"All the Pretty Faces" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
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


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"All the Pretty Faces" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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    General CommentPersonally, I thought the song was about their conflictiong feelings towards ones partner, perhaps even the temptations of leaving/cheating on one's partner.

    Apparently Brandon & Co. are all taken, either married or with girlfriends, so I think this makes sense given that they are probably always away from their loved ones (on tour or promoting their music) and have legions of female fans. Lets take a closer look at the song:

    Title: All the Pretty Faces
    *A reference to all the good-looking females they've met on the road, etc. since becoming big...Women throwing themselves at rock stars kinda thing?

    "Help me out I need it / I don't feel like lovin' you no more ... / I don't feel like like touching/fucking her no more..."
    **About not wanting/conflicting feelings towards their current partners. The "help me out, I need it" is like a plead to their partners to both understand and help them though these feelings.

    "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"
    **About how they want to stay with their partners and really do love them because they've been there for them all along. The "how did it happen" is because they never expected to feel this way, they feel they truly loved their partners. The "I spent 2 long years in a strange strange land" is, I think, a reference to their quick rise to success. Since this song was released in 2005, Hot Fuss was released 2004, they probably started in 2003? Thus, the Killers have spent 2 years writing, touring, promoting their music all over the world.

    "And you're not going anywhere without me / These trials don't prepare the ERROR of / You're not telling anyone about me / And you shake and you PLEAD while I sing my song"
    **I heard the words "error" instead of "era" and "plead" instead of "bleed", I could be wrong ... Anyway, I think this is about how despite their conflicting feelings, they still feel possessive over their partners. The trials refer to how all the love and time they've had/spent together couldn't prepare them for these confliction feelings/temptations. Then the "shake and plead" part is about how their partners feel.

    "I've been different places / Ringing out like a shotgun in my head / All the pretty faces / Ringing out when I just can't go to bed"
    **About all the different places and faces they've seen/met since touring, promoting, etc. How overwhelming this has all been to them in such a short time.

