"Uncle Jonny" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
When everybody else refrains
My uncle Jonny did cocaine
He's convinced himself right in his brain
That it helps to take away the pain
Hey, Jonny
Hey, what you say, Jonny?

I wanna go out tonight
Come a little closer to the city lights
Levitation ain't your only friend
Levitation coming back again
Feel a burning in your body's core
It's a yearning that you can't ignore
Now I wanna go out tonight

Superman and hold on tight
He's convinced himself right in his brain
That it helps to take away the pain
Hey, Jonny
Hey, what you say, Jonny?

My appetite ain't got no heart
I said, my appetite ain't got no heart
Shocking people when you feel that pull
Shock 'em, drop 'em when you know it's full

I feel a burning in your body's core
It's a yearning that you can't ignore
I gotta go out tonight
Hey, Jonny, I got faith in you, man
I mean it, it's gonna be all right
He's convinced himself right in his brain
That it helps to take away the pain
Hey, what you say, Jonny?

Tell us what's going on
Feels like everything's wrong
Hey, what you say, Jonny?
If the future is real
Jonny, you've got to heal
Hey, what you say, Jonny?

When everybody else refrains
My uncle Jonny did cocaine


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"Uncle Jonny" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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    General CommentThis is truly about Brandon's uncle. This song is hot...hot vocals, lyrics, bass. Here's a excerpt from an article in which Brandon talks about the song.

    UNCLE JONNY:

    Uncle Jonny is my mother’s brother. He’s the black sheep of the family. Every couple of years something would happen. He’s done everything from shoot himself to drug addictions yet somehow he’s ended up alright. He’s really a nice guy. He’s heard the song and he’s happy to be immortalised because he’s a rocker, he’s always got a Zeppelin shirt on. Jonny deserves the song’s riff (laughs). You don’t usually use the word riff with us, but this is one of the greatest riffs of all time. I guess it’s a little bit inspired by being on the road with U2. We learnt a lot from watching them.
    ShotgunXXWeddingon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has a three people speaking thing going on. Brandon speaks as himself, johnny and his family.
    Brandon:
    When everybody else refrained, my Uncle Jonny did cocaine. He’s convinced himself right in his brain that it helps to take away the pain. Hey, Jonny. Hey what you say, Jonny?

    Johnny:
    I want to go out tonight. Cut me a little closer to the city lights. Levitation ain’t your only friend.

    Brandon:
    Levitation coming back again. You feel a burning in your body core. It’s a yearning that you can’t ignore.

    Johnny:
    And I want to go out tonight.

    Brandon:
    Success the superman and hold on tight. But he’s convinced himself right in his brain that it helps to take away the pain. Hey Jonny. Hey what you say Jonny?

    Johnny:
    My appetite ain’t got no heart. I said my appetite ain’t got no heart.

    Brandon:
    Shocking people when you feel that pull. Shock and drop ‘em when you know it’s full.

    Johnny:
    I feel a burning in my body core. It’s a yearning that you can’t ignore. Now I got to go out tonight.

    Brandon:
    Hey, Jonny, I got faith in you man. I mean it, it’s gonna be all alright. He’s convinced himself right in his brain that it helps to take away the pain. Hey Jonny. Hey, what you say Jonny?

    Family:
    Tell us what’s going on. Seems like everything’s wrong. Hey, what you say Jonny? And if the future is real, Jonny, you’ve got to heal. Hey, what you say Jonny?

    When everybody else refrained, my uncle Jonny did cocaine.
    Pink Angel Cakeon October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese aren't the right lyrics.
    ShotgunXXWeddingon September 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese are correct

    When everybody else refrained, my Uncle Jonny did cocaine. He’s convinced himself right in his brain that it helps to take away the pain. Hey, Jonny. Hey what you say, Jonny?

    I want to go out tonight. Cut me a little closer to the city lights. Levitation ain’t your only friend. Levitation coming back again. You feel a burning in your body core. It’s a yearning that you can’t ignore. And I want to go out tonight. Success the superman and hold on tight. But he’s convinced himself right in his brain that it helps to take away the pain. Hey Jonny. Hey what you say Jonny?

    My appetite ain’t got no heart. I said my appetite ain’t got no heart. Shocking people when you feel that pull. Shock and drop ‘em when you know it’s full. I feel a burning in my body core. It’s a yearning that you can’t ignore. Now I got to go out tonight. Hey, Jonny, I got faith in you man. I mean it, it’s gonna be all alright. He’s convinced himself right in his brain that it helps to take away the pain. Hey Jonny. Hey, what you say Jonny?

    Tell us what’s going on. Seems like everything’s wrong. Hey, what you say Jonny? And if the future is real, Jonny, you’ve got to heal. Hey, what you say Jonny?

    When everybody else refrained, my uncle Jonny did cocaine.
    ShotgunXXWeddingon September 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Brandon Flowers' Uncle Jonny. it pretty much speaks for itself. He did cocaine and believed strongly it was perfectly okay.
    ShotgunXXWeddingon September 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes an Uncle Jonny really exist or is it Brandon writing about himself?
    Zytheon October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI do like this song the chord changes and things are really really good
    bloc_party15on October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Brandon's Uncle Jonny who thought aliens were attacking him so he shot himself. But he lived through it.
    I swear to God!

    Cady "DCM Caddy"
    she_speakson October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTaken from Brandon's song by song guide to Sam's Town:

    "Uncle Jonny is my mother’s brother. He’s the black sheep of the family. Every couple of years something would happen. He’s done everything from shoot himself to drug addictions yet somehow he’s ended up alright. He’s really a nice guy. He’s heard the song and he’s happy to be immortalised because he’s a rocker, he’s always got a Zeppelin shirt on. Jonny deserves the song’s riff (laughs). You don’t usually use the word riff with us, but this is one of the greatest riffs of all time. I guess it’s a little bit inspired by being on the road with U2. We learnt a lot from watching them."
    TheNewZackMorrison October 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell this is an awesome song. Great music great lyrics. They did an amazing job on this song. Brandons voice on this song is absolutly amazing :D
    SpeakToMEon October 15, 2006   Link

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