Sleepwalker
The Killers Lyrics


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(Umm, I hunt elk and deer, umm turkey's, just around here)
(Umm I've hunted antelope, umm)
(And growing up we had to be twelve before we could hunt)
(And now they've lowered it to as soon as you pass hunter safety you can hunt so)
(I had to wait 'til I was twelve)
(As long as you can hold up a gun and shoot it)

Hey, sleepwalker, don't you miss the way
Wildflowers paint the western hills?
Or the first autumn whisper mid-September brings
In the glowy excitement that it builds?

Everyone is afraid of something
Even the strongest man alive
Hey, sleepwalker, we went walking in the western hills
And we picked you wildflowers
You gotta open your eyes

Hey, dreamcatcher, come out and see the leaves
The mountainside's all watermelon red
Soon enough, they're gonna rust and fall
Leave the mountainside cold and bare
But when the longer days of sun appear
They'll be rising like an answered prayer and I know that

Everyone is afraid of losing
Even the ones that always win
Hey sleepwalker, when the mountain comes back to life
It doesn't come from without
It comes from within

The hills are barren, but we look for what's to come
Sweeter skies and longer days of sun
When you wake up, I'll be standing in the line
To kiss your eyes and wipe the tears from mine

'Cause everyone is afraid of something
Even the strongest man alive
Hey, sleepwalker, Western Bluebells and Painted Cups are getting ready to rise
It's time to begin




It doesn't come from without
It comes from within

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Sleepwalker" by The Killers convey a message of awakening and finding beauty in the midst of fear and uncertainty. The song uses vivid imagery of nature, specifically the western hills and mountainside, to depict a sense of tranquility and wonder. The singer addresses a sleepwalker, someone who seems to be oblivious to the beauty and experiences around them.


The opening lines, which reference hunting, serve as a metaphor for growing up and experiencing the world. The mention of being able to hunt as soon as one can hold a gun highlights the idea of maturity and taking on responsibility. This is juxtaposed with the nostalgia for the innocence of childhood, when the beauty of wildflowers and the excitement of autumn were more easily appreciated.


The chorus emphasizes that everyone, even the strongest individuals, has their fears and insecurities. The sleepwalker is urged to open their eyes and embrace the beauty of the world, symbolized by the changing seasons and the rising of nature's wonders. There is a sense of hope and renewal in the lyrics, as the sleepwalker is encouraged to awaken and discover the hidden treasures of life.


Ultimately, "Sleepwalker" explores the themes of fear, awakening, and the inherent beauty that exists within. The song encourages the listener to overcome their fears, open their eyes, and embrace the wonders that surround them.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey, sleepwalker, don't you miss the way
Hey, person who is not fully aware, don't you long for the way


Wildflowers paint the western hills?
When wildflowers color the hills of the west?


Or the first autumn whisper mid-September brings
Or the gentle sound of autumn that arrives in mid-September


In the glowy excitement that it builds?
With the radiant excitement that it creates?


Everyone is afraid of something
Every person has fears


Even the strongest man alive
Even the most resilient individual


Hey, sleepwalker, we went walking in the western hills
Hey, person who is not fully aware, we walked in the hills of the west


And we picked you wildflowers
And we gathered wildflowers for you


You gotta open your eyes
You need to awaken to reality


Hey, dreamcatcher, come out and see the leaves
Hey, dreamcatcher, come out and observe the falling leaves


The mountainside's all watermelon red
The side of the mountain has a reddish hue like watermelons


Soon enough, they're gonna rust and fall
Soon, the leaves will wither and descend


Leave the mountainside cold and bare
Leaving the mountainside devoid of life


But when the longer days of sun appear
However, when the days become longer and sunnier


They'll be rising like an answered prayer and I know that
The leaves will emerge as if in response to a fulfilled wish, and I am aware of this


Everyone is afraid of losing
All people fear losing something


Even the ones that always win
Even those who consistently triumph


Hey sleepwalker, when the mountain comes back to life
Hey, person who is not fully aware, when the mountain regains vitality


It doesn't come from without
This revitalization doesn't originate externally


It comes from within
It arises from within


The hills are barren, but we look for what's to come
The hills may currently lack life, but we anticipate what will come


Sweeter skies and longer days of sun
More pleasant skies and lengthier days of sunlight


When you wake up, I'll be standing in the line
When you eventually become aware, I will be there waiting


To kiss your eyes and wipe the tears from mine
To lovingly kiss your eyes and dry the tears from my own


'Cause everyone is afraid of something
Because every person fears something


Even the strongest man alive
Even the most resilient individual


Hey, sleepwalker, Western Bluebells and Painted Cups are getting ready to rise
Hey, person who is not fully aware, Western Bluebells and Painted Cups are preparing to bloom


It's time to begin
It is time to start


It doesn't come from without
This growth doesn't originate externally


It comes from within
It emerges from within




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Brandon Flowers, Jonathan Rado

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@DBELLTREE

Another great song from this most excellent band. Normally when bands age their music tends to stay in a place trying to remember it's former glory. This bands music is somehow looking forward.

@taylorprocker

They’ve definitely matured, I guess in the same way we all are

@joellansdowne2259

I can't wait to see them live next year

@chrisbridston3438

@@joellansdowne2259 ME NEITHER! the shit thing is .. I bought 2nd row seats for the Seattle show at the new state of the art Hockey / concert arena .. THINKING IT WAS THIS MONTH 2021!! I made a comment about it on this site and was corrected .. thought the dude was screwing with me .. NOPE.. 2022 🤦🏻‍♂️🔨🔨🔨🔨fav live band besides the Cure .. saw them during Sam’s Town, Day and Age , Battle Born! But just imagine .. their even working on a 3rd album in as many years by the time the tour comes :) It’s going to be epic watching them play songs off of wonderful wonderful , Imploding The Mirage , Pressure Machine !! Never seen them during Wonderful either :):) hopefully it’s a super long show

@dieheuwels

Agreed 👌

@eddyflowers1077

Indeed..from Indie rock n roll they play so many type of rock genre..its very impressive, how talented they are..Brandon very detail about his music and its beautiful, long live The Killers!

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@Salwiza

Brandon is a true poet, his lyrics should be taught in song writing lessons. Put that together with superb music, you get a poem coming to life, an experience to indulge in, a Killer song !

@england6013

I was just saying the same thing to a friend this afternoon. Every song is poetry

@kevinconaty6921

yeah, maybe any song that's not from this album

@iL0V3music360

Someone else said this, but it really resonated with me.
"Music makes you feel emotions, lyrics make you think thoughts, songs make you feel thoughts."
Brandon flowers is one of the best songwriters. This whole album tells a story that I've never heard of before, but it also feels so familiar, like a home that i haven't lived in.

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