Spaceman
The Killers Lyrics


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It started with a low light
Next thing I knew they ripped me from my bed
And then they took my blood type
It left a strange impression in my head

You know that I was hoping
That I could leave this star-crossed world behind
But when they cut me open
I guess that changed my mind

And you know I might
Have just flown too far from the floor this time
'Cause they calling me by my name
And the zipping white light beams
Disregards the bombs and satellites

That was the turning point
That was one lonely night

The star maker says it ain't so bad
The dream maker's gonna make you mad
The spaceman says, "Everybody look down
It's all in your mind"

Well now I'm back at home, and
I'm looking forward to this life I live
You know it's gonna haunt me
So hesitation to this life I give
You think you might cross over
You're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
You better look it over
Before you make that leap

And you know I'm fine
But I hear those voices at night sometimes
They justify my claim
And the public don't dwell my transmission
'Cause it wasn't televised

But it was the turning point
Oh, what a lonely night

The star maker says it ain't so bad
The dream maker's gonna make you mad
The spaceman says, "Everybody look down
It's all in your mind"

The star maker says it ain't so bad
The dream maker's gonna make you mad
The spaceman says, "Everybody look down
It's all in your mind"

My global position systems are vocally addressed
They say the Nile used to run from east to west
They say the Nile used to run
From east to west

I'm fine but I hear
Those voices at night
Sometimes

The star maker says it ain't so bad
The dream maker's gonna make you mad
The spaceman says, "Everybody look down
It's all in your mind"

The star maker says it ain't so bad
The dream maker's gonna make you mad
The spaceman says, "Everybody look down
It's all in your mind"





It's all in my mind
It's all in my mind

Overall Meaning

The song "Spaceman" by The Killers is a narrative about an individual's experience with extraterrestrial beings. The song opens with the singer recalling being taken from his bed, and having his blood taken, leaving a "strange impression in my head". The singer longs to leave the star-crossed world and move on, but after undergoing a transformation, he is unable to. The turning point of the song is when the spaceman says that everything is all in your mind, and the singer realizes that he is the only one who can control his experiences.


Throughout the song, the singer is torn between two worlds, wanting to move on from his old life but unable to escape the voices in his head. The song is about finding one's place in the world, and realizing that all experiences, good or bad, are a necessary part of life. The lyrics are open to interpretation, and some have suggested that the song is about the lead singer, Brandon Flowers', own personal struggles with fame.


Line by Line Meaning

It started with a low light
The experience began with a dim start.


Next thing I knew they ripped me from my bed
Suddenly, someone forcefully woke me up from sleep.


And then they took my blood type
They drew my blood for some reason without my consent.


It left a strange impression in my head
The experience was unsettling and stayed with me mentally.


You know that I was hoping That I could leave this star-crossed world behind
I wanted to escape this flawed and ill-fated world I am in.


But when they cut me open I guess that changed my mind
However, after going through an operation, I realized that I didn't want to leave this world anymore.


And you know I might Have just flown too far from the floor this time
I might have gone too far beyond my usual limits this time.


'Cause they calling me by my name And the zipping white light beams Disregards the bombs and satellites
I'm hearing voices calling me by name and seeing bright lights while ignoring any dangers such as bombs or satellites.


That was the turning point That was one lonely night
That was the moment that changed everything, a moment that I experienced in solitude.


The star maker says it ain't so bad The dream maker's gonna make you mad The spaceman says, "Everybody look down It's all in your mind"
Various creators or controllers of space, stars, and dreams comfort me by saying that everything I perceive is simply a product of my mind.


Well now I'm back at home, and I'm looking forward to this life I live
Now that I am back home, I am trying to focus on enjoying my current life.


You know it's gonna haunt me So hesitation to this life I give
However, some things are going to continue to trouble me, so I'm uncertain about fully embracing this life.


You think you might cross over You're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea You better look it over Before you make that leap
If you think you might be able to leave your problems behind, remember that you never know what kind of situation you might end up in. It's important to consider your options before making a leap of faith.


And you know I'm fine But I hear those voices at night sometimes They justify my claim And the public don't dwell my transmission 'Cause it wasn't televised
I may seem okay, but I still hear those voices at night. They help support my belief in my experiences, but the public doesn't pay attention to my story because it wasn't broadcasted on television.


My global position systems are vocally addressed They say the Nile used to run from east to west They say the Nile used to run From east to west
My navigation systems talk to me and give me information about the Nile River's direction in the past.


