"Joy Ride" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
It's getting close to sundown over the Sierra
Stranded on the freeway burning with desire
She was on the sidewalk looking for a night light
We talked about the real things
And drove into the fire
Headlights on the highway
The desert wind is howling
Rattlesnakes and romance
Is filling with the rain
Candy apple red dress
Bleeding when she kissed me
Heaven in a rag top
Take away my pain

[Chorus]
When your chips are down
When your highs are low
Joyride
Move across the night
Like a separate wind

Pulled up to a motel
"Vacancy" was buzzing
Pink and dirty neon
Settle on the hood
Wrap your arms around me
Come a little closer
Stumble in the twilight
And fell onto the floor
Loving Mona Lisa
Dreaming of the free world
Lipstick on the nightstand
And demons at the door

[Chorus]

When your hopes and dreams
Lose the will to go
Joyride
Reaching for the light
Knowing we can't win

There's something in the distance
A glorious existence
A simple celebration
A place you've never been before
Tell me that you wanna go

Reaching for the light
Knowing we can't win

When your chips are down
When your highs are low
Joyride

All your hopes and dreams
All you need to know
Joyride


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"Joy Ride" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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    General CommentSet in the desert, like many Killers songs and themes, he picks up the lady of the night and takes her to a seedy motel because his 'chips are down', his 'highs are low' and wants a 'Joyride' - something to take his mind off his troubles and to give him a bit of a pep-up. Personally I've never been to a prostitute, but I imagine it would be a depressing, unrewarding experience, and where the protagonist in the song starts talking of lofty ideals - "A glorious existance, A simple celebration ,A place you've never been before" he is saddened to realise that this woman cannot/will not share them with him, she doesn't love him at all, she's just earning a dollar. This point is underlined by the whispered line 'Why won't you kiss me?', she won't kiss him because she doesn't love him and he is starting to believe he can't win' - that he'll never find what he wants (love). Fairly saddening song in my opinion..
    revilodrawon November 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthaha what a "groovy" song. I love it. I love the sound on their new album.
    wallflowerson November 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI kinda like how towards the end of the song you can hear "Why wont you kiss me? Why wont you kiss me?" which kind of puts a sad overtone on the whole song despite it sounding upbeat.
    jasonveraSCon November 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this song is time being spent in Vegas.
    the "when your chips are down and your highs are low" part would be about gambling and possible poker.
    saying that when the narrator isn't doing very good at the casinos then he goes and finds a prostitute
    pd3452on May 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat an awsome song on an awsome album!
    Long live the killers (L)
    j-a-c-kon November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a dancey song! I mean GODDAMN.
    LADYFINGERSon November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes!I love The Killers when they do up beat songs,thay are sooo good at it.
    Camomileon November 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthe's either met his girlfriend, and their relationship is mostly physical (perhaps an affair?) or shes a whore he's picked up (considering the album focusses more on glitzy vegas i thinki this would also make sense).
    Their both pretty young and they have dark things to hide from ("deomns at the door), maybe their on drugs ("the highs are low") or maybe theyve realised its over or whatever, and they just want one last time.
    it's nothign to them, just somehting free to do, to forget and 'take away the pain'
    despite the fast beat etc, it is kinda sad, regretful, because they both knwo they're just using eachother etc.
    whitlock1843on November 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentamazzzzzing!!!!!!

    so upbeat!!
    and so sexy still, the bongos the trumpet, its majestic!!
    the singing a lil monotonous but the music is amazing!
    tefon November 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI've got this one.
    I believe it's about him picking up a prostitute aswell, it makes all the sense in the world.

    He's driving along the highway, filled to the top with lust, and he picks up a girl. He takes her to a small motel, and finds comfort in her presence this night.
    --
    Loving Mona Lisa
    Dreaming of the free world
    Lipstick on the nightstand
    And demons at the door
    --
    He dreams of being free, probably from a relationship he's in, his girlfriend is the demon at the door, her face is hunting him.
    --
    When your hopes and dreams
    Lose the will to go
    Joyride
    Reaching for the light
    Knowing we can't win
    --
    His dream of losing his girlfriend won't go away, so he takes a joyride. The joyride is his light right now, but he knows it won't do him any good in a long term perspektive, and definitely not for his one-night stand. They can't win.
    --
    Theres something in the distance
    A glorious existance
    A simple celebration
    A place you've never been before
    Tell me that you wanna go
    --
    He wants to think that she's not just in it for the money, can't she act like this is a whole different experience to her? Can't he take her to an unfamiliar place with his sex, be a hero for her?
    He knows he can't.

    Along with the tune this fits a lot.
    WeAllLoveThem_MCRon January 25, 2009   Link

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