Are we human or are we dancer?

The lyrics to The Killers’ “Human” generated quite a bit of discussion…

…a search will find many more sites. What seems to be definitive (from the writer’s mouth!) is that “the lyrics were inspired by a disparaging comment made by Hunter S. Thompson about how America was raising a generation of dancers.” I had no luck finding the original quote by Thompson (looking for context) and no mention of it other than in connection to this song.

I’ve considered all of the interpretations I read and haven’t really been satisfied with any of the theories. So I made up my own.

Human = physical; dancer = spiritual. Treating them as a dichotomy is the puzzle and “both” is the answer.


About schazjmd

After a mostly itinerant adult life, I landed in the Pacific Northwest and I love it.
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