"All of the Lights" as written by Malik Yusef El Shabbaz Jones, Kanye Omari West, Jeffrey Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Warren Trotter and Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi....
All of the lights (all of the lights)
(Lights, lights) all of the lights

Turn up the lights in here baby
Extra bright, I want y'all to see this
Turn up the lights in here, baby
You know what I need
Want you to see everything
Want you to see all of the lights

Fast cars, shooting stars
(All of the lights, all of the lights)
Until it's Vegas everywhere we are
(All of the lights)

If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life
If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life

Something wrong
I hold my head
M.J. gone, our nigga dead!
I slapped my girl, she called the feds
I did that time and spent that bread
I'm heading home, I'm almost there
I'm on my way, headed up the stairs
To my surprise, a nigga replacing me
I had to take 'em to that ghetto university (all of the lights)

Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights
Strobe lights, street lights
(All of the lights, all of the lights)
Fast life, drug life
Thug life, rock life
Every night (all of the lights)

Turn up the lights in here, baby
Extra bright, I want y'all to see this
Turn up the lights in here, baby
You know what I need, want you to see everything
Want you to see all of the lights

Restraining order
Can't see my daughter
Her mother, brother, Grandmother hate me in that order
Public visitation
We met at Borders
Told her she take me back
I'll be more supportive
I made mistakes
I bump my head
Courts suck me dry
I spent that bread
She need a daddy
Baby please,
Can't let her grow up in that ghetto university (all of the lights)

Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights
Strobe lights, street lights
(All of the lights, all of the lights)
Fast life, drug life
Thug life, rock life
Every night (all of the lights)

Turn up the lights in here, baby
Extra bright, I want y'all to see this
Turn up the lights in here, baby
You know what I need, want you to see everything
Want you to see all of the lights

Getting mine, baby
Gotta let these niggas know, yeah
Get it right, eh
You should go and get your own

Getting mine, baby
Gotta let these niggas know, yeah
Get it right, eh
You should go and get your own

Unemployment line, credit card declined
Did I not mention I was about to lose my mind? (my mind, my mind, my mind)
And also was about to do that line (line, line, line)
Okay, okay, you know we going all the way this time (time)
We going all the way this time (time)
We going all the way this time
We going all the way this time
We going all the way this time

Turn up the lights in here, baby
Extra bright, I want y'all to see this
Turn up the lights in here, baby
You know what I need, want you to see everything
Want you to see all of the lights

Whoa, whoa, oh
I tried to tell you but all I could say is oh

Whoa, whoa, oh
I tried to tell you but all I could say is oh

Whoa, whoa, oh
I tried to tell you but all I could say is oh

Whoa, whoa, oh
I tried to tell you but all I could say


Lyrics submitted by strykerchick

"All of the Lights" as written by Stacy Ferguson Warren Trotter

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING

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  • +4
    General Commentwait wtf elton john??
    jjjonatronon November 16, 2010   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI feel this song is about the consequences of being in the lights and how people really dont know what really is goin on with celebrities

    Rihanna Hook/Verse
    "Turn up the lights in here, baby
    Extra bright, I want y'all to see this
    Turn up the lights in here, baby
    You know what I need
    Want you to see everything
    Want you to see all of the lights

    Fast cars, shooting stars
    Until it’s Vegas everywhere we are
    If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life
    If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life"

    I take this as meaning that she wants you to see everything not just what is portrayed on TV…And the second part I feel is sayin that if you want it you can have the fame for the rest of your life…but is it something good?

    Kanyes verse blatenly is about things that we as the public wouldnt know or think was going on, Exposing us to ALL OF THE LIGHTS. When Kanye explains the different LIGHTS and different LIFES. The lights I feel are representing ones that bring into the vision to be seen (cop lights, flash lights, strobe light, street light {also these lights can be seen as different shades of life you can be seen in criminal, paparazzi, party, drug…which all someway somehow creat attention}) The lifes are styles that rappers portray and people imitate.

    Clearly Kanye doesn't really have a daughter, but instead it represents music. When he "slapped his girldfriend" i can see that having to do with what he did to Taylor Swift and how everyone react negatively towards him afterwards. He "did his time" is when he was gone away from the public for awhile after his public relation fiasco. Now he's back and willing to be more "supportive" of his music and learned from his mistakes.

