I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier

“I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier”

Song: All These Things That I’ve Done (full lyrics)The Killers Hot Fuss Album 2004

Artist: The Killers

Album: Hot Fuss

Year: 2004

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58 responses to “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier

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  10. I Googled this lyric to make sure that it was right and found your site! I relate to these words because I believe a person’s worth isn’t based on how perfect she is, which I am certainly not. They make me feel better. I have no idea if this was the intended meaning, because I haven’t carefully listened to the rest of the lyrics, but it’s irrelevant. Cool idea for a site!

  11. I love this song, though it makes me cry every time I hear it.

    For me, it’s the lyrics sung for all the child soldiers everywhere – those with no voices. Those who need protection. For me it’s pretty evident throughout the song but comes out often in the refrain:

    Help me out
    Yeah, you know you got to help me out
    Yeah, oh don’t you put me on the backburner
    You know you got to help me out

    and of course, the lyrics that you pulled out:
    I got soul, but I’m not a soldier
    I got soul, but I’m not a soldier

    We’re all born with souls, but none of us is born a soldier – that is a choice that we often make as adults. For so many children it is the choice given to them – through the barrel of a gun.

    And of course, the song closes with a powerful thought:

    Over and out, last call for sin
    While everyone’s lost, the battle is won
    With all these things that I’ve done
    All these things that I’ve done

    So yeah, when someone gives up their own humanity and forces children to do their fighting they may win the battle. I think the song encourages us to examine the cost of these ‘victories’.


  12. I’ve noticed quite an undertone of Christian Dogma attacked in some of their songs, I think the song is trying to say that all these people fighting for whats right, fighting a war to live on in the hearts of men are turning away from the inocence of youth. There are a few references to sin in the song, perhaps the reference to ‘soul’ is a double entendre on one hand the idea is IVE GOT SOUL i.e. I’m passionate, but also I’ve got a lot to lose
    “Over and in, last call for sin
    While everyone’s lost, the battle is won
    With all these things that I’ve done”
    The idea that they lose themselves, their soul is dirtied by the sin of the murder etc… I dunno

  13. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori


  15. I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier.

  16. Wow
    all of you bleeding hearts are taking this song way to personally. lol@ Dawne. It’s good though.

  17. This is just a great song.I just heard it on the new nike commercial

  18. The first link seems to be wrong->
    “Song: All These Things That I’ve Done (full lyrics)”.

    I’ve also seen the nike comercial, I like the part when Pistorius appears running

  19. I Googled the lyrics “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier” cuz it got stuck on my head. Your page came up. Thanks for putting this site together!

    While I heard the song most recently on the Nike commercial also that’s airing during the Olympics, I actually associate this song with “Carrier,” the 10 part PBS special that documents life aboard an aircraft carrier. The opening montage is the refrain of “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier” with shots of the carrier, the boat, the boat cutting through the water, and the sailors on the boat. It’s really a great sequence and the guitar part that goes with it really sets the mood for the entire series, which I highly recommend for REAL reality television.

    Anyway, I never knew the entire words to the song, so thanks for posting them. It’s nice to hear there’s a larger message in the song than just the refrain.

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  21. What’s the meaning of soldier HERE?


  22. hey i was looking for the artist who sings this song and came upon your page. i love the idea of it and i just thought i’d let you know im endorsing you on my blog. have a good day and keep up with the sweet posts!

  23. ps i was also looking for other artists who sang this song. the version i got stuck in my head was sang by a woman..so i know it wasnt the killers. if you know of any it would be really cool if you let me know.

  24. I’ve had this stuck in my head for almost 2 months now…………….its an awesome song
    Now I finally know what it is and where it came from.

  25. Thanks for posting this! Beautiful song! I just like everything about it – the melody, lyrics, energy, crowd, everything!!!

    just perfect.
    it makes me cry everytime..

  27. I think this song is also a play on old southern spirituals. There are a lot of hymns based in bible versus about being a soldier for god.

  28. Have u ever tryed with vampire weekend and their oxford comma, it has a lot of strange frases!

  29. What a line… only ‘are we human or ar we dancer?’ comes close to topping this. The Killers are great at making you think!

  30. haha. i like the smiley face in the corner

  31. i agree with dawne. i may also agree with a couple others, but i have to run, so i only scanned them.

    oh, and David (right after Dawne) you make a good point as well, but about the Christian undertones: DUH. the lead singer (Brandon Flowers) is a Proud Mormon.

    Internalize Oneness.

  32. alot of you are takin this too seriously, it doesnt matter what the lyrics means, its just a great song, no one ever questions lyrics and their meanings

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  34. I love The Killers and I love this song. It has great lyrics and the song itself is really good.

  35. i really like this song it is amazing
    as a army cadet my self i think that it is wrong that childer are put in danger at war
    i think this song has real soul

    gemma x

  36. this song iz so good

  37. This this rubbish he cant sing 😦

  38. i can remember this song now:)
    jls are better!!!!!!!!!

  39. The cool thing about this and many of The Killers’ lyrics is that it’s just vague enough to have a meaning for everyone.
    This one is by far one of my favorites. I feel like the song itself is a student/mentor dialogue saying “Take me on, help me succeed, help me become a man, I can do it!”, and the song really gets me motivated.

    As far as this line goes, I think it’s saying that I’ve got purpose, my life has meaning, but I’m not going to force it on anyone– I’m going to live my life fulfilled.

  40. i think that this song is AMAZING all i want to do t repeat it time and time again. who ever thorught of the lyrics to this song and the tune is brilliant it is one of the best songs i have ever herd

  41. Brandon Flowers

    The words “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” are used to refer to African children forced to fight and kill others.

  42. this song is great it alway reminds me of when i ran a marathon

  43. So you think you’ve penetrated to the heart?
    There isn’t one. The song is a Sphinx without a Secret.
    A mish-mash of allusions and puns that just about hangs together.

    But that doesn’t matter.

    The Savante that sang it was aware of his own ability – but only just enough to get listened to.

    Everyone one of you that hears something beautiful in its words… you’re better poets, finer lyricists than the writer. But he’s the better artist.

    Peace, love and harmony.

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