"Sam's Town" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
Nobody ever had a dream 'round here
But I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me
Nobody ever pulls the seams 'round here
But I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me

I've got this energy beneath my feet
Like something underground's gonna come up and carry me
I've got this sentimental heart that beats
But I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me

Now, why do you waste my time?
Is the answer to the question on your mind
And I'm sick of all my judges
So scared of what they'll find
But I know that I can make it
As long as somebody takes me home
Every now and then

Oh, have you ever seen the lights?
Have you ever seen the lights?

I took the shuttle on a shock wave ride
Where people on the pen pulled a trigger for accolades
I took a bullet, and I looked inside
And it's running through my veins
An American masquerade

I still remember grandma Ditzy's wake
I've never really known anybody to die before
Red, white and blue upon a birthday cake
And my brother - he was born on the fourth of the July, and that's all

So why do you waste my time?
Is the answer to the question on your mind
And I'm sick of all my judges
So scared of letting me shine
But I know that I can make it
As long as somebody takes me home

Woo!
(Every now and then)
(Every now and then)

You know I see London; I see Sam's Town
Pulls my hand, and let's my hair down
Rolls that world right off my shoulder
I see London; I see Sam's Town now


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"Sam's Town" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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  • +5
    General CommentMy favourite song so far off of Sam's Town. It's a tribute to Americana in my opinion.

    The narrator is noticing that people in his town are boring, no one ever lets it loose...he is among those boring uninspired people, and it's starting to bother him.

    (Nobody ever had a dream round here,
    but I don't really mind and it's starting to get to me
    Nobody ever pulled the seams round here,
    but I don't really mind and it's starting to get to me)

    He has this feeling that something great is going to inspire him and break out of the ho-hum town. But, he is attached to the place he's lived his whole life.

    (I've got this energy beneath my feet
    like something underground's gonna come up and carry me,
    I've got this sentimental heart that beats
    and I don't really mind and it's starting to get to me)

    Always being in the little old town is a waste of time. People criticize him for wanting to break out, for wanting to see the world. He's sick of everyone holding him back. He knows he can make it in his life as long as he comes back home, because his 'sentimental heart' is tied to his home.

    Now.."Why do you waste my time?"
    Is/If the answer to the question on your mind
    And I'm sick of all my judges
    so scared to walk on by [so scared of what they'll find]
    But I know that I can make it
    As long as somebody takes me home,
    every now and then...)

    He imagines the lights of the amazing big cities he yearns to see.

    (Now/Oh, have you ever seen the lights?
    Have you ever seen the lights?)

    He gets out of the town, but people tell him it's the wrong way to go and he should just stay home. He realizes it's all a facade (masquerade) and the people are patriotic like crazy and want him to stay in the perfect, ideal American town and not see the world and all it has to offer.

    I took the shuttle on a shopway driveway [shockwave ride]
    the people the way said don't go that way [?]
    I took a boat [bullet] and a hook to that side [I look inside...]
    And it's running through my veins
    I know there's a faster way [It's an American masquerade]

    He's never known anyone that's tried to break out of the little town, he's lost. All he's known is the afore mentioned perfect, ideal American town with the perfect American ideals.

    (Does she know that way..?
    I've never really known anyone
    Do you know another way?
    Red white and blue upon a birthday cake,
    And my brother, he was born on the fourth of the July...and that's all)

    He envisions the big lights of Sam's Town and London and he knows that making it to these exciting places will spiritually free him. It will free him of all the questions he had about other places.

    (You know I see London, I see Sam's Town
    holds/pulls my hand and let's my hair down
    Rolls the world right off my shoulder
    I see London, I see Sam's Town)


    Sorry that was so long...if you read it all, I love you! This is just my personal interpretation and who knows what the Killers really meant. Beautiful song!

    Lyndz
    ShotgunXXWeddingon September 11, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis whole thing to me talks about how he started hitting it big in UK, but really wanted the comfort of his home, US:
    Someone said the Killers popped out in UK first, despite being from US.
    His little town is uninspiring, and it is starting to get to him.
    Something about his judges finding out the truth about him, and thinking he wasted their time.
    The next verse is all about Americana. I read an article that Brandon was originally fixated on brit rock, and even sand in a british accent from time to time, if this is true, it makes sense.
    Maybe people found out he wasn't a brit and thought that sucked. He used to act the part apparently, AND they hit in in UK before here. I think the whole second first is saying, "I'm so american I remember grandma dixie's wake and my brother was born of the 4th of july. And that is all. No foreign glam, just all american. And maybe this disappointed.
    Apparently Grandma Dixie is a hiking trail in Memphis, or something. And everyone recognizes Dixie as an old west name.
    Sick of his judges, they're just trying to keep him down.

    I See London I see Sam's town.
    London is where he started, but someone said sam's town in a casino, and he grew up in vegas. Also, Sam's Town could be the whole uncle same thing.
    It's like saying he has his sights set on london, and it's within view, so he decides to take on America? I see london, even better, I see Sam's Town. Being on home turf perhaps makes it easier for him.
    Just sorta what I see.

