Human

Album: Day & Age (2008)
Charted: 3 32
  • I did my best to notice
    When the call came down the line
    Up to the platform of surrender
    I was broad but I was kind
    And sometimes I get nervous
    When I see an open door
    Close your eyes
    Clear your heart

    Cut the cord

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?
    My sign is vital
    My hands are cold
    And I'm on my knees
    Looking for the answer
    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?

    Pay my respects to grace and virtue
    Send my condolences to good
    Give my regards to soul and romance
    They always did the best they could
    And so long to devotion
    You taught me everything I know
    Wave goodbye
    Wish me well

    You got to let me go

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?
    My sign is vital
    My hands are cold
    And I'm on my knees
    Looking for the answer
    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?

    Will your system be alright
    When you dream of home tonight?
    There is no message we're receiving
    Let me know is your heart still beating?

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?
    My sign is vital
    My hands are cold
    And I'm on my knees
    Looking for the answer

    You got to let me know

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?
    My sign is vital
    My hands are cold
    And I'm on my knees
    Looking for the answer
    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?

    Are we human
    Or are we dancer? Writer/s: BRANDON FLOWERS, DAVE BRENT KEUNING, MARK AUGUST STOERMER, RONNIE JR. VANNUCCI
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 22

  • Hope from OklahomaI guess I see it all different. The question to me is: are we basal human and doing whatever comes natural and feels good at the moment selfishly benefiting ourselves primarily, whether that’s laziness, idleness, weakness, partying, following the latest trend or tweet or tictok; or are we dancer? Are we willing to take humanity to a different level and create, take a stand for what’s right, live with conviction and commitment to beliefs, ideal, people, or God, who created us and offers us new life beyond what we can do merely being human?
  • Ricky from Philly, PaAre we human, or are we dancer. I always look at these lyrics and get the feeling that he is really asking the country/society that question, and doesn't really know the answer. It continues with 'and im on my knees, looking for the answer..' insinuating that he is deeply troubled by the question.

    The sad part is, most people I know would fall under the dancer category. Living a set life, not thinking for themselves. Is this what we are? Or are we meant to be individuals?

    One thing i always think about is the specifics that set us apart from other animals. Its our language, our ability to communicate through the written word; our ability to create art and admire it. Its our range of emotions and complex feelings. Soul and romance, grace and virtue, devotion, etc. Just look at TV nowadays..if it doesn't have slutty girls and sex, its not on the air. Our generation is so dysentized and losing many traditional values.

    In short, it sounds like the song is singing about how decent people are a dieing breed.
  • Emily from Around Chicago, IlI love this song. At first I didn't know what all the words were, I just loved the music and his voice. Then I looked up the lyrics and I love it more. I like how he refers to dancer as like another species. It's exotic and fun. Go Killers!
  • Louis from Plymouth, United Kingdomthis song is great i like the use of the cliffs its more of a dessert thing
  • Vivel from Killian, LaI love this song. Partly 'cuz it's a "philosophical" song with the whole human or dancer thing, but it's also just an awesome dance song. really. you just kinda...let go. i know, a little out there, but it's cool.
    And denser? really. HOW does that make sense? Are we human or are we denser? that makes it sound like humans are the ultimate intelligence. Which is stupid. Because we're not. We are not the center of the universe. Really people. Come on.
  • Paris from Cardiff, United Kingdomthis is, in my view, one of the best songs ever written. they opened with this when i saw them 26th june 2009, and i just loved it, they perform it better live than on the CD i reckon- but both blow me away, God i love The Killers!
  • Courtney from Kiel, WiI got to say I really don't like the Killers but I love this song and when I found out it was by the killers I was surprised but it is still a great song I love the sound of it and the lyrics!!
  • Maxine from Leeds, United KingdomI adore this song but am so glad that so many don't fully understand it 'cos I thought it was just me. Mind you I have trouble understanding quite a few of their lyrics but what the hell they are great songs
  • Rahul from Chennai, Indiappl...this song is gr8...no doubt...but i think this band is over-rated...they still have a long way to go....
  • Milena from Mali Zvornik, YugoslaviaI just love this song...
  • Kelsey from Rochester, MnWell Actually I believe Human means open minded, Free thinker where Dancer means following the crowd and doing what you are told. So in this case i am definitely human. Love the song. I actually can't think of it with dancers anymore, it just doesn't sound right. Plus i think it is gramatically correct because Human and Dancer are describing the human race so they are both adjectives and those don't end with s's.
  • Ricky from Bountiful, UtI was reading some crazy book about etheric projections, or out of body experiences and it said that when people have an "OOB" experience they usually see a cord connecting their spirit to their physical body. The line "cut the cord" reminded me of that. Anyway I think he is saying are we human - generic, plain, just going through life - or are we dancer - different, brave, inspired, intelligent, and LIVING life. I choose dancer.
  • Hannah from Annapolis,I feel like such an idiot. I kept thinking that it was "denser" that Brandon was singing and out of a stupid impulse i even freaked out at my cousin for saying "dancer". I know can you say control freak much lol? So any way i guess i have to go apologoze to her and tell her i was wrong. Awesome song by the way.
  • Kylie from Ventura, CaI believe the are we human or are we dancer part is like are we human or are we fake, artificial, something less than human. I think being a dancer is not neccesarily a good thing.
  • Nick from Arlington Heights, IlDon't know if this was the intended meaning of a song, but everytime I hear it I feel like its about a person who knows they are going to die soon and is resigned to it, and is looking forward to finding out if we are mortal and if life on earth is all there is (human) or if our souls go on forever (dancer)
  • Val from Des Moines, IaI love anything that killers made!!!
  • Myles from Carl Junction, Virgin Islands (u.s.)The Killers Performed this song on Saturday night live October 5, 2008.
  • Tomas from Hialeah, FlThis song is amazing
  • Leon from Waterbury, CtIt's "dancer", Grace.
  • Grace from Chicago, Ilis it dancer or denser?
  • Nishit from Mumbai, IndiaThe beats are nothing like Killers on Sam's Town or Hot Fuss.. Sounds like theyre trying out a disco song :P
  • Trey from Kalamazoo, MtThis song is great. I can't wait to get the album. November 25th!
see more comments

Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"They're Playing My Song

The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"They're Playing My Song

Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.

Mac Powell of Third DaySongwriter Interviews

The Third Day frontman talks about some of the classic songs he wrote with the band, and what changed for his solo country album.

Dwight TwilleySongwriter Interviews

Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.

Does Jimmy Page Worship The Devil? A Look at Satanism in RockSong Writing

We ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.

Yacht Rock QuizFact or Fiction

Christopher Cross with Deep Purple? Kenny Loggins in Caddyshack? A Fact or Fiction all about yacht rock and those who made it.