"Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
We took a walk that night, but it wasn't the same
We had a fight on the promenade out in the rain
She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go
She couldn't scream while I held I close
I swore I'd never let her go

Tell me what you want to know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain't no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
So come on, oh come on, oh come on

I know my rights, I've been here all day and it's time
For me to go, so let me know if it's alright
I just can't take this, I swear I told you the truth
She couldn't scream while I held her close
I swore I'd never let her go

Tell me what you want to know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
And then you whisper in my ear
I know what you're doing here
So come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain't no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on


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"Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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  • +6
    General CommentHe was friends with Jenny, fell in love with her, and when she wants to break up with him, he goes insane and kills her.
    patricknelson4on March 30, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to it, I hear the Cure. Brandon and RS have similar voices. They should do a duet, it'd be awesome/
    walkthroughtheglasson April 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentDeamonicus....the murder trilogy is actually jenny, midnight show, and leave the bourbon on the shelf, which is on the new album. "boubon" is the first installment, when he kills the girl after a messy break up, and ive heard the murder involves water...."midnight show" is him disposing of the body, and "jenny" is him trying to justify the murder when he's caught by the cops. They are making a 25 min movie, and apparently the killers want mischa barton to play Jenny, and james spader the kill. Cant wait! my interpretaion is that Mr brightside isnt about a prostitute, but just a woman who makes the guy feel insanely insecure because he loves her so much.
    Rizoon July 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, he killed her reflexively (maybe somewhat accidentally) or whatever, and on the one hand regrets it horribly, and is devastated; but some combination of selfishness and denial stands between him and confession.
    doodoodooon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love how they're name is the Killers and some of their songs are about murder and killing. Quite interesting.
    FluffyAmazingon October 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOH...MY...GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDD!!!!!!!!!! I've had "Bourbon" for a while now, and always loved it, but had had NO IDEA about the amazing trilogy. Ok, so here's my interpertation:

    "LTBOTS": Jenny (the narrator's girlfriend) has just moved out, and they're either separated or broken up. The guy is obsessed and depressed, sitting around drinking, watching tv, and (potentionally) stalking her. And he is broken up, drunk, and wailing throughout the song, talking to her, either in real life or in his mind, asking her if he still has a chance, telling her that he wants to be with her, that he NEEDS to be with her. And in the end, as his voice becomes slurred, I think he's either falling asleep or getting preoccupied with another idea (killing her?)

    OR

    I had another idea while writing this, and I think I like this version better:
    The narrator was drinking, mourning his break-up with Jenny. He confronted her, telling her, in drunken, slurred wails, that he loves her (obssessively). And "hold you tight" is more aphixiating than sweet, and "before you say goodbye" is before you die. And near the end, as the song climaxes, is the actual killing. And at the very end, as his voice begins echoing the most and slows and softening is him whispering to her as he lays her down or as she loses conscienceness as she dies.

    "MS" Still blinded by his love and horriffied with what he's done, the killer stuck her in the backseat of his car. She was weak, but still alive, crying out, but no one heard her, no one could save her. He drives faster and faster, still half drunk and completely psychotic, saying "we were such a good thing" "make it go away" too much is happening, its just too much, i can't cope, it's too much stress on you, let me ease your pain, baby, "let me take a little more off your mind." So he takes her to the beach and kills her (probabily choking her) watching her die (taking her breath away and watching her disappear) And as he dumps her body into the sea, he cries out why did she have to be such a slut? why did she drive him to this? (a real short skirt/gloss&curls/guilty girl) whether or not she actually was a slut is irrelevent. And this is their secret, this is because he loves her, because because becausebecausebecause BECAUSE! and they were so good together.
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    "JWAFOM": this one's pretty self-explainatory. He's being interrogeted by the police, and he's been there all day. He's trying to leave, telling them that he knows his rights, that they don't have anything on him, and that there's no motive for him to kill her. After all, haha, Jenny WAS a friend of his. But at the same time, he can't help but replay the seen in his mind, relishing how she didn't make a sound as he "held her close." And he is starts off sounding sad and regrettful, like a friend would after finding out that their friend died, saying, sadly, oh, poor Jenny, she was my friend, how could this happen? But as the song progresses, the narrator slowly loses it, and his voice begins to lose his cool and the music becomes a little more frantic. I think the murderer might be suggesting that she committed suicide, saying that something just "wasn't the same." "She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go" might have sounded like a suicide "note" to the police, but to the narrator, it was just another justification.
    I love how the song starts with stylized fuzzy radio talk, helicopter choppers, and sirens.

    (sorry for any misspellings. And if I sounded a bit crazy, I was just getting in the right mindset)
    randomRANCORon March 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think the song actually talks about a discussion between the guy and its girlfriend.
    The girl is asking about a possible affair with another woman and he says she was just a friend.
    that's at least how i get it
    juanfox94on September 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti swore i'd never let her go

    well obviously not. you killed her, did you not?
    totalitarionon September 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about a guy who kills his gfand he is beingquestioned by police. This song is the ending of the Murder series on the killeers album.1Mr.brightside-meeting the girl
    2-midnight show-killing her
    Jenny was a friend of mine-being interrogated by cops about the murder
    mustachelipon January 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentlast song in the murder trilogy where he lies to the cops about being jenny's murder but as we heard in midnight show he did murder her and dumped her in the sea becuase in the first song leave the bourbon on the shelf she brakes up with him and he becomes an alchoholic and he sees her with someone else and gets jealous
    yeathatsaunicornon September 25, 2010   Link

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