She couldn’t scream while I held her close… #JennyWasAFriendOfMine #TheKillers #MusicMonday @nholten40

Woohoo! It’s 🎼 Music Monday 🎼 time again – all credit to Drew Weldon aka the Tattooed Book Geek. Make sure you check out his blog!

Today I’ve chosen one of my all time favourite bands and a song that was influenced by a #truecrime – The Preppy Killer. I remember this case well!

The song is Jenny Was a Friend of Mine. The band is THE KILLERS.

The song told from the point of view of a boy who has been taken in for questioning about a girl’s (Jenny) murder. After explaining the incident from his perspective, the boy (voiced by Flowers), claims that he is innocent by saying that “there ain’t no motive for this crime, Jenny was a friend of mine.” The song has no resolution of the crime and it is never clarified if the boy was guilty. It was inspired by the videotaped confession to police that Robert Chambers made the morning after the death of Jennifer Levin.

It is a part of The Killers’ alleged “Murder Trilogy”, three songs detailing the murder of a girl named Jenny,[2] the other two being “Midnight Show”, and “Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf”.[3][4] In an interview with The Guardian, Flowers revealed that it was Morrissey‘s song “Sister I’m a Poet” that inspired him to write songs about murder.[5]

So offenders and perps – I give you #JennyWasAFriendOfMine by #TheKillers ! 🎼


We took a walk that night, but it wasn’t the same
We had a fight on the promenade out in the rain
She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go
She couldn’t scream while I held her close
I swore I’d never let her go

Tell me what you want to know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain’t no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
So come on, oh come on, oh come on

I know my rights, I’ve been here all day and it’s time
For me to go, so let me know if it’s alright
I just can’t take this, I swear I told you the truth
She couldn’t scream while I held her close
I swore I’d never let her go

Tell me what you want to know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
And then you whisper in my ear
I know what you’re doing here
So come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain’t no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Brandon Flowers / Dave Brent Keuning / Mark August Stoermer / Ronnie Jr. Vannucci

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, BMG Rights Management