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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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    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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    Jul 6th, 2011 7:27pm report

    Good grief, people. Have you read what Brandon said about the song? It's a fun song about alien abduction and you're trying to turn it into Da Vinci Code. Can we just enjoy music for what it is without having some deep meaning. I hate people like you.


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    Jun 4th, 2011 6:17am report

    I think it refers to aliens, abduction and the Mayan long count.


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    Apr 29th, 2011 4:17pm report

    Sounds a lot like it's about heavens-gate... I'm probably wrong but spacemen and suicide to me rhymes with heavens gate, therefore I believe there is a relationship between the two.


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    Apr 12th, 2011 4:34pm report

    I would like to submit that the man who wrote this song, coming as he did from Australia--a kind of national cousin to the UK--is a fan of the TV series Doctor Who and is performing an inconspicuous tribute to his favorite show.
    ...That's my wish, in any case. It's just odd, how much the lyrics remind me of the show.


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    Apr 6th, 2011 4:39pm report

    I think the song is about exactly everything we are doing here.

    Seeking for the right interpretation of the world surrounding us.


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    Apr 3rd, 2011 4:56pm report

    The song's about a guy who hates his life and wants to die/kill himself until he's abducted by aliens. (You know that I was hopin' that I could leave this star crossed world behind, but when they cut me open I guess I changed my mind.) Then he has all sorts of crazy experiences with the aliens (I think the "aliens" are in his head, like he's dreaming or something, because of the whole "it's all in your mind" phrase) and when he gets back to his normal life he sees things in a whole new light and is not so pessimistic.


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    Mar 31st, 2011 3:50pm report

    the "star maker" is not referring to God. its referring to the devil. the "dream maker" is GOD. he's talking about what he and his band had to do to get famous. if you read the bible or understand a lot about religion then you might understand the actual meaning behind this song.


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    Jan 30th, 2011 1:19pm report

    It is allegorical definitely. And the allegory is suicide.


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    Sep 12th, 2010 9:05pm report

    Does this song remind any of you of the general story of "Slaughterhouse-5" by Kurt Vonnegut????


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    Sep 7th, 2010 9:45pm report

    THe song is not about suicide you guys, okay the fact that you think brandon flowers is talking about that is ridiculous. The song is about a guy who tried to something to try and get peoples attention, like maybe an insane stunt, and it ended in disaster, hence, and you know i might have just flown too far from the floor this time. He's come to peace with that now though, because if you've seen the music video, you see all this bizarre stuff happening all around him, and he's totally ok with it. All these people come to see him because of the accident, a low level person, straw-maker,a person who did what he couldn't, dream maker, and an astronought came to see him as well, since is accident was that bad. All the visitors have different perspectives , the low level worker says it could be worse, the dream maker tells him about stuff he did that wasn't as serious, which made him mad, and the space man was talking to the press, saying mistakes are all in your minds people, this was a mistake. And the man keeps thinking about iot all being i his mind as he drifts off to sleep, as a hundred different things happen around him.


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    Aug 3rd, 2010 8:13pm report

    I really don't think this is about aliens, my opinion is that it's about a suicide attempt.

    It started with a low light ( dying from suicide attempt, life is fading)
    Next thing I knew they ripped me from my bed (someone finds him before he dies)
    And then they took my blood type (at the hospital)
    It left a strange impression in my head ( Wtf is going on)

    You know that I was hoping
    That I could leave this star-crossed world behind ( hoping to die)
    But when they cut me open ( doctors fixing him)
    I guess that changed my mind (wait I don't want to die!)

    And you know I might
    Have just flown too far from the floor this time (either he's gone to far by the suicide attempt or could be an out of body experience)
    'Cause they calling me by my name (either he hears docs/loved ones telling him to live or he hears angels calling him to heaven

    And they're zipping white light beams (the bright lights they use at the hospital)
    Disregarding bombs and satellites ( the loud noises and instruments at hospital)
    And that was the turning point (turning point of his life)
    That was one lonely night (speaks for itself)

    Well, now I'm back at home and (speak for itself)
    I'm looking forward to this life I live (glad he's alive)
    You know it's gonna haunt me ( haunted by suicide attempt)
    So hesitation to this life I give (still thinks about suicide)

    You think you might cross over
    You're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea ( his message to others-you think you wanna die? you think your life sucks?)
    You better look it over
    Before you make that leap ( think twice before you try to kill yourself like my dumb as did)

    And you know I'm fine ( doing better now)
    But I hear those voices at night ( but sometimes he thinks about whatever it was that made him want to kill himself)
    Sometimes they justify my claim ( it was so bad that it justifies the suicide attempt)

    And the public don't dwell on my transmission (people don't dwell on the suicide attempt)
    'Cause it wasn't televised (cause not many know)
    But it was the turning point (turning point in life)
    Oh what a lonely night

    My global position systems are vocally addressed
    They say the Nile used to run from east to west
    They say the Nile used to run from east to west( he's vocally addressing his thoughts on the subject of suicide, Nile east to west is symbolic of cutting the wrist)
    I'm fine but I hear those voices at night sometimes( He's doing better but still thinks about suicide and what made him want to do it in the first place)

    As for the chorus it could be taken 2 different ways it could be speaking of 3 different people or just the struggles of different people within ones self.

    As 3 different people-
    The song maker says, "It ain't so bad" (this is himself saying lifes not so bad)
    The dream maker's gonna make you mad (this represents who or what made him want to die in the first place, or if specifically from a rockstar point of view it could be the stress of fame that caused it)
    The spaceman says, "Everybody look down"
    It's all in your mind ( this is god saying to him, while in his out of body experience, to look down on earth and see lifes is not that bad)

    As one person-
    The song maker says, "It ain't so bad" ( the real him saying life is not that bad)
    The dream maker's gonna make you mad ( the dreamer in him, his expectations of him self are to high therefore making him attempt suicide because he could not live up to them)
    The spaceman says, "Everybody look down"
    It's all in your mind ( looking back on his out of body experience/almost dying he remembers thinking his to him self maybe it wasn't so bad down there.)


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    Jul 24th, 2010 7:34pm report

    I think it's about a solider, maybe a solider in the future. He's got post traumatic stress from the war. He's back and society and the government don't understand what he's going thru.


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    Jun 15th, 2010 6:47am report

    I asked to a professor in Geology and he told me that like +10.000 years ago (don't remember exactly), the Nile did run from east to west (the mediterraneo sea was a close salt(?) lake)
    I believe this song talks about paranormal phenomens and i think the killers want to make you believe in what's behind what you see.
    I believe they did choose the spaceman figure because when he's on his journey, he stays high on the sky and he can see the entire world without being seen...he can see clearly the spiritual worlds (being more near to them than normal people) and also clearly see that the people under is living in false convinction, that they are too materialist and superficial (that's explain why he's talking about media etc...). The media creates a world of illusion and who has sensibility or the ability to perceive and feel that there's something behind materia, is believed to be crazy, an outsider.
    I think that in the start, the song describes a OBE (Out of Body Experience) afther wich the first person in the song has paranormal sensations and feeling and finally understands what's life meaning but also sees that unfortunately he's lonely in his condition (very few people can understand this position, very few are that advanced in spiritual life) That's why the song is a bit melanchonic, I guess.


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    Apr 12th, 2010 4:27pm report

    "the Spaceman says everybody look down, it's all in your mind"

    Anybody else ever seen "The Impossible Planet"/"Satan's Pit" episodes of the new Doctor Who series? If you have, then you already know what I'm going to say ;)

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