Spaceman
The Killers Lyrics


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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: BRANDON FLOWERS, DAVE BRENT KEUNING, MARK AUGUST STOERMER, RONNIE JR. VANNUCCI

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Walle Clyde

@Brett Thats a good interpretation. I have two possible meanings, at least from my point of view.

1. Similar to yours, that no one really understands what he went through, because he didn't want people to feel how he was feeling, because he knows how bad it feels.
or
2. Some cases of depression are all over the news(such as some of these major shootings, people quite possibly get survivors guilt), but many go un-noticed by the general public, which would just put an even greater sense of being alone in a world filled with people, leading to suicide/attempted suicide. Hense, "That was the turning point...That was one lonely night."

Did I hit the nail on the head, or did I completely miss the mark in your position? Let me know, just try to keep things civil, Suicide is a very sensative subject.

If anyone is depressed or contemplating suicide, just know there's someone out there who would give the world to you, all it takes is a simple cry for help. Stay Strong and conquer those emotions! Also music is a great way to escape from reality.



Matty Matey

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



AlumaNeonBlue

My interpretation of the song in terms of setting because a lot of people have done lyrical interpretations already. Using my media connoting skills (connoting is, ‘the underlying meaning’ to something)

TL:DR: It’s himself getting over depression because of an attempted suicide, also his thoughts on the media and use of propaganda.

Let’s look at the setting and the conceptual setting, the theme of the video is space, space is a very dark and unknown subject area, which correlates to the misunderstanding of depression, how lonely it feels, how inevitable it can be, e.g. the sun will kill us eventually, meteor strikes, in terms of depression it can mean how inevitable it feels to have depression lead to suicide.

Brandon is dressed in a very creative outfit, it looks otherworldly, it can be a symbol of feeling alienated and another connotation for loneliness. Every person around him look very different to him, connoting that he doesn’t seem to fit.

There are no guard rails, the steps he walks on have no safety barrier, there are also no walls on the platform thing, it can connote two things, how dangerous depression is, how bare he feels, being a celebrity nothing is left under wraps, not even something as personal as mental health.

The platforms can connote stages of depression, the skull head at the top being the last stage, e.g. suicide. Baggage being thrown off the sides can mean that any emotional baggage or ‘tea’ is thrown out for the media to gander at.



Adan Castillo

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..."



All comments from YouTube:

Evans Evans

Ryuk is looking fabulous tonight.

Nat Bong

Hell yeah

Chingwudynasty

Why does every music video have images of the beast in it

Chingwudynasty

He sounds like a little girl

Mike Jadoo

👍

emma kinney

lmao wtf im literally watching desu nooto right now

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Silver Man

For those who tried to commit suicide and still with us, I'm glad you didn't give up! Keep going!

Heyyy Hello

@Crispin Handly Haha you make a good point. Some songs are simple and black and white and the interpretation is very clear. Personally I didn't think this song was an example just because even when I listened a couple times I only had a vague idea. I also wanted to say I did like your analysis and thought it was very insightful even though you it did seem a little rude the way you put it.

Crispin Handly

​@Heyyy Hello I knew someone would say this, I was going to even put a disclaimer to say "Look, I know someone will come along and say the old tired line of "That's the beauty of music, its open to interpretation and what it means to you." I thought it would have been the guy above who already said that. That's nonsense. Yes, some songs are purposely made vague with the intention of leaving it open to interpretation. The Killers don't do that. All their songs are about something very specific. Not every song is open to interpretation, but you guys try to apply that saying to every song. If we sit down and say "Let's get to the meaning of what Jenny is a Friend of Mine is about", and then someone says "You know, that song is about eating pizza in Disneyland because that's what it means to me". No, we don't pat that moron on the back and say "Aw, that's great, that's the beauty of music, its whatever it means to you!". No. If that moron can't see that Jenny Was a Friend of Mine is about a murder, he's a moron. No sweet words or hallmark cards will get around that fact. All this talk about "That's the beauty of music". No. When you take a song with a beautiful and deep meaning and twist it into something it's not, you are actually doing a disservice to the artist and distracting people away from the true meaning so they never get to see its true beauty. Imagine if everybody thought Jenny was about Pizza and Disneyland, they'd never have a clue how great those lyrics really were because they'd always be misinterpreting it. That's what's happening here. This song is about something very specific, and these guys are leading away from that and turning it into a Nine Inch Nails theme. NIN are great, but this is a very Killers-esque song with a personal meaning that is very much rooted in Brandon's "Mormon/Small Town in Utah" personality. If you don't know that he wrote a song about his feelings on this topic, then you're really missing out on something great, because few artists have that outlook and would view fame like that. This is one of those songs not open to subjective interpretation. They have made it crystal clear what it's about and if you think my description of it is subjective, they've even paired the video with that to further confirm this, for those who were too dense to catch it the first time. The "suicide" theory people don't even acknowledge the video, because it doesn't match their theory. Even if they attempted to match it, they'd really have to go far out on a limb to do so and explain it in crazy ways. "So this guy is wearing a suit, which is kind of like how people wear suits at funerals, but those are different kinds of suits, and funerals are linked to suicide and blah blah blah". It's not going to fit as easily and as neatly with something that doesn't make sense. Some songs are open to interpretation, and some videos have nothing to do with their songs. This is not that scenario in either case. It matches seamlessly. If these Killers were OJ, then the song would be his hand and the video would be the glove. You guys are Johnny Cochrane, trying to distract away from that. Brandon is probably reading all this, and being the nice guy that he is, he's probably irked by how aggressively I'm trying to push this point. But you know what, he can't correct me in front of everyone about the meaning and put me in my place, because he knows I'm right.

Heyyy Hello

@Crispin Handly you may be right but even then you did not write the song. Music is like poetry, the speaker writes it for a purpose but then the audience is able to make their own claims and associations with it. No one is stupid for thinking it's about suicide, maybe that's what it means to them

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