Sam’s Town Album

Artist(s): The Killers

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The Killers Sam’s Town Cover Art

Tracklist

Sam’s Town

length: 4:06
producer: The Killers, Alan Moulder and Flood
mixer: Flood and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Flood and Alan Moulder
background vocals: Louis XIV
writer: Brandon Flowers

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 underground's gonna come up and carry me
I've got this sentimental heart that beats
But I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me

Now, why do you waste my time?
Is the answer to the question on your mind
And I'm sick of all my judges
So scared of what they'll find
But I know that I can make it
As long as somebody takes me home
Every now and then

Oh, have you ever seen the lights?
Have you ever seen the lights?

I took the shuttle on a shock wave ride
Where people on the pen pulled a trigger for accolades
I took a bullet, and I looked inside
And it's running through my veins
An American masquerade

I still remember grandma Ditzy's wake
I've never really known anybody to die before
Red, white and blue upon a birthday cake
And my brother - he was born on the fourth of the July, and that's all

So why do you waste my time?
Is the answer to the question on your mind
And I'm sick of all my judges
So scared of letting me shine
But I know that I can make it
As long as somebody takes me home

Woo!
(Every now and then)
(Every now and then)

You know I see London; I see Sam's Town
Pulls my hand, and let's my hair down
Rolls that world right off my shoulder
I see London; I see Sam's Town now

Enterlude

length: 0:50
producer: Alan Moulder, The Killers and Flood
mixer: Flood and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder and Flood
writer: Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Dave Keuning
We hope you enjoy your stay
And it's good to have you with us
Even if it's just for the day
We hope you enjoy your stay
Outside, the sun is shining
It seems like heaven ain't far away
It's good to have you with us
Even if it's just for the day

When You Were Young

length: 3:40
producer: Alan Moulder, The Killers and Flood
mixer: Alan Moulder and Flood
recording engineer: Alan Moulder and Flood
writer: Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Mark Stoermer, Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning
You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
To save your from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now, here he comes

He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentlemen
Like you imagined when you were young

Can we climb this mountain
I don't know
Higher now than ever before
I know we can make it if we take it slow
Let's take it easy
Easy now, watch it go

We're burning down the highway skyline
On the back of a hurricane that started turning
When you were young
When you were young

And sometimes you close your eyes
And see the place where you Used to live
When you were young

They say the devil's water - it ain't so sweet
You don't have to drink right now
But you can dip your feet
Every once in a little while

You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
To save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now, here he comes

He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentlemen
Like you imagined when you were young
When you were young

I said he doesn't look a thing like Jesus
He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But more than you'll ever know

Bling (Confession of a King)

length: 4:08
producer: Alan Moulder, Flood and The Killers
mixer: Alan Moulder and Flood
recording engineer: Alan Moulder and Flood
writer: Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer
When I offer you survival
You say it's hard enough to live
It's not so bad, it's not so bad
How do you know that you're right?

I awoke on the roadside
In the land of the free ride
And I can't pull it any longer
The sun is beating down my neck

So I ran with the devil
Left a trail of excuses
Like a stone on the water
The elements decide my fate
Watch it go
(Bling)

When I offer you survival
You say it's hard enough to live
Don't tell me that it's over
Stand up for a Tiber more than this

How do you know that you're right?
If you're not nervous anymore
It's not so bad, it's not so bad

I feel my vision slipping in and out of focus
But I'm pushing on for that horizon
I'm pushing on
Now I've got that blowing wind against my face

So you sling rocks at the rip tide
Am I wrong or am I right?
I hit the bottom with a 'huh!'
Quite strange
I get my glory in the desert rain
Watch it go
(I offer you survival!)

When I offer you survival
You say it's hard enough to live
And I'll tell you when it's over
Shut up for a Tiber more than this

How do you know that you're right?
If you're not nervous anymore
It's not so bad, it's not so bad

Higher and higher
We're gonna take it
Down to the wire
We're gonna make it
Out of the fire
Higher and higher

Higher and higher
We're gonna take it
Down to the wire
We're gonna make it
Out of the fire
Higher and higher

Higher and higher
We're gonna take it
Down to the wire
We're gonna make it out
Whoa, oh, oh, higher and higher

