Pyro (song)

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Single by Kings of Leon
from the album Come Around Sundown
Released December 9, 2010 (2010-12-09)
Recorded 2010
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:10
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Caleb Followill
Nathan Followill
Jared Followill
Matthew Followill
Producer(s) Angelo Petraglia
Jacquire King
Kings of Leon singles chronology
"The Immortals"
"The Immortals"

"Pyro" is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon, and is the second single that was released from their 2010 album Come Around Sundown. It is the third track on the album.[1]

The song, along with its accompanying music video, premiered on December 9 on the Kings' website and on their YouTube channel.


According to, Caleb Followill explained about the original inspiration for this song: "I had actually written some verses because I was watching this piece on these radical Christians that live up in the mountains and somehow the FBI got involved and pretty much went and killed them [presumably a reference to Ruby Ridge]. And so I started writing kind of about that and about a guy that was kind of fed up with it all and he thought that the world that he was living in wasn't the perfect world to him so he kind of goes and burns it down. It's just one of those songs where it's like it starts out with someone thinking they know how it's supposed to be and at the end it's like, 'I can't even be that way.'"[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song premiered on 9 December 2010. It depicts a bar fight scene and was performed by actors. The video is in slow motion. At the end of the video, everyone floats into the ceiling except for the band, who are playing as a concert band and they are playing their instruments beside the tables while sitting on chairs. Their 2004 song "Four Kicks" was set in the same studio with the same director.[3]

Live performances[edit]

Kings of Leon performed the song on Saturday Night Live on October 23, 2010.[4]

Track listings[edit]

Digital download[edit]

  1. "Pyro" - 4:11

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 43
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 42
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 14
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 48
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 58
Polish Singles Chart[10] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 74
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 69
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 13
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 16
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[15] 30