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Song Released: 2008


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It started with a low light
Next thing I knew they ripped me from my bed
And then they took my blood type
It left a strange impression in my head
You know that I was hoping
That I could leave this star crossedworld behind,
But when they...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 13th, 2008 12:34pm report


    I think it's about a man who tries to kill himself (despite regretting it later), and has a near death experience, which haunts him for the rest of his life.

    "It started with a low light" - The first sight of the bright white light people record as seeing when they have near death experiences.

    "You know that I was hoping,
    That I could leave this star-crossed world behind;" - The man wanted to commit suicide.

    "But when they cut me open,
    I guess that changed my mind." - The near death experience changed his perception of life and death.

    "Have just flown too far from the floor this time" - In many near death experiences, some people claim they have 'out of body' experiences, where they seem to float about above their body.

    "’cause they calling me by my name" - People describe voices as calling their names towards a bright light.

    "And the zipping white light beams" - The brilliant white light people claim to see when they have near death experience is seen by the person in the song.

    "That was the turning point;
    That was one lonely night" - People who have near death experiences describe a 'turning point' of sorts, where they think they have a choice whether to continue into the white light, or return to their body (thereby choosing whether to live, or continue in on an afterlife).

    "The dream maker’s going make you mad" - The 'dream maker' (God) will make you go insane by making you think so much about this experience.

    "The spaceman says, “Everybody look down
    Its all in your mind”" - A skeptical person, namely a spaceman, blames the white light on psychological factors, and tells people to look down at the Earth, and see it is just a planet; there is no heaven or hell.

    "Well now I’m back at home, and-
    I’m looking forward to this life I live;" - After leaving hospital, the person has changed their lifestyle, like many people who claim to have near death experiences.

    "You know its gonna haunt me," - The experience was frightening, and he dwells on it for a long time.

    "You think you might cross over,
    You’re caught between the devil and the deep blue sea;
    You better look it over,
    Before you make that leap" - A few near death experiences involve a 'river of life', and 'darkness' being heaven and hell respectively, and the person who had the experience was trapped between the two sides, so the person singing is changing his life so he doesn't get stuck in hell.

    "but I hear those voices at night sometimes they justify my claim," - He still hears the voices he heard during the experience in his dreams, and they prove that the experience did happen, despite people saying it didn't.

    "and the public don’t dwell on my transmission
    ’cause it wasn’t televised" - The media do not believe him very much, and don't care, so it wasn't reported in the media.

    I don't believe in near death experiences having a holy or religious meaning, and I do believe they're psychological, but I ask you to consider this idea.

    Thank you!



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    anonymous
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    May 5th, 2009 5:22pm report


    No, no, no.....this song is not about suicide at all, or even death, although I liked the comment about her mom dying, it did make a lot of sense and relate. Anyway, the song to me is about a man and the clashing of his views, both scientific and religious, star maker referring to god, dream maker to his own imagination, and spaceman to scientists and the modern world view.In the beginning he is meshing dreams together, taking his blood type and taking him from his bed referring to a scientific dream, while star crossed world, meaning the universe other than earth, since star crossed is an astrological term, saying the earth is doomed when judgement day comes, since everyone is favoring science over god these days. flown too far from the floor is him saying he had a dream in which both science and religion were both present, but religion was dominant, sipping white lights, associated with angels and heaven, disregarded the bombs and satellites, modern day scientific things. The star maker is telling him having these dreams isn't bad since it means something, while science is telling him to look down from space and see earth, and that he's imagining things, which is making the dream maker, his imagination or mind, go crazy trying to pick a side. He says how he's back at home and the dreams have stopped, even though he remembers wat they said and that he is still stuck between the 2 sides. He says you betetr look it over before you make that leap, saying kno both sides before you choose one. The voices, of angels or god or the religious element, r telling him his dreams were right, but since modern day tv didn't cover his story and made nothing of it, he thinks he is crazy and has noone to turn to, "oh wat a lonely night". The nile line is referring to the power science has in todays world, and that they can discovered even things like a river having a different course in the past. Having viewed both sides, he still hears voices but they r less discreet, and he winds up siding with science to fit in with the rest of the world, "its all in my mind" he is denying god's presence in his dreams and saying science was right about his experiences.
    Thats my take at least, I wanted to make it original yet still have it make sense, if you disagreed please post your views on y I am wrong.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 9th, 2009 1:28am report


    Well I think that spaceman could be about the killers (or just flowers) sudden introduction to fame.

