Mr. Brightside can be about a man losing a woman to another man as well as a man losing another man to a womanThink about it, it's very plausible, if not possible. The interactions between the other man and the woman never make it clear who is letting him go.
Spaceman Is About SchizophreniaOr some other mental illness, or maybe even something like overdosing on drugs. That's always been the vibe I got off it, and the Killers do seem to write about some crazy stuff...
The Killers are slowly losing their edginess.Each progressive album has been progressively tamer. Hot Fuss dealt with murder, adultery, and stalking. Sams's Town was less edgy but still had "Bones," which was incredibly suggestive, and "This River is Wild" which had some rebellious overtones. Day and Age however, was more introspective than the others, and Flamingo was downright tame, which was unsuprising given that it was much more religious than the others. However, I'm not saying this is a bad thing, it's just a trend I'm noticing.
"Somebody Told Me" is a warning that Brandon's friend is about to have an Unsettling Gender-Reveal.Most people assume that the person being addressed in the song is a woman the speaker is hitting on, but this is never made explicit. "February of last year" is an oddly specific time frame; most short relationships aren't that memorable. For the speaker to remember the time frame that clearly something must have happened to burn it into his brain. The addressee is a man who, until now, was unaware that he even had a boyfriend.
Sam's Town is a story about a love triangle.The story takes place in small town America, probably sometime in the early 80s or late 70s (Sam's Town). The Girl is engaged to a man she doesn't really love but feels indebted to, because he rescued her from a life of poverty (When You Were Young); the Boy is an old flame of hers but still hopelessly in love, no matter how much his common sense is telling him to move on (Bling). The Girl's Fiance has noticed that she's not nearly as passionate as she used to be, and he's not sure whether to blame her or himself (For Reasons Unknown). On the eve of their wedding, the Boy starts reminiscing about the times he and the Girl spent together (Read My Mind), and when night falls he decides to go to the Girl's house, where he witnesses the Fiance shooting himself up with heroin (Uncle Johnny). While the Fiance is knocked out, he convinces the girl to sneak out with him to the beach (Bones). The next day, the Boy finally works up the courage to confess his love to the Girl (My List). She reciprocates, and the two of them head off to an uncertain but promising future (This River Is Wild), while the Fiance resolves to go to rehab (Why Do I Keep Counting).
"When You Were Young" is about Jesus.The last two lines of the song are "He doesn't look a thing like Jesus / But more than you'll ever know." The pause between the lines obscures their connection, but the message is still, "He looks more like Jesus than you'll ever know," implying that the addressee has actually met Jesus and didn't recognize him.