It ain't hard to hold
When it shines like gold
You'll remember me

For Reasons Unknown

length: 3:32
producer: Alan Moulder, Flood and The Killers
mixer: Alan Moulder and Flood
recording engineer: Alan Moulder and Flood
writer: Brandon Flowers
I pack my case, I check my face
I look a little bit older
I look a little bit colder
With one deep breath, and one big step
I move a little bit closer, I move a little bit closer
For reasons unknown

I caught my stride, I flew and flied
I know if destiny's kind, I've got the rest on my mind
Well, my heart - it don't beat, it don't beat the way it used to
And my eyes - they don't see you no more
And my lips - they don't kiss, they don't kiss the way they used to
And my eyes don't recognize you no more

For reasons unknown
For reasons unknown

It was an open chair
We sat down in the open chair
I said, if destiny's kind, I've got the rest on my mind
But my heart - it don't beat, it don't beat the way it used to
And my eyes - they don't see you no more
And my lips - they don't kiss, they don't kiss the way they used to
And my eyes don't recognize you at all

For reasons unknown
For reasons unknown

I said, my heart - it don't beat, it don't beat the way it used to
And my eyes don't recognize you no more
And my lips - they don't kiss, they don't kiss the way they used to
And my eyes don't recognize you no more

For reasons unknown
For reasons unknown
For reasons unknown
For reasons unknown

Read My Mind

length: 4:07
producer: Alan Moulder, The Killers and Flood
mixer: Flood and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Flood and Alan Moulder
writer: Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer, Dave Keuning
On the corner of main street
Just tryin' to keep it in line
You say you wanna move on, and
You say I'm falling behind

Can you read my mind?
Can you read my mind?

I never really gave up on
Breakin' out of this two-star town
I got the green light
I got a little fight
I'm gonna turn this thing around

Can you read my mind?
Can you read my mind?

The good old days, the honest man
The restless heart, the Promised Land
A subtle kiss that no one sees
A broken wrist and a big trapeze

Oh well, I don't mind, you don't mind
Cause I don't shine if you don't shine
Before you go, can you read my mind?

It's funny how you just break down
Waiting on some sign
I pull up to the front of your driveway
With magic soaking my spine

Can you read my mind?
Can you read my mind?

The teenage queen, the loaded gun
The drop dead dream, the Chosen One
A southern drawl, the world unseen
A city wall and a trampoline

Oh well, I don't mind, you don't mind
'Cause I don't shine if you don't shine
Before you jump
Tell me what you find
When you read my mind

Slipping in my faith until I fall
He never returned that call
Woman, open the door, don't let it sting
I wanna breathe that fire again

She said, I don't mind, you don't mind
Cause I don't shine if you don't shine
Put your back on me
Put your back on me
Put your back on me

The stars are blazing like rebel diamonds cut out of the sun
When you read my mind

Uncle Jonny

length: 4:26
producer: Alan Moulder, The Killers and Flood
mixer: Flood and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder and Flood
writer: Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer, Dave Keuning
When everybody else refrains
My uncle Jonny did cocaine
He's convinced himself right in his brain
That it helps to take away the pain
Hey, Jonny
Hey, what you say, Jonny?

I wanna go out tonight
Come a little closer to the city lights
Levitation ain't your only friend
Levitation coming back again
Feel a burning in your body's core
It's a yearning that you can't ignore
Now I wanna go out tonight

Superman and hold on tight
He's convinced himself right in his brain
That it helps to take away the pain
Hey, Jonny
Hey, what you say, Jonny?

My appetite ain't got no heart
I said, my appetite ain't got no heart
Shocking people when you feel that pull
Shock 'em, drop 'em when you know it's full

I feel a burning in your body's core
It's a yearning that you can't ignore
I gotta go out tonight
Hey, Jonny, I got faith in you, man
I mean it, it's gonna be all right
He's convinced himself right in his brain
That it helps to take away the pain
Hey, what you say, Jonny?

Tell us what's going on
Feels like everything's wrong
Hey, what you say, Jonny?
If the future is real
Jonny, you've got to heal
Hey, what you say, Jonny?