    References to a spaceman are possibly a link between the killers fame and the feeling of leaving the mundane world behind for loftier things.

    "it started with a low light
    Next thing I knew they ripped me from my bed
    And then they took my blood type
    That left a strange impression in my head"

    This could mean it started with a small amount of recognition, then all of a sudden flowers is being taken from his comfort zone and assesed, weighed and tested by the public. This leaves him feeling confused.

    "You know that I was hoping
    That I could leave this star crossed world behind
    When they cut me open
    I guess I changed my mind"

    this could mean that flowers was initially eager for fame, leaving his old world behind. But after he was figuratively cut open and examined by the people he was performing for he became hesitant.

    “And you know I might
    Have just flown too far
    From the floor this time
    Cause they're calling me by my name”

    This could mean that flowers is worried that things are too advanced to slow, and that he can’t go back to his old life. They’re calling me by my name could reference millions of people he has never met calling to him by his name.

    And they're zipping white light beams
    To street corners, phones and satellites

    An obvious reference to the use of the media in his rise to fame.

    The star maker said it ain't so bad
    The dream makers going to make you mad
    The spaceman says, "everybody look down"
    Its all in your mind

    Star maker could refer to a corporate type who manages famous people. He is reassuring despite flowers distress.
    The dream maker is similar to the star maker, but when the dreams don’t reach fruition, he leaves you frustrated.

    I think the spaceman is flowers, feeling insecure in his lonely but lofty position. By telling us to look down he is saying be happy with our place in the world, and his position is not always one to be aspired for. Its all in your mind basically means that all that perceived grandeur is false.


    Well now I'm back at home
    And looking forward to this life I live
    You know it's going to haunt me
    So hesitation to this life I give

    This simply means he is unsure if he can continue living his old life, because the fame may haunt him

    You think you might cross over
    You're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
    You better look it over
    Before you make that leap


    A clear warning: even if you're in a bad position, and you’re trying to become famous, you had better be sure before you take the plunge.

    And you know I'm fine
    But I hear those voices at night
    Sometimes that justify my claim
    And the public don't dwell on my transmission
    Cause it wasn't televised

    He is ok with it all, but is still plagued with the old worries. And people didn’t hear about any of flower’s distress because it wasn’t made public


    I know that there are probably massive holes in my logic and line of reasoning and I am open to suggestion or even correction, but this is how I interpret spaceman =)



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    anonymous
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    Jan 4th, 2017 1:45pm report


    It's about freaking aliens.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 2nd, 2016 4:04pm report


    Well then, these have all been very good interpretations of one of my favorite songs. I have a strange one, that I decided to think about whilst listening to it. The man in the song is suffering from the aftereffects of what he calls an alien abduction. They took him from his sleep, took samples, possibly knocked him out (the strange impression). Nobody believes him. He didn't get a news segment. Nothing. The voices are still in his mind, haunting him. He remembers the bright lights and the ship zooming past the satellites in the atmosphere. Nobody believes him because he was driven crazy. The spaceman is a doctor (or a therapist) who tells him it's all in his mind, that none of it was real. I am most likely wrong, but whatever. It's a great song.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 2nd, 2016 4:04pm report


    Well then, these have all been very good interpretations of one of my favorite songs. I have a strange one, that I decided to think about whilst listening to it. The man in the song is suffering from the aftereffects of what he calls an alien abduction. They took him from his sleep, took samples, possibly knocked him out (the strange impression). Nobody believes him. He didn't get a news segment. Nothing. The voices are still in his mind, haunting him. He remembers the bright lights and the ship zooming past the satellites in the atmosphere. Nobody believes him because he was driven crazy. The spaceman is a doctor (or a therapist) who tells him it's all in his mind, that none of it was real. I am most likely wrong, but whatever. It's a great song.



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    anonymous
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    May 20th, 2014 5:58pm report


    It is about a suicide attempt.The low light is the paramedic's light dilating his pupils.I've been in a trauma room on several occasions and once very sick as a patient.This is exactly how surreal it feels.They drag you from the bed to stabilize someone in trauma.The trauma room is bright and noisy and the voices are loud but confusing.The memory it leaves you with is vague and strange.I also work in an ER.When I heard this song it brought those memories back the same way.It's ultimately Brandon that has the true interpretation.



