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The Killers - When You Were Young



Written by all four band members, this song is about growing up and moving on in the world, leaving the past behind you. It deals with how your perceptions change as you look back on your youth.


This was the first single from Sam's Town, which is The Killers second album. Much of the album was influenced by Bruce Springsteen, who often wrote about restless youth.


This was a very important song for the group, as they were worried about meeting expectations in the wake of their highly acclaimed first album, Hot Fuss. According to Brandon Flowers, when he came up with the lyrics "He doesn't look a thing like Jesus, but he talks like a gentleman," he knew he had something special and that things would work out.



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 gentleman


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 gentleman


Like you imagined


When you were young


(Talks like a gentleman)


(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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