The Killers When You Were Young

Las Vegas synth band, The Killers, have launched their up and coming album, Sam’s Town, with the music video, “When You Were Young”. The music video focuses on the heartache of a young religious Mexican woman who discovers her husband’s infidelity.

The Killers When You Were Young Music Video

‘When You Are Young’ opens on a hilltop overlooking the small Mexican town of Tlayacapan. A young woman climbs to a white cross, clearly agonising. Is she intending to jump? A man drives up in a jeep and rushes to her side. They are clearly upset. Over the course of the video we see shots of the couple meeting, courting, and marrying. We see her memories of his unfaithfulness, and her attempts to pray for help in the local church.

Woman prays the rosary in The Killers music video

The Killers perform in a local brothel where the couple first meet, singing, “He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus”, warning the woman that she’s asking for trouble by continuing with him. The clip finishes with the cross on the hill, the couple embracing in sorrow.

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube (HD)

Credits and Download

Filming was shot by director Anthony Mandler via Box Fresh Pictures with director of photography Max Goldman, producer Gina Leonard and colorist Tom Poole at The Mill. Filming was shot in Tlayacapan, a small town in Mexico.

The Killers are Brandon Flowers (vocals, synthesizer), Dave Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer (bass), and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums and vocals).

Island Records are promoting the music video as one of the rewards for pre-ordering the Sam’s Town album from iTunes.

When You Were Young – The Killers Music Video on iTunes

Mexican church in The Killers music video

When You Were Young Single at Amazon.com

Lyrics for When You Were Young

Sam's Town Album at Amazon.comYou 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 gentlemen
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

When You Were Young single CD at Amazon.comWe’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 gentlemen
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

Sam’s Town at Amazon.com

  • scarpacci

    hey, i just wanted to leave a note stating that the video on MTV overdrive is different from the video on “the killers” website….i leave it to you to figure out what….but taking into account that you already have a page devoted to the video, then i’ll assume you already knew this.

  • Bre

    Man, this band is freaking awesome!!!!!!! my mom even likes the song omg!!!!1

  • http://surferondryland.blogspot.com greg

    I don’t think the band is ‘warning’ the girl, by saying he doesn’t look a thing like Jesus. Especially since the next line is ‘but he talks like a gentleman.’

    This is a coming of age story. She is meeting the real world and coming to terms with the fact that she’s not going to marry a saint. She married a man and he made a mistake. It’s an uplifting and sobering message, but well done.

  • Justpointingout

    You’ve misinterpreted this video. It’s quite clearly a series of flashbacks from the first scene, explaining how the couple get to the mountain – it’s their initial meeting depicted in a bar (not brothel) rather than a scene after his infidelity, she’s praying prior to their romance developing rather than seeking guidance, and so on.