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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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    Dec 7th, 2010 12:20am report

    I didn't see the video, but even though it is about falling for a prostitute, I think that the video interpretation doesn't necessarily have to be the only interpretation. I picture this song as being about a guy whose imagination is torturing him, thinking about his girlfriend cheating on him. Perhaps she confessed to kissing another guy, insisting that it was only a kiss, ONLY a kiss and nothing more. The boyfriend can't help imagining that it went much further. First the song starts out with the guy saying "I" but then it switches to "he". That's why I think the boyfriend is referring to another guy that he's imagining about, the guy his girlfriend "only" kissed. When he calls himself "Mr. Brightside" is being bitterly ironic - he is imagining the worse, not the best, about his girlfriend's transgression. Some of the other interpretations work pretty well, but this is the one that makes the most sense to me.


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    Dec 6th, 2010 12:20pm report

    This song definitely seems to be about unrequited love. And not only does the person the speaker is in love with not return his feelings, she's in love with someone else. The speaker seems to have had a short thing going with the girl in question("It was only a kiss"), and just from that small thing, he fell for her hard. However, it meant nothing to her and she moved on to find someone else. Now the speaker is simply sitting back and watching her love someone else, getting an absolute sick feeling from it. I think the speaker is being sarcastic when he says he's Mr. Brightside. He's honestly upset, but he's sarcastically saying that he's optimistic about the situation.


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    Dec 1st, 2010 12:02pm report

    The guy deeply felt in love with her somehow, but the girl kept playing her games of love all the times, the status always status quo between them, always go out with another guy in private, in the end the girl completely trash the guy and he felt fed off, so is all of her friends in the future.


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    Nov 1st, 2010 11:37pm report

    When I listen to this song, I pretty much come to the same conclusion that everyone else has mentioned which is how a guy is dealing with the suspicion that his girlfriend is cheating on him with another guy. It's pretty self-explanatory. But in the end, the singer says, "I never..." over and over again. I think that this is him repeating what the girlfriend always tells him when he brings up his suspicions; "I never slept with him" or "I never did that with him" and such.


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    Oct 19th, 2010 10:50pm report

    I know the guy this song is about and it's about him being with brandons girlfriend at the time in a bar in Vegas called the anchor and something.


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    Oct 13th, 2010 10:16am report

    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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

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