When everybody else refrains
My uncle Jonny did cocaine

Bones

length: 3:47
producer: The Killers, Alan Moulder and Flood
mixer: Flood and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Flood and Alan Moulder
writer: Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Mark Stoermer, Brandon Flowers
(Come with me)
We took a back road; we're gonna look at the stars
We took a back road in my car
Down to the ocean, it's only water and sand
And in the ocean we'll hold hands
But I don't really like you, apologetically dressed
In the best, put on the heartbeat glide
Without an answer the thunder speaks for the sky
And on the cold, wet dirt I cry
And on the cold, wet dirt I cry

Don't you wanna come with me?
Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?
It's only natural

A cinematic vision ensued
Like the holiest dream
There's someone calling, an angel whispers my name
But the message relayed is the same
Wait till tomorrow; you'll be fine.'
And it's gone to the dogs in my mind
I always hear them
When the dead of night comes calling
Save me from this fight
But they can never wrong this right

Don't you wanna come with me?
Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?
It's only natural
Don't you wanna swim with me?
Don't you wanna feel my skin on your skin?
It's only natural
I never had a lover (I never had a lover)
I never had soul (I never had soul)
I never had a good time (And I never had a good time)
I never got gold (I never got gold)

Don't you wanna come with me?
Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?
It's only natural
Don't you wanna swim with me?
Don't you wanna feel my skin on your skin?
It's only natural

Don't you wanna come with me?
Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?
It's only natural
Come and take a swim with me?
Don't you wanna feel my skin on your skin?
It's only natural

My List

length: 4:08
producer: Flood, Alan Moulder and The Killers
mixer: Alan Moulder and Flood
recording engineer: Flood and Alan Moulder
background vocals: Louis XIV
writer: Brandon Flowers
Let me wrap myself around you
You'll show me how I see it
And when you come back in from nowhere
Do you ever think of me?
Your heart, not able
Let me show you how much I care
I need those eyes to tide me over
I'll take your picture when I go
Gives me strength and gives me patience
But I'll never let you know
I got nothing on you, babe
But I always said I'll try
Let me show you
How much I care
Sometimes it gets hard
Don't you know?

[Chorus x 3]
Don't give the ghost up
Just clench your fist
You should know by now
You were on my list

Your heart, not able
Your ways - they're not able
Let me show you
How much I care
Sometimes it gets hard
And don't ya know?

[Chorus x 3]

When you rock and roll with me
There's nowhere else I'd rather be
When you rock and roll with me
There's nowhere else I'd rather be

This River Is Wild

length: 4:38
producer: The Killers, Flood and Alan Moulder
mixer: Flood and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder and Flood
writer: Mark Stoermer, Brandon Flowers
Leaves are fallin' down on the beautiful ground
I heard a story from the man in red
He said, the leaves are fallin' down
Such a beautiful sound
Son, I think you'd better go ahead
But you always hold your head up high
Cause it's a long, long, long way down
This town was meant for passing through
Boy, it ain't nothin' new
Now go and show 'em that the world stayed round
But it's a long, long, long way down

You better run for the hills
Before they burn
Listen to the sound of the world
Don't watch it turn
I just want to show you what I know
And catch you when the current
Lets you go

Or should I just get along with myself?
I never did get along with everybody else
I've been tryin' hard to do what's right
But you know I could stay here
All night
And watch the clouds fall from the sky
This river is wild
This river is wild

Run for the hills before they burn
Listen to the sound of the world
Don't watch it turn
I shake a little
Sometimes I'm nervous when I talk
I shake a little
Sometimes I hate the line I walk
I just wanna to show you what I know
Catch you when the current
Lets you go

Or should I just get along with myself?
I never did get along with everybody else
I've been trying hard to do what's right
But you know I could stay here
All night
And watch the clouds fall from the sky
Because this river is wild
Godspeed ya, boy
This river is wild

Now Adam's taking bombs, and he's stuck on his mom
Because that ***** keeps tryin' to make him pray
He's with the hippie in the park, combing over the dark
Just tryin' to get some of that little-girl play

You better run for the hills before they burn
Listen to the sound of the world
Don't watch it turn
I just want to show you what I know
And catch you when the current
Lets you go

Or should I get along with myself?
I never did get along with everybody else
I've been tryin' hard to do what's right
But you know I could stay here
All night
And watch the clouds fall from the sky
This pain is hell in me tonight
Because this river is wild
Godspeed ya, boy
This river is wild
This river is wild
Godspeed ya, boy
This river is wild

And cars are everywhere
Raisin' dust at the fairground
I don't think I ever seen so many headlights
But there's somethin' pullin' me
The circus and the crew
Well, they're just passin' through
Makin' sure the merry still goes 'round
But it's a long, long, long way down

Why Do I Keep Counting?

length: 4:24
producer: Alan Moulder, The Killers and Flood
mixer: Alan Moulder and Flood
recording engineer: Alan Moulder and Flood
background vocals: Corlene Byrd
writer: Brandon Flowers
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 make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
I wouldn't be bothering you

Father
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
And if all our days are numbered
Then why do I keep counting?

