West Hills
The Killers Lyrics


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(Alright, well I'm twenty-six so I've lived here for twenty-six years)
(I married my high school sweetheart so we've been mar-)
(We've been together eleven years)
(Um, I don't really travel much so I've just been here)

(Uh, I, I'm busy John, you'll just have to wait)
(Uh, my little brother he moved into the community)
(And they tried to tape him to a flag pole or a tree up at the high school)
(So if you don't fit their mold)

(It's just a nice small community, everybody knows everybody)
(Good place to live and to raise kids)
(We'll be here forever so, yeah, it's a good area)

I was born right here in Zion, God's own son
His Holy Ghost stories and bloodshed never scared me none
While they bowed their heads on Sunday
I cut out through the hedges and fields
Where the light could place its hands on my head
In the west hills

Free in the west hills
Free in the west hills

She's got two full-grown children, one still on the vine
And once I got to know him I loved him like he was mine
Some nights we drive up the mouth of the canyon
On hillbilly heroin pills
We get out and watch the sunset
Peaceful and still

Free in the west hills
Free in the west hills

When the sheriff kicked my door down
I was sleeping in my own bed
And the mess I got caught up in
Rained hard down on my head
And they got me for possession of them hillbilly heroin pills
Enough to kill the horses that run free in the west hills
They got me for possession of enough to kill the horses that run

Free in the west hills
Free in the west hills

If this life was meant for proving
I could use more years to live
But fifteen in a guardhouse
That's more than I'm willing to give

And if there really is a judgement
When He pulls my chart
He'll reject my actions
But He will know my heart
And he'll prepare a place for me
Where happiness instills
And the light puts its loving hands on my head
Free in the west hills
They got me for possession of enough to kill the horses that run

Free in the west hills




Free in the west hills
Free, free in the west hills, in the west hills, in the west hills, hills

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Killers' song "West Hills" paint a vivid picture of life in a small community that the singer has called home for their entire life. The song begins with a spoken introduction, suggesting that the singer has lived in West Hills for twenty-six years and has married their high school sweetheart. They emphasize that they haven't traveled much and have always been rooted in this place.


The first verse reveals the singer's deep connection to their hometown, Zion. They express that the stories of religion and violence that circulated within the community never frightened them. Instead, they found solace in nature, retreating to the hedges and fields where the light seemed to offer them comfort. They feel free within the boundaries of West Hills.


In the following verse, the lyrics shift towards the story of someone the singer knows, a woman who has two grown children and one still growing. The singer develops a close bond with this individual, treating them as their own. They describe nights spent together driving to the mouth of the canyon under the influence of drugs, finding tranquility while admiring the sunset. Despite the potentially destructive path they are on, they still feel a sense of freedom within the confines of West Hills.


The third verse takes a darker turn as the sheriff kicks down the door of the singer's home, interrupting their sleep. They have been caught up in a mess, arrested for possession of "hillbilly heroin" pills, an amount that could be lethal. It becomes clear that the drugs in their possession could have serious consequences for the horses that roam freely in West Hills. The singer reflects on the unfairness of their situation and the punishment they face.


As the song nears its conclusion, the lyrics delve into themes of redemption and a potential afterlife. The singer contemplates a life meant for proving oneself and expresses a desire for more time to live. However, faced with the possibility of spending fifteen years in a prison cell, they decide that it is not worth sacrificing their freedom for. They question whether there will be a judgment, and while acknowledging that their actions may be rejected, they believe that their true intentions and the purity of their heart will be recognized. They hold on to the hope that there is a place waiting for them where happiness prevails and where they can experience the loving touch of light on their head, symbolizing freedom and peace.


Overall, "West Hills" by The Killers is a song that portrays the conflicting emotions and experiences of life in a small community. It touches on themes of belonging, freedom, and the consequences of choices made within that environment.


Line by Line Meaning

I was born right here in Zion, God's own son
I have lived my entire life in this place that is seen as sacred, a true local


His Holy Ghost stories and bloodshed never scared me none
The religious tales and violent history associated with this place have never intimidated or frightened me


While they bowed their heads on Sunday
While others were deeply religious and praying on Sundays


I cut out through the hedges and fields
I would escape and explore the natural surroundings by going through the bushes and fields


Where the light could place its hands on my head
Where I could bask in the sunlight and feel its warmth and blessings


In the west hills
In the peaceful and beautiful hills of the western part of this area


Free in the west hills
I feel liberated and unconstrained when I am in the west hills


She's got two full-grown children, one still on the vine
She has two adult children, and one is still growing and developing


And once I got to know him I loved him like he was mine
Once I became close to him, I cared for him as if he were my own child


Some nights we drive up the mouth of the canyon
On certain evenings, we take a drive towards the entrance of the canyon


On hillbilly heroin pills
Under the influence of narcotics known as 'hillbilly heroin'


We get out and watch the sunset
We step out of the vehicle and enjoy the view of the setting sun


Peaceful and still
The surroundings are tranquil and calm


When the sheriff kicked my door down
When the sheriff forcefully entered my home


I was sleeping in my own bed
I was peacefully sleeping in my personal bed


And the mess I got caught up in
And the unfortunate situation I found myself involved in


Rained hard down on my head
Brought down heavy consequences upon me


And they got me for possession of them hillbilly heroin pills
And they arrested me for having those drugs


Enough to kill the horses that run free in the west hills
A significant quantity that could potentially harm the horses that roam freely in the west hills


If this life was meant for proving
If the purpose of life is to demonstrate or validate oneself


I could use more years to live
I would appreciate more time to experience and enjoy life


But fifteen in a guardhouse
However, spending fifteen years in a prison cell


That's more than I'm willing to give
Is something I am not willing to sacrifice or give up


And if there really is a judgement
And if there truly is a final evaluation or assessment


When He pulls my chart
When God examines my life and actions


He'll reject my actions
He may disapprove or condemn my choices


But He will know my heart
However, He will understand the intentions and emotions within my heart


And he'll prepare a place for me
And He will arrange a special location or state for me


Where happiness instills
Where happiness is deeply embedded or ingrained


And the light puts its loving hands on my head
And a divine presence embraces me with love and kindness


They got me for possession of enough to kill the horses that run
They arrested me for having a quantity of drugs that could potentially harm the free-spirited horses in the area


Free, free in the west hills, in the west hills, in the west hills, hills
Feeling liberated and unrestricted in the magnificent hills of the west, where true freedom resides




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Brandon Flowers, Jonathan Rado

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