"Battle Born" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
You lost faith in the human spirit
You walk around like a ghost
Your star-spangled heart
Took a train for the coast

When you shine you're a hilltop mansion
So how'd you lose the light?
Was it blown by the wind,
In the still of the night?

We're up against the wall

Up against the wall
There's something dying on the street
When they knock you down
You're gonna get back on your feet
(No you can't stop now)

I always saw you as a kind of keeper
A mother to a child
But your boys have grown soft
And your girls have gone wild

From the blue ranch to the black hills
To the redwood sky
The season may pass
But the dream doesn't die

Why did you drop the ball?

Up against the wall
There's something dying on the street
When they knock you down
You're gonna get back on your feet
(No you can't stop now)

When they break your heart
When they cause your soul to mourn
Remember what I said
Boy you was battle born

(No, you can't stop now)
You was battle born

When the night falls on the land
Are you haunted by the sound?
It's gonna take more than a hand
To turn this thing around

Won't you lean it on me?
Rescue, set me free

Up against the wall (Up against the wall)
There's something dying on the street
When they knock you down (Up against the wall)
You're gonna get back on your feet
Cause you can't stop now (Cause you can't stop now)

Did they break your heart? (Did they break your heart?)
And did they cause your soul to mourn
Remember what I said
Boy you was battle born
Cause you can't stop now (Cause you can't stop now)

Come on show your face
Come on give us one more spark
So we'll start a fire
Unless we fall into the dark
And you can't stop now (No, you can't stop now)

You never know
If you never learn
You never shine
If you never burn
The rising tide
The undertow
The venom and
The overflow
You turn away
Welcome home


Lyrics submitted by phoebe9261, edited by Gravecrux, Drknight16, VoiceOfReason67

"Battle Born" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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    General CommentRegarding songwriting, Brandon has often acknowledged in interviews post Hot Fuss that he wanted to get away from writing songs that conflicted with the moral values that he was raised with. He's mentioned twice that he prefers to be a "positive force" in this world, and I think it could be said that this song is geared towards instilling hope collectively to the people in their home country (the US).

    Most powerful to me are the lines:
    When they break your heart
    When they cause your soul to mourn
    Remember what I said
    Boy you was battle born

    Naysayers, fear, and negativity seem to outweigh encouragement, audacity and positivity in today's day and age. It seems Flowers is communicating to his listeners that the negativity will come your way, but you have to be part of the outnumbered positive force and remember that you have a fighter's heart. This stanza could apply to the nation as a whole, or to individuals looking for some form of inspiration to get through the harsher times of life that will come their way due to the disintegration of moral values in today's society.
    Souldier2098on July 13, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI believe the lyric is "Now don't you drop the ball" instead of "Why did you drop the ball"
    SarpNastyon October 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI agree with paperbackwriter. This song must be about America. Battle is what we are known for (and semmingly what we seek). We've had our high time and our light and it's faded. Let's face it! But the song is optimistic too. e.g. you can't stop now, show us one more spark, you're going to get back on your feet, etc.
    Brandon Flowers took a lot of flack for criticizing Green Day for trashing America and egging on German Crowds singing "Don't want to be an American Idiot!" It's a song about a love for a country that has failed in many respect and lost a lot of what made it great but is still worth something and can be great again.
    ham99007on January 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt's undoubtedly a song about the USA. I also get allusions to the Trojan War, but that's probably just me and my strange mind! The song reminds me of the Trojan hero Hector, who was very patriotic and died fighting for glory and for his people and family, right by the Trojan wall. But, like I said, that's probably just me. Just thought I'd throw it out there! Whatever the case this is a fantastic song, one of my favourites from the Killers.
    ForgetMeNot13on June 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDid they break your heart?

    And did they call you soft?

    In the morn remember what I said

    Boy you was battle born

    (But you can’t stop now)

    or?
    battlebornon September 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIt should be:

    Did they break your heart?

    And when they cause your soul to morn (or moan)?
    Gravecruxon September 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI hate to politicize lyrics, but even though this song is named after Nevada's state nickname, the state that The Killers are from. But it seems like it could be about the United States as a whole, how we used to be such a strong nation ("When you shine, you're a hilltop mansion"), but we're getting weaker and we're in a rapid downfall ("But your boys have grown soft and your girls have gone wild") as a society. The first verse ("You lost faith in the human spirit. / You walk around like a ghost. / Your star-spangled heart / took a train for the coast") and the verse that says, "Did they break your heart? Did they cause your soul to mourn? Remember what I said. / Boy, you was battle born. / And you can't stop now" sounds like a call to fiercer action in the Middle East. Nevada is called the Battle Born State because it became a state because of the Civil War (known in the South as the War of Northern Aggression). And this country is battle born too. We didn't pussyfoot in the American Revolution, why should we do that now?
    paperbackwriter1993on September 25, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI like the line to be
    'Sing a song of fire'
    instead of
    'So we'll start a fire'
    but that might just be wishful thinking.
    Pulvirizaon September 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't understand fans who find faults in the bands/singers they like?
    HappyLeo7on November 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPeople saying that Brandon Flowers doesn't look as fashionable, or good.... make me laugh. Perhaps Flowers learnt that having to keep up with a fashion... isn't making him HIM and that some day, he won't be needed any more in the show-business, because there will be other young "hot" People and he will be forgotten. He perhaps realised that this is all superficial and stupid.
    leolionmeon November 14, 2012   Link

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