Bones (The Killers song)

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Single by The Killers
from the album Sam's Town
B-side"Daddy's Eyes"
ReleasedNovember 27, 2006
GenreAlternative rock
The Killers singles chronology
"When You Were Young"
"A Great Big Sled"

"Bones" is a song by American rock band The Killers, written by lead singer Brandon Flowers, bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci. It is the eighth track on their second album Sam's Town, released in October 2006. It was originally titled "It's Only Natural" in its early stages. Eventually, the song was released as the second single from Sam's Town in late November 2006.

The single did not match the success of its predecessor and new center-piece track, "When You Were Young", only registering on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States at #21. The single peaked at #15 in the UK Singles Chart. The music video for the song is the first directed by filmmaker Tim Burton.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7", CD
  1. "Bones" – 3:46
  2. "Daddy's Eyes" – 4:13
  1. "Bones" (music video) – 3:46
  2. "When You Were Young" (music video) – 5:33
European Maxi CD
  1. "Bones" – 3:46
  2. "Daddy's Eyes" – 4:13
  3. "Where The White Boys Dance" – 3:26
  4. "Bones" (video) – 3:46
  5. "When You Were Young" (music video) – 5:33

Official versions[edit]

  • "Bones" (album version)

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Bones" marks the music video directing debut of film director Tim Burton.[1] Clips of the band were shot August 17–18, 2006, and were edited together along with CGI backgrounds and characters, including a (fitting) Burton staple: skeletons. Michael Steger and Devon Aoki star in the video.

Scenes from the films Lolita, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Jason and the Argonauts, more specifically the scenes with Ray Harryhausen's skeleton-men, are shown behind the band. There is a sequence where Flowers's hand is replaced with that of a skeleton. The beach scenes from From Here to Eternity and 10 are recreated with skeleton figures. The leading couple are seen driving onto the beach where the girl removes her hair to reveal her skull and the man pulls off his shirt to reveal his skeleton. The two leading skeletons are later seen running across the beach to embrace only for them to crash into one another and shatter to pieces. Then on the beach a wave comes over to reveal the two skeletons kissing. At the end of the video, the entire band are skeletons, and they all fall apart at the song's final note.

The drive-in depicted unofficially is that of the West Wind Las Vegas Drive-In Theatre located in North Las Vegas, NV.

At the 2007 Shockwaves NME Awards it won the award for Best Video.

The clothing used by the band in the video is preserved in an exhibit at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2006) Peak
UK Singles Chart 15
New Zealand Singles Chart 16
US Billboard Alternative Songs 21
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 22
Irish Singles Chart 24

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
Brazil (ABPD) Diamond[2] 500,000+


Year Ceremony Award Result
2007 Shockwaves NME Awards Best Video Won
2007 Q Awards Best Video Won


  1. ^ James Montgomery (6 September 2006). "Killers Are (Beetle) Juiced For Tim Burton-Directed 'Bones' Clip". Retrieved 2006-10-08.
  2. ^ "Associação Brasileira de Produtores de Disco". ABPD. Retrieved 2012-01-04.

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