Life According to the Killers

Music is one of my favorite things in this world.  I can’t really imagine what my life would be like without music.  If nothing else, life would be much more silent if music were not in it.  I listen to music while I exercise, when I’m in the car, to motivate myself while I’m working.  I connect music to memories ranging from family vacations to my first ever car crash, which actually took place earlier this week… but that is neither here nor there.

If music is one of my favorite things, then the Killers are one of my favorite providers of said music.  I just feel like I can really relate to their songs in a way that I can’t quite relate to other music.  Other bands may have the occasional catchy tune or inspirational ballad, but for me the Killers have always been consistent in writing songs that are not only catchy but inspirational. About a month ago, on November 30th, I had the opportunity to see the Killers in concert.  Best night ever wouldn’t quite do it justice.  Hearing their music so up close and personal like that really brought their songs to life for me.  Or, in the words of my very own journal entry written just days after the concert took place:

The-Killers-Runaways-608x608-608x400“I remember thinking throughout the concert that I couldn’t believe this was actually happening.  I couldn’t believe I was singing along to all my favorite songs, experiencing them in a way I had never experienced them before.”

As admittedly lame as it is for me to quote myself like that, the point is that I honestly can’t remember ever wanting anything to end less than I did that concert. The week following the concert, I found myself hard pressed to listen to anything besides the Killers.  During this time I gained an even greater appreciation for the lyrics of these songs and how much I could apply them to my life.  Thus this post will be dedicated to listing some of the best Killers lyrics and how those lyrics connect to my life on a personal level.  These will most likely not, however, be lyrics that most people are familiar with.  The two and a half people who read this will notice the absence of famous lyrics like “Somebody told me that you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend that I had in February of last year” (what does that even mean???) or “Are we human, or are we dancer?”  Instead, I will look at some perhaps lesser known but definitely more poignant lyrics that only a true fan such as myself would catch.

And I’m sick of all my judges
So scared of letting me shine
-Sam’s Town

We all have our judges, people who constantly try to bring us down and keep us from reaching our full potential.  They might not even realize that they’re doing it, but the fact is that some people needlessly criticize and hold others to impossible expectations.  Why do we do that to each other?  Can’t we all just let everybody be themselves?  Why do we want so much for other people to be like us?  Constructive criticism can be good, but when we stop listening to those unnecessary outside voices, that is when we can truly shine bright like a diamond, as Rihanna would say.

And the decades disappear
Like sinking ships but we persevere
God gives us hope, but we still fear what we don’t know.
The mind is poison.
A Dustland Fairytale

Time goes so quickly.  Life is short and full of trials, yet we push forward.  In my life at least, I have come to learn that everything always works out for the best, but that doesn’t stop me from fearing the unknown–that is, the future.  The mind poisons us, creating a fear that does not need to be there.  We can choose to drive away the fear and have faith instead… faith that everything will turn out alright, just like it always does.

No sense in holding grudges
And it’s better to forgive
These are things that I must learn
To practice while I live.
-From Here on Out

Sometimes people are going to hurt us.  That’s just a part of life.  I’ve tried the whole holding grudges thing, and it’s no fun.  It really does just feel so much better to forgive.  That feeling of anger, that tension in my chest like something is about to burst… that is something that I never care to feel again.  So I work every day to forgive others for the pain they cause.  It really is much better than the alternative.  Trust me.

You never know
If you never learn
You never shine
If you never burn
Battle Born

These lyrics are what I like to call simple but powerful, especially the second half.  You never shine if you never burn… what I take from that is that we have to experience the refining fire of trials in order to become stronger, happier people who can also help others in their hardships. There’s really not much more I can say about that, is there?

Last but not least, I want to conclude with an entire song that I think speaks volumes to everybody’s lot in life.  This song has literally gotten me through some difficult times.  I’ll even admit that I actually shed some tears when I first heard it, and that’s a huge deal coming from a person who usually displays the emotional range of a shriveled mushroom.  Here it is, what I consider to be one of the best songs ever written:

May your limits be unknown
And may your efforts be your own
If you ever feel you can’t take it anymore…
Don’t break character
You’ve got a lot of heart.
Be Still

Honestly, I don’t really feel the need to give an explanation on this one.  The song pretty much speaks for itself.

Merry Christmas, everybody.