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The lyrics seem to suggest a gay schoolyard crush, though lead singer Brandon Flowers has been heard to say that it concerns a stalker and his object of desire (the same thing, perhaps?). (thanks, Steph - Ottawa, Canada)
The video was shot in black and white by Anton Corbijn, who also famously shot videos and photos for U2 and Depeche Mode.
The choir in this song is the Sweet Inspirations, a female vocal group most famous for touring and recording with Elvis Presley during his last eight years. The group has had a variety of members, including Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney) and Dee Dee Warwick; the configuration the recorded with The Killers was Estelle Brown, Myrna Smith and Sylvia Shernwell. They also sang on the Hot Fuss
track "All These Things That I've Done
The Killers got their name from a fictitious band in New Order's video "Crystal." (thanks, Erourke - Raleigh, NC, for above 2)
Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.