"Bright Lights" as written by and Rob Thomas....
She got out of town
On the railway New York bound
Took all except my name
Another alien on Broadway
There's some things in this world
You just can't change
Some things you can't see
Until it gets too late

And baby, baby, baby
When all your love is gone
Who will save me
From all I'm up against out in this world
And maybe, maybe, maybe
You'll find something
That's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around
And come on home

I got a hole in me now
Yeah, I got a scar I can talk about
She keeps a picture of me
In her apartment in the city
Some things in this world
Man, they don't make sense
Some things you don't need
Until they leave you
And they're things that you miss, you say

Baby, baby, baby
When all your love is gone
Who will save me

From all I'm up against out in this world
And maybe, maybe, maybe
You'll find something
That's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around
And come on home

Let that city take you in, come on home
Let that city spit you out, come on home
Let that city take you down, yeah
For God sakes turn around

Baby, baby, baby
When all your love is gone
Who will save me
From all I'm up against in this world

Now well, maybe, maybe, maybe
You'll find something
That's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you, well

Turn yourself around, girl
Come on home
Yeah, come on home
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Come on home
Yeah, come on home
Yeah, come on home
Yeah, come on home
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Come on home


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"Bright Lights" as written by Robert Thomas Rob Thomas

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song is a sequel to Hang, or at least that's how I see it. It's about the girl who leaves him in Hang, and he just hangs around his old town waiting for her to come home. Now in Bright Lights, he's hoping that she's gotten weary of city life and will come home to him.

    Mind = blown
    johnnyotson April 27, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"i got a hole in me, now.
    yeah, i've got a scar i can talk about."
    - my favorite line from the song...i think everyone can relate to that one way or another.
    somebodylovedon March 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Some things in this world
    They don't make sense
    Some things you don't need
    Until they leave you
    And they're things that you miss."

    this reminds me of moving away from my hometown and everything familiar to me, and the nostalgia that i feel when it gets lonely being on my own.
    cakeladycaseyon April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's the classic story of a small-town girl wanting to leave for the city thinking it will be adventurous and different while the guy that loves her is terrified that it will only rob her of her purity and make her cynical.
    He sees it as her choosing this unknown place over the familiarity of their relationship, but he insists that he's just a colorful and exciting... but unlike these city people, he really cares about her. He's concerned about what's going to happen to him after the city makes her bitter and untrusting... so he's beggin her to come home before that happens.
    Texasteardr0pon July 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think one of the best parts of this song is the very begning,

    "She got out of town
    On a railway New York bound
    Took all except my name"


    I love this part, its like he is saying look she took everything with her, all of me, but not my name. I see a small town where a boy and a girl grew up in love and he is saying stay with me, be with me forever. Instead she leaves, taking his heart, his dreams, his love.


    I also really like the part where he says,

    "I got a hole in me now,
    I got a scar I can talk about."

    its like he is showing how real it is to him and how much he is willing to share about his feelings.

    dmm995on December 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    MemoryThis song reminds me of my mum. Just some parts of it. "Baby, baby, baby when all your love is gone, who will save me, from all I'm up against out in this world. She died and left me to face the world on my own at 16 years of age.
    BeachBabe182on March 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat music, great lyrics, great voice. The guitar solo near the end gives me goosebumps EVERY time.
    trn3ngoon July 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment''For God's sake, turn around!" ...Do you hear the raw emotion in that? Beautiful.. absolutely gorgeous.
    AwkwardStrangeron March 06, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautiful - the piano, the lyrics, rob thomas's voice - i highly recommend it. matchbox twenty is amazing.
    poptartfaerieon June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree totally agree with poptartfaerie - everything about this song is awesome.
    aRe.Beeon June 24, 2003   Link

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