"Why Do I Keep Counting?" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
There's a plane, and I am flying
There's a mountain waiting for me
Oh, these years have been so trying

I don't know if I can use them
Am I strong enough
To be the one?
Will I live to have some children?

Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
I wouldn't be bothering you

Father
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
And if all our days are numbered
Then why do I keep counting?

My sugar sweet
Is so attainable
This behavior so unexplainable
The days just slip and slide
Like they always did
The trouble is my head
Won't let me forget

I took one last good look around
So many unusual sounds
I gotta get my feet on the ground

Help me get down
I can make it

Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
I wouldn't be bothering you

Father
Help me get down
I can make
Help me get down
Help me get down
I can make it
Help me get down

If I only knew the answer
And if all our days are numbered
I wouldn't be bothering you

Would you help me get down?

If I only knew the answer
If I change my way of living
And if I pave my streets with good times
Will the mountain keep on giving?

And if all of our days are numbered
Then why do I keep counting?


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"Why Do I Keep Counting?" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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  • +2
    General CommentEven though I know this song is about Brandon's fear of flying, but like Scianaphobia, i first interpreted the song to be about someone who is sad or struggling with something and just wants it to go away and be happy again.

    I think that in the beginning of the song when he says he's on a plane and hes flying and theres a mountain waiting for him, it means that he's at the peak of his sadness and theres another sad thing waiting for him. and hence the "help me get down" is to help him get off the mountain. He doesn't know if he'll be strong enough to make it and that's why he's asking for help, even praying to God to help him. He doesn't know why he's so sad and doesn't know how to fix it. He realizes that his days are numbered, and instead of living his life to fullest, he's counting down the days. He knows that he's a good person and he doesnt know why he's not acting like himself, the days keep passing yet nothing is changing and he realizes what's happening and that he needs to get back on track. If he changes his ways of life and is happy again, living his life the way he should, would he truly be ok? or would the sadness come back because he's not satisfied.

    that's just another way of looking at it.
    GoodbyeBlooSkyon March 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo emotional!

    Great song *nods*
    flic_137on October 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about being aware of your own morality, to a frightening extent. Anyway, I also read its meainng in an interview just the other day. Brandon has a terrible fear of flying, and was also told he would die on his birthday or something (I'm serious) so I can imagine this is him writing about ihs desire to survive, to have the plane land sucessfully.

    observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/…

    There you go.
    Zytheon October 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell i can see how brandon would write this song based on his fear of flying....but i think it much more than that

    to me its about someone at the end of there ropes....like they have nothing else to live for." the days just slip and slide" and its not so much religious than it it spiritual....becasue i know when he says "father." its like god....but father help me get down....i translate that as help me go on with life....help me reach nirvana....or something like....so i think the main message is that more positive.

    "If I only knew the answer. If I change my way of living, and if I pave my streets with good times, will the mountain keep on giving? And if all of our days are numbered, then why do I keep counting? "

    this quote i think pretty much sums it up. cuz you want all the answers of how to live you rlife right, so even if you live a good life....that mountain...(death) is still at the end of the road....so why count the days...just live.

    Thats what it means to me
    mlfm256on November 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"If I only knew the answer. If I change my way of living, and if I pave my streets with good times, will the mountain keep on giving? And if all of our days are numbered, then why do I keep counting?"

    Almost sounds like he is praying, Also he keeps on saying "Father, help me get down" "Father" generally means "God"

    Brandon sounds a little more religous and a little less horny in this album.
    alaskanon October 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. This album is growing on me, slowly but surely.
    cartwheelson October 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoesnt the cd seem much more religious i guess??? theres alot of jesus mary father and like looking for refuge and stuff...anyways yeah i guess its like a prayer asking for help of course and stuffs so far this is my fave song on the new cd GO BUY IT!!!
    .::.tralalalala.::.on October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy interpretation of this song is that the singer is in a plane that is going to crash into a mountain and he praying to God to "help him get down".
    allactionandyon October 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really admire this song. I got the cd the day it came out and I fell in love with song first, even if I did hear 'If you were young' first.

    I think that this song is just about someone who is too deep into something that haunts them that they were desperate enough to call out for help, something that they weren't planning on doing in the first place, but then they started doubting themself--

    There’s a plane and I am flying/ He's in the middle of something he can't turn back from.
    There’s a mountain waiting for me/ There's gotta be standard ground at the end of this.
    Oh these years have been so trying/ self explainatory =P
    I don’t know if I can use them/ just can't live anymore with this
    Am I strong enough to be the one?/ can I actually live through this?
    Will I live to have some children?/ Can I live long enough to find someone else and have children.