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    anonymous
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    May 19th, 2014 5:49am report


    does this song remind anyone else of ender's game? but yeah it could be interpreted as being about the conflict between scientific beliefs and religious beliefs. like, how do you want to see the world? which actually makes it pretty amusing that people are getting into so many arguments over whether it is just about aliens or has a deeper meaning



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    anonymous
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    Mar 29th, 2014 3:20am report


    I don't know if you watch the music video it look like demons and the devil to me. When it starts there is a two or three face misshapen demon. then he goes up the stairs and there is some sort of mason lodge. Then the people dressed in many colors reminds a lot like astral projection. The skull with two horns the devil. musicians like to put symbols and small skits to interpret there meaning further. ok if don't think so tell me but there is an angel as well with a burning sword.



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    DRORAL
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    Apr 16th, 2013 4:34pm report


    Well I think some of you are quite close, and some just oversmoked that joint... But this song is actually about a dwelling soul. It simple! He dies, he's cut open for the biopsy and by then he realizes he's done... So he feels lonely cause nobody would talk to him anymore... Then just follow the idea and you'll see that's it.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 20th, 2013 2:17pm report


    ok I cant promise this song is about Brandon's mom, but based off research it deffently makes more sence then drugs, suicide, or aliens...
    Jean Flowers was 64 and had been suffering from brain cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 2008.
    Spaceman was released as the second single from the band's third studio album Day & Age on November 4, 2008.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 7th, 2012 6:08pm report


    I think it's about a guy who is insane, and is haunted by something, possibly trying to kill himself earlier in life. He hears voices that are encouraging his thoughts, either his thoughts to commit suicide again. The spaceman is a "spirit" (if you'll call it that" and is whispering to him saying that it's all in his head, but that just makes him more insane because he's hearing voices.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 25th, 2012 2:36pm report


    Stupid, hes telling you right infront of your face.

    He is talking about a story that once occurred to him, he was taken by aliens, and shown the reality of the world. He is telling you we are living in a dream world and its time to wake up. listen to him.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 3rd, 2012 2:46pm report


    The first part is obviously about aliens, a low light, abducted out of bed, blood samples taken and either or both a microchip is placed into his head or the strange impression in my head is about how this peculiar event left an impression on him.

    “It started with a low light
    Next thing I knew they ripped me from my bed
    And then they took my blood type
    It left a strange impression in my head”

    Flying too far from the floor is a metaphor for not being “grounded” as a normal person is, because he is open minded

    Light beams, bombs and satellites being used with disregard is about our time (we are on the edge of a new age – listening to their music it’s quite clear the killers are well aware of this)
    “And that was the turning point
    That was one lonely night”
    The times we live in now, the lonely night.

    The song makers are the entertainment industry, media etc…“it ain’t so bad” they tell us
    The dream makers are the religious institutions who will turn you crazy
    The spaceman is the scientific community, who say quite simply looking down from space at the earth, a floating gem in silent space that all the problems of earth are just in our minds.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 28th, 2011 9:17pm report


    I love this song. It has a truely sour meaning but its covered with sweet music. If you didn't read the lyrics anywhere, it'd be hard to see through the awesome tune. Its like an inside out sour patch kid. (#whyisntthatafood)



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    anonymous
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    Sep 13th, 2011 9:45pm report


    It's about dealing with homosexuality.And choosing not to live that lifestyle even though it tempts certain people throughout their lives.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 17th, 2011 8:17am report


    I don't think there's a deep inner meaning to it. They're just telling a story about a spaceman being abducted. Lyrics are just flesh around this central idea of spaceman they are necessarily metaphors for something deeper. If you take the videoclip into account I would even go as far as to say that it's about an alien (the spaceman) being abducted by humans or other aliens... even some lyrics sound old-fashioned 'My gps are vocally adressed' or sound "geeky" like they would have alien speak in the twilight zone back in the 1950's or 1960s which leads me to think the narrator is an alien.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 10th, 2011 7:54am report


    i think this song is about a near death experience but not about committing suicide. His near death experience was possibly when the killers were flying to the UK in 2003 and the plane hit an air pocket causing the plane to start free falling .



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