Swallow It

Songfacts®:

  • This synthy ballad is from Flamingo, the debut studio album by American singer/songwriter and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers. The song was a free download for iTunes customers who pre-ordered the album prior to release.
  • Flowers told Spin Magazine that this tune is the record's most ambitious track. He explained: "There's a fair amount of experimentation on that song, but it's still very much a pop song. I'm so proud of that one. That's what I admired so much about bands like the Beatles. When they did experiment or go out on a limb a little bit, it was still accessible, it still made the world go 'round."
  • On this song Flowers initially appears to be doling out life lessons to his two sons, Ammon, born July 14, 2007 and Gunner, born July 28, 2009. Later, we realise the tune is actually about the Killers frontman himself.
  • The last lines on this song are, "Just take your time/But not too much time." Qmagazine asked Flowers if he feels life is ticking away? He replied: "I do. It's starting to scare me. Time seems to go faster now than it ever has; I realise I'm not getting it back. I'm starting to take notice of an hour whereas before I never did. I have a real fear of missing out on things with my family."
  • According to an interview with Flowers on Dose.ca, this song can apply to any process of growing.

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