    Cudi’s part I feel plays into the imitation point I just made “You should go and get your own” I feel means that you should be yourself because he is getting his

    Fergie plays into the theme of the song by tellin you the struggles that you dont know. Thus I feel making her say “We goin' all the way this time” meaning im goin to expose ALL OF THE LIGHTS if thats what you want

    Let's remember that before Fergie was with the BEP's, she had a very serious drug addiction problem and she talks about that in her short verse.
    ayebienon February 21, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionEvery guest fits well in this song
    LighTofHeaveNon November 14, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionThis song is too good...
    I bet that this song makes it onto radio stations..
    If not, then radio is dead to me.
    Kanye's latest album proves that 'popular music' can also be 'great music'.
    This song is so 'radio--friendly' (minus Fergie's verse), that it should blow up on the radio..
    Then again, almost every single song on this album should be on the radio..

    9.5/10 for this song and for the album. Good job Kanye!
    fishscale4saleon November 24, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationMy own intepretation kinda takes the lyrics a bit more literally. To be sure, there's a sense of exhilaration in the song, fun and cool and beautiful, but it hits really hard, too.

    I'm seein' this song as a narrative almost bout a guy losing control of his "rock life," despite caring about his family. First few verses with the abuse, the affair, the restraining order, and the public visitation let us know that the familial situation ain't working out well, so when you hear that grit in Kanye's voice when he sings about "flashlights, spotlights, strobelights, street lights," it sounds like bitterness.

    Next, Kid Cudi comes in talkin' sense (because he's awesome like that), leading finally to a breakdown; Fergie's verse is, narratively (and musically) speaking, the low point, where the speaker really goes all the way with his "line" and nearly loses it. Personally I think the song almost O.D.'s with the line "going all the way this time! thistimethistime!!!" after which, the quietest moment in this super-busy song comes. I take that as seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. The end.

    But the speaker isn't going for that; Rihanna begins singing again with that beautiful voice of hers. The song's revived and we got Elton John crooning that the speaker's tried to show their family, their friends, the world what his life's been like: "I tried to tell you, but all I can say is: oh..." In my interpretation, the speaker can only show through MUSIC that their super bright, super cool life hasn't all been rainbows and butterflies (something you DON'T want "for the rest of your life"), and for now, the effort in the music is enough, and they can keep on carrying on. The salvation for the speaker is in the refrain: "Turn up the lights in here, baby, extra bright! I want y'all to see this. Turn up the lights. You know what I need? I want you to see everything!" The medium is the message.

    Dammit, Kanye!! Too !#^@!n' good.
    Tsuppion March 05, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationRepetition is important in interpretation in my opinion. Whenever a writer repeats things, it's usually intended to be an emphasis or comparison. I find two interesting repetitions here. First, Kanye has had previous songs with the word "lights" in the title. "Flashing Lights" on Graduation, "Street Lights" in 808s & Heartbreak. In Street Lights, the lyrics are "Seems like street lights glowing/Happened to be just like moments passing in front of me". In this way, I think that lights, for Kanye, are metaphorical for an illumination of a specific moment, the way that a camera flash illuminates and captures a specific image. Accepting this, we can say that All of the Lights is the culmination of this idea, with specific examples of lights being explored before, in this song, Kanye speaks about all of them at once.

    There's also a repetition in the lyrics of this song, a reference to "that ghetto university" is used twice. In the first verse, Kanye talks about a man who slaps his girlfriend, and ends up doing some jail time as a result. When he returns, there is another man in his bed with his girlfriend, and he assaults the man, saying, "I had to take him to that ghetto university". In the next verse, this man sees all the consequences of his actions. He is separated from his daughter, a woman he loved, and is unable to support either of them. He now says he "can't let [his daughter] grow up in that ghetto university". The salient point is that now he is afraid that his daughter will learn the lessons he learned from growing up in the environment he did, that caused him to make the mistakes he made. Looking back upon his regrets, he is desperate to ensure his daughter is not nurtured by the environment that encouraged the behaviours he chose.

    I think this is the universal moment at the heart of this song. A man makes mistakes, regrets them, and then seeks to ensure the next generation doesn't make the mistakes he made. Truly, this is the struggle at the heart of the human condition, told through an urban lens.
    benserwaon November 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorites on the album. I cannot get this out of my head.
    Image In Nationon November 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"I slap my girl, she call the Feds
    I did that time, and spent that bread
    I'm headed home, I'm almost there
    I'm on my way, headed up the stairs
    To my surprise, a nigga replacin' me
    I had to take him to that Ghetto University"

    I think this has to do with how Kanye had to take a break from music after "you know what". Then as he was making new music he noticed that some new artists might have taken his spot, but he schooled them with this album.
    UNTHINKABLE46on December 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i don't even mind fergie showing up... though why is she here at all, really?
    jjjonatronon November 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan someone please explain to me, what is going on in this song?
    TemporaryLifeon December 06, 2010   Link

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