The Way It Was

Album: Battle Born (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This piano-based track finds Brandon Flowers reflecting back after an argument with his girl, as to how deeply they were in love with each other when they were young. He told the Spotify streaming site. "We had (producer) Daniel Lanois come to town for a few days and we did so much together. I'd had the chorus kicking around for a few years and the band came up with the verse and it all just worked. It was very quick."
  • This is one of three tracks on Battle Born that the band penned with Daniel Lanois. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr told Spinner how The Killers hooked up with the famed producer. "We met him a few years ago and sort of kept in touch," he explained. "Sort of on a whim... he was in LA, we talked about doing the record, seeing if he wants to be involved at all, and produce some s--t. And the way he produces is, he likes to play. He's a player. He's a musician first, a producer second, in my opinion. And he got in there with us and we spent maybe five or six days together and we would just write songs together. He was in the band for a week. We would write a song and run it down four or five times, get it right, just dudes on headphones looking at each other."

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