“The Bandit” by Kings of Leon
In this Kings of Leon track, we find ourselves dealing with what appears to be highly ambiguous and deep lyrics. Here, the narrator spends the chunk of the lyrics talking about a certain group of people. These people appear to be desperate and to a certain degree frustrated. However, their current state isn’t preventing them from pursuing their primary goal, which is to catch “the bandit”. It is not exactly clear who this bandit is or what he/she had done to them. But judging from the way the group is recklessly determined to “catch the bandit”, we can safely say he/she did them great wrong. Apparently he/she stole something precious from them which has left them in a state of misery. And it is the fact that he/she stole from them which is why they have tagged him/her a “bandit” and are in hot pursuit of him/her.
At the end of the day, the group hopes to not only catch this bandit but also retrieve whatever he/she stole from them.
From the lyrics, it is very clear this bandit stole their joy from them. And the only way they can get that back is by catching this thief.
But what isn’t perfectly clear in the song’s narrative is where the narrator actually stands. Is he a member of the desperate group? Is he just an observer or a witness? Or is he the bandit himself?
Release Date of “The Bandit”
The band released “The Bandit” as a single on the 7th of January, 2021. It is officially the lead single from their highly anticipated eighth studio project of 2021. Said project goes by the title “When You See Yourself”. The song is officially the second track on the album’s track list.
The band released this tune alongside another single titled “100,000”. Both songs hold the distinction of being Kings of Leon’s first offerings for the year 2021. The songs are also the band’s first new material since 2016.
All the following four members of Kings of Leon are acknowledged as the song’s official writers:
When You See Yourself
Below are the official tracks from the band’s “When You See Yourself” album: