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Song Released: 2003

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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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    Jul 20th, 2009 7:02pm report

    he's being sarcastic!!! hes not optimistic at all. "cus im mr brightside" is actually sarcastic, implying that he is sad and in despair. and, its all in his head, he's imagining what the girl and her lover are doing. he thinks she loves someone else, but he is in true love with her. i know, because the same thing happened to me, and i got obsessed with this song.


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    Jul 14th, 2009 7:45am report

    Its not part of the murder trilogy, it's about a guy who has a girlfriend, and he was jealousy because one night he found her cheating on him.
    And she's calling a cab
    While he's having a smoke<< The lover >>
    And she's taking a drag<< Probably from her lover's cigarette.>
    Now they're going to bed<< She climbs into the bed with her lover>>
    And my stomach is sick
    And it's all in my head
    But she's touching his-chest
    Now, he takes off her dress
    The "cage" is not physical jail. Its a relationship that he had with that girl and he wants to break free from this relationship because he doesn't want to be cheated on. So he breaks up with her.


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    Jul 13th, 2009 7:57pm report

    Mr. Brightside - If you see the music video the song seems like it is about the singer who is in love with a prostitute. He is constantly imagining her with another man and it makes his stomach sick.

    The in depth analysis I will offer is that the song is about jealousy and perseverance. The singer is always willing to put his heart on the line because he is always searching for love.

    His quest for "it all" is causing grief but it is his destiny. The line about a kiss resonates a painful bell of truth that is perfect for nostalgic reminiscent of past loves. The intensity of love and the rage of jealousy can all start with a simple little kiss. Who has not felt that?

    Despite the pain of unrequited love and jealousy, we must offer our hearts to the woes for hope of love. Is it not our greatest gift? At least, Mr. Brightside would continue.


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    Jul 2nd, 2009 7:34pm report

    To me the song means a guy really falls for a girl and want's a real relationship with her but they are not committed to each other and just dating or friends. So, she is obviously going out and having fun without him. He is not able to handle this very well and his mind runs wild on him and tortures him ("and it's all in my head... but she's touching his chest now... he takes off her clothes now" etc.) He imagines the worst in his situation.

    I think "cause I'm Mr Brightside" and the song's title of Mr Brightside is said is sarcasm. You know... imagine a friend you have is always imagining the worst scenario and doing that to them self. What would you do?? Call them Mr Brightside! :)


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    Jun 24th, 2009 6:10am report

    I think this song is about a guy who has an amazing girlfriend, but hes a jerk to her. So, she ends up messing with his friend as he falls asleep, trying so hard to belive its a dream. All along and while realizing this, he starts to see its not a dream, that its really happening. That he... that he really has been the worst and he wants to change.


    "I never..."

    probably stands for, "I never saw it until now how bad I was."


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    May 23rd, 2009 5:30pm report

    My interpretation is that a man loves a women very much, and wants to be with her and believes that she feels the same about him. Later on, though, he catches them (possibly watching through a window or whatever) and has to watch his girlfriend or wife or fience having an affair with another man, and even though it breaks his heart, he always looks at the bright side of it.

    I'm probably wrong, but this is what I think.


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    May 22nd, 2009 5:23am report

    He's shy and he's met someone who's helping him overcome it. She's become very important to him not necessarily in a romantic way. He's possesive so when she meets this guy visions of them together haunt him. He's very jealous changing his nice guy personality. The "sick lullabyes" are all the things that used to calm him that are no longer working. "Choking on your allibis" refers to himself as he keeps telling himself and her he's fine with this new relationship. "Let me Go" He wants to be released of this intense jealousy. He's becoming obsessed. But he knows it's his own fault for not telling her. He is destined to be the nice guy, the friend, "mr.brightside." "Open up my eager eyes" he wants to see either this relationship come to an end or somehow find some "bright side" to his perdiciment.


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    Apr 15th, 2009 4:13am report

    Yesterday, I thought the song was about a tragedy, such as,

    A boy thinks that if he gets his older brother or macho buddy to buy some alcohol for him
    or if he helps his underage female friend get into a bar or a drinking or drug party
    that he might be able to get her to like him more because he is attracted to her for her mind and ideas,
    somehow the idea, plan, scheme backfires and he gets impaired drinking or doing more drugs than he can handle and
    through a window or while in the same or adjoining rooms he watches another guy she just met take 'advantage' her
    He watches every move, curious and raging with hormones as all young teens, trying to learn, eager to learn, and
    because he does not believe that anything bad will take place from a kiss and some flirting he can not believe that they begin to undress after some time the two have done something, completed something that the boy did not want to have happen,
    pleasure first then shame and guilt result, It was her first time and she wanted it to be special with a special guy
    and now its over and he caused it and he can't take it back, it was his own fault for asking that other guy for a favor,
    he should have confided in her and just told her how he felt about her, told her, showed her,
    but he couldn't because he was trying to be the good guy she could depend on to watch her back, respect her, and
    protect her like in the movies, male superheroes that protect the damsel but without physical pleasure,
    I never meant for that to happen, I never forgot you, I never thought about love the same, I will never tell what and who I saw

    but there may be more to the song. A type of growth or learning process having to do with the coming of age, becoming an adult
    and being a responsible person, the ramifications of using poor judgement and the effects drugs can have on our lives, Also
    a unique type of 'once in a lifetime' connection with that other person that he shares that they share and will be changed by for the rest of their lives.

    the videos are for show, but there is a consistant thread, they are on the stage to be watched, as we all are, bye for now


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    Mar 25th, 2009 3:25am report

    I heard that this song was about homosexual feelings towards a man.

    Coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine - coming out of his denail.

    And all the stuff about she's touching his chest, he takes off her dress...was all apparently jealousy as he wanted the guy.

    I still think its about the girl, but that was the theory that I first heard.


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    Mar 19th, 2009 3:02pm report

    Mr Brightside is about sexual jealosy. The key is the 'i'm mr brightside'. The man is vainly talking to himself,putting on a brave face, whilst at the same time imagining what is happenning to his girl, with his thoughts being interupted and confused.

    The cage is a reference to his own sick state which he seeks to control but again is interupted. Choking on alibis and the price I pay, is self pity through rationality. 'I never' as the song plays out is a confused denial, but you know its a never ending state. Perhaps he has cuckold fantasies.


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    Mar 14th, 2009 3:58pm report

    I agree with the interpretation that it's just his insecurity/jealousy getting the best of him. Notice how he starts explaining the scenario after the line "now I'm falling asleep"? He's paranoid that his girlfriend is unfaithful. If you read through the entire song, you see he takes breaks to say things like he knows "it's all in his head" and "jealousy is taking control".


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    Mar 11th, 2009 3:10pm report

    i think this song is about a man who has cheated on his girl. when she finds out she is so hurt so just cheats on him back.HE FINDS OUT. the words [how did it end up like this it was only a kiss] is him regreting his mistakes.[coming out of my cage and im doing just fine] is the act that he is putting on to the world, hes playing the victime when he knows it was his unfaithful kiss that started the mess he finds himself in.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Mar 6th, 2009 3:51pm report

    Call me crazy, but I picture the singer as a roommate of a young married couple, and he's commenting on what they do. All the while, he wishes he could have such a relationship with another. Consider the first line, "coming out of my cage." He could've had a break-up and is getting ready to find another. He could be saying that he's ready for a new relationship and hopes that it will work out better than previous attempts (ergo, being Mr. Brightside, an optimist.) Just trying to be an optimist myself, thinking it could be a positive song...


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    Mar 4th, 2009 3:06pm report

    I see this song as a moment that every man goes through when one of his mates tells him that hes just seen his ex with another guy.
    From that moment your head just thinks up all these thoughts of what she is doing with him.

    Coming out of my cage, is coming out of the heartbreak of the relationship, meaning that he is starting to move on and get over her. But then he finds out shes been seen with someone else.

    Hes jumping to conclusions and telling his friends that hes thinking the worst of her being intimate and having sex with this man, his pessimism makes his friends say in sarcastic voice ''well your mr brightside aren't you''.

    In a quite a few killers songs you get the feeling that brandon was a very pessimistic person and heard him say in early interviews that he was worried that people wouldn't like sam's town, he is seen as arrogant now by critics which could be just him trying not to be so pessimistic!!


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    Feb 27th, 2009 2:09pm report

    I think that the first stanza of the song has a close relation with the five stages of dieing. "coming out of my cage" refers to actually trying to meet someone.

    "doing just fine" is the singer going through denial that he isn't cut out for being someone's love.

    "gotta be down" is grief, sadness, depression, etc.

    "want it all" is bargaining, after which comes acceptance (the chorus)

    "it started out with a kiss" begins the entire story, explaining that all his problems started out with him falling in love with a girl he barely knows.

    "how did it end up like this" is also rather literal, the singer is trying to figure out how his life has gone to shambles.

    "it was only a kiss" is realizing that it wasn't anything huge, just a kiss.

    the rest of the song is pretty much self-explanitory, except for the chorus.

    "Jealousy, turning saints into the sea" doesn't mean that he's becoming no longer good, but I think it means he is becoming bitter (I think that a better analogy could be made if this is the case, but it fits)

    "swimming through sick lullabies" things that he's told to put him at ease, but really are only making him worse.

    "choking on your alibis" litterally choking on the other person's alibis -- a variation of choking on one's words, only specifying it as an alibis.

    "just the price I pay" the price of not having learned when he was younger

    "Destiny is calling me" well, if your being ultra-literal, he could be receiving a phone call from a girl named Destiny, possibly to reveal something situational related, or he could start realizing he isn't meant for her and she isn't meant for him.

    "open up my eager eyes" revelation of the above fact.

    "'cuz I'm mister brightside" the final stage of death is acceptance. He's looking on the bright side of things, and accepting.

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