Indie Rock and Roll
The Killers Lyrics


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Glamorous
Indie rock'n'roll is what I want
It's in my soul, it's what I need
Indie rock'n'roll, it's time
Two of us
Flipping through a thrift store magazine
She plays the drums, I'm on tambourine
Bet your bottom dollar on me

It's indie rock'n'roll for me
It's indie rock'n'roll for me
It's all I need
It's indie rock'n'roll for me

In a clutch
I'm talking every word for all the boys
Electric girls with worn down toys
Make it up, break it up, what do you care
Oh what do you care?

I take my twist with a shout
A coffee shop with a cause, then I'll freak you out
No sex, no drugs, no rock, no roll

When it comes today

Stay if you wanna love me, stay
Oh don't be shy, let's cause a scene
Like lovers do on silver screens
Let's make it yeah, we'll cause a scene

It's indie rock'n'roll for me
It's indie rock'n'roll for me
It's all I need
It's indie rock'n'roll for me

In a clutch
I'm talking every word for all the boys
It's all I need
Make it up, break it up, what do you care
It's indie rock'n'roll for me

Two of us, flipping through a thrift store magazine
It's all I need




Makin' up, breakin' up, what do you care?
It's indie rock'n'roll for me

Overall Meaning

The Killers' song Indie Rock and Roll is an anthem for the band's love for music, specifically indie rock and roll. The lyrics express an unquenchable thirst for music of this genre, and it's evident in lines such as, "Indie rock'n'roll is what I want, it's in my soul, it's what I need." The song's narrative seems to follow two people, probably the band members, flipping through a thrift store magazine, with one playing the drums and the other on the tambourine, symbolizing their passion for music even in the most mundane of situations.


The lyrics convey the sentiment of being carefree, chasing their dreams, and making music with a clear purpose. The lines "No sex, no drugs, no rock, no roll, when it comes today" indicate that they're here to make great music and have a good time, rather than succumbing to the more hedonistic aspects of the industry. The song's chorus, "It's indie rock'n'roll for me, it's all I need," is a declaration of their love for the genre, and how fulfilling it is for them as a band. Overall, the song is an ode to their passion for music, and their desire to make it big in the indie rock and roll scene.


Line by Line Meaning

Glamorous
Expressing a desire for a glamorous lifestyle


Indie rock'n'roll is what I want
Preferring the independent rock and roll genre over other types of music


It's in my soul, it's what I need
Feeling a deep emotional connection to indie rock and roll music


Indie rock'n'roll, it's time
Believing that indie rock and roll is currently popular and relevant


Two of us
Referring to two people in a partnership or friendship


Flipping through a thrift store magazine
Casually browsing through a magazine from a secondhand store


She plays the drums, I'm on tambourine
Describing how two people contribute to a musical band


Bet your bottom dollar on me
Feeling confident in one's abilities and asking others to trust in them


I take my twist with a shout
Enjoying a dance move that involves a rapid twisting motion and vocalizing excitement


A coffee shop with a cause, then I'll freak you out
Referring to a socially-conscious coffee shop and expressing a desire to impress or shock others


No sex, no drugs, no rock, no roll
Rejecting a lifestyle that involves sex, drugs or rock and roll music


When it comes today
Referring to the present moment or a specific upcoming event


Stay if you wanna love me, stay
Asking someone to remain in a loving relationship


Oh don't be shy, let's cause a scene
Encouraging someone to be bold and express themselves publicly


Like lovers do on silver screens
Comparing a public display of affection to those seen in romantic movies


Let's make it yeah, we'll cause a scene
Agreeing to be daring and draw attention to oneself


It's all I need
Asserting that indie rock and roll music satisfies all of one's needs


Makin' up, breakin' up, what do you care?
Challenging others for criticizing or judging one's romantic relationships




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

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