    Essentially, I think this is a song about a relationship going through a period of uncertainty, and wondering if you are with the right person. So, it's about temptation, and most importantly, conflicting feelings, because they still love their partners and want to be with them, they just don't know how to deal with these feelings yet.
    VictoryCoffeeon December 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirstly I am Mormon. Secondly I have researched a lot of video tape of Brandon Flowers including live shows, interviews and articles online. The song is top notch, definitely. I suppose I have as good opinion as anyone about this lyrics, and I don't think anyone has nailed it down completely until now. I believe it is about Brandon's girlfriend who became his wife. Somewhat like Edward in The Twilight series (written by Stephanie Meyers... a Mormon... no accident), Brandon found he did not want to even touch his girlfriend/future wife because he loved her so much. Why? This is supremely ironical... he couldn't love her or touch her and certainly he couldn't f**** her... because he loved her. Put simply, he was crazy about his girlfriend and future wife. He would do anything just to be (his girlfiend/wife's) man. Did this reaction come about because he is Mormon? I think so, certainly. The song is about eternal love... an LDS doctrine. This was a different kind of love for him, quite apparently... from Brandon's perspective. One that he had never experienced or even imagined existed. It was a holy and virtues kind of love. The song says "your not going anywhere without me" an obvious reference to a romantic love that will exist after death only in the Celestial Heaven. Being a Mormon especialy outside of Utah means you are stranger in a strange land, amplify that by being in Las Vegas and a bonified rock star who travels around the world "to different places". Even Non-Mormon people who agree with the doctrine about chastity, complete abstinence before marraige and absolute fedility after... often have a difficult time understanding the Mormon reasoning behind a belief in eternal marraige and also eternal love. Let me explain something briefly. If you were to go up to a Mormon and ask if they would pull a rip cord on a suicide jacket, IF THE PROPHET asked them personaly, they would probably say no... or even more likely deflect this question. If you had a lie detector with you however, and used it, you would often get an affirmative response to this question (the cat would be out of the bag, so to speak). Furthermore you would get a yes response more often from the successfull or more highly educated group of Mormons which might surprise you (assuming the lie detector). This might cause some to conclude that LDS folks are part of a group like the knights of the round table, or just the opposite... like some fanaticle Al Quida-type group. Luckily, the Prophet of the LDS Church almost never requires that kind of action, but theoreticly The Prophet could require this at any time of any member. So when Brandon Sings this song as seen live on YouTube it is no B.S. Part of the motivation behind this amazing loyalty to The LDS Church that Mormons have is they don't want to screw up their Celestial marraige and Celestial love to their beloved spouse. Death would be much preferable to losing their spouse for eternity. So all the pretty faces, in all the different places.. is looked at in a different way then someone not of Flower's faith. Quite simply they could tempt him to transgress sufficiently, that he might lose his eternal love, (his girlfriend who later became his wife)and thus cause a spiritual death and quite possibly cause Brandon to commit actual suicide... like a shotgun to his head as the song says is how Brandon Flowers percieves the situation. I suppose all of this seems fantasticle for Non-Mormons and it is probably next to impossible to grasp some of the nuances of the song. I doubt even Brandon's band-mates even understand what the song is about completely. If you aren't Mormon you won't get the Celestial Marraige references (nor how criticaly important that Celestial Love is to a a true believing Mormon like Brandon Flowers) unless you have had missionary lessons AND done quite a bit of research on the subject. (Knock yourself out... the subject matter is very deep... even lifelong older Mormon's often don't understand some of the complexity of it.) But the bottom line if your a Mormon like Brandon Flowers is this... you want to be with your girlfriend/wife forever and ever and ever. Now since Marraige, Brandon and his wife have had two kids. Mormons are not Catholic Priests and Nun's so before marraige and after marraige is completely different. However, it is obvious from this song that Brandon is very solitious of his wifes wishes, particularly in regards to sex. She gets what she wants when she wants it how she wants it... so Brandon is completely selfless in this regard. And if she said to never touch her... he would do it and be completely celibate and be happy about it because that would again show how much he loved his wife. Certainly two sons indicate this is not the case at this time. But if for some reason Brandon's wife does not want to do anything "phisical", then Brandon is not just O.K. with that.. he is enthusiasticly o.k. with that... indeed the whole song cries out his true feelings on this subject. But either way it his deepest desire not to be selfish to her, ever. This despite being a rock star and having an over abundance of "energy" (so to speak). His love for his wife is completely enthusiasticly unselfish... very much a Mormon concept. However, this song is not about going on an LDS mission. This song is personal. It is about Brandon and his then Mormon (convert) girlfriend. The two years that he sings of are his own two years he did NOT go on a Mission. This is a time however that he became convinced that the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints is true and how important turning away from error i.e. sin is and was at the time. It is absolutely urgent that he become more diligent in his adherence to living the commandments of God (note the urgent tempo of the song). Which brings us back to how he looks at his wife (then his girlfriend). He must live a sufficiently virtous and pious life... does this mean perfect? Honestly, I don't know where the wiggle room is for sin... but