My sugar sweet
Is so attainable
This behavior so unexplainable
The days just slip and slide
Like they always did
The trouble is my head
Won't let me forget

I took one last good look around
So many unusual sounds
I gotta get my feet on the ground

Help me get down
I can make it

Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
I wouldn't be bothering you

Father
Help me get down
I can make
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
And if all our days are numbered
I wouldn't be bothering you

Would you help me get down?

If I only knew the answer
If I change my way of living
And if I pave my streets with good times
Will the mountain keep on giving?

And if all of our days are numbered
Then why do I keep counting?

Exitlude

length: 2:27
producer: Alan Moulder, The Killers and Flood
mixer: Flood and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder and Flood
writer: Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Mark Stoermer, Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning
Aggressively, we all defend the role we play
Regrettably, the time's come to send you on your way
We've seen it all: from bonfires of trust to flash floods of pain
It doesn't really matter; don't you worry, it will all work out
No, it doesn't really matter; don't worry, that ain't what it's all about

We hope you enjoyed your stay
And it's good to have you with us
Even if it's just for the day
We hope you've enjoyed your stay
Outside the sun is shining
It seems like heaven ain't far away
It's good to have you with us
Even if it's just for the day

Where the White Boys Dance

length: 3:27
producer: Alan Moulder, Flood and The Killers
mixer: Flood, Andy Savours and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Flood and Alan Moulder
additional engineer: Mark Gray and Neeraj Khajanchi
writer: Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning
Take me to the place where the white boys dance.
Take me to the place where they run and play.
My baby is gone, you might have a chance.
Just take me to the place where the white boys dance.

They hug in silence,
As the sun sets.
On their empty street,
Their suspicions where they rise and hide.
And then who sweeps them off she doesn't leave.
She walks inside and
Pours a strong one.
Put her mind at ease.
It's the calm before another storm.
And the friendships from the whiskey to the keys.

Take me to the place where the white boys dance.
Take me to the place where they run and play.
My baby is gone, you might have a chance.
Just take me to the place where the white boys... dance.

Her heart is racing.
She phones a friend to say

I'm in an awful place.
That fools been messin' around on me
I've seen it in his eyes and on his face
Hold on a minute.
You're talking crazy
Don't be that jealous girl.
Just tell him you need an hour or two.
Cause we're going go and change somebodies world.

Take me to the place where the white boys dance.
Take me to the place where they run and play.
My baby is gone, you might have a chance.
Just take me to the place where the white boys dance.

It's the calm before another storm...
It's the calm before another storm
And the friendships from the whiskey to the keys.

Take me to the place where the white boys dance.
Take me to the place where they run and play.
My baby is gone, you might have a chance.
Just take me to the place where the white boys... dance.

All the Pretty Faces

length: 4:46
producer: Alan Moulder, Flood and The Killers
mixer: Flood, Andy Savours and Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Flood and Alan Moulder
additional engineer: Neeraj Khajanchi and Mark Gray
composer: Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer, Dave Keuning
Help me out, I need it
I don't feel like loving you no more
I don't feel like loving you no more

Help me out, I need it
I don't feel like touching her no more
Help me out, I need it
I said I don't feel like touching her no more
Well how did it happen
I spent two long years in a strange strange land
Well how did it happen
I'd do anything just to be your man

You're not going anywhere without me
These trials don't prepare the air of love
You're not telling anyone about me
And you shake and you bleed while I sing my song

I don't feel like, I don't feel like
I don't feel like loving you
I don't feel like, I don't feel like
I don't feel like loving you

All the different places
Ringing out like a shotgun in my head
All the pretty faces
Ringing out well I just can't go to bed
Well how did it happen

I spent two long years in a strange strange land
Well how did it happen
I'd do anything just to be your man
I'd do anything just to be your man

You're not going anywhere without me
These trials don't prepare the air of love
You're not telling anyone about me
And you shake and you bleed while I sing my song

I don't feel like touching you
I don't feel like touching you
I don't feel like touching you
I don't feel like touching you
You can't tell anyone about me

You're not going anywhere without me
Help me out I need it
You can't tell anyone about me
Help me out I need it

I don't feel like, I don't feel like
I don't feel like loving you
I don't feel like, I don't feel like
I don't feel like loving you