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Lyrics: When You Were Young

Artist: The Killers
Album: Sam's Town
Song: When You Were Young
Released: 2006
Rating: 48.1 out of 100
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When You Were Young lyrics
You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now ... here he comes!

He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentleman
Like you imagined when you were young

Can we climb this mountain
I don't know
Higher now than ever before
I know we can make it if we take it slow
Let's take it easy
Easy now, watch it go

We're burning down the highway skyline
On the back of a hurricane that started turning
When you were young
When you were young

And sometimes you close your eyes
and see the place where you used to live
When you were young

They say the devil's water, it ain't so sweet
You don't have to drink right now
But you can dip your feet
Every once in a little while

You sit there in your heartache
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
To save you from your old ways
You play forgiveness
Watch it now here he comes

He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentleman
Like you imagined when you were young
(He talks like a gentlemen, like you imagined when)
When you were young

I said he doesn't look a thing like Jesus
He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But more than you'll ever know

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dummy Hellz Hallz wrote on 10th Apr 2013, 21:03h:
Weed is KILLER
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dummy Isismarie83 wrote on 25th Sep 2012, 0:58h:
I think it's a woman who is waiting for a man to save her as opposed to saving herself. So she trusts a man that is no good, and puts up with his BS because she wants the type of love she saw when she was a child possibly with her parents. She's addicted
to hope.
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dummy KoalaSmiles wrote on 8th Jun 2012, 9:35h:
I love this song because it has good beats and meaning behind it.
My interpretation for this song is finding a person who you love/someone who loves you that is opposite to what you imagined would be when you were young. In other words, someone who loves
you and will stick with you even though he isn't the perfect guy you imagined to be who was the only one for you. That's why the phrase "he doesn't look anything like Jesus" means that he isn't someone who looks perfect or beautiful "but he talks like a
gentleman like when you imagined when you were young" although not absolutely perfect, this partner treats you the way you wanted someone to. And how "you can climb this mountain..... but we can take it slow" because of the realism and imperfection of
this partner, the relationship isn't so easy all the time and there are some issues and problems. But with "taking it slow" it shows the possibil
ity of succeeding in this relationship, though slow and sometimes difficult. And the bit where it involves
drinking the devils water and its being reputed not to be so sweet, symbolizes love and its pain. And dipping your foot in the devils water symbolizes how one can feel in love for a little while although dangerous and painful.
this song reminds me of a
relationship that I had; having the partner who was the closest to perfect that I imagined when I was young :)
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dummy Blake wrote on 17th May 2012, 8:17h:
Y OH Y
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dummy Meh wrote on 12th May 2012, 1:03h:
Just wanted to jump in with my interpretation of the song
The "he doesn't look a thing like Jesus" means to me that he's a bad boy, he looks anything but innocent and good news for her but he talks good so she believes him :) that's just my
interpretation
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dummy Tara DiGio wrote on 2nd Aug 2011, 0:05h:
I think the song is saying that Prince Charming isn't going to satisfy you. If we aren't fulfilled by Jesus, the one who has supposedly saved us from our sins, then how could an ordinary human guy that happens to be good-looking save you? If the Bible is
true, I think the song is saying that the potential Prince Charming you are waiting for isn't going to satisfy you because he needs Jesus' love and forgiveness as much as you do...we all do.
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dummy admiral wrote on 20th Jul 2011, 1:48h:
Heyitsme:

This is just how I interpret the beginning, but I think that line means he doesn't look like a typical savior-type character; however, he is there for her nonetheless.
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dummy Heyitsme wrote on 17th Jul 2011, 4:28h:
hmmm, Im not really a fan of the killers or know much about them but I was playing Rockkband and this song came up and I was wondering whats with the "He doesnt look a thing like Jesus" part??
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dummy wiccanmusician13 wrote on 7th Jun 2011, 19:07h:
My friends say that I need to stoplistening to thissong & that I am old for listening to it. I DON'T CARE!!! I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!
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dummy dickisbeautiful wrote on 14th Feb 2011, 16:16h:
I adore the killers, and this song is one of my fave by them, its just such a great song, everytime I listen to it, it gives new meaning.
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dummy Samariassasin wrote on 30th Nov 2010, 20:35h:
Well i honestly don't like the killers to to much, but this song is amazing, don't get me wrong they do have a decent amount of good songs, i'm just not there typical biggest fan lol, and weed does rule! :D
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dummy muna wrote on 18th Oct 2010, 18:07h:
I like it , for me it is a top musical hit... Killing is the ultimate act of the killers....
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dummy Alan Noriega wrote on 6th Jul 2010, 18:32h:
Genialisima cancion y qe deecir del video! recien estuve en el lugar donde lo grabaron en Tlayacapan, justo a un lado de la Cruz y desde donde se ve la capilla qe sale... The Killers! son unos genios...!
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dummy Benjamin Olivares wrote on 29th Jun 2010, 23:11h:
hablo español!!! es tan buena esa cancion :D que me hace llorar :'(
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dummy Magicmoment wrote on 2nd Jun 2010, 22:39h:
This makes me cry every time i hear it! *tear* it reminds me of the stories my mom used to tell me.....
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dummy Moonwalker wrote on 24th Apr 2010, 21:41h:
HE DOESN'T LOOK A THING LIKE JESUS!
I love The Killers. They rule.
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dummy caseyrcks wrote on 1st Apr 2010, 2:56h:
what assasins wrote is sooo sad... this is my all time fav song
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dummy maddymmm wrote on 30th Mar 2010, 10:39h:
I love this song, as well as all the newer ones. As someone said, this isn't a "flavour of the week". It's a good song. I like the song "Bones" alot, among others..... What's with all the weed?
Haha :)
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dummy MÁRTA ENDRE wrote on 15th Jan 2010, 21:25h:
VERY GOOD!
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dummy DÏckFÁggøT wrote on 19th Dec 2009, 3:16h:
Every musical sound recorded by the killers has been astonising.... And I would know, I smoke a ton of weed.
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