"Music When The Lights Go Out" as written by and Peter/barat Doherty....
Is it cruel or kind
Not to speak my mind
And to lie to you
Rather than hurt you

Well, I'll confess all of my sins
After several large gins
But still I'll hide from you
Hide what's inside from you

And alarm bells ring
When you say your heart still sings
When you're with me
Oh won't you please forgive me

I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no

And all the memories of the pubs
And the clubs and the drugs and the tubs
We shared together
Will stay with me forever

But all the highs and the lows
And the to's and the fro's
They left me dizzy
Oh won't you please forgive me

I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no

Well I no longer hear the music when the lights go out
Love goes cold in the shades of doubt
The strange face in my mind it's all too clear
Music when the lights come on
The girl I thought I knew has gone
With her my heart it disappeared

Well I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no

All the memories of the fights and nights
Under blue lights all the kites
We flew together
Love thought they'll fly forever

But all the highs and the lows
And the to's and the fro's
They left me dizzy
Won't you forgive me

I no longer hear the music [Repeat x2]

I no longer hear the music
Music when the lights go out
Love goes cold in the shades of doubt
The strange face in my mind is all too clear

Music when the lights come on
The girl I thought I knew has gone
With her my heart it disappeared

I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no
I no longer hear the music


Lyrics submitted by on_a_plain_11

"Music When the Lights Go Out" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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    General Commentfor me this song is about the loss of passion for life that goes with the loss of a relationship. i think as Pete looks back on his earlier days he realises he's lost his "music when the lights go out"
    He is now longer the happy boy in love and realises what he's lost.
    aligcalion August 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is just my view but i think the song is written about pete and carls freindship and the fact that both of them no its going to end
    "And all the memories of the pubs
    And the clubs and the drugs and the tubs
    We shared together
    Will stay with me forever"
    this lyric suggests that they are remebering the good parts of the freindship and the i no longer hear the music is them saying they have no feelings for eachother anymore
    BUT on listining to this song again i found another meaning they could be singing about a girl who has left one of them......
    anyway those are my views u dont have to agree.
    stez_styxon December 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song's about Carl being a woman.
    LyraMemeon April 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a lot of meaning to me. The first time I heard it was the "legs 11" version of it, full of innocence, happiness and bounce. The next time i heard it was on 'the libertines', sung heartbreakingly by Peter and Carlos. It had lost it's happiness and innocence, and was still too beautiful. Pulled into a dark place, just like Peter.
    merrygoroundon November 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song has a lot of meaning to me. The first time I heard it was the "legs 11" version of it, full of innocence, happiness and bounce. The next time i heard it was on 'the libertines', sung heartbreakingly by Peter and Carlos. It had lost it's happiness and innocence, and was still too beautiful. Pulled into a dark place, just like Peter.
    merrygoroundon November 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. "I no longer hear the music".. I love that.

    One of the best from the Libertines
    _turkishon November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. "I no longer hear the music".. I love that.

    One of the best from the Libertines
    _turkishon November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter Pete got out of prison they gave an interview saying they were fulfilling their own prophecies in their darkest lyrics, if they redid this song for the new album they are probably reinforcing that point…
    Sheon February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about a girl:
    Music when the lights come on
    The girl I thought I knew has gone
    And with her my heart it disappeared
    brilliant way to simbolize his feelings for the lost or a girl...not feeling the music until lights reach the girl
    nataliabgon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI swear this song is about me and my boyfriend. Its just SO true that it makes me well up and cry like an idiot just thinking about it... =/

    Its a beautiful song though.
    moomin12on April 01, 2005   Link

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