Crime Song Wednesday: The Murder Trilogy by The Killers

Let’s go with a crime song suite this week. The so called “Murder” trilogy by The Killers which consists of Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf, Midnight Show and Jenny Was a Friend of Mine.

The three parts at their most basic consists of 1) A guy lone getting drunk after getting dumped for another guy 2) The actual crime. He chokes her, kills her and disposes of the body 3) The confession to the police.

The narrative is a little thin when compared to some of the other crime songs but it is most certainly a solid entry of crime song fiction.

After the jump check out the lyrics and videos for these three songs

Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf

Shakin like the Devil when she lets me go
Got a new place and now it’s so much better
Falling over myself, the television’s on
I turn it off and smile.
Oh, Jennifer
You know I always tried
Before you say goodbye..

Leave the bourbon on the shelf
And I’ll drink it by myself
And I love you endlessly
But darling don’t you see I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you tight
Give me one more chance tonight
And I swear I’ll make it right.
But you ain’t got time for this
And that wreckin bell is ringin
And I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you

Jennifer, tell me where I stand
And who’s that other boy Holdin’ your hand?
Oh, Jennifer, you know I’ve always tried.
Before you say goodbye

Leave the bourbon on the shelf
And I’ll drink it by myself
And I never liked your hair
Or those people that you lie with
But I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you tight
And I love you endlessly
Darling don’t you see
I can’t be satisfied
Until I hold you tight.

Leave the bourbon on the shelf
And I’ll drink it by myself
And I love you endlessly
Darling don’t you see?
I’m not satisfied.

Midnight Show

I know what you want
I wanna take you to a midnight show tonight
If you can keep a secret
I got a blanket in the back seat of my mind
And a little place that sits beneath the sky
She turned her face to speak
But no-one heard her cry
I drive faster, boy
I drive faster, boy

I know there’s a hope
There’s too many people trying to help me cope
You got a real short skirt
I wanna look up, look up, look up, yeah yeah

We were just in time
Let me take a little more off your mind
There’s something in my head
Somewhere in the back said
We were just a good thing
We were such a good thing

Make it go away without a word
But promise me you’ll stay

Oh make it go away!

I drive faster, boy
I drive faster, boy

Oh crashing time can’t hide a guilty girl
With jealous hearts that start with blossom curls
I took my baby’s breath beneath the chandelier
Of stars in atmosphere
And watch her disappear
Into the midnight show…

Oh faster, faster, faster…
Oh no no no no no…
If you keep a secret
Well baby… you can keep a secret
If you keep a secret…

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine

We took a walk that night, but it wasn’t the same
We had a fight on the promenade out in the rain
She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go
She couldn’t scream while I held her close
I swore I’d never let her go
Tell me what you wanna know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain’t no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
So come on, oh come on, oh come on

I know my rights, I’ve been here all day and it’s time
For me to go, so let me know if it’s alright
I just can’t take this, I swear I told you the truth
She couldn’t scream while I held her close
I swore I’d never let her go

Tell me what you wanna know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
And then you whisper in my ear
I know what you’re doing here
So come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain’t no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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