A police car
Was outside your house today
I haven’t seen you in a couple of days
They knocked on your door
And then they went away
Your mother looked scared
But she didn’t cry
She didn’t cry

On one hand I've got myself to blame
But on the other it’s always the same

Follow suit, shake your head
Tell me that is a lie
I don’t want you to death
But I want you to die
Without a good friend
On a sunshine
I know I want survival
But you don’t know why

Where is she
Where is she
Where is my baby girl?
I’ve seen you
You’re crazy
What have you done with my whole wide world?

On one hand I've got myself to blame
But on the other it’s always the same thing

Follow suit, shake your head
Tell me that is a lie
I don’t want you for dead
But I want you to die
Without a good friend
On a bad day
Without a soft surrender
Now what do you say

All of these tears that we’ve cried
All of these tears that we’ve cried

Where is she
Where is she
Where is my baby girl?
I’ve seen you
And you’re crazy
What have you done with my whole wide world?

Where is she
Where is she
Where is my baby girl?
I’ve seen you
And you’re crazy
What have you done with my whole wide world?
What have you done with my whole wide world?
What have you done ...?


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Soft Surrender (Where Is She?) song meanings
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  • +1
    General Commentfrom the July 2005 issue of Q magazine:

    Brandon Flowers: "This is about that girl in Scotland [teenager Jodi Jones] who was murdered by her boyfriend [Luke Mitchell], and it's written from the mother's point of view. When I heard the story, it just inspired me to write about it. I hope the mother won't mind..."
    the_mimeon July 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that most of this song is in the mother's point of view. Except for, of course:

    "A police car, was outside your house today
    I havent seen you, in a couple of days
    They knocked on your door, and then they went away
    Your mother looked scared, but she didnt cry
    She didnt cry"

    which seems like it is from a third person. A narrator. Brandon, let's say. Or, possibly from the murderer's (boyfriend) point of view, if he is confused.

    Although, now that I look at it, the whole thing except for the chorus could be in the boyfriend's point of view!

    The line is:
    "Follow suit shake your head, tell me that its alright
    I don't want you to be dead, but I want you to die"

    To me at first it sounded like the mother talking about the boyfriend in the second line, like she hates him. But now I think it might make more sense coming from the boyfriend, talking to the girl. Maybe not though.

    I think the chorus:
    "Where is she?
    Where is she?
    Where is my baby girl
    Oh I've seen you, you're crazy
    What have you done with my whole wide world?"

    is from the mom's point of view. Talking to the boyfriend with "I've seen you before when she was alive, I never thought well of you, now you killed her! What did you do, killing her?! What did you do to her?!" kinds of remarks. It seems like the kind of emotion in this song that a mother would have toward her daughter's murderer. Not like I would know, thank God.

    I don't really know. It might be from all of their perspectives, too, the mother, father, and boyfriend. Like the "all these tears that we've cried pulls it all together, like they aren't really all that different, like they are joined together in their grieving.

    My thoughts on this song are really confusing, because lines seem to contradict each other. I know though that it makes perfect sense, there just isn't much proof to show us what the definite meanings are.

    I mean, I know everyone basically can agree that it is about the Scottish girl who was murdered by her boyfriend, but each line has it's own meaning, and it's those that we don't exactly know.

    Okay, I know that this post was probably heck for you to read, because I'm only typing things as I think of them, and I'm normally a much better writer than this, but I hope you can translate my point.

    thank you and peace

    --Mari
    foundthevelvetsun7on May 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is entirely in the mother's perspective.

    A police car, was outside your house today
    -- to question/arrest the boyfriend
    I havent seen you, in a couple of days
    -- because he's hiding out from police
    They knocked on your door, and then they went away
    -- he's obviously not there
    Your mother looked scared, but she didnt cry
    She didnt cry
    -- the murderer's mother answered the door

    On one hand, I've got myself to blame
    -- failure to protect the daughter
    But on the other, it's always the same
    -- parents can't always be there
    Follow suit shake your head, tell me that its alright
    -- perhaps dealing with the boyfriend giving false
    -- condolences, "following suit" like other mourners
    I don't you to be dead, but I want you to die
    -- Not wanting him to be dead because she wants
    -- the whole thing to never have happened, but
    -- since it did... she wants revenge.
    Without a good friend, or a sunshine
    -- She wants him dead with no friends left, no
    -- happiness
    I know I want survival, but you dont know why
    -- Perhaps survival only to make his living hell...


    The rest of the song is fairly self-explanatory if you know the backstory.

    One of the absolute best Killers songs. Too bad they couldn't release, but understandable.
    Jerrbear245on June 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure these lyrics are entirely right, but it is hard to hear Brandon on the track, so I'll let it pass for now ;)

    This song is about a Scottish girl, Jodi Jones, who was killed by her boyfriend. Obviously it's from one of her parent's perspective. Apparently the guys in the band saw her story on the new when they were touring in Scotland, and decided to write a song about her.
    thelesserthreaton June 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah the socks part doesn't seem quite right. o_O; Changed some of the bits. I didn't type them myself, I got them from thekillersonline.net

    I remember reading the mom was a little shocked by the fact The Killers wrote this song.
    foldsbaldwinon June 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great,
    Its really meaningful. I wonder how the mother actually feels about the song like? I'd be interested to know.
    Bethie09on June 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really good but im pretty sure its from the perspective off her farther not from the perspective off her parents in general.


    Also i think it says
    "Without a good friend, or sunshine"
    not
    "Without a good friend, on a sunshine"
    Ficti0non July 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really good but im pretty sure its from the perspective off her farther not from the perspective off her parents in general.


    Also i think it says
    "Without a good friend, or sunshine"
    not
    "Without a good friend, on a sunshine"
    Ficti0non July 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really good but im pretty sure its from the perspective off her farther not from the perspective off her parents in general.


    Also i think it says
    "Without a good friend, or sunshine"
    not
    "Without a good friend, on a sunshine"
    Ficti0non July 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI thought this was a version of "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf". The first part of the murder trilogy... Correct me if I'm wrong.
    Poet For Pennieson August 17, 2005   Link

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