The Way It Was by The Killers

The Killers released their new album, Battle Born last week and I’ve just begun to scratch the surface of this latest work. They’ve stayed true to the 80’s style arena rock they are known so well for. Brandon Flowers holds the same balance between strong, deep tones and the purposely quivering, vulnerable tones that permeate his vocals.

Between the synth pad, rock ballad guitar and steady snare beat complemented with big drum fills, I feel like I should be watching Top Gun or The Breakfast Club. That’s what I really like about The Killers; they’ve mastered the art of emulating the best parts of 80’s rock and they are so consistent. At the same time, they don’t just borrow from other artists to achieve this sound, they bring their own unique flavor to it and make it new.

I drove through the desert last night
I carried the weight of our last fight
Elvis singing “don’t be cruel”
And I wonder if you feel it too
It’s like we’re going under

Somewhere outside the lonely Esmeralda county line
The question of my heart came to my mind

If I go on
With you by my side
Can it be
The way it was
When we met
Did you forget all about those golden nights?

Maybe a thief stole your heart
Or maybe we just drifted apart
I remember driving
In my daddy’s car to the airfield
Blanket on the hood, backs against the windshield
Back then this thing was running on momentum, love and trust
That paradise is buried in the dust

All of our plans have fallen through
Sometimes a dream, it don’t come true

Darling!
Darling!

If I go on
With you by my side
Can it be
The way it was
My heart is true
Girl, it’s just you
I’m thinking of
Can it be the way it was?

Maybe a thief stole your heart

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