Shakin' like the Devil when she lets me go
Got a new place and how it's so much better.
Falling over myself, the televisions on,
I turn it off and smile.
Oh, Jennifer, you know I always tried.
Before you say goodbye

Leave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I'll drink it by myself.
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don't you see I'm not satisfied
Until I hold you tight.
Give me one more chance tonight
And I swear I'll make it right.
But you ain't got time for this
And that wreckin' bell is ringin'
And I'm not satisfied
Until I hold you

Jennifer, tell me where I stand
And who's that other boy holdin' your hand?
Oh, Jennifer, you know I've always tried.
Before you say goodbye

Leave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I'll drink it by myself.
And I never liked your hair or those people that you lie with
And I'm not satisfied
Until I hold you tight
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don't you see I can't be satisfied
Until I hold you tight.

Leave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I'll drink it by myself.
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don't you see
I'm not satisfied.



Lyrics submitted by ShotgunXXWedding, edited by Mellow_Harsher, emily608

"Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer, Ronnie Jr. Vannucci

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    My Interpretation:I adore this song. It's the perfect beginning to The Murder Trilogy. Now, I'd like to share my interpretation on the trilogy and see if anyone agrees with me.
    1) Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf
    - It's full of imagery. I can completely see the story in my head and when a band can do that, they have hit the fantastic mark in my book. This is pretty much about the nasty break up that he and Jenny has. He's completely smashed. "Fallin' over myself" and he's obviously gone a little crazy "The television’s on, I turn it off and smile." and he's trying to get her to stay and she just wont. Now he asks her to leave the bourbon on the shelf so he can drink away his agony. When people get mad they become blatantly honest and they just say how they feel so they can tear the other person down (and it doesn't help that he's tanked either.) So he starts spewing insults "And I never liked your hair or those people that you lie with" etc. By the end of the song he is just drained. He's filled with anger, yet he still loves her "endlessly"...
    2) Midnight Show
    So I'm not totally sure how he got her in the car with him after they broke up like that...maybe they "reconciled"? But here is what I get from this song.
    - He has somehow convinced her that they are going somewhere alone to talk or mess around. It's underneath the stars and the ocean is there (which makes it seem all romantic).I believe the first "drive faster boy" is Jennifer speaking. Then while he's driving he's thinking of all the people who have tried to help him through everything (maybe the break up or the apparent drinking problem or some other life issue) He's obviously distracted because he finds her attractive 'You've got a real short skirt I want to look up'. Then all the "Drive faster boy" lyrics sound more like his thoughts-'I just want to get this over with, drive faster!' Then you hit 'We were just in time. Let me take a little more off your mind' this is possibly when he decides that it's time to kill her but he kisses her first (that would be very murder-esque ha) then he starts to have second thoughts on going through with it 'We were just a good thing. We were such a good thing'. He tries to ask her to stay again 'But promise me you'll stay, Fix these things I've hurt' she refuses. Then he pushes those second thoughts back 'make it go away!' He finally kills her (by choking I suppose) 'I took my baby's breath beneath the chandelier of stars in atmosphere' and then throws her into the raging ocean. 'And watch her disappear into the midnight show'. Then in the last verse you can tell that he is going back over what he has just done and is feeling wretched, this explains the "Oh no" at the end. Then you hear him sing in agony "She said she loved me!" He's gone crazy, the music at the end sounds straight out of a horror movie, where the killer is standing there obove where he threw the body into the ocean.
    3) Jenny was a friend of mine
    -Fabulous. You hear the chopper at the beginning and the police sirens...I can almost picture the search light on the helicopter finding the body in the ocean. The police are interrogating him, asking him where they last saw her, what happened. He claims that they took a walk and she seemed weird, they had been fighting (and it was raining...perfect horror movie visual imagery! he) She told him that she loved him but she needed to go somewhere (he's trying to convince the police that she left, therefore he has no idea where she went or how she died). Then he try’s to play on their sympathy and says 'she couldn't scream while I held her close (because people yell when they fight) I swore I'd never let her go'(trying to convince them he adored her) Then he tells them that he would never kill her because he loved her, they were friends, why would he ever do something to harm her? Then he wants to leave the office: He claims he knows his rights and that he's been there all day. He thinks it's time for him to leave blah blah. And then they ask him (again) if he killed her. 'I just can't take this! I swore I told you the truth!'

    Woooow. Sorry for how long that was...I understand if you didn't read the whole thing. And if you did, thank you for taking the time!
    willowsongon May 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:solitude
    lengthwise24on September 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Well i love the lyrics and i've realized this is the start of the murder triology before midnight show and jenny!
    im so happy its out after all this time
    i just need to hear the song!
    Laughterinparadise7on October 14, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Well i love the lyrics and i've realized this is the start of the murder triology before midnight show and jenny!
    im so happy its out after all this time
    i just need to hear the song!
    Laughterinparadise7on October 14, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:its also actually got my own place and how its so much better
    not god is slick this is how its so much better
    Laughterinparadise7on October 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yeah, I submitted these lyrics, but I managed not to read them at all.
    I haven't heard nothing but a 30 sec clip, and that's as far as I'm going until Sawdust comes out.
    I'm sure this song will completely blow my mind. :D
    ShotgunXXWeddingon October 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:its on youtube now...
    youtube.com/…
    AMAIZING...
    and i have no idea wats its about.i know it completes the trilogy..but i came here to read the meaning..lol..but i guess ill come bak later when more ppl comment! :D
    killersloveron October 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's about time. I'm so glad that after for waiting three years, it turns out it's awesome.
    hhadzimuon October 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Although based on what I've heard, the second line is wrong. It should say something like "Got a new place, and how it's so much better," reflecting on how Jennifer's moved out.
    hhadzimuon October 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:It's an interesting song. It's great seeing how the Trilogy is introduced. It seems either one might be an alcoholic, or he needs the comfort of alcohol to ease his pain.

    He discovers Jennifer (Or Jenny, as we knew her) with "that other boy holdin' your hand?". He wants another chance with her but she won't let him. This probably puts him in a terrible mood for revenge, to continue with Midnight Show.
    Mystixon October 25, 2007   Link

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