Remember Rio and get down
Like some other DJ, in some other town
She's been trying to tell me to hold tight
But I've been waiting this whole night

But I've been down across the road or two
But now I've found the velvet sun
That shines on me and you

In the back, uh huh, I can't crack
We're on top
It's just a shimmy and a shake, uh huh
I can't fake, we're on top
We're on top

The day is breaking, we're still here
Your body's shaking, and it's clear
You really need it, so let go
And let me feed it, but you know

That I've been down across the road or two
But now I've found the velvet sun
That shines on me and you

In the back, uh huh, I can't crack
We're on top
It's just a shimmy and a shake, uh huh
I can't fake, we're on top
We're on top
We bring the bump to the grind, uh huh
I don't mind, we're on top
It's just a shimmy and a shack, uh huh
I can't fake, we're on top
We're on top

And we don't mean to satisfy tonight
So get your eyes off my bride tonight
Cause I don't need to satisfy tonight

It's like a cigarette in the mouth
Or a handshake in the doorway
I look at you and smile because I'm fine

And we don't mean to satisfy tonight
So get your eyes off my bride tonight
Cause I don't need to satisfy tonight

It's like a cigarette in the mouth
Or a handshake in the doorway
I look at you and smile because I'm fine



Lyrics submitted by Linger:, edited by kpraetsch, emily608

"On Top" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer, Ronnie Jr. Vannucci

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General Comment:This is definetly one of my fave killers songs! Lyrics in second line should be “Like some other dj from some other town”. Its so sexy and upbeat…..its baby making music!! Haha! I think that Brandon wrote it about the night he proposed to his fiancé (they are now engaged and getting married later this year I do believe) and the sheer happiness and excitement that they both were feeling….it sounds as if they have gone out dancing and he feels like nothing can ever bring him down…he’s “on top” of everything. He feels complete now – “the velvet sun that shines on me and you”, and I think he was a bit down and out before he met her and he waited a long time, but now everything is perfect. “Get your eyes off my bride” I think is him realizing that she’s actually said yes, and they are really getting married…he’s going out of his way to drop the words “my bride” into the conversation. He doesn’t need to satisfy anyone, as they are both so blissfully happy…I also think theres some sexy dancing going on on a dancefloor to, but he doesn’t care if anyone sees – “we bring the bump to the grind….i don’t mind”. I used to think this was about the band hearing that they had gone to number 1 on the music charts and being “on top”, but have since changed my mind after listening in more detail! Would be great to get some feedback on what people think of my take on the song!
    Rizoon June 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:SEXY.......
    Bodyarton May 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Their album came out March 04' and he proposed in October 04' so probably not. I heard someone say it was about sex though. I could see that. Finding that special someone and sharing that special moment with them. "But I've been waiting this whole night
    But I've been down across the road or two
    But now I've found the velvet sun
    That shines on me and you"
    foldsbaldwinon July 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song is awesome. Extremely happy in a certain sense. It makes me think of past times that I had with my girlfriend...how we used to spend the days and nights with each other...I love the part in this song where Brandon sings "And we don't mean to satisfy...tonight...So get your eyes off of my bride...tonight..." Great song, and will always be a great song.
    Anthem515on July 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is my favorite Killers song. It's just so fun to listen to, and Brandon sings it very sexily.

    I've always thought it was "Get your eyes off of my PRIDE tonight, though."

    That would make more sense.
    The_Decocksteron July 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I listen to this song every time I smoke pot. When Brandon sings... It's so beautiful. I love it! I feel so good when I hear it. TO THE POINT! When I first heard it, I definately thought it was about sex. Reason 1. "I've been waiting this whole night" Perhaps he's been waiting to get in her pants all night. 2. "In the back I can't crack" In the back of a car? 3. "Your body's shaking" That usually happens when you've had good sex heh. 4. "YOU REALLY NEED IT, SO LET'S GO"... Come on now, you know what that sounds like. 5. "Let me beat it".................... 6. "It's like a cigarette in the mouth"... Smokes after sex, 7. "handshake in the doorway"... Perhaps he had sex with a friend with benifits, and as a goodbye after the sex, they only shake hands because it's nothing serious. I at least like to think that's what the song is about because I think about sex a lot, although I never get any... But as I said above, I smoke when I listen to this and lots of people get horny when they're high? Think about it ha. It really is a GREAT song to "F" to. Anyone see my point? heh
    Nikki Murderon August 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think this song is about a band playing at a club, when the lead singer sees the most beautiful girl in the audience.

    After he sees her he doesn't care if they play good or satisfy the rest of the audience that night. The "velvet sun" probably refers to the lights inside the club.

    When he says "get your eyes off of my bride," the singer sees another guy in the crowd eyeballing his love, but he can't do anything about it, he can't "crack" while he's on stage.

    But it doesn't matter if he ends up with this girl that night, because him and the band can get anything they want, they're "On Top."
    jshineon February 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i just looooved jshine's interpretation (L)

    but the song is sooo ovbiously about sex!
    cmon brandon you can deny it all you want, but we all know the truth ;)
    sex sex sex!

    1_ uh huh i cant crack WE'RE ON TOP
    2_ i've been waiting this whole night
    3_ your body's shaking, and it's clear you really need it so let go and let me feed it !
    etc etc etc
    mrs.flowerson December 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i believe it is not:
    It's another DJ, it's another town
    but:
    Like some other DJ, in some other town.
    mjrzasaon November 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I love this song very much. I never thought about the meaning much, until very recently, when I wondered myself if there was a site that might analyze song meanings. I read some of the below interpretations and I just didn't really agree with many of them. So I thought I'd express what I thought about it. So I was listening to On Top on my iPod the other day, trying to figure out for myself exactly what it meant, and it feels/sounds to me like it's about his relationship with a certain "she" and sex...and I'll explain this way:



    She's been trying to tell me to hold tight
    But I've been waiting this whole night (this can be interpreted differently. Perhaps waiting all night to have sex with a certain someone? This aforementioned "she" perhaps?)

    But I've been down across the road or two (he's had some experience/is not a virgin, and "she" knows this)

    But now I've found the velvet sun
    that shines on me and you ("velvet sun" to me is just poetic license for "you're the best I've had." I think this is a testament that since he's finally had intercourse with this certain "she," he's decided that he'd rather only have intercourse with her, and not another person, because it's just so good with her.)

    In the back, uh huh, I can't crack (them having sex in the back of a car, I assumed.)

    Your body's shaking, and it's clear (marking the anticipation she has to be touched)
    You really need it, so let go (needs...well, what? Sex, I guess)
    And let me beat it, but you know ("beat it" is more modern sexual slang...but this may not be what he meant)

    We bring the bump to the grind, uh huh (grinding is a really sexual dance, that resembles sex in some instances. This could also be very straight to the point...bumping and grinding can be easily associated with intercourse, no?)

    And we don't mean to satisfy tonight (I'm not sure what to make of this, but my original guess was that the song was about two people just wanting a casual romp, so this line kind of makes me think they weren't really aiming to satisfy one another, rather just themselves or something like this.)

    'Cause I don't need to satisfy tonight (same as the above interpretation ^)
    madoka13on April 01, 2009   Link

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