"Somebody Told Me" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
Breakin' my back just to know your name
Seventeen tracks and I've had it with this game
A breakin' my back just to know your name
But heaven ain't close in a place like this
Anything goes but don't blink, you might miss
'Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight
Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight

[Chorus]
Well somebody told me you had a boyfriend
Who looked like a girlfriend
That I had in February of last year
It's not confidential, I've got potential

Ready let's roll onto something new
Takin' it's toll then I'm leaving without you
'Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight
Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight

[Chorus]

A rushing, rushing around

Pace yourself for me
I said maybe, baby, please
But I just don't know now
When all I want to do is try

[Chorus]

A rushing, rushing around

Somebody told me you had a boyfriend
Who looked like a girlfriend
That I had in February of last year
It's not confidential, I've got potential

A rushing, rushing around

Somebody told me you had a boyfriend
Who looked like a girlfriend
That I had in February of last year
It's not confidential, I've got potential

A rushing, rushing around


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"Somebody Told Me" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer, Ronnie Jr. Vannucci

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  • +7
    General CommentBeing a musician and having spent countless hours "Breakin' my back" just to come up with the name of a song. I can honestly say that it can be hell (Heaven ai't close in a place like this). After recording "Seveteen tracks" you get tired of the game, especially the ones management nd producers play.

    "Anything goes but don't blink, you might miss" Even after hours recording you have to stay alert or you will screw up a track.

    "Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight" Get your groove going on the track you're recording "Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight" When recording don't let your thoughts become side tracked.

    The chorus is a metaphor. After spending hours on a song, somebody told you the song sounds too much like like a song that was written by another artist. "It's not confidential" it's been playing on the radio. But don't worry, with a bit of re-write your song as potential.
    "[Chorus]
    Well somebody told me you had a boyfriend
    Who looked like a girlfriend
    That I had in February of last year
    It's not confidential, I've got potential"

    Ready let's roll onto something new (Move to the next track)
    Takin' it's toll then I'm leaving without you (Just too burned out to finish a tune) because it's been hell "Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this"

    "A rushing, rushing around" meeting the demands of the record label.
    "Pace yourself for me - I said maybe, baby, please" Trying to buy time from the label.
    "But I just don't know now - When all I want to do is try" After awhile you do want to give up bu something inside keeps driving you.

    Studio work isn't al fun and ames...
    itsmymusicon October 18, 2012   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningI don't know where the whole drug thing is coming from. The lyrics are pretty straightforward:

    "Breakin' my back just to know your name
    Seventeen tracks and I've had it with this game
    A breakin' my back just to know your name
    But heaven ain't close in a place like this
    Anything goes but don't blink, you might miss
    'Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
    I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
    Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight
    Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight

    I have been trying very hard to catch your attention.
    Seventeen songs have past and I am tired of trying.
    Seriously, I blink and you're already talking to someone else.
    It's pretty much hell being ignored by you

    Well somebody told me you had a boyfriend
    Who looked like a girlfriend
    That I had in February of last year
    It's not confidential, I've got potential

    (Speaking franticly and with a panic) so our past relationships have been people who look very similar. Clearly we have some sort of connection. (Which he says because he is running out of time)

    Ready let's roll onto something new
    Takin' it's toll then I'm leaving without you
    'Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
    I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
    Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight
    Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight

    I'm trying to get over the fact that you left without me (either alone or with someone else perhaps).
    Nevertheless, I liked you and it is painful knowing I lost you.
    This place is still hell.
    victorloston October 05, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Commentok, i really hope this someone else reads this. THIS SONG IS NOT ABOUT A GIRL, OR GUY!!!

    This song is, oddly enough about, WRITING SONGS. dead give away with "17 tracks and ive had it with this game."

    Breaking my back....makes more sense in context with the chorus
    Its not about a feminite man, or androgeny. Its an illustration that what is cool/hip/trendy today maybe totally passed in a few months. Musical trends are moving so fast that what is sexy for a man today may be feminine in the future.

    Breaking my back to know your name. means its hard to keep up with what fast musical changes today. musical fads are moving 100 mph

    Dont blink you might miss. If you dont jump on the bandwagon your chance/15 minutes. might just pass you

    heaven aint close in a place like this......well u can prolly figure this out now. that heaven aint close to them in Las vegas, sin city. All the killers did wasgive the people pop crap that they want to hear, theres no heaven for anyone who delivers hits by "the forumla."

    Its almost like incubus song megalomaniac "your no jesus, your no elvis." the killers are also well aware they havent dont anything to be highly merited.

    Anything goes in a place like this.....with this fast back breaking musicalpace its almost like any crap that a band comes up with can get played.
    igywigieon July 15, 2005   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationWell, I have to say this is one of my favorite songs because it's rockin' and the lyrics are so intriguing. I'm a psych nurse and this is my take: the basic premise is this guy is freaking out because he heard this girl had a boyfriend that looks like someone he was dating last February. He is going round and round with all the possibilites of could she have been bisexual or transgender or really a guy trying to pass as a girl. He's trying to calm himself down and shrug it off as really OK. Basically, the rumors are it's the same person and they do look enough alike that he believes it to be true. He's just going nuts trying to figure the gender out and questions his own judgement.
    gypsarellaon July 27, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation... Am I the only one that thinks that this song is about him being shot down? It sounds to me like he's saying she's a lesbian because he's embarrassed that she's not interested in him.

    "Heaven ain't close in a place like this" I always heard it as him being at a sleazy bar.
    "Breakin' my back just to know your name" Trying to get her to be interested in him, but she keeps rebuffing him.
    "You have a boyfriend who looks like a girlfriend that I had..." Insinuating she's going out with a girl. Obviously this girl isn't going out with him anymore, so that could be part of it too.
    "Rushing, rushing around" He's telling people she's a lesbian so he doesn't have to admit he got shot down.
    rebeccaston June 05, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Commentit's 'bout cross-dressing, don't yah know...
    lissywar67on September 27, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI'd say...he's having a good time with this girl but he has heard a rumor of her previous boyfriend and its nagging his mind (thereby ruining his moonlight). Somebody told him that her ex boyfriend looks like a girl he dated February of last year. This rumor keeps "rushing around" his head. He's confounded. He's wondering if this guy is the same girl he was dating, or if it's someone else. If it's the same girl he dated, then is this person transgender or a cross-dresser? These thoughts keep him from having a good time with the girl and now he's not sure if he wants to be with her or not.
    littlemew1on August 21, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that the chorus might mean that when he says "you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend that i had in feb. of last yr." that someone might have had a sex change?!..yes..no!..haha
    frogcr8zed22on May 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningFrom an interview of Brandon Flowers as published by Entertainment Weekly (Circa 2013): “Somebody Told Me” (2004) 
“We were going out to clubs a lot at the time. I think it speaks to a young man’s frustration, the difficulty of picking up girls. [Laughs] That’s probably where it stems from. I was just able to run with it, and the band supplied a wonderful backing track.”
    Umthatwassarcasmon April 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwe're going disco!
    czechon May 22, 2005   Link

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