It's all in my mind It's all in my mind
Everything I see and hear is simply a product of my own mind.




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:

@panzerdog09

This song is not at all about drug addiction, it is most certainly about attempted suicide and depression. I love this song, the poetry and metaphors are amazing. Truly great lyrics. I've added commentary to each section, with context of the lyrics in terms of the themes of depression and attempted suicide. The song starts off with the attempted suicide victim awakening after being saved from the attempt.
"It started with a low light,
Next thing I knew they ripped me from my bed;
And then they took my blood type,
they left a strange impression in my head."

[Song starts with the attempted suicide victim awaking to consciousness in a hospital after an inferred suicide attempt. The person first perceives a 'low light' which I imagine refers to the hospital bed light that is first seen. Once he awakes, the hospital staff moves him from the bed, take his blood. The line about, 'strange impression in my head' may refer to the confusion he is going through as he is coming back to reality, or I thought it could allude to the method of suicide, gunshot to the head, literally an impression (wound).]

"You know that I was hoping,
That I could leave this star-crossed world behind;")
But when they cut me open,
I guess I changed my mind."

[Person acknowledged that he had intended to leave this world by killing himself. The line about, 'they cut me open' refers to the hospital staff saving him (if the suicide was by gunshot, the person literally got cut open to remove the bullet and treat the wound, which saved him). Then he says, "I guess I changed my mind" about the suicide, which I take as an ironic line because once he was being saved he had no choice but to change his mind.]

"And you know I might
Have just flown too far from the floor this time,
'cause they calling me by my name!"

[The person is reflecting on his decision to attempt suicide and is realizing that he had started losing touch with the world and lost his grounding ("And you know I might have just flown too far from the floor this time)." In the last line of this verse he starts to refer to his depression or his inner struggle with depression and angst that still is calling him.]

"And the zipping white light beams
disregards bombs and satellites!
That was the turning point;
That was one lonely night!"
[The person reflects on his confusing feelings and mindset just before deciding to attempt suicide, which was the turning point and a lonely night.]

"The star maker says, 'It ain't so bad'"
[The star making is the typical optimist supporter that will try to console the depressed person, and tell him that life "ain't so bad" and try to cheer them up]

"The dream maker's gonna make you mad"
[The dream maker refers to the type of supporter that tries to be encouraging and tries to get the victim to think about the future and their dreams, which is frustrating to the suicide victim, because the 'dream maker' is trying to convince the victim to stay motivated]

"The spaceman says, 'Everybody look down!
Its all in your mind!'"
[The spaceman refers to a psychologist, which tells the suicide victim that all their feelings and perceptions are the cause to his depression and suicide attempt, that all his depression is in his mind. The tone of the line suggests that the psychologist is trying to peg the problem on the victim (all in his mind) and not on the outside world ('everybody look down!).]

"Well now I'm back at home and-
I'm looking forward to this life I live;
You know it's gonna haunt me,
So hesitation to this life I give."
[He's moved back home and has been rehabilitated and is out of the pathological depressed mindset that he had prior to the suicide attempt. He can look forward to living, but the memory of his past depression and suicide attempt will continue to haunt him and worry him that the depression will come back. So he has a hesitation to the life he has known because he is not sure if the depression will return.]

"You think you might cross over,
You caught between the devil and the deep blue sea;
You better look it over,
Before you make that leap!"
[ The newly rehabilitated suicide victim implores to the audience that, based on his experience, that they should think hard about the desire to commit suicide when they are in a very bad time in their life ('you caught between the devil and the deep blue sea" -- two very bad and daunting things to be between). The victim advises that anyone considering suicide really should think very hard about it before they attempt it.]

"And you know I'm fine, but I hear those voices at night
sometimes... they justify my claim,"
[The victim states that he is doing well, but his depression is still there under the surface, the, 'voices he hears at night that justify his claim' is a metaphor for the depression that still speaks to him and tries to influence his behavior]

"and the public don't dwell on my transmission
'cause it wasn't televised..."
[I love this line. It is a beautiful lyric which is a metaphor for the fact that the outside world does not concern themselves with the depressed individual because the depressed person doesn't directly project their depression outward and that the world doesn't spend enough time and coverage on the plight of depressed individuals]

"But, it was a turning point,
Oh what a lonely night!"
[Further reflection on the attempted suicide night]

"The star maker says, 'It ain't so bad'
The dream maker's gonna make you mad;
The spaceman says, 'Everybody look down!
Its all in your mind!'
The star maker says, 'It ain't so bad'
The dream maker's gonna make you mad;
The spaceman says, 'Everybody look down!
Its all in your mind!'"

