"A Matter of Time" as written by and Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers....
You're looking for a way out
I can feel it
Come on, show me where it hurts
Maybe I can heal it

Your feelings are your own
Now you keep 'em under lock and key
You got me drivin' through the streets
For an answer to the mystery

The world's still weak on Charleston Avenue
Outside that vacant Starlight Motel I see you
Laughing with your girlfriends
Not a care in the world, not a burden on your mind

It was a matter of time

There's a panic in this house and it's bound to surface
Just walkin' through the front door makes me nervous
It's creepin' up the floorboards, got me wondering where I stand
I cannot put out the fire, I got a book of matches in my hand

When we first met, headstrong and filled with doubt
Made just enough hustling tables that summer to take you out
I was fallin' back on forever when you told me about your heart
You laid it on the line

Laughing with your girlfriends
Not a care in the world, not a burden on your mind
(You laid it on the line)

It was just a matter, It was a matter of time

We found ourselves
We belong in it forever
Ain't that what it's all about?
Make the promise and keep it
Come hell or high water
We'd figure it out

It was the night, it was the moon
It was the green grass in the garden
The victory and the sin

I know you're weary, look at me
Flailin' in the corner
Here's the towel
Go on, throw it in

It was a matter of time
Can't you see that it's tearing me up inside?
Look what's laying at our feet
That's the wreckage of broken dreams
And burned out hales
And it's here on our street


Lyrics submitted by phoebe9261, edited by Drknight16

"A Matter of Time" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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    General CommentSo, the album Battle Born seems to tell the story of a young Flowers meeting his first love, having this relationship crumble, and meeting the love of his life, Tana.
    This song follows 3 songs about this struggling relationship (Runaways, The Way It Was and Here With Me) and finally it ends in this song.

    I really love the lyrical connections in this album- all the songs link to each other not just in their basic ideas, but the use of the same phrases lets us know that these are the two same people.
    e.g. "fallin' back on forever" and "Laughing with your girlfriends" link this to Miss Atomic Bomb (which is also linked to Mr. Brightside through him referring to himself as having had "eager eyes" - not to mention the integration of the brightside riff)
    and "You got me drivin' through the streets for an answer to the mystery" links this to 'The Way It Was' ("I drove through the desert last night, I carried the weight of our last fight... it's like we're going under")
    phoebe9261on September 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe key to this song meaning is the title - A Matter of Time - Which means that something is inevitable, was always going to happen, something you can't stop from helping.

    He obviously meets someone, perfect
    "not a care in the world, not a burden on your mind... it was a matter of time.." and from that moment there entire story together, the love and the heartbreak was all inevitable.

    The lyrics then point to not a happy relationship, but a troubled one, a paranoid love.. "there's a panic in the house and its bound to surface... walking through the front door makes me nervous".

    He then recalls when things were good for them, in the better days
    "When we first met, headstrong and filled with doubt
    Made just enough hustling tables that summer to take you out
    I was fallin' back on forever when you told me about your heart
    You laid it on the line... it was a matter of time..."

    Then he goes back to things being sour now, wondering why and why it can't work, they love eachother it should be all that matters, it should be simple:
    "We found ourselves a place, We belong in it forever
    Ain't that what it's all about? Make a promise and keep it
    Come hell or high water, We'd figure it out"

    Can't you see that it's tearing me up inside?
    Look what's laying at our feet
    That's the wreckage of broken dreams
    And burned out halos
    And it's here on our street
    Here he's acknowledging the ruin of the relationship, its here at their feet, everything they dreamed of ended, burnt out halos.

    The overall song to me is entirely about this - everything about their relationship, from when they met and she was perfect, to when they had something good together, to the paranoia, the jealousy and then the end of the relationship. All of this, the good and the bad, was always going to happen, it was just a matter of time.

    As an aside the best thing about this song for me is the paranoia absent from some of TK's more recent work.
    jm92on October 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSadly, I relate to this lyrics and most of the other ones on the album. Call it the long-term relationship blues.

    To me, it's about the tension building up in a marriage that you can feel, but that's not being talked about (out of fear what it will bring). You feel there's something awfully wrong, but you can't seem to fix it ("it's just a matter of time"):
    - "You're looking for a way out I can feel it"
    - "Your feelings are your own Now you keep 'em under lock and key"
    - "There's a panic in this house and it's bound to surface
    Just walkin' through the front door makes me nervous
    It's creepin' up the floorboards, got me wondering where I stand
    I cannot put out the fire, I got a book of matches in my hand"

    And you wonder how it came to this, while you used to be so happy and in love together (the passage about the heart and laughing with her girfriends). You're sad and angry because s/he married you and promised to be with you forever:

    "We found ourselves
    We belong in it forever
    Ain't that what it's all about?
    Make the promise and keep it
    Come hell or high water
    We'd figure it out"

    You're angry and want to confront him/her:
    "I know you're weary, look at me
    Flailin' in the corner
    Here's the towel
    Go on, throw it in"

    You feel sad and like everything's gone to hell, pleading for some sympathy:
    "Can't you see that it's tearing me up inside?
    Look what's laying at our feet
    That's the wreckage of broken dreams
    And burned out hales
    And it's here on our street "

    To me, The Way it Was and Runaways are also about these same feelings: a marriage that seems to be breaking apart but you really don't want to.
    Liesbetteron July 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Killers song again!
    Brandon Flowers just makes me happy!
    Love7on November 04, 2013   Link

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