"Tulsa" as written by and Rufus Wainwright....
You taste of potato chips in the morning
Your face has the Marlon Brando club calling
And who would have thought that I'd owe it all to Tulsa?
And that fat guy with the green shirt that we both signed together
Once he hears the song, won't live it down forever

Your suit was the whitest thing since you-know-who
I fear that that savior I have mentioned may be you
And who would have thought that I'd owe it all to Tulsa?
And that poor girl who waited in the rain for hours to meet me (not you, baby)
Once she hears that song, won't live it down completely

And I owe it all to Tulsa, Oklahoma
This is just a reminder of
The antique shop that I want to go back to and visit when it's open
In Tulsa, Oklahoma
Just in case you don't appreciate this song about you


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"Tulsa" as written by Rufus Wainwright

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  • +2
    General CommentRufus said it was a fictional gay relationship with Brandon. They met, Brandon said he was flattered by the song, but they didn't actually hook up or anything.

    With that said, it's very cute! :)
    poorlilrockstaron August 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment^ lol I love Rufus. But they didn't sleep together...

    "I don't know if Brandon's heard it yet; he might be completely horrified. But I was, once again, 'Thanks a lot, thanks a lot for not sleeping with me so I can write a song about you.'"

    Some article...
    mandibgoodon June 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHowever, the song does seem to imply heavily that Brandon and Rufus had some sort of gay interaction: "you taste of potato chips in the morning". Also, Rufus refers to Brandon as "the saviour he spoke of" in a previous classic song i.e. Gay Messiah. Perhaps a pointed attempt to out Flowers?
    elusive_possomon June 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI dont think it's ALL about Brandon Flowers because it sounds like he is mentioning colourful fans in Tulsa.Brandon is married...to a WOMAN-lol-But the Killers do have the song "Andy,your a star"about a gay stalking,so you never know!
    octogirlprettyon August 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Brandon Flowers, the font man for The Killers.
    Rufus and Brandon met in Tulsa and Rufus wrote this song about him.
    It was mentioned in a few articles.
    track17on April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, because I'm an Oklahoman, and he played at the Brady when the Killers were playing at Cain's.
    I went to Rufus's show, which was super-amazing, so this song kind of flatters me because I was there!
    feel me loudon May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, at his concert here in Toronto on Monday he mentioned it being about Brandon Flowers.
    Then he went on saying "I don't know whether he knows it's about him or not... when he finds out he'll either sue me... or suck me... I'm not sure which"

    Maybe they hooked up. Who knows.

    I love this song. It's a happy little tune.
    Lostintheploton June 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthahahahaha wtf!! i know this song is about flowers but it's so weird
    tefon January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationEven before this song came out, there were people who "shipped" Rufus with Brandon Flowers. You can find online communities dedicated to the fictional relationship. This might have inspired Rufus to write the song as well, but I don't know.
    fortunateizzion January 05, 2009   Link
  • -6
    General CommentA. I. D. S
    Lifxon March 20, 2008   Link

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