I Can't Stay
The Killers Lyrics


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The emotion it was, electric
And the stars, they all aligned
I knew I had to make my, decision
But I never made the time
No, I never made the time

In the dark, for a while now
I can't stay, so far
I can't stay, much longer
Riding my decision home

Exoneration lost his, eraser
But my forgiver found the sun
And there are twisted days that I take comfort
Cause I'm not the only one
No, I'm not the only one

In the dark, for a while now
I can't stay, so far
I can't stay, much longer
Riding my decision home

There is a majesty at my doorstep
There is a little boy in her arms
Now we'll parade around without game plans
Obligations, or alarm

In the dark, for a while now
I can't stay, so far
I can't stay, much longer
Riding my decision home

In the dark, for a while now
I can't stay, so far
I can't stay, much longer
Riding my decision home





In the dark

Overall Meaning

, for a while now, the singer of the song has been grappling with a difficult decision. He feels a strong emotion within him, almost electric, and he knows that the stars have aligned in some way that requires him to make a decision. However, despite feeling this strong emotion, he never actually makes the time to make the decision. As a result, he finds himself stuck in a dark place, unable to move on.


The song takes on a somewhat melancholic tone, as the singer talks about how he can't stay much longer in this state of indecision. He knows that he needs to make a move, but he seems unable to do so. The lyrics suggest that the singer may be dealing with feelings of guilt or shame: "Exoneration lost his eraser, but my forgiver found the sun." He also takes solace in the fact that he's not the only one, that there are others who understand his pain.


However, the song ends on a slightly more positive note, with the singer acknowledging that there may be a way out of his predicament. There is a "majesty" at his doorstep, along with a "little boy" in someone's arms. It's not exactly clear what this means, but it suggests that there may be a new opportunity for him on the horizon, one that doesn't require him to have a game plan or obligations.


Line by Line Meaning

The emotion it was, electric
The feeling was intense and powerful


And the stars, they all aligned
Everything seemed to fall into place


I knew I had to make my, decision
I was aware that I needed to choose


But I never made the time
I never found the opportunity to do so


No, I never made the time
I always put it off


In the dark, for a while now
I have been uncertain for some time


I can't stay, so far
I cannot remain in this situation much longer


I can't stay, much longer
I need to make a decision soon


Riding my decision home
I will commit myself to the choice I make


Exoneration lost his, eraser
I cannot go back and erase my past mistakes


But my forgiver found the sun
But I have found someone who is willing to forgive me and move forward


And there are twisted days that I take comfort
There are times when I find solace in the fact that others are going through struggles too


Cause I'm not the only one
I am not alone in my struggles


There is a majesty at my doorstep
There is something magnificent awaiting me


There is a little boy in her arms
There is a child in someone's care


Now we'll parade around without game plans
We will go with the flow without any set plans


Obligations, or alarm
Without any responsibilities or worries




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

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