"What Is the Light?" as written by Michael Ivins, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd....
What is the light
That you have
Shining all around you?
Is it chemically derived?

'Cause if it's natural
Something glowing from inside
Shining all around you
Its potential has arrived

Looking into space, it surrounds you
Love is the place that you're drawn to
Looking into space, it surrounds you
Love is the face that you're drawn to

Looking into space, it surrounds you
Love is the place that you're drawn to
Looking into space, it surrounds you
Love is the face that you're drawn to

What is the light
That you have
Shining all around you?
Is it chemically derived?


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"What Is the Light?" as written by Steven Drozd Michael Ivins

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    General CommentWhat is the light
    that you have
    Shining all around you
    Is it chemically derived?
    (beep beep)

    Cause if it's natural
    Something glowing from inside
    Shining all around you
    It's potential has arrived

    Looking into space it surrounds you
    Love is the place that you're drawn to
    Looking into space it surrounds you
    Love is the face that you're drawn to

    Looking into space it surrounds you
    Love is the place that you're drawn to
    Looking out to space it surrounds you
    Love is the face that you're drawn to

    What is the light
    that you have
    Shining all around you
    Is it chemically derived?
    whoshaton June 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI believe this song is about a girl, and asking her to love you. The light is her beauty, because its she's so beautiful to him she glows. "Its potential has arrived" is saying that he's the one for her. "Looking into space, it surrounds you." is again about how amazing she is, that space surrounds *her*, she is the center of the universe to him. "Love is the place that you're drawn to" is pretty explanatory. Cool song.
    ZeroOneon June 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe thing I love about the lips is that (and this is my interpretation and I'm sure to catch some flak for it) these songs are at first listen generally love songs. I think they are also thinly veiled metaphores to hallucinogenic experiences. (and with good reason, this album along with Yoshimi are two of the greatest albums to trip face to) Lord knows that when one is under the influence of truly mind expanding chemicals, one can recognize auras, or shining lights, around people. It may not always be visible, but it sure as hell is apparent. I think this song is one of those examples, this guy sees a true inner beauty in this person that he may not have noticed were it not for the drugs, hence the line "is it chemically derived..."
    Storm&Stresson September 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Storm&Stress is absolutely right. No matter how obvious a meaning to a Lips song is, it changes to something completely and radically different under the influence of any drug.
    ZeroOneon September 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has one of the best subtitles ever. If you look at the track listing on the inside of the box it says "An untested hypothesis suggesting that the chemical (in our brains) by which we are able to experience the sensation of being in love is the same chemical that caused the "Big Bang" that was the birth of the accelerating universe)".
    ReActoron October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the light in this song is love, and the person in the song is drawn to the girls light. It says, "Love is the place that you're drawn to" and "Love is the face that you're drawn to".
    great lips song
    HannahOrange7on November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLooking back, I still believe its about love, but not about a specific person. More like love is something emanating from all of us, and is drawing us all in and surrounding us. But is it merely a chemical thing, or something even grander?
    ZeroOneon December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentat my school we wrote a play that was pretty much based on this song. it was called clicker davis or the book of light. but that's not important! i feel like this song is someone just completely floored by someone else's aura. he's looking through space and time at someone he finds beautiful but the light is an illusion that he never saw before, and he is drawn to it, just bewildered and full of questions
    ok that went nowhere sorry.

    but this is just a great song to yell at the top of your lungs. the end.
    _maria_on December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheh, just a tidbit. listen closely at 0:55 'ish, around the 55 second mark. You can hear wayne coyne's watch beep.

    peace out. :-#
    SFP760on January 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really wonder if that beep was intentional or not. in any case i can image the band listening to it for the first time and being struck by how perfect it sounds. exquisitely timed if that's the case :P
    ripelivejamon October 07, 2007   Link

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