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How The Killers Cracked the Code for Their New Song 'Run for Cover'

The Killers' latest single "Run for Cover" has a rich history with the band, with its conception going all the way back to 2008, during the recording of their third album, Day & Age.

"I was never happy with the second verse -- so we put it on the backburner," singer Brandon Flowers tells Billboard. After two more releases -- Battle Born and their greatest hits offering, Direct Hits -- "Run for Cover" resurfaced again.

"We started to explore it and look at it again and I still got nothing," Flowers explains. "I could've done what I did on 'Mr. Brightside' -- and had the same lyrics on the second verse [as the first verse] -- but I was going to persevere with this one."

Fast foward to The Killers' newest album, Wonderful Wonderful, and a persistent email from Flowers' brother, who sends him a demo for "Run for Cover" every year. "He likes to remind that this song exists and needs to be heard by the world," says Flowers.

Australian musician Alex Cameron helped "crack the code lyrically," according to Flowers. "Run for Cover" tells the story of a senator who mistreats his wife, and Cameron suggested that the second verse take place from the wife's perspective. And boom, "Run for Cover" finally came together.

Another fun fact for this track: Bob Marley has a writing credit on it. "I mention 'Redemption Song' in it, and his people wanted their money," Flowers laughs. "I never thought I'd share a writing credit with Bob Marley, but I'll take it."

Watch the full break down of the new Killers single, "Run for Cover," in the video above.


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