On the empty streets of this nowhere town
The melting shadows fade
And the dark is creeping up on me again
In between these sheets were I laid you down
I tried to find some rest
So I reach out for the switch but why pretend?

'Cause I can't turn the lights out now
I see your face
No, I can't turn the lights out now
My heart will break
'Cause everything I see will end up killing me
All over, all over again
So I can't turn the lights out
Turn the lights out

There's a clock that stopped ticking by the bed
The second you were gone
And it feels just like my heart stopped beating, too

Cause it's hard to keep those promises
I made when I was strong
And now I'm haunted by the ghost of you

And I can't turn the lights out now
I see your face
No, I can't turn the lights out now
My heart will break
'Cause everything I see will end up killing me
All over, all over again
So I can't turn the lights out
Turn the lights out

It's so hard holding on
It's so hard letting go
It's so hard holding on
Don't you know? don't you know?

I can't turn the lights out now
I'll see your face
I can't turn the lights out now
My heart will break
'Cause everything I see will end up killing me
All over, all over again
So I can't turn the lights out
Turn the lights out

So I can't turn the lights out
Turn the lights out


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    General CommentIt's definitely not 'snowing town' it sounds clearly to me like 'nowhere town', or am I insane? :P
    darnmasteron June 16, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI absolutely love this song, but every website I go to has the verse/bridge at the end as "It's hard that you're gone" :( I believe it is "It's so hard letting go"
    sslovlion September 15, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI haven't actually looked to see what the song's actual meaning is, so I could be way off here. This is just my own interpretation.

    It's obviously a wistful song about losing someone, but some of the lines, in my opinion, imply that someone very dear to them has died, and they want to join them "In between these sheets where I laid you down, I try to find some rest" but they just don't have the courage to follow through with it "I reach out for the switch but why pretend? I can't turn the lights out now." and further it seems to be about his guilt in not going with them. "Cause it's hard to keep those promises I made when I was strong, and now I'm haunted by the ghost of you", almost seeming to say he had promised he'd go after her, but he couldn't go through with it.

    I'm not usually known for macabre interpretations, honest! I just couldn't help but see these undertones in the song.
    Coillscathon October 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about love. A woman who has left the man she once loved. He wishes every day she would come back, but shes gone for good. And he cant turn the lights out because he sees this woman every time he goes to bed. He wants to be with her but he cant be with her it seems. He finds it harder and harder to hold onto life because hes so in love with this girl who left him . I think thats what its about.
    fangirl092on July 14, 2012   Link

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