"This Is Your Life" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
Candy talks to strangers
Thinks her life's in danger
No one gives a damn about her hair
It's lonely down on track street
She used to go by Jackie
The cops, they'll steal your dreams and they'll kill your prayers
Take a number where the blood just barely dried

Wait for something better
No one behind you
Watching your shadows
This feeling won't go

Crooked wheels keep turning
Children, are you learning
Acclimatize but don't you lose the plot
A history of blisters
Your brothers and your sisters
Somewhere in the pages we forgot

Take a number Jackie
Where the blood just barely dried
You know I'm on your side

Wait for something better
No one behind you
Watching your shadows
You gotta be stronger than the story
Don't let it blind you
Rivers of shadow
This feeling wont go

And the sky is full of dreams
But you don't know how to fly
I don't have a simple answer
But I know that I could answer
Something better

This feeling won't go

Wait for it [Repeat: x4]


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"This Is Your Life" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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  • +8
    General CommentThis song is beautiful. It's definitely my favourite on D&A, perhaps my favourite Killers song of all time.


    Candy talks to strangers
    Thinks her life's in danger
    No one gives a damn about her hair
    It's lonely down on track street
    She used to go by Jackie
    The cops, they'll steal your dreams and they'll kill your prayers
    Take a number where the blood just barely dried

    (This is the beginning of Candy/Jackie's 'career' as a prostitute. She beings talking to men she doesn't know with the job, because she has to make money and get by somehow. Her life is in danger, she has to save herself. No one cares what she looks like, she's just there for their pleasure. It might be a bit graphic, but the "Take a number where the blood just barely dried" refers to the bed(s) that she has sex on and the blood is on the sheets, or it is metaphorical for her own pain. The men are lining up to use her, taking numbers to be next. She has dreams to get out of the place she's in, praying that her prostitution will be enough money to be free again. The cops, though, bust her actions and she thinks that they're stealing her chance.)

    Wait for something better
    No one behind you
    Watching your shadows
    This feeling won't go

    (Jackie knows that something better has to come along eventually, but she has a feeling of constant hopelessness. She wants a day where people don't always see her as this terrible thing. The shadow line probably refers to her shadow at night while on the street corner or wherever she might be.)

    Crooked wheels keep tuning
    Children, are you learning
    Climatize but don't you lose the plot
    A history of blisters
    Your brothers and your sisters
    Somewhere in the pages we forgot

    (This part is Brandon/the narrator/or even a man in Jackie's life speaking, inserting his own thoughts in to Jackie's story. Her sad state keeps snowballing, nothing is getting better. He's telling us to learn from Jackie. You can focus on the place that she's gotten herself to, but you can't forget the plot. You can't ignore the chain of events that got her to this wretchedness. They are ultimately to blame for Jackie's loneliness.)

    Take a number Jackie
    Where the blood just barely dried
    You know I'm on your side

    (The men are the usually ones that are controlling her life, and now, she has to take her own number. She's in line behind all those men, her state has gotten so bad. Brandon/narrator/man in Jackie's life, though, is good. He wants to help her and show her the path.

    Wait for something better
    No one behind you
    Watching your shadows
    You gotta be stronger than the story
    Don't let it blind you
    Rivers of shadow
    This feeling wont go

    (Same as previous chorus for the most part. Jackie can't make excuses and say, "Oh, well I'm stuck here now. Look at all that I've done. I'm terrible." She has to be stronger than that, and not be overcome by her dark past.

    And the sky is full of dreams
    But you don't know how to fly
    I don't have a simple answer
    But I know that I could answer
    Something better

    (This is a bit self-explanatory. She sees he future and what she wants for herself. She just can't obtain it. Brandon/narrator/man in Jackie's life doesn't know how he can exactly help her, but he knows that anything would be better that the answer (prostitution) that she made for herself.

    This feeling won't go

    Wait for it (x4)
    ShotgunXXWeddingon November 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis might possibly be my favourite song off the new album!
    millyme!on November 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationi think this song is bitchin and so is the album

    ok this is a random guess but i think is about this person going into witness protection
    here ar my clues:
    candy talks to strangers
    thinks her life's in danger
    it lonely down on track street
    she used to go by jakie
    the cop they''l steal your dreams and they'll kill your prayers
    no one behind you watchin your shadows
    this feeling won't go
    your brothers and your sisters some where in the pages we forgot
    srtonger than the story
    wait for something better

    don't think it right i thats just what i think
    love the song anyway
    this album is so amazing! i love all the songs
    maevely888on April 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell this song fuckin rocks and heres my thought on it, seems to me to fit well:
    about a prostitute that uses the name "Candy" when doin her thing on the street (talks to strangers and no one cares about her hair, just want sex from her). she used to go by jackie, what she was known as when younger and innocent, maybe Flowers is telling about some he knew that became a hooker. then i think the rest is jsut a general life story about hookers that try to get by in las vegas.
    mjrzasaon November 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with mjrzasa, this may be my favorite song off the new album...
    soybomb2on November 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it is about a girl who was a prostitute who like many others had better dreams for herself.
    MathiasCronqviston November 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthonestly i think this is semi based off of lou Reeds Walk on the wild side. It goes more in depth on the character Candy/jackie in this song in what he thinks about her.
    streetlightfan93on December 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone think it might refer to a heroin addict?

    Candy talks to strangers
    (referring to drug users or dealers)
    Thinks her life's in danger
    (obviously, from paranoia induced drug use or from the fact that she is using)
    No one gives a damn about her hair
    It's lonely down on track street
    (maybe the track marks on her body)
    She used to go by Jackie
    The cops, they'll steal your dreams and they'll kill your prayers
    (got in trouble from using)
    Take a number where the blood just barely dried
    (blood from shooting up)

    Wait for something better
    No one behind you
    Watching your shadows
    This feeling won't go
    (explains she is waiting for help, but no one is behind her or supporting her, and the feeling to use drugs wont go)
    lochnessaon June 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnobody think that's about a pedo kids who suffer from the troubles and he want get out by growing and forgotten his crisis past (waiting for somthing better ) is when u grow up u will be strong by knowing and major in your story this (feeling wont go) means this merory of your abused times will never vanishe and the important is to see the childern learning unless to desir them .(rivers of shadow ) means rivers of love and hop . i m sure lady and gentelme, that every youth betwen 15-20 suffer from pedophile they desir the cute kids 9-14 y the killers trow this signs to reduce the yout's trouble .... thts all
    brightside1994on February 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song..to me it's about someone who wants to go somewhere in life, but they aren't trying? I don't know..someone help me out here. :)
    wallflowerson November 22, 2008   Link

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