Miss Atomic Bomb
The Killers Lyrics


You were standing with your girlfriends in the street
Falling back on forever, I wonder what you came to be
I was new in town, the boy with the eager eyes
I never was a quitter, oblivious to schoolgirls' lies

When I look back on those neon lights
The leather seats, the passage rite
I feel the heat, I see the light

Miss Atomic Bomb
Making out, we've got the radio on
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Racing shadows under moonlight
Through the desert on a hot night
And for a second there we'd won
Yeah, we were innocent and young

Cast out of the night, well you've got a foolish heart
So you took your place but the fall from grace was the hardest part
It feels just like a dagger buried deep in your back
You run for cover but you can't escape the second attack
Your soul was innocent, she kissed him and she painted it black
You should have seen your little face, burnin' for love
Holdin' on for your life

All that I wanted was a little touch,
A little tenderness and truth, I didn't ask for much, no
Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time

Miss Atomic Bomb
Making out we've got the radio on
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Racing shadows under moonlight
We're taking chances on a hot night
And for a second there we'd won
Yeah we were innocent and young

The dust cloud has settled, and my eyes are clear
But sometimes in dreams of impact I still hear
Miss Atomic Bomb, I'm standing here
Sweat on my skin
And this love that I've cradled
Is wearing thin (Miss Atomic Bomb)
But I'm standing here and you're too late
Your shock-wave whisper has sealed your fate

It feels just like a dagger buried deep in your back (it's a proving ground)
You run for cover but you can't escape the second attack (and you turn it to chance)
Your soul was innocent, she kissed him and she painted it black (on a loser's game)
You should have seen your little face, burning for love,
(Miss Atomic Bomb)

Holdin' on for your life
But you can't survive (All that I wanted was a little touch)
When you want it all (A little tenderness and truth, I didn't ask for much)
There's another side (Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time)

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

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Dylan Luciano

This song actually connects with Mr. Brightside, The Man and Just Another Girl.

The trailer in this song that the old man ends up in is the same one used in "The Man." Which is the beginning of the story.

Brandon Flowers is established as being super confident but having a distorted view of reality. He isn't as great of a singer as he believes he is, he gets kicked out of the casino, etc. Both "Miss Atomic Bomb" and "The Man" show that he believes he's against the world.

His luck starts to turn around when he falls in love with a ballet dancer. But he believes that she cheats on him "and it's all in my head but she's touching his chest now." to get ahead in her career and he loses her.

He tries to get over her but he sees her everywhere he goes and he becomes old and miserable which are in the lyrics to "Just Another Girl." "All of my friends say I should move on. She's just another girl. Don't let her stick it to your heart so much."

He fantasies that she ends up dumped by the rich guy and chooses him. She writes him a letter and then they get together and he envisions a future with her. But it turns out that she never wrote a letter and it's just a wasted fantasy.

"When You Were Young" "Mr. Brightside" "Miss Atomic Bomb" aren't straight forward romance songs. They're more like cautionary tales of not wasting your life by loving someone that will never love you back.



Jo Irwin

This was my dad's favorite song of the Killers. He came to know them much later in life (he was 67) and it was probably the coolest thing to get in his truck and hear him say "You've gotta hear this song!" and it turns out being one of the songs I'd known for years. For at least the past year, right up until his death in February, this was the only song he'd play in his truck. It came to be known as "Track 17" (he had a friend make a compilation for him). He'd play it as loud as possible, restart it as soon as it was over, and— no matter how many times he'd already done it— give the longest and most in-depth analysis of it. It was hilarious and wonderful and one of my favorite things.
I'll never listen to the Killers the same way again. I'll always appreciate them in a different way and cherish the joy they brought to my dad in his later years. Thanks guys. Keep writing these beautiful songs.





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Martin O'Toole

And she's falling asleep
And he's calling a cab.
And he's having a smoke,
And she's taking a drag.
Killers.
And I'm down on the street
Because my stomach feels small
There's a taste in my mouth
But there's no taste at all.
Bowie.
Listen to Mr Brightside.
Listen to Queen Bitch.
Or is it just me?



George

You were standing with your girlfriends in the street
Falling back on forever, I wonder what you came to be…
I was new in town, the boy with the eager eyes
I never was a quitter, oblivious to schoolgirls' lies

When I look back on those neon nights
The leather seats, the passage rite
I feel the heat, I see the light

Miss Atomic Bomb
Making out, we've got the radio on
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Racing shadows in the moonlight
Through the desert on a hot night
And for a second there we'd won
Yeah, we were innocent and young

Cast out of the night, well you've got a foolish heart
So you took your place but the fall from grace was the hardest part
It feels just like a dagger buried deep in your back
You run for cover but you can't escape the second attack
Your soul was innocent, she kissed him and she painted it black
You should have seen your little face, burnin' for love
Holdin on' for your life

All that I wanted was a little touch,
A little tenderness and truth, I didn't ask for much, no
Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time…

Miss Atomic Bomb
Making out we've got the radio on
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Racing shadows in the moonlight
We're taking chances on a hot night
And for a second there we'd won
Yeah we were innocent and young

The dust cloud has settled, and my eyes are clear
But sometimes in dreams of impact I still hear
Miss Atomic Bomb, I'm standing here
Sweat on my skin
And this love that I've cradled
Is wearing thin (Miss Atomic Bomb)
But I'm standing here and you're too late
Your shock-wave whisper has sealed your fate

It feels just like a dagger buried deep in your back (It's so cruel [?])
You run for cover but you can't escape the second attack (and you turn your back, you're so)
Your soul was innocent, she kissed him and she painted it black (on a losing game)
You should have seen your little face, burning for love,
(Miss Atomic Bomb) Holdin' on for your life

But you can't survive (All that I wanted was a little touch)
When you want it all (A little tenderness and truth, I didn't ask for much)
There's another side (Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time)



All comments from YouTube:

Jeffrey Root

This video is exactly the story of my marriage and how it ended, even to the details that she was a dancer and left me for someone with more money due to the family he grew up in. The video makes a good point in the end. Don't spend your life waiting around thinking of what might have been. Just forgive the person, let them live their new life and open yourself up to new love. Otherwise you'll find yourself alone. I chose to love again and the world is an open place with all kinds of choices to make.

Vinícius Vaszate

@Harrison Yesss, it's a fact

Vinícius Vaszate

Thank you for the advise! Think you're right. It's a way to understand the video and really is a great truth in real life.

Giovelli e Afins

you made me cry

Sanmit Amin

Not only do I love this song, I also feel a whirlwind of emotions. Especially this being the day I got married. I love the moment they are on the bike! I'm with you brother!

Kata Đerek Galić

❤❤❤💔

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Sandra Cruz

This hits harder when you realize it’s about the same girl from Mr. Brightside

Kyle Burke

The subtle hint of the Mr brightside riff eludes to it aswell

Ángela G. Díaz

Also related to Run from cover, you can notice a reference in the lyrics

milkym1

@Natalie Towle this is the same girl - Iza Miko 🙂

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