"Manhattan" as written by and Jared/followill Followill....
I like to dance all night
It summons the day
That's how I play
Yeah that's how I play

I said who are you
No matter who you are
So we dance all night
And dance all day

I say
I say

We're gonna fuel the fire
We're gonna stoke it up
We're gonna sip this wine
And pass the cup

Who needs avenues
Who needs reservoirs
We're gonna show this town
How to kiss these stars

I say
I say

I'm on a hunt to kill
I'm gonna skin the hide
A yelp and scream
And away I ride

I'll never top this view
I'll never fall aground
It's all for you
For what you found

I say
I say
I say
I say

It's gonna take your hand
It's gonna drive you home
It's gonna keep on, keep on, keep on
And then forever roam.


Lyrics submitted by Rafael Moliv

"Manhattan" as written by Jared Followill Caleb Followill

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it's

    "gonna build a fire
    gonna stoke it up"
    lsm285on June 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationDefinitely one of my favorite K.O.L. songs of all time...i was listening to it the other day in the car just driving round town in the wee hours of the morning, and realized its about doing it up real big, partying from night til morn, and throughout the day w/no sleep in between...showing everyone a good time, getting drunk and doing drugs...partying like rock stars.
    spaz7894on February 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me the song means something like he knows he is a sort of 'bad boy', he "could dance all night". And he meets a girl who is really into him, so she "dances all night" and "smokes it up" aswell.
    She's "come to kill" - she wants a good time with him, or the kill reference could refer to how it affects him everytime a girl he likes goes in and out of his life.
    They know her family are upset about it all and her parents convince her that she is being self-destructive. He understands because there is a sense of inevitable loneliness about the path he has chosen, having short term relationships with women "no matter who" they are.
    And so he takes her home back to her family. While he resolves that he'll "keep on" doing what he's doing.
    gfyon September 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGonna build a fire
    Gonna smoke it up
    Gonna sip this wine
    And pass the cup

    i hear that, i hear


    we're gonna build a fire,
    gonna Stoke it up...
    i dont think it is smoke, thats just me though
    none the less, awesome song
    jarrod1991on October 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like to dance all night
    summons the day
    but that's how i play
    yea that's how i play

    i said who are you?
    don't matter who you are
    so we dance all night
    and dance all day

    i say, i say

    we're gonna fuel the fire
    gonna stoke it up
    we're gonna sip this wine
    and pass the cup

    who needs avenues?
    who needs reservoirs?
    gonna show this town
    how to kiss these stars

    i say, i say

    we're gonna hunt to kill
    gonna skin the hide
    a yelp and scream
    and away i ride

    and every drop that spills
    on every plot of ground
    it's all for you
    for what you found

    i say, i say
    i say, i say

    it's gonna take your head
    and gonna drive you home
    it's gonna keep on, keep on, keep on
    and then forever roam
    dmomo2on December 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom the CD insert:

    I like to dance all night
    summons the day
    but that's how i play
    yeah that's how i play

    i said who are you
    don't matter who you are
    saw you dance all night
    and dance all day

    i say,

    we're gonna build a fire
    gonna stoke it up
    we're gonna sip this wine
    and pass the cup

    who needs avenues
    who needs reservoirs
    gonna show this town
    how to kiss these stars

    i say,

    we're gonna hunt to kill
    gonna skin the hide
    a yelp and scream
    and away i ride

    and every drop that spills
    on every plot of ground
    it's all for you
    for what you found

    i say,

    it's gonna take your head
    and gonna drive you home
    it's gonna keep on, keep on, keep on
    and then forever roam



    Lovemelikethesongon March 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI like to dance all night
    summons the day
    but that's how i play
    yeah that's how i play

    i said who are you
    don't matter who you are
    saw you dance all night
    and dance all day

    i say,

    we're gonna build a fire
    gonna stoke it up
    we're gonna sip this wine
    and pass the cup

    who needs avenues
    who needs reservoirs
    gonna show this town
    how to kiss these stars

    i say,

    we're gonna hunt to kill
    gonna skin the hide
    a yelp and scream
    and away i ride

    and every drop that spills
    on every plot of ground
    it's all for you
    for what you found

    i say,

    it's gonna take your head
    and gonna drive you home
    it's gonna keep on, keep on, keep on
    and then forever roam
    CaptinHookon February 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's

    "gonna build a fire
    gonna stoke it up"
    lsm285on June 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, it's definitely "Gonna stoke it up" not smoke.

    And I'm positive it's:
    "Who needs avenues?
    Who needs reservoirs?
    We're gonna show this town how to kiss these stars."

    I agree with the Native American theory, but also think it's just about having a good time out in the country, without the restrictions of living in a city.

    You can't have campfires legally in cities, and the whole "Who needs avenues? Who needs reservoirs? We're gonna show this town how to kiss these stars." makes it pretty obvious to me.

    I can't believe this doesn't have more comments haha, it's my absolute favorite on the album, since I have some Native American heritage and live way out in the country.

    Revelry is a close second favorite.

    The Kings of Leon are in my top 5 bands of all time.
    noiamnotwhereibelongon June 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn the Glastonbury version of this- Caleb's voice is amazing. I cannot wait to see how it sound on the album.
    caseyjones003on August 07, 2008   Link

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