    Basically, "I'm not effing british, but you americans wouldn't listen to a small town boy or big city casino brat. But to the British, I'm exotic. And once the British are into it, it'll make it exotic to you. And I'm in. hahaha I tricked you."
    Which is really.... just downright genius.
    MagentaMSIon March 02, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think I understand what this song is about. I think it's a reply to Flowers' Mormon critics. I probably shouldn't narrow it completely to mormons, but I think this is a reply to people who are judging him, and I'm sure he (as a mormon) feels judged by a few other mormons. Mormons have a stereotype of being nice, strict, boring people. That's because it's pretty true. (of couse not all mormons are boring eg. Arthur "Killer" Kane, Jon Heder, Paul Walker etc.) But Flowers breaks the mold.

    This is the basic idea behind the first verse.
    (Nobody ever had a dream round here,
    but I don't really mind and/that it's starting to get to me
    Nobody ever pulls the seams round here,
    but I don't really mind and/that it's starting to get to me)

    Next, he talks about his talent and potential.
    (I've got this energy beneath my feet
    like something underground's gonna come up and carry me,
    I've got this sentimental heart that beats
    but I don't really mind [and] it's starting to get to me)

    Then he answers the question. I'm not really sure what the question is, but I think it has something like "why aren't you more like Donny Osmond?"
    (Now.."Why do you waste my time?"
    Is the answer to the question on your mind)

    Brandon is not a perfect mormon. He has admitted to drinking now and then (if you didn't already know this, mormons don't drink alchohol, coffee or tea).
    (And I'm sick of all my judges
    so scared of what they'll find)

    The next part I think could be about going out and drinking and needing a designated driver, but there's more to it than that. It's really a metiphore for his life. He's saying, "I can make it if you help me intead of critisize me." Also this could be a refrence to his wife or family standing by him and helping him.
    But I know that I can make it
    As long as somebody takes me home,
    every now and then...

    I'm not really sure what the next verse means, but it seems to be a bunch of memories, many involving his family. He really admired his older brother, Who went to BYU and who introduced him to a lot of 80's bands. In an interview he said, "He had the coolest posters. Like the Cure from The Head on the Door, where their faces are painted. When my great-grandmother died, he didn't go to the funeral. We were all in the car waiting for Shane and he never showed up. My mom went in the house and ripped every single poster on the wall in half because she knew that was the worst thing she could do to him."

    Anyway, as stated by others here, Sam's Town is a casino in Vegas. I'm not sure about London, but I think Sam's town must represent a place were Flowers feels relaxed. It helps him to forget his critics. It could also be the place that he first tried certain things.
    [You know] I see London, I see Sam's Town
    holds my hand and let's my hair down
    Rolls that world right off my shoulder
    I see London, I see Sam's Town

    Anyhow, there you have it.

    This is from another interview:

    "'With any religion there are do's and don'ts,' says Flowers. 'A lot of people think polygamy is involved and it's not. [Or that] you can't drink Coke - that we think we're gonna go to hell if we drink Pepsi. You're not supposed to drink alcohol.'

    But you do.

    Flowers grins. 'I try not to.'

    He's caught between God and rock'n'roll, the sacred and the profane. No wonder holy Bono is such a hero to him. 'Bob Dylan said it best - you can't be Jewish and be cool,' he chuckles, 'and you can't be a Mormon and be cool! But I'm trying my best!'

    It's about picking his way carefully through the world of, as he sang on Hot Fuss, 'Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll'. The Killers' most famous line, 'I've got soul/But I'm not a soldier', has always baffled me. Pressed on its meaning, Flowers eventually concedes that it's about how 'you're not always going to be perfect ... For me it was more of a religious thing. Going through this phase in my life of ... believing what I believe and being thrown to the dogs. To the rock'n'roll world ... Because even when I slipped I still believed what I believe.

    'I'm trying to find the ideal place. And I'm still looking. I'm starting to get more comfortable with it. I'm a man and I'm attracted to women. You read about, and you have that fascination with, the drugs. There's a certain level that we're kinda expected to, to to ...' The words come out of his mouth with stuttering difficulty.

    'To debaucherise [sic], I guess! It's expected of us, almost.'

    Has he taken drugs? Flowers opens his mouth to speak, thinks better of it, and waves his hand back and forth over the tape recorder, smiling, uncharacteristically at a loss for words."
    sacketsharboron October 15, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI guess i have to educate you all

    Brendan is from Henderson, Nevada.
    Henderson is south of las vegas, it is fairly easy to see the strip from a good place.
    I know this because i also live in Henderson, Nevada

    Sam's Town is not in Las Vegas.
    It is a smaller casino in henderson, similar to the station casinos (you can look those up)

    This song talks about how nobody in this town wants to do anything great. I know, i live here.
    He wants to be famous and sees important things in his future (i.e. sam's town is a metaphor because it was the local casino and represented something bigger than what it was)

    The second verse is where he goes to the strip and sees that it isnt that special. so he looks beyond that.
    Because if you live near Vegas, you know its not as great as its believed to be

    It actually sucks

    Your welcome.
    superduperguyon January 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNear complete lyrics:

    Nobody ever had a dream round here,
    but I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me
    Nobody ever pulls the seams round here,
    but I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me

    I've got this energy beneath my feet
    like something underground's gonna come up and carry me,
    I've got this sentimental heart that beats
    but I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me

    Now.."Why do you waste my time?"
    Is the answer to the question on your mind
    And I'm sick of all my judges
    so scared of what they'll find
    But I know that I can make it
    As long as somebody takes me home,
    every now and then...

