Under the Gun
The Killers Lyrics


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She's got her halo and wings
Hidden under his eyes
But she's an angel for sure
She just can't stop telling lies
But it's too late for his love
Already caught in a trap
His angel's kiss was a joke
And she is not coming back

Because heaven sends and heaven takes
Crashing cars in his brain
Keep him tied up to a dream
And only she can set him free
And then he says to me

Kill me now, kill me now, kill me now, kill me now
Kill me now, kill me now, kill me now, kill me now

Yeah she's got a criminal mind
He's got a reason to pray
His life is under the gun
He's got to hold every day

Now he just wants to wake up
Yeah, just to prove it's a dream
Cause she's an angel for sure
But that remains to be seen

Because heaven sends and heaven takes
Crashing cars in his brain
Keep him tied up to a dream
And only she can set him free
And then he says to me

Kill me now, kill me now, kill me now, kill me now
Kill me now, kill me now, kill me now, kill me now

Stupid on the streets of London
James Dean in the rain
Without her it's not the same
The same, the same, but it's alright

Because heaven sends and heaven takes
Crashing cars in his brain
Keep him tied up to a dream
And only she can set him free
And then he says to me

Kill me now, kill me now, kill me now, kill me now




Kill me now, kill me now, kill me now, kill me now
Again and again

Overall Meaning

The Killers' song Under the Gun tells the story of a man who falls in love with a woman who seems to be an angel, but who turns out to be a liar. The man is trapped in his love for her, but she has moved on and is not coming back. The chorus, "Kill me now, kill me now," is a cry for help from the man, who is struggling to free himself from the pain of the situation.


The lyrics are full of vivid imagery, such as the "halo and wings hidden under his eyes" and the "crashing cars in his brain." The song is a powerful expression of the emotions that come with falling in love and being betrayed.


Overall, Under the Gun is a haunting and beautiful song that captures the complexities of love and heartbreak.


Line by Line Meaning

She's got her halo and wings
She appears to be a good person, a 'halo' and 'wings' referencing her as an angel.


Hidden under his eyes
The good nature of this woman is not immediately noticeable, only seen through the perspective of the man.


But she's an angel for sure
Despite her flaws, the man still sees her as a good person.


She just can't stop telling lies
The woman cannot help but deceive.


But it's too late for his love
The man is in too deep to leave this woman.


Already caught in a trap
The man is stuck in this situation with no clear way out.


His angel's kiss was a joke
The woman's affection was disingenuous and not a real expression of love.


And she is not coming back
The chances of this woman returning to the man are slim to none.


Because heaven sends and heaven takes
Life is unpredictable and subject to sudden change.


Crashing cars in his brain
The man's thoughts are chaotic and he cannot keep them under control.


Keep him tied up to a dream
The man is holding onto a fantasy world that he cannot escape from.


And only she can set him free
The woman has control over the man and his emotions.


And then he says to me
The perspective shifts from the man's thoughts to the outside world listening in.


Kill me now, kill me now, kill me now, kill me now
The man is so overwhelmed by his emotions that he would rather die than continue living in this state.


Yeah she's got a criminal mind
The woman is deceitful and cunning, prone to manipulation and breaking the law.


He's got a reason to pray
The man is going through a tough time and is seeking guidance and strength from a higher power.


His life is under the gun
The man's life is in danger due to his association with this woman.


He's got to hold every day
The man must face his struggles on a daily basis without fail.


Now he just wants to wake up
The man wishes to escape his reality and return to a happier state of being.


Yeah, just to prove it's a dream
The man cannot believe the situation he is in and wishes for it to be a nightmare he can wake up from.


But that remains to be seen
The outcome of this situation is uncertain.


Stupid on the streets of London
The man feels lost and helpless in a city that is unfamiliar to him.


James Dean in the rain
A reference to the iconic film character, suggesting the man feels like he is in a movie with a tragic ending.


Without her it's not the same
The woman's presence means everything to the man, and he struggles to function without her.


The same, the same, but it's alright
Despite everything, the man is resigned to his situation and is coping as best he can.


Again and again
The struggles of this situation repeat themselves, with no clear end in sight.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer, Ronnie Jr. Vannucci

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Comments from YouTube:

@panakattack

this version is so much better than the Sawdust version. The vocals are so much better here.

@meatisomalley

Y E S

@NoName-sb5jm

Vocals and instruments.

@MrTCHOSS

On the first album, they used autotune cause it was their first studio album and the label had a lot more control. Starting with Sam's Town, he stopped using it. And while I like his voice and typically despise auto-tune, it was perfect for Brandon Flowers on the Hot Fuss album. Wish he had kept using it.

@rabbit0664

Definitely agree. Just flows much better.

@papadecalceta

Yesssss!!!

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@captainpedrofsky

Most underrated song by The Killers, plus this version is better than the one featured in Sawdust.

@neeleyfurgeson4547

Holy shit I remember finding this version of this song on limewire when I was a teen. Before sawdust came out. Totally forgot about it. This is bringing back some amazing memories for sure!

@inxrawle

lol same. also did the youtube to mp3 and have had it on my old ipod ever since. this version is the best

@lachutequimarche8074

Totally happened to me too! Freshman year of college.

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