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There's a plane and I am flying
There's a mountain waiting for me
Oh these years have been so trying

I don't know if I can use them
Am I strong enough
To be the one?
Will I live to have some children?

Help me get down,
I can...


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    Sep 16th, 2017 9:45pm report

    as brandon flowers is a religious man i would say it is about him going to god and asking for help if you listen to the song it makes more sense.


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    Feb 16th, 2010 2:58am report

    I gathered this song to be about an addict. "There's a plane and I am flying" represents drug use "there's a mountain waiting for me" a metaphor no less... the plane would be his vice, the mountain: his demise. Using and succumbing represent "his" mountain (death...his crash). "Will I live to have some children" he wants to find his way and choose life. "Help me get down, I can make it" He's decided to turn it around and it will work this time.


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    Oct 23rd, 2009 10:15am report

    This song is to do with more than death ,its a way of living and the choices his made - when he mentions seeing over the city wall and the trampoline - brandon like me - sees the shadow people - he has the special eyes, as he has dwelt and gone to a place - the mention in the end of the people checking if MARY (mother mary) earth - still goes round - cause its a long long way down :

    the line - this town (darkness) was meant for passing through but it aint nothing new - I want to show t hem that the world stayed round -
    man in red (devil)


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    Aug 20th, 2009 8:14pm report

    i know Brandon Flowers (hes a babe btw) has a fear of death and dying, and in this song hes praying to go (Father) to help him get down from his fears and help him out.


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    May 30th, 2009 5:27am report

    It's definitely to do with flying, but I think that there is something deeper, a second meaning. This song is near the end of Sam's Town, which, according to Brandon Flowers, chronologically listed the events of his life. Therefore I think this is about how The Killers have become so famous now, they need someone to 'help them get down', i.e. get out of the 'curse of fame'. Also, the 'Why Do I Keep Counting' has been missed out by everyone so far. This could be that he is now, either in a plane, and wants to know why he keeps counting his numbered days, and all the things that he won't be able to do if he dies on that plane. Metaphorically, however, this means that he wants to know how long he has till the fame will wither away and die by itself, and 'will I live to have some children', asking if he will ever get out of fame, so have a relaxed life with his wife.


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    May 16th, 2009 5:35pm report

    I understand this song to have a very deep meaning, in terms of life itself. Basically when he says why do I keep counting, they are trying to understand the motive that we keep track of time if we already know that the more time passes by, the closer we are to end, in other words, death. "And if all of our days are numbered. Then why do I keep counting?"

    They also mention that no matter what we do in life, good or evil, we never know if it will benefit the longitude of our lifetime in any way. "If I change my way of living. And If I pave my streets with good times. Will the mountain keep on giving?"


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    Sep 29th, 2008 9:28pm report

    Has anyone ever read the book Catch 22? It's a dead ringer.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Feb 7th, 2008 2:47am report

    Definitively about Brandon's fear of flying, I read it too. great great song by the way, fantastic voice!


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    Nov 17th, 2007 11:07pm report

    I think it's about Brandon's fear of flying. cause he used a ouji board once, and he's a afraid of the number 621, which relates to his birthday, june 21st. and he said it was horrible because he had to fly somewhere on his birthday before (he thinks he's gonna die on that day).

    so in the song he's talking or praying to God to help him. "I wouldn't be bothering you, father"

    There's a plane and I am flying
    There's a mountain waiting for me
    Oh these years have been so trying

    he thinks the plane's gonna crash into the mountain== that's why he takes the bus on tour inside of flying like ronnie and mark.

    ect ect ect


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    Jul 14th, 2007 7:56pm report

    This is a song about a guy who really just destroyed his life with drugs and partying and he realizes that he's on a pathway to destruction. He turns to God for help to "Get down" from this plane that is flying him to an early death.


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    Jun 18th, 2007 6:44pm report

    I think this song is about drug addiction, the downward spiral, the falling out with family, the desperation of the family. The person in the song is crying out for help, he does not know where to go next, he is turning to his family, God (reference: Father in, if I only knew the answers, I wouldn't be bothering you, father" Why do I keep counting is, why do I keep going on, why do I keep going back to drugs, when you are counting days, months, years etc etc you are stuck and you don't know how or when to make that step to get out of it, is it worth it (then why do I keep counting?).... my thoughts anyway


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    May 9th, 2007 5:13am report

    I read somewhere that this song is about Brandon Flower's fear of flying.

    Example: "Help me get down, I can make it."

    Also: The beginning of the song.

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