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Who doesn’t know about The Killers ‘Wonderful Wonderful’? ‘It’s been done to death’. (I know that’s what you are thinking.)

Well, I’m going to revisit them because I don’t believe everyone knows the full implications of their album. I have had many conversations with guys in their 40s who are great fans of The Killers but when I mention the meanings in their lyrics the guys go like ‘hell, I never thought about their lyrics in those terms. You’re right!’

So, the album has had mixed reviews in some circles, including statements that it sometimes verges on the ridiculous! And that the music reflects the grandiosity of the lead singer! etc.

So, what am I trying to say? There’s no diminishing the sound, the music and the artistry of these guys. Also their abilities in innovation and style. The Album is, of course, a triumph.

While not addressing specifically social justice issues they do refer inadvertently to societal problems or depictions of sadness and isolation. Their songs from time to time refer to psychic pain and apologies for suffering. They do this with great subtlety which not everyone ‘gets’.

Their first track ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ refers to a ‘little girl by the drain; motherless child’ and ‘rescue rescue’. Also ‘Keep praying cause to rejoice’. ‘Motherless Child’ is a repeated motif which represents the sorrowful state for some children worldwide. The band’s lead singer says that the track is dark; that the message is dark, but that it offers hope for the future. Any ray of hope is welcomed!

One of the most significant tracks on the album is Track 2 ‘The Man’. It’s also probably the most outstanding track musically. I believe the lyrics refer to the pressure on men in our society to perform, to achieve, to repress pain, to be strong and to fulfil female expectations. They ‘send up’ those expectations probably because the individual band members are quite aware that women are often drawn to them because of their wealth, power, gifts and position, not because of who they are really.

There is often discussion re the pressures on women within society but the feelings of men are not often addressed and they often stand alone with their sense of inadequacy and the necessity to repress feelings.

The second stanza states:
‘I’m the man, come round
Nothing can break nothing can break me down’.

The third:

‘I got gas in the tank
I got money in the bank
I got news for you baby,
you’re looking at the man etc’.

Really, the song is quite explicit in terms of role expectations and what some women want or indeed demand.

Other tracks refer to the psychic pain and suffering within relationships. They do this with maturity, insight and understanding. The music is outstanding.

Who would question the brilliance of ‘Run for Cover’? The sound is extraordinary and the lyrics superb.

On another front there is ‘Some Kind of Love’. A poignant piece. A poetic piece. ‘An ethereal tune about togetherness built around a Brian Eno chord progression that Brandon Flowers has dedicated to his wife’. (Rolling Stone) The singer’s wife, Tana, has been coping her whole life with complex PTSD, stemming from childhood trauma and Flowers wrote the song to lift her spirits. Flowers talks of Tana’s battle right through life.

I think it’s fitting to display an extract of the lyrics for this song:

‘Some Kind of Love’

You got the will of a wild
A wild bird
You got the faith of a child
Before the world gets in

You got some kind of love
You got some kind of love
(Some kind)

You got the soul of a truck
On a long distance haul
You got the grace of the storm
In the desert

You got some kind of love (some kind of love)
You got some kind of love

Need I say more? The whole album is consistently brilliant. All power to them.

It’s worth revisiting!


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