This Is Your Life
The Killers Lyrics


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Candy talks to strangers
Thinks her life's in danger
No one gives a damn about her hair
It's lonely down on track street
She used to go by Jackie
The cops, they'll steal your dreams and they'll kill your prayers
Take a number where the blood just barely dried
Wait for something better
No one behind you
Watching your shadows
This feeling won't go

Crooked wheels keep turning
Children, are you learning
Acclimatize but don't you lose the plot
A history of blisters
Your brothers and your sisters
Somewhere in the pages we forgot

Take a number Jackie
Where the blood just barely dried
You know I'm on your side

Wait for something better
No one behind you
Watching your shadows
You gotta be stronger than the story
Don't let it blind you
Rivers of shadow
This feeling wont go

And the sky is full of dreams
But you don't know how to fly
I don't have a simple answer
But I know that I could answer
Something better

This feeling won't go





Wait for it [Repeat: x4]

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of The Killers' song "This Is Your Life" deal with themes of loneliness, disillusionment, and the search for meaning within an oppressive society. Candy, the central character of the song, is a person who feels out of place in the world and believes that her life is in danger. She is ignored by those around her, and the police only serve to crush any hope or aspirations she may have. The use of the phrase "take a number where the blood just barely dried" is particularly powerful, suggesting that Candy is just one of many people who have been oppressed and forgotten by the system.


The chorus of the song, "Wait for something better / No one behind you / Watching your shadows," expresses the idea that Candy is alone in her struggle and that she must wait for something better to come along. The repetition of the phrase "this feeling won't go" reinforces the idea that Candy's experiences are ongoing and that she is trapped in a cycle of despair.


The second verse of the song speaks to the idea of generational trauma and the way in which societal ills can be passed down from one generation to the next. The mention of "blisters" and "brothers and sisters" suggests a family history of struggle and pain. The final lines of the song hint at a sense of hope, with the idea that something better is possible if we are willing to work for it.


Overall, "This Is Your Life" is a bleak but powerful commentary on the harsh realities of living in a society that values some people more than others. The repetition of the phrase "wait for something better" is both a recognition of the difficulties faced by those who are oppressed and a call to action for those who would help to make the world a better place.


Line by Line Meaning

Candy talks to strangers
Candy is a lonely person who seeks conversation with strangers.


Thinks her life's in danger
Candy feels as if her life is at risk or in danger.


No one gives a damn about her hair
Candy's appearance is of no concern to others.


It's lonely down on track street
The street Candy frequents is desolate and lonesome.


She used to go by Jackie
Candy's past had a different identity, currently unknown.


The cops, they'll steal your dreams and they'll kill your prayers
The authorities can stifle or ruin one's aspirations.


Take a number where the blood just barely dried
Join the line of people, where the memory of a past tragedy or pain lingers.


Wait for something better
Hope for a brighter future.


No one behind you
No one is there to support or encourage you.


Watching your shadows
Anxiety and fear of potential danger loom over you.


This feeling won't go
Emotional turmoil persists.


Crooked wheels keep turning
Life continues to twist and turn in unexpected ways.


Children, are you learning
A call to pay attention and learn from life's experiences.


Acclimatize but don't you lose the plot
Adjust to your environment but remember your goals and purpose.


A history of blisters
A past marked by pain and hardship.


Your brothers and your sisters
People who share in that painful history.


Somewhere in the pages we forgot
Important memories or lessons have been lost or forgotten.


Take a number Jackie
Join the line of people, Jackie.


Where the blood just barely dried
Where a recent tragedy or pain is still fresh.


You know I'm on your side
There is someone who supports and believes in you.


You gotta be stronger than the story
You have to overcome the hardships and pains of your past.


Don't let it blind you
Don't let your past experiences cloud your judgment or keep you down.


Rivers of shadow
Darkness and uncertainty are ubiquitous.


This feeling wont go
Emotional turmoil persists.


And the sky is full of dreams
The future is full of possibilities and aspirations.


But you don't know how to fly
You lack the skills or knowledge to achieve those dreams.


I don't have a simple answer
There is no easy solution or response.


But I know that I could answer
I can help or provide some guidance.


Something better
There is hope for a better future.


Wait for it [Repeat: x4]
Continue to remain patient and hopeful for something better.




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

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