A Dustland Fairytale (3:45)

Cover of Day & Age

From Day & Age and 7 other releases

It’s a song about Brandon Flowers’ parents falling in love. The title, Dustland Fairytale, alludes to the trailer park they both grew up in and that’s where they fell in love.

Some of the lyrics toward the end of song hold special meaning. “Now Cinderella don’t you go to sleep/ It’s such a bitter form of refuge/ Don’t you know the kingdom’s under siege?/ And everybody needs you.” Cinderella, Flowers’ Mother, actually suffers from a brain tumor, and it’s a message from her son to hang on.

It’s also Brandon Flowers’ favorite track on Day & Age. He said that on a french interview. “That’s one of my favorite song on the record. The arrangements on this track were the most difficult thing to do, but it’s worth it”, says Flowers.


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  • sancezz

    Bittersweet. Beautiful, but so sad. A celebration of life. But also a song of regret. Such great duality.

    20 Mar 9:18pm Reply
  • kurtnirvanakris

    i love this song and album

    7 Feb 5:48am Reply
  • Avialy

    For me, this was the only redeeming song on an otherwise crappy album.

    20 Jan 1:05am Reply
  • ErikaTK

    Es perfecta ♥

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • gav016

    One of the best things Brandon Flowers has or ever will write, incredible, especially considering the story behind it.

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • imaginaryangie

    I really love this song. I think knowing the meaning behind it makes it so much more significant and heartbreaking. He wrote it about his mom, when she fighting cancer. Tragically, she lost the battle. :( "Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge. Don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everybody needs you." Kills me.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • thais-paiva

    I don't understand this people that says this is the worst song of the album, this song is beautiful and I love the lyric.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • violetion01

    Seeing this song performed live skyrocketed my appreciation for it to new levels.

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • keanequeen

    Linda , linda e linda.

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MyBelchonok

    "God gives us hope but we still fear, we don't know."

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • MyBelchonok

    Song for all time! Very beautiful!

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • iagodetregiachi

    Out where the dreams are high...

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ruanLastfm

    I still love this tune!

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • ellexoxo

    never really payed attention to this song but I like it a lot now

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • s_wonderful_sue

    "Moooon River what you do to me..."

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • KaraFlowers

    Perfect song! One of my favorites.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • TrowaBarton888

    Best track on the disk imho.

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Fiercuhhhhh

    It's the worst on the album (but still good).

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • MarcosSena

    how can people say Day & Age is bad having this song in it?

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • heyitsalyssa22

    amazing <3

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
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