“All These Things That I’ve Done” was my first Favorite Song by The Killers back when their debut Album, Hot Fuss, came on in 2004. I remember picking up the Album on CD and playing it in the car with my late husband. We both loved the Album and immediately were drawn to two different Songs. He immediately loved “Jenny was a Friend of Mine”, and I fell hard for “All These Things That I’ve Done”.
It is still My Favorite Song of The Killers.
“All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers
from the Album, Hot Fuss (2004)
It is such a Turn Up the Volume and Sing-A-Long kind of Song. Anthemic and catchy, with that repeated chorus line of “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier” and the build that happens as the Song progresses. “All These Things That I’ve Done” is meant for road trips, early morning wake-me-ups, Mix Tapes and Playlists, and even for working out. I know I’ve hit all of those things with this Song many, many times.
The Song was written by frontman extraordinaire, Brandon Flowers, who blew me away when I saw The Killers live at Coachella back in 2009. He is a frontman of a past generation, capturing the attention of everyone in the crowd, pulling everyone into each Song, and helping it all explode.
“All These Things That I’ve Done features the Gospel Choir The Sweet Inspirations. The Gospel/R&B Girl Group re-formed in 1994. They are made up of Estelle “Cissy” Houston (Whitney Houston’s Mother), Myrna Smith (ex-backup Singer of Elvis Presley and Songwriter who worked with Carl Perkins), and Sylvia Shemwell.
The Song was released as the third Single from Hot Fuss in the UK and as the fourth in the U.S. IN the US it peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #18 in the UK Singles Chart. (from Wikipedia)
Personally, I think the Song appealed (and still appeals) to the survivor in me. Especially in the year that this Song came out. I was going through a very rough time with a partner who was struggling with addiction and mental illness and taking me through it with him. I tried to love big enough to heal it all, but love wasn’t enough. I had all the soul in the world to give, but my soul and my heart are not soldiers. I felt at war though.
Now that I’m on the other side this feels like a victory Song. Not that I won, no, in many ways I lost, but I survived – which is a win of its own.
Also, this is one of my go-to Karaoke Songs.
“All These Things That I’ve Done” (live) by The Killers