I’m not entirely sure how he’s doing it, as he is 11 years my junior, way deep into his faith and pretty much living the dream right now, but Brandon Flowers seems to be able to express how I’m feeling a little too well in his lyric, right now.

Of course, my interpretation of them and their meaning to me are probably extremely different from what he intended when he wrote them, in the same way that what I am going through is extremely different from what he has been through. That’s what I love about music, when the lyrics are good they can have so much meaning to so many people, each of whom put their own spin on it, and I thank Brandon heartily for refusing to explain the songs meanings and ruining them for me, and others. That’s a man who understands what music means to people.

Many snatches of his lyrics have spoken to me over the years. Most notably from Bling, Confessions of a King – “How do you know that you’re right, if you’re not nervous any more.” This River is Wild is beautiful in it’s entirety. More recently, from Flamingo in Playing With Fire he sings “This church of mine may not be recognised by steeple, but that does not mean that I will walk without a God.” And I might not get there, but this little house, this little town seem to be leaning in the wrong direction” Which are so poignant and holds incredible meaning for me.

Also from Flamingo, Only The Young, is like a great big snuggly blanket that explains exactly how I’m feeling, let’s me sob into it’s folds, gives me a back rub and a little bit of hope.

Look back in silence
The cradle of your whole life
There in the distance
Losing it’s greatest prize

Nothing is easy
Nothing is sacred, why
Where did the bough break
It happened before your time

And there were people there
Lovely as you’d ever care, tonight
Baby you can start again
laughing in the open air
Have yourself another dream, tonight
Maybe we can start again

Only the young can break away break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own, oh

Only the young can break away break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own, oh

Mother it’s cold here
Father thy will be done
Thunder and lightening
Are crashing down
They got me on the run
Direct me to the sun

Redemption keep my covers clean, tonight
Baby we can start again

Only the young can break away break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own, oh

Only the young can break away break away
Lost when the wind blow, on your own, oh

And the sun will shine again
And the sun will shine again
Are you looking for the sign
Or are you caught up in the line

Only the young can break away break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own, oh

Only the young can break away break away
Lost when the wind blow, on your own, oh

Keep ’em coming Brandon, or I might have to start writing my own, and no one wants to go down that road.

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