"Neon Tiger" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
Far from the evergreen of old Assam
Far from the rainfall on the trails of old Saigon
straight from the poster town of scorn and ritz
To bring you the wilder side of gold and glitz

But neon tiger there's a lot on your mind
They promised just to pet you, but don't you let them get you
Away, away, away
Under the heat of the southwest sun

Took to the spotlight like a diamond ring
Came from the woodwork and the hopes they might
Redeem themselves from poor decisions to win big

But neon tiger there's a lot on your mind
Strategize to maim you, but don't you let them tame you
You're far too pure and bold
To suffer the strain of the pain that's old.

I don't wanna be kept, I don't wanna be caged, I don't wanna be damned oh hell
I don't wanna be broke, I don't wanna be saved, I don't wanna be S.O.L.
Give me rolling hills so tonight can be the night that I send them up a thousand thrills
Can you cut me some slack, Cause I don't wanna go back, I want the new day and age

Come on girls and boys, everyone make some noise!

Run neon tiger there's a price on your head
They'll put you down and cut you, I'll never let them touch you
Away, away, away
Oh I'm gonna need a neon tiger roar

Under the heat of
Under the heat of
Under the heat of the southwest sun

Neon tiger
There's a lot on your mind


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"Neon Tiger" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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    General CommentCORRECT LYRICS:

    Far from the evergreen of old Assam
    Far from the rainfall on the trails of Saigon
    Straight from the poster town of scorn and ritz
    We bring you the wilder side of gold and glitz

    Run, neon tiger, there's a lot on your mind
    They promised just to pet you, but don't you let them get you
    Away, away, away
    Under the heat of the southwest sun

    You took to the spotlight like a diamond ring
    You came from the woodwork with the hopes they might
    Redeem themselves from poor decisions to win big

    Run, neon tiger, there's a lot on your mind
    They'll strategize and name you, but don't you let them tame you
    You're far too pure and bold
    To suffer the strain of the hangman's hold

    I don't wanna be kept, I don't wanna be caged, I don't wanna be damned, oh hell
    I don't wanna be broke, I don't wanna be saved, I don't wanna be S.O.L.
    Give me rolling hills, so tonight can be the night that I can send them upon a thousand thrills
    Mister, cut me some slack, 'cause I don't wanna go back, I want a new day and age
    Come on girls and boys, everyone make some noise!

    Run, neon tiger, there's a price on your head
    They'll hunt you down and gut you, I'll never let them touch you
    Away, away, away
    I'm begging you neon tiger, roar

    Under the heat of
    Under the heat of
    Under the heat of the southwest sun

    Neon Tiger
    There's a lot on your mind
    jeremygrimon November 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHe sometimes also seems to sing

    Under the neon tiger sun

    ?
    pallando14on August 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about the myth of Las Vegas.

    In the first verse, the song draws a portait of Las Vegas vastly being different from remote areas of the world where time had stood still. The song states that Las Vegas draws poeple in by the supposed glamour and glitz.

    In the chorus, a warning is issued, heeding people not to get caught up in myth of Las Vegas about getting rich. The neon tiger represents the hunger of the young peoples and their preceptions of Las Vegas.

    In the second verse, this becomes very clear about the myth of getting rich in Las Vegas:

    "Came from the woodwork with the hopes they might
    Redeem themselves for poor decisions to win big"

    The breakdown in the song breaks the 4th wall by vocalizing the oppositional veiw of the warning. The breakdown represents us falling into the Las Vegas myth.
    go4thegustoon October 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think more than being about vegas, it's about flowers specifically. i look at him as the "neon tiger" and he's talking about his rise to fame and then about the negative criticism he got for sam's town from certain critics (ahem rolling stone, who i usually love but did not give the album a good review). especially when he says "mister, cut me some slack cuz i don't wanna go back i want a new day and age" i think he's talking about how a lot of people responded negatively to their new sound on that album, but while hot fuss was an amazing album, they were ready for a new sound and don't want to just reproduce the same music over and over.

    love him, love the band, love day and age.

    keep on rockin' brandon :-)
    acg1219on November 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat does S.O.L. stand for?
    mooauraon November 21, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSOL stands for Shit Outta Luck.

    Also songmeanings is bullshit cos it takes ages to correct the damn lyrics. Best bet is lyricwiki dot org as it's updated instantly.
    citizenerased19on November 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentImo, this song describes the Siegfried & Roy Tiger incident. In 2003 Siegfried and Roy were performing as usual at the Mirage in Las Vegas. All of a sudden, Montecore the tiger just went beserk and mauled Roy Horn. As a result, he suffered massive blood loss and a stroke. To this day, Roy defends his precious pet's actions as being nothing more than an effort to protect him from some imagined danger.

    Perhaps Montecore was simply tired of being "caged" (captive) in the "Southwest sun" (Nevada). Perhaps he acted out of instinct defend himself from some imagined danger ("run neon tiger, there's alot on your mind"). The "boys and girls" (the audience that evening) "made some noise" (screaming in horror at the mauling). When Roy was en route to the emergency room, sources say his first concern was that his cat not be euthunized ("I'll never let them touch you").

    Since then, although Roy still raises tigers, he no longer performs in front of an audience. Montecore the tiger has officially retired from the stage ("mister cut me some slack, I don't want to go back").

    Lol, please don't flame me. I do tend to think too deeply at times. :P
    rabbit77on January 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's definitely not "strategize" but rather "they tried to cut you down and get you"
    citizenerased19on August 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRun Neon Tiger, there's a price on your head.....favorite line. I think about someone being used for someone elses profit maybe?
    MarkiePon October 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"To suffer the strain of the pain that’s old???" is "To suffer the strain of the hangman's hold," I think.
    poorlilrockstaron November 04, 2008   Link

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