"When The Lights Go Down" as written by Craig Michael Wiseman, Melvern Rivers Ii Rutherford and Jeffrey Steele....
When the lights go down
He'll be fillin' a pan with a broom in his hand
In some dive across town
He'll be wiping the bar, moppin' the floor
Countin' his tips, lockin' the doors
Wrestling the devil that tells him to pour another round

When the lights go down
She'll be callin' her friends from her Mercedes Benz
But it's too late now
They were there for the fame, the flash and the thrill
For the drop of the name, the parties, the pills
As another star falls form the Hollywoody Hills without a sound

[Chorus]
When the lights go down and there's nothing left to be
When the lights go down and the truth is all you see
When you feel that hole inside your soul
And wonder what you're made of
Well we all find out
When the lights go down
When the lights go down

At the end of the day when this game that I play
Has gone another round
As I lay there alone on this big empty bed
With nothing but thoughts of you in my head
I think of the things that I wish I had said
When you were still around

When the lights go down and there's nothing left to be
When the lights go down and the truth is all you see
And I wonder if all my life's about the sum
Of all my fear and all my doubts
When the lights go down

[Chorus]


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"When the Lights Go Down" as written by Jeffrey Steele Rivers Rutherford

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    General CommentI absolutely agree with the fact that it could be about stars losing their fame, but I think it could also be about people realizing that they don't have to pretend to be someone they're not. Because when it comes down to that one moment when you have to make a choice and the only thing that you have is yourself, everyone, including yourself, can see the person you really are through the choice that you made.

    Or I could be completely delusional, but that's what it means to me! =] Either way I love this song!
    Kathryn05on June 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about how the excitement of being a star wears off and in the end its not all its cracked up to be and everyone is just the same in the end.
    finallyfreeon March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus, when it says

    When the lights go down
    And there's nothing left to be
    When the lights go down
    And the truth is all you see
    When you feel that hole inside your soul
    And wonder what you're made of
    Well we all find out
    When the lights go down

    makes me think of high school football on a Friday night, and how as soon as those lights go down, the true character of a man is shown.
    dmack2015on January 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about famous celebrities who lose their fame after a while, and the start to live regular lives.
    ilovekelly75on March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about anyone, who wrestles with anything,
    and theres a defining moment here this person realizes the truth, when the lights go down,
    all they can see is the real them, who they really are.

    like at the begining 'Wrestling the devil that tells him to pour another round'
    when the lights go down, he no longer see's the pain, but the man behind the pain,
    the truth.
    livelikemusicon March 14, 2009   Link

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