to say it causes consternation and trepidation for some Mormons... in truth most Mormons... is an understatement. If he (Brandon) does not live a sufficiently moral life... he could lose his wife in the afterlife FOREVER... and the very thought of that possibility is freaking him out. And he needs help. From his soon-to-be wife, God, etc. To quote another song "I need direction to perfection"... i.e. moral perfection. "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" refers to Brandon not going on a mission for two years, but in a sense being a different kind of missionary... the same type of person who would vigorously slam the door in a LDS Missionaries road weary face, might listen to The Killers songs over and over again. The Killers songs often talk about death, phisical death, spiritual death, romantic love, spiritual love, redemption, repentance, Jesus Christ... and so forth. All the kind of things a Mormon Missionary wouldn't be allowed to say because he would never be allowed to set foot inside your home. But using poetic verse and music Brandon Flowers feels that he publishes peace and expresses emotions that couldn't otherwise be communicated particularly to Non-LDS people. So he has soul but he is not a soldier. (Inside the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints consider their missionaries to be soldiers of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour... a very different perception than those outside the LDS faith typicaly have, to be sure). Furthermore he wants to be a great husband and a great rock star... in the sense that God wants him to be. Yet he is imperfect... and his very real trepidation about that comes out in the lyrics to many of his songs that he wrote. Is he good enough? Will he make it to the Celestial kingdom? Will he be good enough for his wife who he has been taught all of his life... because she is a Mormon woman she is exalted, and almost but not quit worthy of worship. So you see the problem... he is trapped by his own limitations... his own imperfections. And how does he get out of this mess, is what he is singing in many of his songs. To Non-Mormons this may seem like a horible situation. But in this sense Brandon Flowers sees it as a good situation, because at least he sees what he is up against. Better to know the truth than to be essentially drugged into a complacent immoral attitude or lolled into an evil way of looking at the world. Better to repent than to lose his girlfriend/wife forever. So he is glad he knows the trap he is in. But as the song says he needs help and lots of it (of the divine type). His wife (then girlfriend) "would shake when she pleaded (bleaded)" to God that Brandon would overcome his sins so they could be married in the Temple while Brandon would sing his song... he no doubt practised some of his songs on the piano in his house in his girlfriend/wifes presence etc. etc. etc. How often did Brandon's mom plead to God that Brandon's father would convert to Mormonism and be sufficiently devoute to ensure the contination of the relationship in the next life?? A lot. Not just a prayer but a pleading and shacking prayer. A prayer that you can barely imagine the sincerity of it if you are not LDS and your spouse is not a member. He saw his beloved wife doing the same thing as his Mom... which isn't surprising, after all, if you think about it. From what I have gathered Brandon Flowers has married his wife only outside the Temple. He has not done so inside the Temple... yet (the operative word here is 'yet'). I must say, that reading this song is a little bit like reading hyroglifics. If you don't know the language you don't know. A little bit of internet and timeline analysis will prove that Brandon did not go on a formal LDS Church Mission. Also it is obvious that this song is about his life. Watch the YouTube video of the live performances. Look how into the song he is. He is really feeling this song... not just singing it. Notice that he almost falls down at one point. This is no ordinary song! Normally for just about any Killers songs you can think of you can find multiple live performance video from multiple locations.. but not this song. Oh no. There are only two live performance videos of this song... and one of the videos focuses on the drummer Vanuci most of the time but luckily the other one shows Brandon Flower's raw emotion for everyone to see. Basicly what happens in the video is Brandon Flowers rips his heart out and shows it to the crowd (and the camera), so to speak. This is one of Greatest Live Rock performances of one of the greatest rock songs of all time, and thus that video is one of the greatest rock videos of all time. And it might well be the only one. Amazingly, since 2005 there has been no other live performances of this song by The Killers (to my knowledge). If you have read this comment down to here, then you certainly now know why. Imagine a shy and stammering Brandon Flowers trying to explain this song to the interviewers!! It would be like throwing the naive lamb to the ravenous wolves!! No... this song cuts too close to his heart so he has not sung it publicly (apparantly) since 2005. Maybe The Killers will NEVER perform the song again... one of greatest songs ever in the history of Rock And Roll. Maybe the best Rock And Roll song ever, by any band. Now you see why.
    Soultrainmanon January 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is totally about being tempted by horny fans. Brandon Flowers seems scared of females sometimes like he will actually get upset when fans are a bit forward- the other guys will flirt back and that's as far as it goes but Brandon- it's like he doesn't trust himself. Seriously.
    XtinaBon December 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter reading all the comments I guess it's not difficult to fathom why it isn't on the new album...Tana put her foot down? Brandon get scared?
    ultradirrtyon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is just a thought.Brandon Flowers is A member of the Mormon Church and when he says is the song that he spent two long years in a strange strange land, maybe he is refering to serving a mission for the Church.because the missions last two years and more often than not they are spent in a strange strange land.
    foutzy1on December 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlright so I'm gonna go out on a limb here.

