Early recordings of the lyrics on the Warsaw album show the first line of the song as saying "To the centre of the city where all roads meet looking for you". In later recordings the word looking is replaced with waiting.
The Killers recorded a version of "Shadowplay" for the 2007 film Control; it plays during the film's credits and was included on the soundtrack album. It became a live staple for the band's 2006-2007 Sam's Town Tour. Their recording was also included on the group's b-sides and rarities album, Sawdust. Rolling Stone magazine said the recording "should have stayed in the vaults". On April 2013, The Killers were joined onstage by Joy Division/New Order guitarist Bernard Sumner for the first time to performe this song live at Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia. They did it once again at their 2013 Lollapalooza appearance.
It was released as a digital download single on October 9, 2007 and peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100. A music video, directed by Spencer Kaplan and Jonathan V. Sela, was released on November 21, 2007, featuring the band interspersed with clips from Control.