Frontman Brandon Flowers told Rolling Stone magazine that this song, "started off just kind of ripping off (Velvet Underground's) "Waiting for the Man." I guess it's the most like Sam's Town on the album."
Flowers explained to Rolling Stone that this is "specifically about my mom and dad." This song tells the story of how Flowers' mother and father met when they were both aged 15 and living on the same trailer park.
Flowers told The Quietus why he wrote a song about his mom and dad. He explained: "It's an attempt to come to grips with the fact that they're getting older. I'm quite young for them - I was a mistake, heh heh. They're in their mid Sixties, and my dad is my connection to…the pure America. Yes, I pray every day. It's like a love letter I guess. I see what's happening now with the kids, and…it was just simpler back then. There's so much junk now."
Dan from New YorkBrandon said in an interview that his mother, Jean Flowers, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer when he was putting the song together, before he recorded it in the studio. Knowing that her time was near, he wanted to learn as much about her life and all the knowledge his parents had to share, including the story of how they met. He then released A Dustland Fairytale with Day & Age in November 2008. When Brandon's mother had about 9 months left to live, he performed the song live with a full orchestra on David Letterman, a performance that is considered to be one of his most emotional. She lost her battle with cancer that February. Please remember the mother who raised him to be the wonderful man we know every time you hear this song.
Barb from Philadelphia, PaThis is by far, my favorite song of theirs.
Paris from Cardiff, United Kingdomits lovely that Brandon wrote this song about his parents, and it's great to see that the 'fame game' hasn't gone to there heads too :) Also, if he was a mistake, it was very lucky (lol) because there would be no Killers without him...gorgeous song guys, i love all your work
Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnGorgeous ballad! Brandon Flowers knows how to convey emotion through his unique lyrics.
Maxine from Leeds, United KingdomI love this one too. I find it quite haunting though despite the fact that it speeds up.
Kylie from Ventura, CaThis song is very beautiful. Love everything about it.