Neon Tiger
The Killers Lyrics


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Far from the evergreen of old Assam
Far from the rainfall on the trails of old Saigon
straight from the poster town of scorn and ritz
To bring you the wilder side of gold and glitz

But neon tiger there's a lot on your mind
They promised just to pet you, but don't you let them get you
Away, away, away
Under the heat of the southwest sun

Took to the spotlight like a diamond ring
Came from the woodwork and the hopes they might
Redeem themselves from poor decisions to win big

But neon tiger there's a lot on your mind
Strategize to maim you, but don't you let them tame you
You're far too pure and bold
To suffer the strain of the pain that's old.

I don't wanna be kept, I don't wanna be caged, I don't wanna be damned oh hell
I don't wanna be broke, I don't wanna be saved, I don't wanna be S.O.L.
Give me rolling hills so tonight can be the night that I send them up a thousand thrills
Can you cut me some slack, Cause I don't wanna go back, I want the new day and age

Come on girls and boys, everyone make some noise!

Run neon tiger there's a price on your head
They'll put you down and cut you, I'll never let them touch you
Away, away, away
Oh I'm gonna need a neon tiger roar

Under the heat of
Under the heat of
Under the heat of the southwest sun





Neon tiger
There's a lot on your mind

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Killers' song "Neon Tiger" seem to be about a wild and free spirit who wants to avoid being trapped in cages or kept down by society's expectations. The opening lines describe the singer as being far away from traditional places of greenery and rainfall, instead coming from a place of rebellion and luxury that ignites the "wilder side of gold and glitz." The following lines about a "Neon Tiger" appear to describe someone similar, someone who has taken the spotlight with the hopes of redeeming themselves from poor choices of the past.


However, it is clear that the singer has a lot on their mind and is worried about their future, asking the "Neon Tiger" to run away from anyone who might try to contain them or tame their wildness. The lyrics suggest that this person is too "pure and bold" to be held down by the old pains and strains of the past. They want to live freely, without being trapped or tied down like a wild animal. The final lines of the song call for others to join them in making noise and standing up for their own independence.


Overall, "Neon Tiger" seems to be a call to live boldly and to reject those who try to hold us back in life. It's a song about freedom, rebellion, and wildness, and it encourages listeners to join in the struggle for independence and self-discovery.


Line by Line Meaning

Far from the evergreen of old Assam
The tiger is far away from where it originated, the lush forests of Assam.


Far from the rainfall on the trails of old Saigon
The tiger is also far from Saigon's trails, which were once filled with rain showers.


Straight from the poster town of scorn and ritz
The tiger came from a place that is known for its extravagant way of life but is disliked by many.


To bring you the wilder side of gold and glitz
The tiger is here to present the more thrilling and adventurous side of luxury living.


But neon tiger there's a lot on your mind
The tiger is being warned that it has many things to worry about.


They promised just to pet you, but don't you let them get you
People may have promised to be kind to the tiger, but it should not let its guard down.


Under the heat of the southwest sun
The tiger is currently in a place with hot weather, in the southwestern region of wherever it is.


Took to the spotlight like a diamond ring
The tiger suddenly became the center of attention, like a precious diamond ring.


Came from the woodwork and the hopes they might
The tiger previously existed unnoticed and is now hoping for a chance to prove itself.


Redeem themselves from poor decisions to win big
People who initially made bad choices are now seeking redemption by taking big risks.


Strategize to maim you, but don't you let them tame you
Someone may intend to harm the tiger, but it should not allow them to control its actions or behavior.


You're far too pure and bold
The tiger is known for its fearlessness and genuineness.


To suffer the strain of the pain that's old.
The tiger is too strong to be affected by any old wounds or difficulties.


I don't wanna be kept, I don't wanna be caged, I don't wanna be damned oh hell
The singer of the song does not want to be trapped, imprisoned or condemned.


I don't wanna be broke, I don't wanna be saved, I don't wanna be S.O.L.
The singer does not want to be impoverished or rescued, or left with no options.


Give me rolling hills so tonight can be the night that I send them up a thousand thrills
The singer is asking for excitement and adventure so that he can make tonight unforgettable.


Can you cut me some slack, Cause I don't wanna go back, I want the new day and age
The singer is asking for some leniency because he does not want to revert to earlier times and wants to live in the present.


Come on girls and boys, everyone make some noise!
The singer is requesting the crowd to make some noise and have a good time.


Run neon tiger there's a price on your head
The tiger is being urged to run away because someone wants to catch it and possibly hurt it.


They'll put you down and cut you, I'll never let them touch you
Someone is planning to hurt the tiger, but the singer will not let them harm it.


Oh I'm gonna need a neon tiger roar
The singer wants to hear the tiger's powerful roar.


Neon tiger
The song's title and a reference to the tiger.


There's a lot on your mind
The tiger is preoccupied with many things and need to be careful.




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

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