"My global position systems are vocally addressed;"
"They say the Nile used to run from east to west,
They say the Nile used to run... from east to west."
[The 'global position system that is vocally addressed' is a metaphor for his inner voice that guides him, as well as his perception of the world. The line about the GPS saying the Nile used to run from east to west is another metaphor. The Nile, in reality, runs north to south, and the fact that his GPS tells him the Nile runs east to west is a metaphor for his mind's perception of the world not being in sync with reality, he had lost touch with the world when he was depressed]

"I'm fine,
but I hear those voices at night,
sometime..."
[Further introspective lyric from the suicide victim that he is okay and he is managing his depression, but still feels depression resting under the surface.]

"The star maker says, 'It ain't so bad'
The dream maker's gonna make you mad;
The spaceman says, 'Everybody look down!
Its all in your mind!'
The star maker says, 'It ain't so bad'
The dream maker's gonna make you mad;
The spaceman says, 'Everybody look down...
Its all in your mind!'"

"It's all in my mind,
It's all in my mind..."



@dirtholetribune3313

Adan Castillo

No I'll tell you what this song is about.

You ever try making a sandwich but the butter is too hard?

And you try spreading it on the bread and the bread all clumps up?

That's what this song is about.

Take it from me.



@AgentEve

I've been struggling with depression and PTSD for a good many years.

It turns simple existence into an uphill battle, and there's been a few times I've considered surrendering, but I can't.

When I was a child, I didn't understand this song, but it made me happy, and I sang along.

Now, I know the 'happiest', funniest people on the outside hide their pain behind vibrant façades like this.

And when they smile, and tell you to your face exactly what they're thinking behind the guise of a joke, you might not notice. You might sing along.

I'm 23, but the things I've seen and done to survive feel as though they'ved aged me exponentially.

Sometimes, It's hard to see a future beyond the deaths, crimes, and despair that raised me up.

But, I'm not ready to have my transmission televised, I have responsibilities. I'll keep going, and keep coming back here to show I've not surrendered.

And don't you give up either, you're every bit as strong. It may not go away completely, but it does get better.

You're not perfect, but no one is. Keep moving, strive for improvement, keep this life, or you'll miss out on the good times in store.


Keep this life, it's the only one you get. ❤



@KamaDidjital

It started with a low light
Next thing I knew they ripped me from my bed
And then they took my blood type
It left a strange impression in my head
You know that I was hoping
That I could leave this star-crossed world behind
But when they cut me open,
I guess that changed my mind
And you know I might
Have just flown too far from the floor this time
'Cause they calling me by my name
And the zipping white light beams
Disregards the bombs and satellites
That was the turning point
That was one lonely night
The star maker says, it ain't so bad
The dream maker's going make you mad
The spaceman says, everybody look down
It's all in your mind
Well now I'm back at home, and
I'm looking forward to this life I live
You know its gonna haunt me
So hesitation to this life I give
You think you might cross over
You're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
You better look it over
Before you make that leap
And you know I'm fine
But I hear those voices at night sometimes
They justify my claim
And the public don't dwell my transmission
Cause it wasn't televised
But, it was the turning point
Oh what a lonely night
The star maker says, it ain't so bad
The dream maker's going make you mad
The spaceman says, everybody look down
It's all in your mind
The star maker says, it ain't so bad
The dream maker's going make you mad
The spaceman says, everybody look down
It's all in your mind
My global position systems are vocally addressed
They say the Nile used to run from east to west
They say the Nile used to run, from east to west
And you know I'm fine
But I hear those voices at night
Sometimes
The star maker says, it ain't so bad
The dream maker's going make you mad
The spaceman says, everybody look down
It's all in your mind
The star maker says, it ain't so bad
The dream maker's going make you mad
The spaceman says, everybody look down
It's all in your mind
It's all in my mind
It's all in my mind



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@moisebeugre1857

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@aperson.7585

Don't know why, but I love the line "and the public don't dwell on my transmission because it wasn't televised."

@crewmategolden4131

my favorite part is when he sings the line "they say the nile use to run from east to west" ^w^

@aperson.7585

@@crewmategolden4131 that's another great line :)

@Samuelcwebb

a person. Me too, I think it’s because where the song just gets loud and exciting

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