    Brandon Flowers is Mormon, and in the Mormon church, guys can choose to go away for two years and serve on a mission, and sometimes their girls wait for them. My boyfriend has been gone for almost two months now, and we can only contact each other by mail and email.

    In relation to the song, I think it could be a guy on his mission only to get back to realize his girl's been whoring around.

    "Well how did it happen?
    I spent two long years in a strange, strange land."

    So, he gets back and realizes what happened and gets really mad, obviously. He starts to remember all the places he was at, and all the pretty girls who he could've went back to see after he was done, but he didn't because he was still in love with his girlfriend. So, because he's bitter and he wants to SHOW HER, he writes this song.

    "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."

    what I get from that as a whole is that he sings this song in front of a lot of people who didn't know she was supposed to be waiting for him, so she gets nervous and sad and freaks out when he sings it.


    That's what I get from it, anyways.
    XO.
    shelle02on January 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSo, I skimmed over the topics to make sure I wasn't covering anyone else's ground, but I only found a couple people that touched on my interpretation so I'll give it a go.
    As far as I can tell, the song is sung in four voices. You can tell the tone of the singer. As Brandon is a Mormon, you'll find a lot of references to Mormon religion and society in the song, something I am well acquainted with as I am one and am about to leave on my mission.

    The first voice: the returned missionary pleading in prayer because he doesn't know what to do with his pre-mission girlfriend (as discussed prior).

    The second voice: the voice of the missionary realizing what's going on, no longer pleading, now just recognizing the facts.

    The third voice: the Spirit, or voice of God, communicating with him during/after the prayer.

    The fourth voice: the angry/rebellious missionary

    And now a lyrical analysis:

    (ahhh ahhh ahh) - sets the tone for the song as one of stress


    (First Voice)
    Help me out I need it - Opening of the prayer
    I don't feel like loving you no more - Protagonist is trying to transition to post-mission life
    I don't feel like loving you no more

    Help me out I need it
    I don't feel like touching her no more -Protagonist finds that while he's in the same place he was, he's no longer the same person, and is no longer attracted to his pre-mission girlfriend.
    Help me out I need it I said
    I don't feel like touching her no more

    (Second Voice)
    Well how did it happen? - This is a question about how he lost affection for his pre-mission girlfriend. The answer:
    I spent two long years in a strange strange land.
    Well how did it happen? - How did he spend two long years in a strange strange land? The answer:
    I'd do anything just to be your man. - God asked him to do this, and he'd do anything to serve God, so he went.

    (Third Voice)
    You're not going anywhere without me. - At baptism, Mormons are also blessed with the Holy Ghost, essentially the constant presence of the Spirit, or God's voice.
    (Second Voice) These trials don't repair the error no - This is in reference to the pain the protagonist is feeling because of his disobedience on his mission
    (Third Voice) You're not telling anyone about me - After the mission, some missionaries tend to go the other way, clamshelling and not talking about their religion at all. While it's true they're not full time missionaries any longer, it is unhealthy to make such a rapid change like that. The Spirit is telling him he feels awful because he's gone from constant preaching to nothing in a day, and that he should try to ease out of it.
    (Second Voice) And you shake and you bleed while I sing my song. - This is in reference to Christ's pain in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross, where he suffered for our sins. In most accounts, he is pictured as shaking and "bleeding from every pore" in the Garden of Gethsemane, and what the protagonist is saying is that while he sings, complaining about something so insignificant in comparison, Christ suffered for everything, and he really has nothing to whine about.

    (Fourth Voice)
    I don't feel like I don't feel like - The protagonist is tired of doing the right thing, obeying the commandments, etc. A scripture every Mormon knows, John 14: 15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments" may be referenced here. When he says I don't feel like loving you, what he means is I don't feel like obeying your commandments anymore.
    I don't feel like loving you.
    I don't feel like I don't feel like
    I don't feel like loving you.

