The Killers – Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf

Bottle of bourbon, image for 'Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf', song by The Killers, music video script by The Flash Fiction Ponder.

Music Video Concept/Script

By

Rico Lamoureux

 

Song

By

The Killers

 

All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

FADE IN:

 

Reminiscent of a ten cent Nickelodeon a frame grows out of the background.

The black and white flicking motion picture: that of pushing in on an old town.

With the GUITAR and CLAPPING frame comes to rest halfway to foreground while we push in through old tavern doors and into the early twentieth century crowd. Following with close-up of a bottle of bourbon being handed off from one hand to another.

It makes its way to a mantle and we slowly fall back on it.

 

LYRICS

Shakn’ like the devil

when she lets me go

Got a new place

and how it’s so much better

 

With the fall back Brandon’s brought into frame. (Close-up to medium close-up)

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing to camera)

Falling over myself

 

He gives the slightest of smirks and a subtle wink.

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing to camera)

The televisions on

 

Reaches out beyond the frame (to side of camera) as if to turn off the picture.

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing to camera)

I turn it off and smile

 

The frame goes black.

 

FADE IN:

 

From close-up of Brandon pan over to Jennifer sitting with friends and a new suitor.

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing)

Oh Jennifer

you know I always tried

Before you say goodbye

 

Quick CrossCuts between close-ups of modern-day colored instruments being played and the bottle of bourbon on the mantle. (New bottle, failed to the neck)

 

LYRICS

Leave the bourbon on the shelf

 

The patrons of the tavern stop and stare as The Killers play instruments never seen before.

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing)

And I’ll drink it by myself

and I love you endlessly

Darling don’t you see

I’m not satisfied

until I hold you tight

 

Even Jennifer and her small group look over at the foreign futuristic objects.

 

LYRICS

Give me one more chance tonight

and I swear I’ll make it right

 

But her attention is quickly drawn back to the new beau at her side.

 

LYRICS

But you ain’t got time for this

and that wreckin’ ball is ringin’

and I’m not satisfied

until I hold you

 

Brandon sings out to his Jen from the other side of the tavern to no avail, patrons still speechless as they gather around for a closer look at the magical music machines.

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing)

Jennifer

tell me where I stand

and who’s that boy

holdin’ your hand

Oh Jennifer

you know I’ve always tried

before you say goodbye

 

Close-up, the bottle of bourbon is placed back up on the mantle, already half-empty.

 

LYRICS

Leave the bourbon on the shelf

 

Brandon, with signs of intoxication in his look and movements.

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing)

And I’ll drink it by myself

 

Jennifer and her suitor are now closer in distance.

 

LYRICS

And I never liked your hair

or those people that you lie with

 

Staggering a bit, (from the bourbon or the hurt?) at times Brandon uses his mic/mic stand for balance.

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing)

And I’m not satisfied

until I hold you tight

and I love you endlessly

Darling don’t you see

I can’t be satisfied

until I hold you tight

 

Close-up, now empty the bottle of bourbon wobbles a little as it’s placed back up on the mantle.

 

LYRICS

Leave the bourbon on the shelf

 

So drunk he’d be on the floor if it weren’t for the support of his mic stand Brandon’s able to sing those last few verses before…

 

LYRICS

(Brandon singing)

And I’ll drink it by myself

and I love you endlessly

Darling don’t you see

I’m not satisfied

 

… Falling over and passing out.

 

FADE OUT:

 

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