    Help me get down, I can make it. Help me get down 2x/ crying out for help
    If I only knew the answer/ If I knew why I was stuck on this
    I wouldn’t be bothering you/ I wouldn't be asking for help
    Father, help me get down, I can make it. Help me get down 2x/ Actually begging God to help them
    If I only knew the answer/ If I knew why I wasn't letting this go
    and if all our days are numbered/ If well obviously never be together
    then why do I keep counting?/ then why am I still counting down the days to be with you?

    My sugar’s sweet, and so obtainable/ My kiss is sweet and in reach
    This behavior’s so unexplainable/ I don't even know why I did it
    The days just slip and slide like they always did/ We never charish our days, still don't
    The trouble is my head won’t let me forget/ I still can't forget you for the life of me
    I took one last good look around/ I'm not gonna stay in the past
    (So many unusual sounds.)/ I can still hear you
    I gotta get my feet on the ground/ I gotta keep my sanity

    Help me get down, I can make it, Help me get down 3x/ I think I might be able to make it if you help me
    If I only knew the answer/ If I knew why I was staying in the past
    I wouldn’t be bothering you/ I wouldn't be asking for help in the first place
    Father, help me get down, I can make it. Help me get down. Help me get down, I can make it. Help me get down/ God, help me forget
    If I only knew the answer/ If I knew why I wasn't forgetting
    and if all our days are numbered/ And If I know we'll never be together
    would you help me get down?/ Just PLEASE help me (pleading)

    If I only knew the answer/ If I only knew why I wasn't forgetting!
    If I change my way of living/ If I forced myself to forget
    and if I pave my streets with good times/ If I made more good memories (new ones) than bad
    will the mountain keep on giving?/ Would I continue living on?
    And if all of our days are numbered/ And If we'll never be together
    then why do I keep counting? / Why am I still hoping?
    remainder.of.youon October 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really admire this song. I got the cd the day it came out and I fell in love with song first, even if I did hear 'If you were young' first.

    I think that this song is just about someone who is too deep into something that haunts them that they were desperate enough to call out for help, something that they weren't planning on doing in the first place, but then they started doubting themself--

    There’s a plane and I am flying/ He's in the middle of something he can't turn back from.
    There’s a mountain waiting for me/ There's gotta be standard ground at the end of this.
    Oh these years have been so trying/ self explainatory =P
    I don’t know if I can use them/ just can't live anymore with this
    Am I strong enough to be the one?/ can I actually live through this?
    Will I live to have some children?/ Can I live long enough to find someone else and have children.

    Help me get down, I can make it. Help me get down 2x/ crying out for help
    If I only knew the answer/ If I knew why I was stuck on this
    I wouldn’t be bothering you/ I wouldn't be asking for help
    Father, help me get down, I can make it. Help me get down 2x/ Actually begging God to help them
    If I only knew the answer/ If I knew why I wasn't letting this go
    and if all our days are numbered/ If well obviously never be together
    then why do I keep counting?/ then why am I still counting down the days to be with you?

    My sugar’s sweet, and so obtainable/ My kiss is sweet and in reach
    This behavior’s so unexplainable/ I don't even know why I did it
    The days just slip and slide like they always did/ We never charish our days, still don't
    The trouble is my head won’t let me forget/ I still can't forget you for the life of me
    I took one last good look around/ I'm not gonna stay in the past
    (So many unusual sounds.)/ I can still hear you
    I gotta get my feet on the ground/ I gotta keep my sanity

    Help me get down, I can make it, Help me get down 3x/ I think I might be able to make it if you help me
    If I only knew the answer/ If I knew why I was staying in the past
    I wouldn’t be bothering you/ I wouldn't be asking for help in the first place
    Father, help me get down, I can make it. Help me get down. Help me get down, I can make it. Help me get down/ God, help me forget
    If I only knew the answer/ If I knew why I wasn't forgetting
    and if all our days are numbered/ And If I know we'll never be together
    would you help me get down?/ Just PLEASE help me (pleading)

    If I only knew the answer/ If I only knew why I wasn't forgetting!
    If I change my way of living/ If I forced myself to forget
    and if I pave my streets with good times/ If I made more good memories (new ones) than bad
    will the mountain keep on giving?/ Would I continue living on?
    And if all of our days are numbered/ And If we'll never be together
    then why do I keep counting? / Why am I still hoping?
    remainder.of.youon October 07, 2006   Link

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