This song is the third single release off The Killers fourth studio album, Battle Born. The video, which was released in December 2012, was directed by Tim Burton and features Winona Ryder in the role of a mannequin who occasionally comes to life. In typical Burton form, the video is dark, artsy and surreal. Burton’s two-fold inspiration came after seeing a wax figure of Ryder in Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in the British seaside resort town of Blackpool (which serves as the video’s locale) and the 1935 horror film Mad Love. The song’s popularity was boosted by the band’s live performance on the December 18th finale of The Voice, with lead singer Brandon Flowers singing the tune with eventual winner of the singing contest, Cassadee Pope.
What is the message/worldview?
- The oft-used pop music theme of lamenting romantic love lost is the subject of “Here With Me.” The lyrically straightforward song begins as Flowers thinks back on what was, singing “Wheels are turning/I remember when you were mine/Now, just to reach you/Baby, I’d stand in line.”
- With his former love interest existing as just a memory, the singer tells his ex that “there’s another world we’re living in tonight,” a reality that’s left him slowly dying emotionally and relationally: “And there’s another heart that’s fading in the light.” He expresses his desire to have her back and in his life as more than just a memory: “Don’t want your picture/On my cell phone/I want you here with me/Don’t want your memory/In my head now/I want you here with me.”
- The singer lists many of his fond memories of their now-broken relationship including time spent together at the beach, her long hair, her tan skin and her smiles. He confesses that when you are young and in love time moves slowly. But that time is gone and now he desperately wants her back: “Now I hold on to hope to have you back again/I’d bargain and I’d fight.”
- His yearnings meet his timidity and fears when he encounters his lost love: “Well I saw you in a restaurant the other day/And instead of walking towards you I ran away.” Still, he’s holding out hope that what once was might someday be again: “And I’ll keep waiting for you/Till you’ll come around” to be “here with me.”
- The song’s video treatment follows the lyrics by depicting a dark and sad character’s pursuit of the female played by Winona Ryder. In her absence from his life he settles for spending time with a life -sized look-alike mannequin (think Lars And The Real Girl).
How does it stand in light of the biblical message/worldview?
- We have been created to be in relationship with other human beings. The Genesis account tells us that when God made Adam, he said that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). So, God created a woman (Genesis 2:21-23). God made us to be relational beings who desire completeness and intimate fellowship with members of the opposite sex. Romance is divinely embedded in the fabric of our beings.
- Because God’s “shalom” (the universal flourishing that existed in the Garden as all things were perfect and as they were supposed to be) has been broken and destroyed by sin (Genesis 3), brokenness and destruction now infiltrate every nook and cranny of life. . . including our relationships. Because this sense of brokenness is universal, Brandon Flower’s lyrical laments and the song’s video treatment likely resonate with you, especially those of you who are reeling from dashed romance and love recently lost.
- The singer’s expression of desire for a real flesh-and-blood relationship (“Don’t want your picture/ On my cell phone/I want you here with me/Don’t want your memory/In my Head now/I want you here with me“) reflects the way that God has made us for human/romantic relationships. Jesus repeated that fact when asked by the Pharisees about divorce: “At the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one.” Of course, the breakdown of a marriage relationship is what Jesus is speaking against here. But so strong is the human desire for the intimacy of a marital relationship that even the simplest experiences of brokenness as a teenager/young adult can be deeply painful.
- If you resonate with the message and tone of “Here With Me”, you might be locked into sharing the same erroneous assumption that has driven pop music fans for decades. . . that romantic human love is ultimately redemptive (can fix things/make them better). The fact of the matter is that while romantic human love is desirable and deeply rewarding, only God and His presence in your life can fix what has been broken in your life and relationships and fill any vacuum/void you have.
What do I do with it?
Here’s some questions to probe your mind and wrestle through. Leave some comments below.
- Can you relate to this song? If so, what part(s) do you most closely relate with?
- If you’ve felt like this before and had a relationship end like that, how did you move past it?
- What part of your being does most human dating realationships fill (emotional, spiritual, physical)?
- In your opinion, what should human relationships/love look like or how should it be characterized/expressed? (see 1 Corinthians 13)
- What are the limitations of human love and relationships?
- What does a relationship with God offer that relationships with humans doesn’t?
:: Used with permission. Modified from original article by Walt Mueller from the Center for Parent/Youth UnderstandingTweet