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 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.
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..
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
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!
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