A Dustland Fairytale
|"A Dustland Fairytale"|
|Single by The Killers|
|from the album Day & Age|
|B-side||"Forget About What I Said"|
|Released||May 9, 2009|
|The Killers singles chronology|
"A Dustland Fairytale" is a song by American rock band The Killers, released as the fourth single from the band's third studio album, Day & Age (2008). The Killers performed the song live on Late Night with David Letterman accompanied by an orchestra in 2009.
In 2013, vocalist Brandon Flowers noted that the track's lyrical content and aesthetic is similar to that of the band's previous studio album, Sam's Town: "["A Dustland Fairytale"] is me not being completely able to let go of Sam's Town! I wanted to - I wanted to go in a new direction, and there were a lot of new sounds on Day & Age, but on that song, I was really holding onto the last record. I still love Sam's Town, and you can really hear it in the words and sentiment of that song. It's more like an extension of Sam's Town, and not a reaction to it. It's one of the more personal narratives I've written, and it seems like the more personal I get, the more the fans respond and grow attached to the song."
The cover art for the single is a portrait of the band's bassist Mark Stoermer, and is one of the four portraits drawn by Paul Normansell for the album.
- UK 7" picture disc
- "A Dustland Fairytale" – 3:45
- "Forget About What I Said" – 2:57
- UK digital EP
- "A Dustland Fairytale" – 3:45
- "A Dustland Fairytale" (video) – 5:09
In December 2008, "A Dustland Fairytale" charted in the UK Top 200 on album track downloads alone, at number 158, in the week of its official release it re-entered at 137.
|UK Singles Chart||137|
|US Billboard Alternative Songs||36|
The video shows an old man named Joe White, smoking with a tattoo of the number 7 on one of his fingers. It then reflects on a younger man, "Joey", showing the same 7 on the finger, dressed in a leather jacket, white shirt and leather pants and about to fight a member of another gang, "Billy", for his own gang, the "Sevens". Throughout the video, it shows the boy, Joey, dating a brunette girl, then there is a flashback of Joey looking at the brunette girl through her window, as she turns around and kisses Billy, while it shows the older man going to all the locations shown, reflecting on the memories of his youth. Interspersed with this is a letter that the man has, showing that he has just been released from prison, which gives a clue to the result of the initial fight—he kills Billy. The final shot is of an older Joe visiting a house, ringing the doorbell to find an older brunette woman answer the door, and they embrace.
|Worldwide||November 23, 2008||Digital download||Island Records|
|North America||June 9, 2009||Video download||Island Def Jam|
|United Kingdom||August 9, 2009||Digital EP||Mercury Records|
|United Kingdom||August 10, 2009||7 inch vinyl||Mercury Records|
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