Smile Like You Mean It
The Killers Lyrics


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Save some face, you know you've only got one
Change your ways while you're young
Boy, one day you'll be a man
Oh girl, he'll help you understand

Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Looking back at sunsets on the East side
We lost track of the time
Dreams aren't what they used to be
Some things slide by so carelessly

Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it

And someone is calling my name
From the back of the restaurant
And someone is playing a game
In the house that I grew up in
And someone will drive her around
Down the same streets that I did
On the same streets that I did

Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it





Oh no, oh no no no
Oh no, oh no no no

Overall Meaning

The Killers' song "Smile Like You Mean It" is packed with emotion and thought-provoking lyrics. The first verse encourages the listener to "Change your ways while you're young" and "Smile like you mean it", implying that it is important to make the most out of life when you can. As the chorus repeats, "Smile like you mean it", it seems like this is a message to the listener to be genuine and present in their interactions with others, rather than just going through the motions with a fake smile.


The second verse takes a reflective turn, speaking of lost time and dreams that have fallen by the wayside. The imagery of sunsets on the east side and the slipping away of things that used to matter highlight a sense of nostalgia and longing for something that has been lost. The bridge amplifies this feeling with memories of childhood, as someone is calling the singer's name and playing a game in the house they grew up in. These memories seem to emphasize the fleeting nature of life and the importance of living in the moment.


Overall, "Smile Like You Mean It" is a song that encourages the listener to engage with life authentically and with purpose. The lyrics point to the importance of cherishing time and relationships, making the most of opportunities, and living in the moment.


Line by Line Meaning

Save some face, you know you've only got one
Be careful with your reputation, because once it's damaged, it's hard to restore


Change your ways while you're young
It's easier to make changes in your behavior when you're young, so don't wait until it's too late


Boy, one day you'll be a man
Growing up is inevitable, and with it comes greater responsibility and accountability


Oh girl, he'll help you understand
The singer is offering reassurance that someone will be there to offer guidance and support


Smile like you mean it
Appearances matter, even if you may not feel happy or genuine


Looking back at sunsets on the East side
Reflecting on the past and memories of specific experiences or people


We lost track of the time
Time passes quickly and it's easy to lose touch with things that once were important


Dreams aren't what they used to be
As people get older, their aspirations and desires may shift or fade


Some things slide by so carelessly
It's easy to overlook or neglect certain things, even those that are important


And someone is calling my name From the back of the restaurant
Someone is trying to get the singer's attention, possibly reminding them of something from the past


And someone is playing a game In the house that I grew up in
The singer is recognizing that the people and places from their past continue on without them


And someone will drive her around Down the same streets that I did On the same streets that I did
The singer acknowledges that others will have similar experiences and make similar memories in the same places they once did


Oh no, oh no no no
Expression of worry or concern for the future


Oh no, oh no no no
Reiteration of the previous expression




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:

@boat4l658

Who else loves this song?
Heres the Lyrics:



[Verse 1]
Save some face, you know you've only got one
Change your ways while you're young
Boy, one day you'll be a man
Oh, girl, he'll help you understand

[Chorus]
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it

[Verse 2]
Looking back at sunsets on the East side
We lost track of the time
Dreams aren't what they used to be
Some things sat by so carelessly

[Chorus]
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it

[Bridge]
And someone is calling my name
From the back of the restaurant
And someone is playing a game
In the house that I grew up in
And someone will drive her around
Down the same streets that I did
On the same streets that I did

[Chorus]
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it

[Outro]
Oh no, oh, no, no, no
Oh no, oh, no, no, no



@vitoriaribeiro3003

Save some face, you know you've only got one
Change your ways while you're young
Boy, one day you'll be a man
Oh girl, he'll help you understand
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Looking back at sunsets on the East side
We lost track of the time
Dreams aren't what they used to be
Somethings slide by so carelessly
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
And someone is calling my name
From the back of the restaurant
And someone is playing a game
In the house that I grew up in
And someone will drive her around
Down the same streets that I did
On the same streets that I did
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Oh no, oh no, no, no
Oh no, oh no, no, no



@larrychuchua6287

❤❤❤We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
    the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
    and have begun to reign.
18 The nations were angry,
    and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
    and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
    both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”



@uvuvwevwevweonyetenyevweug9965

Lyrics

Save some face, you know you've only got one
Change your ways while you're young
Boy, one day you'll be a man
Oh, girl, he'll help you understand


Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it


Looking back at sunsets on the East side
We lost track of the time
Dreams aren't what they used to be
Some things sat by so carelessly

Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it

And someone is calling my name
From the back of the restaurant
And someone is playing a game
In the house that I grew up in
And someone will drive her around
Down the same streets that I did
On the same streets that I did

Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it

Oh no, oh, no, no, no
Oh no, oh, no, no, no.....



All comments from YouTube:

@aweha

Hot Fuss was without a doubt one of the best albums of the 00s.

@rabbit0664

Agreed hands down

@zehrasufian

Greatest debut of all time, hand in hand with Is This It

@alvaroa.4334

@@zehrasufian definitely maybe?

@mandelbomb99

Hands down. It’s a shame the best known song on the album is Mr. Brightside

@BenScho-nt3dr

@@zehrasufian Whatever People Say I Am is the best

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@MothmanBaddie

The lyrics, “and someone is playing a game in the house that I grew up in... and someone will drive her around the same streets that I did..” damn. Hurts me a little more every time, man. Excellent song.

@RicardoR5

As someone who agreed to breakup still loving the girl of my life, due to very fucked up motives, and knowing she moved foward and is with another man now, this fucking lyrics hurt like a dagger straight to the heart

@aadarsha1487

@@RicardoR5 havent moved on yet have you dude its been the same for me just cant move on while she already has

@ricardorodrigues3508

@@aadarsha1487 no I didn't, i have tried, I was with other girls, but i find myself thinking of her and the very good moments we spent togheter, i know it's stupid and the logical thing is to move foward, and yet i just can't forget her.. Funny thing she once called me while i was spending the weekend with some girl i dated, she asked "are you with someone, i hear her laughing?" and i replied "yes I am, i'm trying to forget and its hard, I wish things were diffrent" she replied "me too..." a awkward silence between us followed that words, then we wished he best for each other and that was the last time i spoke to her... I imagined the night we broke up in so many diffrent ways i lost count, so many diffrent things I wish i had done, maybe we could still be togheter, idk...
Anyway, i wish you find hapiness bro, with someone who makes you complete.

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