"Light Up My Room" as written by Ed Robertson and Steven Page....
A Hydro-field cuts through my neighborhood
Somehow that always just made me feel good
I can put a spare bulb in my hand
And light up my yard

Late at night when the wires in the walls
Sing in tune with the din of the falls
I'm conducting it all while I sleep
To light the whole town

If you question what I would do
To get over and be with you
Lift you up over everything
To light up my room, my room

There's a shopping cart in the ravine
The foam on the creek is like pop
And ice cream
A field full of tires that is always on fire
To light up my home

There are luxuries we can't afford
But in our house we never get bored
We can dance to the radio station
That plays in our teeth

If you question what I would do
To get over and be with you
Lift you up over everything
To light up my room, my room


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"Light up My Room" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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    General CommentI agree with neko-chan- i think what they were trying to get across is that love is electric, when he was growing up he lived by a hydro-electric dam, he loved the feeling of the electricity running through his yard, now he has found someone that gives him that same feeling. They have that electricity that makes him feel good, chemistry, love and passion. Love is often described as a spark, when you kiss the person you are meant to be with forever, you feel a spark. The song is saying that there is enough electricty between them that they don't need anything else, that he would give anything for her to feel it too.

    My boyfriend sent me this song, he is living in another state going to school currently and to me it means he would give anything to be with me. I cried when when i heard it for the first time, he made me feel so special and so loved, it was like he was saying that i light up his life, he would give anything to have me there with him.
    hopelessly8in8loveon January 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI want to be in love like this.
    catherinekson July 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentEd was once watching a television report about this place was about a place that was so charged with electricity that the reporter "put a spare bulb in her hand and lit up the yard."

    He thought, "who the heck would live there?" until he realized HE lived there. I think the song is about how no matter how crappy your home is, you love it because it's a part of you.
    UnpopularPoeton January 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song so much, but I've had a newer thought come to me lately when listening to it.

    Obviously I agree it's about looking at the "bright side" (heh) of every given situation.

    But stretching it all just a bit, I can see even a little more - the speaker accepting the situation he's been given and not just "taking it lightly" but making light from it. Creating something beautiful from dangerous and maybe even deadly circumstances. Kinda like, "I'm gonna shine, and I'm gonna shine BRIGHTLY, even if it kills me".
    42 stepson September 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe industrial and urban waste tones that come through in this song- the field full of tires, the shopping cart in the ravine, the hydro electric dam, as well as the unspoken image of rows and rows of electrical wire towers spanning the landscape- all feed into this "no place like home" ideal. The home environment doesn't seem ideal from the outside, but from the point of the narrator therer is no place like it.
    ynot2713on February 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is not about a hydro-electric dam... that's a misunderstanding of a Canadian term. In Canadian English, "hydro" can refer to _any_ type of electricity (probably because that's the main power source I guess). A "hydrofield" is just what Americans would call power lines, the big kind that you see cutting straight through a forest where the trees are cleared around them. So he's saying his neighborhood is divided by this type of power line and he can feel the electricity flowing through him from the lines.
    mashukitsuneon July 09, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is SUCH a sweet, pretty song. I could be totally wrong, but I think it's about loving someone so much that it makes you look at everything differently. All these small things you took for granted seem beautiful when they're around. Reminds me of someone...=)
    quoth_the_ravenon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. It's like now that they have found something special, everything just lights up. Even the darkest hour, or the darkest room.
    twisted_fateon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs. I always thought it was about just because you don't have a lot of luxuries in your life doesn't mean you can't be happy with the ones you love. I guess that's pretty much the same.
    lightupmyroomon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis echos a movie a good movie~the crow. love can light up anything, anyone
    "nothing is ever trivial"
    ~eric draven (the crow)
    caramel fireon June 19, 2002   Link

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