Human
The Killers Lyrics


I did my best to notice
When the call came down the line
Up to the platform of surrender
I was broad but I was kind
And sometimes I get nervous
When I see an open door
Close your eyes
Clear your heart

Cut the cord

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human?
Or are we dancer?

Pay my respects to grace and virtue
Send my condolences to good
Give my regards to soul and romance
They always did the best they could
And so long to devotion
You taught me everything I know
Wave goodbye
Wish me well

You got to let me go

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human?
Or are we dancer?

Will your system be alright
When you dream of home tonight?
There is no message we're receiving
Let me know is your heart still beating?

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer

You got to let me know

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human?
Or are we dancer?

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?

Are we human
Or are we dancer?

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BRANDON FLOWERS, DAVE BRENT KEUNING, MARK AUGUST STOERMER, RONNIE JR. VANNUCCI

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N O R T H Riders

I did my best to notice
When the call came down the line
Up to the platform of surrender
I was brought, but I was kind
And sometimes I get nervous
When I see an open door
Close your eyes
Clear your heart
Cut the cord
Are we human
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human
Or are we dancer?
Pay my respects to grace and virtue
Send my condolences to good
Give my regards to soul and romance
They always did the best they could
And so long to devotion
You taught me everything I know
Wave goodbye
Wish me well
You've gotta let me go
Are we human
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human
Or are we dancer?
Will your system be alright
When you dream of home tonight?
There is no message we're receiving
Let me know, is your heart still beating?
Are we human
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
You've gotta let me know
Are we human
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human
Or are we dancer?
Are we human
Or are we dancer?
Are we human
Or are we dancer?



Lee Durham Stone

In this deeply existential song by The Killers, with its stirring query of the meaning of human life, the ultimate question it asks is whether we are merely humans or also dancers, participants in the larger context.

It asks whether humans exist as no more than individuated life forms, scheduled to live out a short existence with no eternal prospects after we "cut the cord." Or, whether as humans we are active, ensouled, dancing material beings.

We live as humans who ask existential questions looking for meaningful, ultimate answers. "I'm on my knees looking for the answer," say the lyrics, but "there is no message we're receiving." This indicates humans exist in an unfathomable Universe in which they live as "nervous" beings with "cold hands" who must assume responsibility for acts of free will as they question their very existence.

At moments in our individual lives, the lyrics say we "see an open door" to the Beyond, in which at the last moment of life, "when the call comes" and we are on "the platform" ready for the final takeoff, we "clear our hearts," kindly acquiesce and "surrender" in a final leap of faith.

The lyrics say humans leave behind grace, virtue, good, soul, romance, devotion --the things that make us distinctly human. But we participate in a larger show, that of dancers in the Great Terpsichorean Universe, the "home" of which we dream.

The band performs in a mise-en-scene of nonhuman life forms. The tiger and lion signify the Universe-as-Predator and absorber of individuated human lives. The vulture signifies death, our absorption into the Great Beyond. The band at the end gazes out beyond Earth, beyond human life, to that "open door. "

The answer to the plaintive, existential question of whether we exist as humans or as dancers is that we, in essence, exist as both. In truth, we are embodied souls/ensouled bodies living within the greater OverSoul, the Atma. We are not merely humans, after all.

The task, then, is to disremember the existential questions --plenty of that anon --and enjoy the dance now in unfettered pas de deux with the embracing Universe. This song by The Killers provides some fullness-of-faith moments in which we can do just that.



All comments from YouTube:

Larry Bundy Jr

Almost four and a half minutes of them asking "are we human, or are we dancer?"  over and over and they never give us the bloomin' answer!!!

Bloody divas, think they're too good to tell us >.>

Retro Psych

@LiveChillinEstonia 5 years later and you solved the mystery 🤣

Matt Beckley

@Larry Bundy Jr hello you

Matt Beckley

Make another list please

Holly Scahill

I always thought they were saying "are we human, or are we dancer".

LiveChillinEstonia

Well... what about the song title? 😃

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Alexander Coventry

The most British band that isn’t British

Anna

Dunno why I thought they were Irish not American

Cian Linehan

They. Are. Ours. Back off.

Liam Baker

The accents are def American...listen to the vowel sounds in notice, call, line, dancers...no mistaking these guys for Brits! Bloody good tune all the same.

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