    (First voice)
    All the different places - On a mission, you serve in several different places over two years. This could be in reference to the many places he was, and all his memories crashing together as he "decompresses" from the busy life a missionary has and remembers everything.
    Ring out like a shotgun in my head
    All the pretty faces - after your mission, girls suddenly become available, and especially in "Happy Valley" (the Idaho-Utah-Arizona strip) there are a lot of them, and dating/marriage is pretty much the idea. Brandon grew up in Las Vegas, which is included in that area, and this song is probably about the rush of available girls there are in a place like BYU for a returned missionary.
    Ring out and I just can't go to bed - This could mean either he's kept up at night thinking about it, or he's so busy with his social life that he's in school/working all day and out with friends all night, exhausting him.

    (Second Voice)
    Well how did it happen? - This is a different question than the first one, relating to the previous verse.
    I spent two long years in a strange strange land. - Mormon girls typically won't pay attention to you unless you have your pass as an Eagle Scout and a Returned Missionary. Being an RM is like a coming of age thing, suddenly making you dating material, which would explain how it happened.
    Well how did it happen?
    I'd do anything just to be your man. (I'd do anything just to be your man). - This line addresses, in this case, his future wife who requires him to be an RM. He'd do anything, even go on a mission, to be her man.

    (Third Voice)
    You're not going anywhere without me. - Another comfort, that he's never alone, God is always with him in his trials.
    (Second Voice)
    These trials don't repair the error no. - Added difficulty doesn't help him, he's saying, but if things got easier the more wrong we did, we'd have no incentive to continue doing right.
    (Third Voice)
    You're not telling anyone about me. - Same as before.
    (Second Voice)
    And you shake and you bleed while I sing my song.

    (Second Voice)
    I don't feel like touching you - This is in reference to touching Christ, which in the bible is associated with healing. Essentially, he doesn't want to come back- he wants to stay miserable, a problem most people caught up in a vicious cycle have.
    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 - The Spirit is known to act on people around those having trouble when they can't help themselves. Basically, God hints to someone that their friend needs assistance with something, and they help them get back on their feet. He's so depressed and miserable he's telling God not even to do this.

    (Fourth Voice)
    You're not going anywhere - He's mocking what God has said to comfort him, refusing help, in the voice of his body.
    withouuuuuuuuuuuut me.
    (help me out I need it help me out I need it) - here the background singers represent his spirit, calling for help, while his body refuses it.
    You can't tell anyone about me. (help me out I need it)
    (First Voice)
    Help me out I need it! - here his spirit has broken through his body and is shouting for help/repentance again.

    (Second Voice)
    I don't feel like I don't feel like - Here he's saying what he said before. Whether or not he feels like Loving God is separate from whether or not he will. He may just be admitting that this is a really difficult time for him, but that he'll do his best to keep the commandments. Cliffhanger :P
    I don't feel like loving you.
    I don't feel like I don't feel like
    I don't feel like loving you.


    Overview
    While the song starts off as a shallow overview of what he's going to do with his girl problems, eventually it becomes a process of self-realization and his relationship with God. Not much else to say here- it's all in the text, but hope you enjoyed. Don't be afraid to offend me just because I'm Mormon with your replies- I'm all ears.
    Thanks for reading!
    hotterpopon April 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbefore reading a lot of the comments, i thought this song was about a pedophile who stops loving the kids after they get older. definitely fucked up but what sparked it was the chorus

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

    anyway, i think there are a lot of other connections but i like the interpretation of the pretty faces being the crowds at the shows and him not trusting himself better.
    AnthonyGreenLoveon May 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are "I don't feel like touching you no more" not "I don't feel like f***ing you no more". The part about spending 2 years in a strange strange land could refer to a mission because Brandon is Mormon.
    DrunkLlamaon June 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone see this as a song about a guy coming out?
    How he loses feelings for a girl and that he doesn't want her telling anyone about him?
    Kirstabulouson October 20, 2009   Link

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