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August 9th, 2007
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I'm Mr. Brightside.
Some of you will very likely see where this is going before I get there, thanks to the title.


Anyway. There have been a pair of songs on the radio recently that I have really liked, but the station I listen to doesn't identify songs very often. I got lucky and heard that one was by the Killers. From that and the song itself, I could find the song online, as the title is pretty obvious in the song: "Somebody Told Me".

The second song, I was pretty sure was also the Killers, but couldn't figure out the title just from browsing Killers' songs. Boo.


When I went to Target for that aborted Transformers purchase, I stopped by the music section on a whim. There were two albums by the Killers for sale and one had "Somebody Told Me", so I bought it. I still wasn't any closer to identifying the other song, however.


Then I listened to the album. Second song, there it was. But it was titled 'Mr. Brightside". ummm wut?

It was only on my fourth or fifth listening to the song from the CD that I finally realized I had be misinterpreting the line 'I'm Mr. Brightside'. I was hearing something like 'life is the price I (pay)'. O.o


But, damn, how lucky to find both songs on one album?

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From:clevermanka
Date:August 9th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
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I finally realized I had be misinterpreting the line

You know, there used to be a website devoted to misunderstood song lyrics. I wonder if it's still active?
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From:clevermanka
Date:August 9th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Yes. Yes it is.

Kissthisguy.com
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From:solan_t
Date:August 9th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh,yes!
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From:takhisis
Date:August 9th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Actually, those are two separate lines in the song. :)

"But it's just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
'Cause I'm Mr Brightside"

it took me the longest time to find it because I thought he was singing "'Cause I missed the bright side", which gives it an entirely different meaning, to me. :)
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From:solan_t
Date:August 9th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
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This might explain my odd misinterpretation. I couldn't figure out why I put THOSE words to it. ;)
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From:oldwolf
Date:August 9th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
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"I'm comin outta my cage but I'll be doin just fine"
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From:solan_t
Date:August 9th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
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That's the one!
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From:desahra
Date:August 9th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
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It's an awesome album.
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From:desahra
Date:August 9th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)

Addendum

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Also, you can search for a song using [a part of the song]/lyrics

For instance,

"Open up my eager eyes"/lyrics.
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From:solan_t
Date:August 9th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Addendum

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Oh, that works very well! Thanks, I didn't know how that was done.
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From:queza7
Date:August 9th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Yup, I tend to try to remember a snatch of the song and just google as much of the lyrics I can.

Can I borrow the cd sometime when it's convenient? *completely innocent non-cd copying smile* ^^
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From:solan_t
Date:August 9th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Right now it will be living in my car's CD player, but I believe I could lend it to you sometime.
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From:queza7
Date:August 10th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
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Yay hooray! And of course I would never deny a cd player the chance to gobble up a new cd. ^^
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From:drpaisley
Date:August 10th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)

Bah!

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You kids! I predict that by the end of the decade, the lead singers of Fall Out Boy, the Killers, Moron 5, My Chemical Romance and two or three other lame retread bands my brain has mercifully blanked on will be competing in a reality show to replace Hootie as the Chicken Bacon Ranch singer.

Try the Decembrists, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Badly Drawn Boy, Eleni Mandell, K.T. Tunstall and Amy Winehouse.

And get off my lawn! (not you, honey, c'mere, I need to adjust that paisley skirt of yours. . .)
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From:solan_t
Date:August 10th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)

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LOL


And the skirt DOES need adjusting. The damn thing keeps twisting 'round....
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From:drpaisley
Date:August 12th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)

Re: Bah!

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We can fix that. May take a few hours, and the occasional removal of the skirt to reposition you, I mean, it. But these things take time. And the results are worth the effort, or so I've been told.
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