“Fire In Bone” by The Killers

The phrase “fire in bone” is a metaphor with an unspecified meaning. But based on the way it is utilized in the song, it tends to point to the general idea of the singer being consumed with emotion. In a couple of cases the narrator uses it in a positive connotation, but for the most part the verses come off as if he went through some type of unfavorable experience which tore at his very being. And that’s where the primary addressee comes in. For in the chorus he is basically praising the person who intervened and helped save him from his downfall. 

Indeed he was under the impression that “no one is going to save you” and that “you got to make it on your own”. So when this person actually responded to his cries for help, even though it’s not stated forthrightly, the implication is that he greatly appreciated their concern.

“Fire in Bone” Facts

This song was written by three members of The Killers – B. Flowers, M. Stoermer and R. Vannucci Jr. – alongside Stuart Price.

And Price is also one of its co-producers, in conjunction with the following:

Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado.

“Fire in Bone” is the second single from The Killers’ sixth album, “Imploding the Mirage”.  And Island Record issued it as such on the date of 24th April, 2020.

The three other singles “Imploding the Mirage” spawned are as follows:

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  1. Clay says:

    As with a number of their songs, ‘Fire in Bone’ also draws on biblical/religious language. In this case, the chorus is an explicit reference to the story of the homecoming of ‘the prodigal son’ in Luke 15.11-24. The son has taken his inheritance (fully half of his father’s property), squandered it, and is returning home in disgrace. Unexpectedly, his father sees him while he is still on the road, and runs to welcome him home: “But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”

    And when I came back empty-handed
    You met me in the road
    And you fell on my neck
    And you took me back home
    After all that I took from you
    After all that I put you through
    Here I am

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