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...
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.
anonymous May 9th, 2010 5:02am report
I think the song means that she is already in a relationship with someone but is with "Mr. Brightside" behind the scenes. He has to watch her live her other relationship out in public and it's killing him. He has feelings for her so deeply. But "Mr.Brightside" chooses to stay behind the scenes.
anonymous Apr 27th, 2010 4:03pm report
Just maybe it really just is about a guy who loves a girl in a brothel? He wants her but her job dictates she ahs to be shared.Ta Da!
anonymous Apr 19th, 2010 4:16pm report
I think the lyrics are about this guy who likes this girl. But in his mind, he thinks the girl is cheating on him when she is really not. Hence the ending of the song.
And the part where it says "Its all in my head"
thekillers Apr 18th, 2010 4:25pm report
It's actually about Brandon Flower's relationship with a woman and how she cheated on him. He calls himself Mr. Brightside because he looks on the brighter side of sad situations. The song wasn't always written by The Killers this song was originally written by the band MCFLY and then The Killers rewrote it.
anonymous Mar 31st, 2010 3:32pm report
"I'm comin' out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine", I think in this verse, he is trying to say 'so far, I've been good about not falling in love'. I think he is being sarcastic by calling himself 'Mr. Brightside'. He fell for a girl that already has a boyfriend, and every time he closes his eyes, he sees them having sex and he gets really angry, so he is desperately wanting to open his eyes. And then by the end, he repeatedly says 'I never..' meaning I never expected myself to be in this type of situation..
anonymous Mar 18th, 2010 3:40pm report
I thought it was al in his head and that he was just paronode. Because in one stanza he says,"It's all in my head but she's touching his chest now he takes off her dress." I thought he was dreaming it all up.
anonymous Mar 6th, 2010 3:30pm report
I looked up the guy who wrote the song and why. He caught his girlfriend with another man. The backround toward the end shows memories of the singer and his girlfriend (White haired woman in blue dress). I believe that she is seeing another man, and the singer catches her. The man who wrote the song was sleeping an dhad a weird feeling about his girlfriend and went to a hotel. There, he caught her with another man. The line, "And it's all in my head", refers to him having a weird feeling while he's asleep. "It's killing me, and taking control" refers to his feeling leading him to the hotel. This is what I feel the video is getting at. That he catches his girlfriend cheating.
anonymous Jan 31st, 2010 1:24pm report
Hmm no offence but I believe you all have it all wrong. I think I read an article about it being his girl cheating with his best friend. But what you are all doing is taking it in little pieces analysing the tiny things making it not possible for you to see the big picture. I think he had a best friend who was a girl but he had secret feelings for her. But instead of telling her he introduced her to his other mate not imagining it would lead any where thus the line " it was only a kiss " but now they are together he cant imagine them together and how he is jealous. Just my opinion. ( please don't be too harsh I'm only 13. ) The reason I believe I know this is I have done the exact same thing.
anonymous Jan 16th, 2010 1:54am report
I think that with a song so amazing like Mr Brightside, everyone feels differently about it.
I actually read somewhere that it is the first part of a murder story.
The first song is Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf, then Mr Brightside, then Midnight Show, then Jenny was a Friend of Mine. The first is him missing her, then him seeing her with someone else, then killing and stashing the body and then the police interview. Its fictional, PS, don't read too far into that.
Also I read that in Mr Brightside, the real life antagonist might be Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays Simon in Alvin and the Chipmunks) because he was linked to this Jenny girl shortly after her and Brandon Flowers broke up.
anonymous Dec 10th, 2009 12:44pm report
I just saw the interview with lead singer and a few of those below were right. The song was written when Brandon went to a pub one night and saw his girlfriend kissing another guy. Hate to burst everyone's bubble...no prostitutes, nothing but pure dejected love!
hindutimes Nov 24th, 2009 11:39pm report
Oh and I have experienced this sorta thing, and it's just a fuckin' thorn in the heart multiple times! you can't do anything because you're weak, you don't seem better, your not too good enough for her! all those kinds of stuff but I'm coping with it, best to do is be friends with her- that's what the status is with me now, hopefully more lots of fruitful relationship will come to me eventually.
hindutimes Nov 24th, 2009 11:36pm report
Lisa's first interpretation is plain stupid.
It's about a guy caring and thinking about a girl who just thought it was just for fun or who suddenly lost interest in him gradually- Mr. Brightside just came out from his cage (probably another heartbreak or saga in his life, work etc..) and he's just doing fine- but he wants it all, love including- then it ended up like that, it was only a gettin' to know her or a kiss is all.
He probably imagines her with another guy whose better than himself making him jealous angry.
It's not a freakin' murder.
Stupid ass Lisa should go to hell by stating a stupid ignorant interpretation like that..
Samalander Nov 22nd, 2009 11:06am report
I agree with Lisa about the whole jail concept but
"choking on your alibis" might mean he wasn't even able to come up with an alibi when confronted by the police. He stumbled, looked guilty, probably admitted to the murder(s) and is in jail.
But he's Mr. Brightside (looking at the positive side), he was just protecting his new-found love, and his heart, right?
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