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Nobody ever had a dream round here,
but I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me
Nobody ever pulls the seams round here,
but I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me

I've got this energy beneath my feet
like something...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 20th, 2012 11:26pm report


    I believe it's about Brandon flowers being stuck in the boring town he grew up in ("nobody ever had a dream 'round here", "nobody ever pulls the seams 'round here"), which is in Henderson, next to Las Vegas. And he believes he has the potential to make it big but not in the town he's in ("I've got this energy beneath my feet, like something underground's gonna come up and carry me"). So he goes to London where The Killers become a great success. He loves his new life of being in a popular band, but he's starting to miss his, once believed to 'boring', town ("Have you ever seen the lights") and the All-American lifestyle. ("running through my veins, an American Masquerade", "I still remember Grandma Dixie's wake", "red, White, and blue upon a birthday cake, my brother he was born on the Fourth of July") Now he's torn between two of his most loved cities ("I see London, I see Sam's Town" Sam's Town being a casino in Henderson), but he decides that both can be his favorites as long as he keeps in touch with both of them. ("As long as sombody take me home every now and then") After all, without London or Henderson The Killers would have never existed.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 6th, 2010 7:50am report


    It's about brandon flowers love for the USA (in particular, Las Vegas)



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    tyman
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    Sep 29th, 2009 9:47pm report


    This song is about a man who lives in a little patriotic town.He realises that everybody in it are boring and uninspired.He wants to leave and become something,he has the feeling something is going to inspire him. Although his "setimental heart" won't it wants to stay. He imagens the bright lights "have you ever seen the lights". Then decides to go "I see London, I see Sam's Town" done.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 27th, 2009 8:46pm report


    I think this song is about coming of age. A young man is looking back at his somewhat sheltered life in a small town and feels a strong desire to leave. He realizes now that he doesn't want to spend all of his life there and needs to break out and experience something new. He wants to be the one to "have a dream" and "pull the seams".

    Looking at the Sam's Town album as a whole, this is a common theme running through many of the songs. Growing up, moving on and trying to chase after your dreams.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 2nd, 2009 1:24am report


    There's one bit in it - 'I see London, I see Sam's Town'. Then I realised there was another bit - 'running through my veins an American master race'. I think that this is all about Uncle Sam, the guy on American posters in WW2 who got people to join the army. I think that 'I see London, I see Sam's Town' actually means that he goes to London, and thinks'this is just stolen from America!', so this is like a massive thing about patriotic things.



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    nikkiee
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    Dec 29th, 2008 12:59am report


    I think this song about living on the outskirts of a big city. In the city, everyone has made it and you're just on the edge of that. The Casino Sam's Town is kinda far from the strip , also brandon grew up in Henderson, just outside of the big city Las Vegas. Brandon said "wanted to create an album that captured, chronologically, everything important that got me to where I am today". That is why I feel the song is about being on the edge of making it big.
    :)



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    anonymous
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    Oct 29th, 2008 10:29am report


    I feel that this song is about how the main characters (let's call him Jhon) brother dies and Jhon realizes that this could happen to him. He feels he must leave. Sort of "live Life" but after getting out he realizes that his "old life" was a cake walk and wants to go back but can't.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 1st, 2008 6:53pm report


    I think it's about how in Las Vegas there's all the casinos, gambling, drugs and people feel trapped. " Nobody's ever had a dream round here"



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    anonymous
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    Jul 14th, 2007 7:44pm report


    I think it's about a young guy, just got out of school and he suddenly starts to feel that he needs to leave the small town he grew up in and move on to bigger things and live life, but he still loves the town.



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    Roo
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    Jun 18th, 2007 6:58pm report


    I kind of agree with the above, it is someone regretting never leaving their home town, they are "telling their story" of how they could have made it and they still could, and will. They are boring people, people who live in Sams town. Sams town to me sounds like a seaside resort with aspirations of Vegas, it will never be Vegas. Anyone from England will know Blackpool... This person is probably has been club singer, now a sad and lonely drunk who latches on to visitors for company.. drunk, sad and lonely and this is his song, every night.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    GrantStuff
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    Feb 1st, 2007 2:55pm report


    I think it's about dying in Sam's Town, Las Vegas ("Have you ever seen the light")

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway



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