The Killers – Mr. Brightside – Learn English through Songs

Improve your English by listening to the song Mr. Brightside by The Killers.

There are 6 steps in this lesson:

1 - Learn the new vocabulary words and idioms
2 - Listen to the song without reading the lyrics
3 - Read the lyrics
4 - Understand the text with my explanations
5 -​ Write the answers to the personal questions in the comments
6 - Sing along to the song 

1 - Vocabulary and Idiom List

to call a cab - to  call the taxicab company on the phone and ask them to send a taxi to you (cab is another word for taxi)
to take a drag - in this case, a drag is a puff (or one inhalation) of a cigarette
saint - an extremely holy, religious, and moral person
lullaby - another word for song - often a quiet and gentle one used to put children to sleep
alibi - a story or evidence that you were somewhere else when a crime was committed (so you couldn't be the one who committed it)
the bright side - the positive or hopeful part of something - it is optimistic to look at the bright side of things

 2 - Listen to the Song (without reading the lyrics)

​3 - Read the lyrics

Coming out of my cage
And I’ve been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Because I want it all

It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this
It was only a kiss,
it was only a kiss

Now I’m falling asleep
And she’s calling a cab
While he’s having a smoke
And she’s taking a drag
Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head
But she’s touching his chest
Now, he takes off her dress
Now, let me go

I just can’t look its killing me
And taking control
Jealousy,  turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
Cause I’m Mr. Brightside

I’m coming out of my cage
And I’ve been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Because I want it all

It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this
It was only a kiss,
it was only a kiss

Now I’m falling asleep
And she’s calling a cab
While he’s having a smoke
And she’s taking a drag
Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head
But she’s touching his chest
Now, he takes off her dress
Now, let me go

‘Cause I just can’t look
its killing me
And taking control
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibi
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
‘Cause I’m Mr Brightside

I never I never I never I never

​4 - Check your understanding of the complicated parts of the text

What does he mean by “it’s all in my head”?

 

Does the singer always look on the bright side? Is he an optimistic person?

 

​5 - Answer these questions in the comments below or send me an email: Nick@EnglishWithNick.de to get personalized feedback .

a) Do you ever have to call a cab? What are taxicab companies in your city like? Are they reliable?

b) Are you a jealous person? Has your jealousy ever turned you from a saint into someone drowning in a sea of sick lullabies?

6 - Listen to the song again, and this time sing along!

​If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.

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