The Bucket (2:55)

Cover of Aha Shake Heartbreak

From Aha Shake Heartbreak and 31 other releases

“The Bucket” is the first single taken from the Aha Shake Heartbreak album by the American rock band Kings of Leon. It is one of the band’s most successful singles, reaching number 16 in the UK Singles Chart (making it their most successful UK release at the time) and number 23 in the U.S. Modern Rock chart.

In Australia, the song was ranked #31 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2004.

The song is written about bassist Jared Followill, who was the youngest, dealing with the band’s fame at the age of 17. The song was written by Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and Matthew Followill. In the music video, the word “legs” (as part of “I’ll swing my legs”) is censored due to the line meaning to hang oneself.


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I'll be the one to show you the way
You'll be the one to always complain
Three in the morning, come a-bang-bang-bang
All out of fags and I just can't wait

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  • Shuanny

    que música linda <3

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Leods19


    8 May 2013 Reply
  • byqui

    My fav song :)

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jammyofstafford

    Love this!! This is the song that got me into KOL I can remember watching them perform it on TOTP when it came out...I miss TOTP lol..

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • irken1


    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Marucin666

    This video always puts a smile on my face, esp. Caleb's smile at 2:23. :) [2]

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Samdabomb

    Favourite KOL song!

    30 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Versional Confirms this.

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • Versional

    It's not about suicide. It's about one of them being intimidated about performing and being a "star".

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • kwisnoski

    This video always puts a smile on my face, esp. Caleb's smile at 2:23. :)

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Muzafuza

    The melody kinda reminds me of led zeppelin's Going to California, at some parts :)

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • iLoveDUB

    It's really not a happy song, it's about suicide... still good though, one of my faves of theirs!

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Bourgi

    This Song makes me feel so good and happy. Amazing

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Specter0926

    You kick The Bucket and I'll swing my legs.

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • garv1234

    First time i heard this track. Very good

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ThommesHansen


    16 Nov 2010 Reply
  • miserabletempst

    fuck its crazy how i need to listen to this song every i crazy or are there other people who are the same?

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • wolvesdan

    I miss them. Even though I see them and hear them often...I miss the way the used to be. (2)

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • drtysmile

    The 'woooooooooooooooooo' in the beginning makes my heart beat faster for a sec.

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sebavildosola

    Me gusta el indie, pero ya depués de haber escuchado harto tiempo la radio siento que todas las canciones empiezan iguales loooocooo!! es terriblee!, pero bueno igual me sigue gustando la shit.

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
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