoke And she's taking a drag"
hes had a long night and tired, and the girl he brought is leaving and calling a cab, while waiting with the other guy their."
"And my stomach is sick,And its all in my head, But she's touching his chest now, He takes off her dress now, Let me go"
at this point he is feeling heart broken and is thinking of everything her and that guy could be doing, so he finally goes to look. He sees her touching his chest and he start to undress her. Hes seen enough and wants to go.
"I just can't look its killing me, And taking control"
He doesn't want to look, but he can't stop looking.
"Jealousy, turning saints into the sea, Swimming through sick lullabies, Choking on your alibis, But its just the price I pay, Destiny is calling me, Open up my eager eyes
Cause Im Mr. Brightside"
His jealousy is coming over him, he's filled with rage and anger, he confronts her, but she is messing up her alibis to him, he realizes his destiny in life is not to be with that girl, he needs to look at what happen for what it really was, which is she slept with another man, he's mr.brightside thinking theirs no way she could of done this.
anonymous Aug 2nd, 2010 8:14pm report
I think the song wants to show that things can be seen very differently. He kissed the girl and fell in love, wants to be with her. But in her mind it was just a kiss, nothing else, she isn't interested in the singer and has already got a new boyfriend. The singer imagines what the two are doing and tries to convince himself that it was just a kiss, nothing else. And he wants to keep the face of Mr Brightside alive, although the feelings and thoughts about the girl are killing him.
anonymous Jul 24th, 2010 7:31pm report
He fell in love with a whore and he's heartbroken that she sleeping with other man. She is also in love with him, but she has a job to do; and it happen to be whoring. This causes him to leave at the end of the video.
anonymous Jul 16th, 2010 7:30pm report
Have you guys seen the music video? The main girl is a hooker and the guy eating the apple is the pimp.
-I'm coming out of my cage and I've been doing just fine-
he just got dumped
-gotta gotta be down because I want it all-
he fell in love with the hooker and his friends are "being down" because they think it's impossible for a hooker to fall in love with him "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-
He paid the hooker after he got dumped (maybe to get over the girl that dumped him), he fell in love with her after they kissed, the girl fell in love with him also.He asks her to be his girlfriend.
-Now I’m falling asleep and she’s calling a cab while he’s having a smoke and she’s taking a drag-
One night after he fell asleep. The girl calls a cab outside his house so she can go be a hooker, a stranger that's by her asks if she wants a smoke.
-Now they’re going to bed and my stomach is sick and it’s all in my head-
He wakes up and notices that she's gone. He's getting sick from the thought that the girl and a stranger are going to bed with each other. (because he knows she's a hooker)
-But she's touching his chest now, he takes off her dress now, letting me go-
She really is in bed with the stranger, and she's letting the chance of them to be together go.
-and I just can’t look its killing me and taking control-
he can't think about it and the jealousy is taking control over him
-Jealousy, turning saints into the sea-
jealousy can turn good people into killers (sorry for the bad pun)
-swimming through sick lullabies-
lullabies are the thoughts that are going through his head before he falls asleep.
-Choking on your alibis-
he asks her where she's been even though he knows she's cheating on him. She lies but he already knows the truth
-But it’s just the price I pay-
he's paying a price to have her as a girlfriend
-Destiny is calling me-
but he believes that they are meant to be together
-Open up my eager eyes-
each morning he wakes up to her (after she's been out)
-‘Cause I’m Mr Brightside-
And he ignores that she's a stripper and looks at the bright side of the situation
It's kind of a stretch but after I watched the video it clicked in my head
anonymous Jul 6th, 2010 7:44am report
(watch the music video before rating) I think it's all about a girl he use to be good friends with, and they were in love, but then she became a prostitute. Now she is stuck there, having sex with men whenever the old rich guy throws her an apple. go to the music video and watch up until 22 seconds. he throws her an apple, she goes and hooks up with a guy. If you watch towards the end of the video, you see the girl the singer loves wearing a different outfit than when she was a prostitute. when he is saying "I never" he is having flashbacks of when he knew her before she was a slut. Now he is jealous whenever she hooks up with a guy. he can't bear to look. so at 2:59 in the video he plays for her freedom, and looses to the rich old guy. At the very end, he leaves his love sitting in the whorehouse alone, thus Signifying that he has let her go, he doesnt want to love a prostitute. thats the story of the music video, anyways.
anonymous Jun 22nd, 2010 6:11pm report
But it's just the price I pay destiny is calling me open up my eager eyes, cause I'm Mr. Brightside. That he pays the price for being optimistic about love or of his partner. He wants to see the good in his partner. Still, he feels because of this optimisim he pays the price for love. Cause love is the destiny. When you are in love you want to think the best of the peson but that isn't always how it is.
"I never," I think could mean two things. Even though he has such feelings he never thinks the person will do such a thing. Or secondly, he never gives up on love.
anonymous Jun 15th, 2010 6:07pm report
I think that he is being sarcastic about being mr. brightside, no matter how positive someone wishes to be, our feelings do not lie to us, and they are our only truths in life. He knows that she is out of his sight now and unsure of himself and his worth and therefore will always be jealous and unsettled in relationships. insecurity kills relationships.
anonymous May 19th, 2010 5:17pm report
okay, i FULLY agree with the other statement "song writers imagination running away with him"
BOTH the song AND the music video make several clear references to Moulin Rouge.
same situation, while based off of different stories, same idea.
NextGeneration May 18th, 2010 5:07pm report
I think it means that he was in jail and than released. When he gets home he finds his girlfriend kissing another man. She tells him shes leaving because she thinks hes a loser. They get a cab and leave while hes left to think about the days events. He than realizes that hes hit rock bottom and the only way to go is up. His optimism changes his luck and soon his garage band (thought it would better fit the situation) is now famous. His girlfriend than comes back hoping to get back with him and his newfound fame. He says no (which is hard for him) while shes trying to tell him the future they can have together while also explaining what happened that day. He still says no with the song ending with "I never" repeating. Meaning that he never cheated on her and that he also never wants to be with her again. Not the happiest song but its still open for debate.
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