"Light On" as written by Brian Howes and Chris Cornell....
Never really said too much
Afraid it wouldn't be enough
Just try to keep my spirits up
When there's no point in grieving
Doesn't matter anyway
Words could never make me stay
Words will never take my place
When you know I'm leaving

Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it's late at night you can look inside
You won't feel so alone

You know we've been down that road
What seems a thousand times before
My back to a closing door and my eyes to the seasons
That roll out underneath my heels
And you don't know how bad it feels
To leave the only one that I have ever believed in

Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it's late at night you can look inside
You won't feel so alone yeah

Sometimes it feels like we've run out of luck
When the signal keeps on breaking up
When the wires cross in my brain
You'll start my heart again
When I come along

Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it's late at night you can look inside
You won't feel so alone

Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it's late at night you can look inside
You won't feel so alone


Lyrics submitted by kelsey!

"Light On" as written by Chris Cornell Brian Howes

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  • +1
    General CommentLove this song!!! And love David Cook. It's not hard to understand the meaning of this song - it's about going away and leaving your loved one behind, about missing that person.
    Liivaon September 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's most likely a song that refers to a soldier who has to return to Iraq and leave his wife behind.

    I believe David Cook kept the message somewhat hidden because of the backlash the Dixie Chicks faced whjen they expressed their opposition to the war.

    Sadly, radio with the big giants has become somewhat political so singers haveto be careful in being covert in their messages if anything can be construed to be against the Bush Administration.

    There is nothing wrong with the song but Bush is closely aligned with big business media groups like Clear Channel and other radio networks. It's sad because he could just call his buddies at these companies and that would be the end of any singer on these stations.

    We are living in perilous times where Democracy as we knew it, has changed for the worse.
    joshzzon October 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanother Chris Cornell classic songwriting. i hope that he writes more songs for david cook.
    Geoastronomeron May 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti completely agree with you about that meaning.
    i love this song too!!! and david cook.. he has so much talent. i think i'm a little too obsessed with him :\ i hope the rest of his album sounds like this!! i can't wait until november :]
    kelsey!on September 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love love love David. I thought the song was leaning on talking about death though...
    para.praxison October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNO THANK YOU.
    zmfg, no.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on October 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fantastic. David Cook has a great singing range and i fell in love with it the first time i heard it. (= Pretty much I agree with Liiva it's about a person who leaves their loved one behind. They want them to remember them *leave the light on* and await their return.
    Evanescence+MCRLuvron October 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDavid Cook is amazing and I'm soo glad he won AI.
    I love this song.. it's probably my favorite off of his CD.

    I pretty much agree with what everone else says about the meaning.
    It reminds of my brother and my friend's husband, who are both serving overseas.. =/
    sarahsitus23on November 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song.
    Bskiffingtonon December 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOAHHH. crazy-good song
    sierraaaXOon January 18, 2009   Link

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