"The End" as written by and Jared Followill Caleb Followill....
Running with the streetlights,
Laughing in the grave
He swears he's gonna give it up, it's never gonna be enough
I just wanna be there when you're all alone, thinkin' 'bout a better day,
When you had it in your bones

This could be the end
This could be the end
This could be the end
This could be the end

I see you in the evening, sitting on your throne.
Prayin' with a fireball, and posted up against the wall
I just wanna hold you, take you by your hands and tell you that you're good enough,
And tell you that it's gonna be tough

This could be the end
This could be the end
This could be the end
This could be the end
'Cause I ain't got a home

Runnin' from the streetlights
Shinin' on a grave
Once you had the good stuff, never gonna fill you up
I wanna be the one who gives them all the world
And gives em all the feelin' of it, just a little taste of it

This could be the end
This could be the end
This could be the end
This could be the end
'Cause I ain't got a home
I'll forever roam, no I ain't got a home
Out there all alone
I ain't got a home
I'll forever roam
No I ain't got a home
I'll forever roam
I ain't got a home


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"The End" as written by Ivan Nathan Followill Anthony Caleb Followill

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  • +5
    General CommentIn an interview, Caleb said he wrote parts of this song in response to his house being broken into. They were touring in the UK and he got a call that his house was trashed and everything was stolen. They had a show that night, and at sound check, parts of this song came together. "This could be the end," and "I ain't got a home, I'll forever roam," were two of those parts. He knew he had to move from the house that he loved since people knew where he lived. The verses don't seem to fit in with that same story, but that's what the chorus and the last part are about.
    llscienceon October 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta great song i downloaded the end to my ipod first thing i adore this song
    tia2on October 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see you in the evening,
    Sitting on your throne.
    You're playing with a fireball,
    And posted up against the wall.
    I just want to hold you,
    Take you by your hand.
    And tell you that you're good enough,
    Tell you that it's gonna be tough.

    can anyone explain these lyrics? whos he talking about and the terms "playing with a fireball" and "posted against the wall"
    leeham987on October 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me its like addiction.the lyrics about the streetlights and the graves make me imagine the typical spot where someone would do drugs.The fireballs like the power of how dangerous it is.trying to reach out to that person who you love? "I just wana hold you and tell you that its gona be tough" like trying to get through without it. Its like hes singing to people who are lost and under the power of addiction in any shape or form.
    Swattieson November 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a great song to start the album.

    sooo excited for this new album.
    finally got my hands on a copy tonight :)
    beccamck26on October 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about the end of the kings of leon. Caleb is talking about how tired he is of being on the road and how he is just a wanderer. the distant melody of the lead guitar has alot of the same feel as arizona. i dont think there is any question in what is being said though. clearly a song written on the road when they are missing home. makes me miss home.
    joco10on October 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIMO this is the best song on the new album. I will have to agree with joco10 about the meaning. Even though I hope to god that it isn't the end for KOL.
    bontemps504on October 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song and the album, it has a bit of a religous feel (To me it does) to most of the songs on it, cool.
    IdiotPoliceon October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think what is important about these songs is what they mean to the individual. For me this song represents the loss of someones' love. All songs are laced with metaphors some are obvious other obscure.
    In the 1st verse when he talks about "giving up", "its never gonna be enough", and "when you had it in your bones" refer to a person that was special to the character in the song.
    The 2nd verse covers the fireball reference ( i.e. computer) "sitting on your throne" ( bed, desk, etc) and "posting it up against the wall" can very easily be referenced to the social media sites.. If we have a page on these sites we know that we post our lives upon them good bad or ugly. The need for external approval overwhelms society now that brings in the line "tell you that your good enough".
    In the 3rd verse the main character want to show the world the "us" in "we" let them see just what is shared between them.

    In my humble opinion
    ballyhooon November 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor those of you fearing for the end of KOL, i wouldn't worry. From looking at the facts I doubt the song is to do with the end of the band. Considering the boys grew up travelling around with their preacher father and never settled anywhere they are well used to the road. Calab said in an interview the road was like home to him and Nathan said they couldn't be more suited to being in a rock band because they're used to life on the road! with that being said obviously some of the lyrics were connecting to the burglary of Calabs home; i think there's some underlying issues relating to drug use and i would agree with ballyhoo's 2rd verse synopsis. anyway, all in all another great song and another great album!
    GuyzoRon December 20, 2010   Link

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