    Oh, have you ever seen the lights?
    Have you ever seen the lights?

    I took a shuttle on a shockwave ride
    when people on the pen pulled the trigger for acolade
    I took a bullet and i looked inside
    And running through my veins
    an American masquerade

    I still remember from my...(?)
    I'd never really known anybody to die before
    Red white and blue upon a birthday cake,
    my brother, he was born on the fourth of the July...and that's all

    "So why do you waste my time?"
    Is the answer to the question on your mind
    And I'm sick of all my judges
    so scared of letting me shine
    But I know that I can make it,
    as long as somebody takes me home...

    Wooooooo!

    (every now and then) [x2]

    You know I see London, I see Sam's Town
    holds my hand and let's my hair down
    Rolls that world right off my shoulder
    I see London, I see Sam's Town
    forever23on September 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm fairly sure that the 'I see London, I see Sam's Town' is a slight twist on the kids rhyme 'I see London, I see France. I see X's underpants!' It certainly came to mind the first time I heard the song.
    Girdagon October 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment(Nobody ever had a dream round here,
    but I don't really mind and/that it's starting to get to me
    Nobody ever pulls the seams round here,
    but I don't really mind and/that it's starting to get to me)

    I think the narrator is saying that people in his town are all the same and that nothing ever changes. He's different but doesn't mind it

    (I've got this energy beneath my feet
    like something underground's gonna come up and carry me,
    I've got this sentimental heart that beats
    but I don't really mind [and] it's starting to get to me)

    He knows who he is and is happy with it, tho he feels kind of trapped.

    (Now.."Why do you waste my time?"
    Is the answer to the question on your mind
    And I'm sick of all my judges
    so scared of what they'll find
    But I know that I can make it)

    He wishes people would stop trying to change him. He wants to get out and see the world.

    (As long as somebody takes me home,
    every now and then...)

    (Oh, have you ever seen the lights?
    Have you ever seen the lights?)

    The lights of far-away places he wants to see

    (I took the shuttle on a shock-wave ride,
    where the people on the pen pull trigger for accolade
    I took a bullet, I looked inside
    Running through my veins
    An American masquerade)

    He acts like everyone else, because he's known nothing but this town.

    (I still remember Grandma Dixie's way/wake,
    I never really known anybody to die before
    Red white and blue upon a birthday cake,
    And my brother, he was born on the fourth of the July...and that's all)

    He has a pretty average life... Living just like everyone else in the town.

    "So why do you waste my time?"
    Is the answer to the question on your mind
    And I'm sick of all my judges,
    so scared of letting me shine
    But I know that I can make it,
    as long as somebody takes me home...

    Wooooooo!

    (every now and then) [x2]

    ([You know] I see London, I see Sam's Town
    holds my hand and let's my hair down
    Rolls that world right off my shoulder
    I see London, I see Sam's Town)
    thatcoolpersonon April 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about growing up in a family/town/community that just settles for the norm ("Nobody ever had a dream round here"), but he has bigger plans for his life ("I've got this energy beneath my feet like something underground's gonna come up and carry me"). Like chasing his musical career (as this was first album after their breakthrough Hot Fuss) but people don't believe he can do it (" People criticize him for wanting to break out, for wanting to see the world. He's sick of everyone holding him back. He knows he can make it in his life as long as he comes back home, because his 'sentimental heart' is tied to his home.") and in the end he chooses to follow the temptation & his heart ("You know I see London, I see Sam's Town
    holds my hand and let's my hair down")
    inallmyrevelryon October 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think I remember that Brandon Flowers said in an interview that he's just singing about his life and that his grandma's actually called Dixie and his brother was born on the 4th of July.
    (Love that line because my best friend was born on the 4th as well...)

    Well, for me this song's about living in a small town where nobody ever tried to achieve something. And that people keep saying that you can't make it and keep gossiping about you because that's really what a small town is about. (Believe me, I live there.)
    But otherwise he loves his home because it's the place where all his childhood memories are settled (Grandma Dixie, Birthdaycake, ...). And due to the fact that he has this home behind him he can make it out there as long as he can return.
    I think the line "I see London I see Sam's Town" means that he saw bigger cities now, like London, but still likes his small hometown "Sam's Town".

    That's what I think because it's exactly how I feel. Living in a small town that you have to leave to make it somewhere but actually you really do not want to leave everything behind because apart from the gossip you love that place and the people there. And sometimes you feel like it's better that people know who you are and talk about you rather than living your live anonymous.

    Sorry for every grammar and spelling mistake! I'm certainly not American or English (though I maybe would like that!) and my English is not as fluent as I want it to be :)
    PiQon June 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwoah..i actually can't wait for the new album now.
    is this seriously on limewire already ?
    im_the_new_canceron September 08, 2006   Link

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