When You Were Young
The Killers Lyrics


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You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
To save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now, here he comes

He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentlemen
Like you imagined when you were young

Can we climb this mountain?
I don't know
Higher now than ever before
I know we can make it if we take it slow
Let's take it easy
Easy now, watch it go

We're burning down the highway skyline
On the back of a hurricane that started turning
When you were young
When you were young

And sometimes you close your eyes
And see the place where you used to live
When you were young

They say the devil's water, it ain't so sweet
You don't have to drink right now
But you can dip your feet
Every once in a little while

You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
To save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now, here he comes

He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentlemen
Like you imagined when you were young
(Talks like a gentlemen, like you imagined)
When you were young

I said he doesn't look a thing like Jesus




He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But more than you'll ever know

Overall Meaning

When You Were Young, the hit song by The Killers, has been interpreted in various ways by fans and critics alike. The song touches on themes of nostalgia, desire for love and redemption, and the realization of the impermanence of youth. The opening lines of the song set the tone for the rest of the lyrics as the singer sits alone in her heartache, waiting for a beautiful boy to come and save her from her old ways. She seeks forgiveness from her past and hopes that this boy will be her savior.


The lyrics imbue the beautiful boy with an almost Christ-like quality despite him not looking like Jesus, but imitating the gentlemen she imagined when she was young. The imagery is potent, as the girl seeks redemption and a fresh start "when she was young." The song also explores the idea that life is like climbing a mountain, with its peaks and valleys, and the importance of taking it slow and enjoying the experience. It talks about the temptation of succumbing to the devil's water and dipping toes into it once in a while.


Line by Line Meaning

You sit there in your heartache
You're stuck in a painful emotional state


Waiting on some beautiful boy to
You're hoping that someone will come and save you


To save you from your old ways
You want someone to help you break free from your past behaviors


You play forgiveness
You pretend to be forgiving even when you're not


Watch it now, here he comes
Your potential savior is approaching


He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
The person who might help you doesn't fit the religious idea of a savior


But he talks like a gentlemen
He speaks kindly and politely


Like you imagined when you were young
He matches the idea of the perfect gentleman you had when you were younger


Can we climb this mountain?
Can we overcome this challenge?


I don't know
I'm not sure


Higher now than ever before
The challenge is greater than ever


I know we can make it if we take it slow
We can succeed if we take our time and work steadily


Let's take it easy
Let's not rush things


Easy now, watch it go
Slow and steady progress is the key


We're burning down the highway skyline
We're moving forward quickly


On the back of a hurricane that started turning
We're propelled forward by powerful forces


When you were young
This intense forward momentum reminds you of your youth


And sometimes you close your eyes
You remember the past


And see the place where you used to live
You have vivid memories of your old home


They say the devil's water, it ain't so sweet
There are tempting but dangerous things in this world


You don't have to drink right now
You don't have to give in to temptation at this moment


But you can dip your feet
You can test the waters without going all the way


Every once in a little while
Occasionally, it's okay to indulge in small pleasures


I said he doesn't look a thing like Jesus
Again, the person who might help you doesn't fit the religious idea of a savior


He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
Repeated to emphasize that the singer's idea of a savior has changed


But more than you'll ever know
The potential savior may have more to offer than expected




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

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@lisagarratt3631

Lyrics:

You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
To save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now, here he comes

He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentlemen
Like you imagined when you were young

Can we climb this mountain?
I don't know
Higher now than ever before
I know we can make it if we take it slow
Let's take it easy
Easy now, watch it go

We're burning down the highway skyline
On the back of a hurricane that started turning
When you were young
When you were young

And sometimes you close your eyes
And see the place where you used to live
When you were young

They say the devil's water, it ain't so sweet
You don't have to drink right now
But you can dip your feet
Every once in a little while

You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
To save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now, here he comes

He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentlemen
Like you imagined when you were young
(Talks like a gentlemen, like you imagined)
When you were young

I said he doesn't look a thing like Jesus
He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But more than you'll ever know



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@guimsda

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@Carena722

exactly. yes

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Classic game

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Rockband 1

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Yes this game made this song popular

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@alanmenocal

Vivo a unos cuantos kilómetros de donde se grabo este video (Tlayacapan Morelos- México) y realmente es increíble ver cómo este video tiene ese toque especial que le caracteriza a la banda y al lugar en si, simplemente Perfecto y mágico! Gracias The Killers por este momento ❤️

@JR-kr9cb

Si verdad es en Morelos

@andresmejia-qv4cw

I am really proud to know Tlayacapan, Morelos , Mexico. I used to live in that wonderful placer but not anymore AND i love the killers AND their music.

@jessiimamii5113

It's 2023.
I come back to this song sometimes and close my eyes to remember when life was a little easier.
I hope everyone is safe and ok.❤

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