Joy Ride
The Killers Lyrics


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It's getting close to sundown over the Sierra
Stranded on the freeway burning with desire
She was on the sidewalk looking for a night light
We talked about the real things
And drove into the fire
Headlights on the highway
The desert wind is howling
Rattlesnakes and romance
Is filling with the rain
Candy apple red dress
Bleeding when she kissed me
Heaven in a rag top
Take away my pain

When your chips are down
When your highs are low
Joyride
Move across the night
Like a separate wind

Pulled up to a motel
"Vacancy" was buzzing
Pink and dirty neon
Settle on the hood
Wrap your arms around me
Come a little closer
Stumble in the twilight
And fell onto the floor
Loving Mona Lisa
Dreaming of the free world
Lipstick on the nightstand
And demons at the door

When your hopes and dreams
Lose the will to go
Joyride
Reaching for the light
Knowing we can't win

There's something in the distance
A glorious existence
A simple celebration
A place you've never been before
Tell me that you wanna go

Reaching for the light
Knowing we can't win

When your chips are down
When your highs are low
Joyride

All your hopes and dreams




All you need to know
Joyride

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Killers' song "Joy Ride" depict a night of passion and escape. The opening lines of the song describe the scenic view over the Sierra mountains as the singer drives down the highway, burning with desire. He falls for a woman who is looking for a light in the dark, and as they talk about the "real things" of life, they drive into the metaphorical fire. The desert wind is howling as they speed down the highway, but the adrenaline rush and romance they feel is more intense. The imagery in the song is vivid with mentions of candy apple red dresses, neon signs, and demons lurking at the door.


The chorus talks about the thrill of riding through the night, even when things are looking down. The joyride represents a way to escape from reality and feel fully alive, even if only for a moment. The second verse of the song takes the listener to a motel, where the couple's passion becomes even more intense. Mona Lisa is mentioned, representing the beauty and mystery of the night. Lipstick on the nightstand is a reminder of passion that has been indulged, but demons still lurk at the door, reminding us that the joyride can never last forever.


The song's meaning is open to interpretation, but it is clear that "Joy Ride" is an ode to the pure joy of feeling alive, even if just for a moment. It is a celebration of the thrill of the moment and of being adventurous.


Line by Line Meaning

It's getting close to sundown over the Sierra
The time of day is nearing dusk in the Sierra mountains.


Stranded on the freeway burning with desire
Feeling trapped on the highway and wanting something more exciting.


She was on the sidewalk looking for a night light
A woman was searching for a place to feel safe and secure.


We talked about the real things
We discussed meaningful topics.


And drove into the fire
Continuing down a dangerous path with a sense of adventure.


Headlights on the highway
The lights on the car illuminating the road ahead.


The desert wind is howling
The wind blowing fiercely in the desert.


Rattlesnakes and romance
The excitement of both danger and love.


Is filling with the rain
The surroundings are changing due to the rain.


Candy apple red dress
A woman wearing a bright red outfit.


Bleeding when she kissed me
A passionate kiss leaving the singer feeling overwhelmed.


Heaven in a rag top
Feeling an amazing sense of freedom while driving in a convertible.


Take away my pain
Wanting to escape from emotional pain.


When your chips are down
During difficult times.


When your highs are low
When one's mood is low.


Joyride
Going on a thrilling adventure.


Move across the night
Traveling through the darkness.


Like a separate wind
Moving forward independently, not following anyone else's direction.


Pulled up to a motel
Arriving at a motel.


"Vacancy" was buzzing
The 'Vacancy' sign was flickering or lighting up.


Pink and dirty neon
The sign outside the motel was pink and worn out.


Settle on the hood
Relaxing on the car's hood.


Wrap your arms around me
Hugging tightly.


Come a little closer
Asking to be physically closer.


Stumble in the twilight
Walking unsteadily as night falls.


And fell onto the floor
Falling to the ground.


Loving Mona Lisa
Falling in love with someone who is unattainable or mysterious.


Dreaming of the free world
Imagining a life of true freedom.


Lipstick on the nightstand
Finding makeup on the nightstand, possibly indicating that someone else was there earlier.


And demons at the door
The presence of negative influences or past struggles that are difficult to escape.


When your hopes and dreams
During difficult times when it's easy to lose hope.


Lose the will to go
Feeling like giving up.


Reaching for the light
Striving to find a sense of hope or direction.


Knowing we can't win
Aware that success is not guaranteed.


There's something in the distance
There is something to look forward to or work towards.


A glorious existence
An amazing future or possibility.


A simple celebration
The joy in life's simple pleasures and moments.


A place you've never been before
An unfamiliar or exciting place to explore or experience.


Tell me that you wanna go
Asking someone if they want to experience something new together.


All your hopes and dreams
Every wish or desire in one's heart.


All you need to know
The only thing that matters.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer, Ronnie Jr. Vannucci

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