"Bones" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
(Come with me)
We took a back road; we're gonna look at the stars
We took a back road in my car
Down to the ocean, it's only water and sand
And in the ocean we'll hold hands
But I don't really like you, apologetically dressed
In the best, put on the heartbeat glide
Without an answer the thunder speaks for the sky
And on the cold, wet dirt I cry
And on the cold, wet dirt I cry

Don't you wanna come with me?
Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?
It's only natural

A cinematic vision ensued
Like the holiest dream
There's someone calling, an angel whispers my name
But the message relayed is the same
Wait till tomorrow; you'll be fine.'
And it's gone to the dogs in my mind
I always hear them
When the dead of night comes calling
Save me from this fight
But they can never wrong this right

Don't you wanna come with me?
Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?
It's only natural
Don't you wanna swim with me?
Don't you wanna feel my skin on your skin?
It's only natural
I never had a lover (I never had a lover)
I never had soul (I never had soul)
I never had a good time (And I never had a good time)
I never got gold (I never got gold)

Don't you wanna come with me?
Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?
It's only natural
Don't you wanna swim with me?
Don't you wanna feel my skin on your skin?
It's only natural

Don't you wanna come with me?
Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?
It's only natural
Come and take a swim with me?
Don't you wanna feel my skin on your skin?
It's only natural

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"Bones" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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  • +3
    General CommentThere's something cheesy and very "Rocky Horror Picture Show," about this song. I guess I'm the only one picking up on this. lol.
    bakismakion October 04, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentBones definitely has the connotation of "boning," but in the context of the song (and the fact that it's plural), I think it suggests something deeper than just sex. The bones are representing their bodies as a whole, but just saying bones makes it sound darker, like an empty, dead relationship.
    Tronfoon October 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about a boy who is confused about his emotions and doesn't know what he wants. Does he really love her? is it just lust? He wants to be close to her...but does he? He is trying to convince the girl, and at the same time trying to convince himself and asking for her input as well. This guy is not the prince charming that a girl would throw herself at "Never had a lover...never got bold (gold?)" some places say it is gold, but if that's true it refers to a gold medal which means 1st place, which means he is always 2nd or in the middle or just not really noticable. It is really relatable sometimes.
    spiderk132on June 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI do believe the lyrics say "I never got gold" instead of boned...sorry guys!

    The song is simply sexy and there is nothing else to it! Like killing_spree said, he really doesn't like the girl (But I don’t really like you) and he just is with her to get some action.
    He knows it's morally/religiously wrong to manipulate her like that. (There’s someone calling, an angel whispers my name).
    But yet, he taunts her and does anything to lure her into having sex with him. (Don’t you wanna come with me?/Don’t you wanna feel my bones on your bones?/It’s only natural.)

    Typical male ;) I can't wait to hear the album version!

    ShotgunXXWeddingon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is part of the murder trilogy, but i dont think the trilogy is three songs i think its three albums!

    There is just too many different references to make it only three songs...

    I think he actually kills her in bones and then midnight show is him reflecting on what happened.

    "We took a back road, we’re gonna look at the stars
    We took a back road in my car
    Down to the ocean, it’s only water and sand...
    But i dont really like you"

    --> Ties in with midnight show "driver faster boy" shows they were in a car and "i took my babys breathe before the chandelier of stars" shows he killed her under the stars. Also in jenny he refers to a promenade so they were obviously at the beach and brandons reference that water had something 2 do with it, but it didnt kill her. "I dont really like you" is because hes found out that shes been with some other guy and hates her for it.He then says "and on the cold wet dirt i cry" and this is because he's killed her. "Dont you wanna come with me, dont you wanna feel your bones on my bones" is because he cant understand why she doesnt wanna be with him, and why shes having sex with some other guy.

    and then in midnight show hes reflecting on whats happened.

    "i got a blanket in the back seat of my mind"

    I think this has two meaning, one being he now has this dark secret cuz hes killed her but i also think he could hav her body in the back seat of the car and hes talking to it!! This is then emphasised by "something in the back said"

    "driver fast boy" is cuz hes got the body in the back and he needs to get rid of it as soon as he can

    Then in for reasons unkown hes panicing and trying to run away so he doesnt get caught.

    "I pack my case. I check my face. I look a little bit older. I look a little bit colder" --> meaning he looks older as he now has the weight of killing jenny on his shoulders

    "But my heart, it don’t beat, it don’t beat the way it used to. And my eyes, they don’t see you no more. And my lips, they don’t kiss, they don’t kiss the way they used to, and my eyes don’t recognize you at all. "

    His heart dont beat the way it used to cuz hes heartbroken from seeing jenny with another guy and now also the fact hes killed her. His eyes dont recognize her cuz shes dead!

    And then in jenny its obvious hes been arrested and being asked what happened. I think "She couldn't scream while I held her close
    I swore I'd never let her go" infers that he strangeled her to death.

    Brandon has also said in numerous interviews that the murderer was sent down for the crime so i think both bourbon on the shelf and mr brightside have references to this.

    Bourbon - "Got a new place, and how it's so much better.
    Falling over myself, the televisions on,
    I turn it off and smile."

    Brightside - I'm coming out of my cage
    And I've been doing just fine

    I think both of these could refer to him being in some sort of mental institute or prison?

    xxsquarahxxon January 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove the Song.

    I think this song is just that he wants to get laid, hence he doesn't really like her.
    killing_spreeon September 08, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationSeems to me like he's singing about meaningless sex and trying to use all the social cliches to justify a pretty selfish desire. Reference to "bones" and "skin" in contrast to "holliest" "angel" seem to really stand out. He even reduces something as romantic and poetic as the ocean to "water and sand." And "it's only natural" is the character's way of saying, "it's not so bad...its only natural," when he really believes he shouldn't do it (the voice that tells him to "wait" until tomorrow). He doesn't want to hear the same "relayed" message (to wait). I don't think the lead singer really espouses this view, but that he's getting into the head of someone who's trying to justify his actions (like the killer in Jenny was a friend of mine).

    More deeper than sex though, I think it's about how seeing the world as "only natural" just "water and sand" really strips it of its beauty and reduces it to brittle bones.

    Brilliant song. almost pleading in its tone, yet very polished. I think it's more of the Killers saying what they mean through reverses and paradoxes. smart band.
    smilingmangoon January 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have the Guitar book for Sam's town, and it has the vocals. The lyrics are "put on a heartbeat glide."

    Don't ask me what it means but that is.
    Peeto87on June 22, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is obviously about sax. At the beginning the sax is hidden a bit more, but eventually the saxual overtones come into play. By the end, the song is pretty much 100% backed by sax. You can really here the references to sax between the lines in the chorus. It's got a nice brassy tone, but it's actually woodwind.

    But that's just my interpretation.
    Draco6slayeron February 24, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI like this song alot, i hope its on the album, i heard it on the radio1 live thing
    nice lyrics too
    bloc_party15on September 16, 2006   Link

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