It was late last night
I was feeling something wasn't right
There was not another soul in sight
Only you, only you
So we walked along,
though I knew there was something wrong
And the feeling hot me oh so strong about you
Then you gazed up at me and the answer was plain to see
'Cause I saw the light in your eyes

Though we had our fling
I just never would suspect a thing
'Til that little bell began to ring in my head
In my head
But I tried to run,
though I knew it wouldn't help me none
'Cause I couldn't ever love no one, or so I said
But my feelings for you
were just something I never knew
'Til I saw the light in your eyes

But I love you best
It's not something that I say in jest
'Cause you're different, girl, from all the rest
In my eyes
And I ran out before but I won't do it anymore
Can't you see the light in my eyes

Lyrics submitted by Bobo192, edited by ladeevah0924

"I Saw the Light" as written by Todd Rundgren

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  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song captures the profound moment, being transfixed in love. The setting for the moment is dreamy, late, private and mysterious. In the first stanza, images of soulful feelings (L1, L3-L5) alternate with feelings of vague uncertainty (L2, L6). Then the magic moment happens: “you gazed up at me.” In that moment he sees the gift of love, the light, and he is transformed. The second stanza explains what happened in the moment. Even though he had love inklings (little bell), he had tried to keep his defenses up (a fling, tried to run, saying he couldn’t love). The earlier tension between soulful feelings and insecurity resolve in that profound love moment. The third stanza returns to the moment. As he sees the love in the eyes of his beloved, he simultaneously experiences his love, his light. He is transfixed, and the moment changes everything, he is devoted.

    Rundgren, who is a brilliant, productive, and meticulous artist downplayed this simple, elegant song, saying it was cliché filled and quickly written. He probably takes most pride in the more hard fought products of his storied career, which has explored musical forms from energetic rock to jazz fusion, created innovations in audio production engineering, and built collaborations with rockers, pop-artists, and even symphonies. I get that. But, Mr. Rundgren, don’t be too hard on this song, because a brilliant, hardworking musician can sometimes only need an inspired "moment" to create, transfix, and illuminate the light in our eyes.
    JackStahlon April 13, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually, the line is "And a feeling hit me oh so strong".

    This song pretty much speaks for itself. It's about a guy who falls in love with his friend, and first denies it, but soon realizes that she really is the one for him.
    Werewolvesofthunderon December 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo i read in an iterview that TR apparently wrote this song in only a few minutes. He had a deadline so he just sat down and when he got up, he had the song. It is not about any expierience he had, nor is it anything personal to him. None the less it is one great song!
    KingRexon April 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo catchy and pretty!!! One of my top favorites
    classy26on August 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNothing says love like a twinkle in the eyes.
    S3v3nson November 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt the Todd concert I went to his eyes met mine during this song. LOL
    doublexfantasyon May 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentisn't it the "feeling got me" instead of "hot me"???But yeah this song is awesome but so is "Hello it's me"and also try 10cc "I'm not in love"'ll love it!!!
    crombiegirl00on November 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think most of Todd's songs are less about the lyrics and more about the music. It's such a culmination of perfectly meshed sounds. Really, it has such a distinct feeling to it that i can't even explain.
    klooon April 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLooking in somebodys eyes and it hitting you that you love them; priceless.
    Kyliec88on December 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonRecently read, that it was meant to be a hommage to Carole King. From a harmonic & general sound-ish pov it has a lot of "It's too late" by King. Not being native english speaker, I can not judge if the lyric is comparable to Carole King's lyrical style. Both great songs though.
    bartelon February 08, 2017   Link

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