Bright Lights

Matchbox Twenty

About Bright Lights

"Bright Lights" is a song by American alternative rock group Matchbox Twenty. It was released in August 2003 as the third single from their third album, More Than You Think You Are. The song proved to be a hit for the band, peaking at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Year:
2007
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She got out of town
On the railway New York bound
Took all except my name
Another alien on Broadway
There's some things in this world
You just can't change
Some things you can't see
Until it gets too late

And baby, baby, baby
When all your love is gone
Who will save me
From all I'm up against out in this world
And maybe, maybe, maybe
You'll find something
That's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around
And come on home

I got a hole in me now
Yeah, I got a scar I can talk about
She keeps a picture of me
In her apartment in the city
Some things in this world
Man, they don't make sense
Some things you don't need
Until they leave you
And they're things that you miss, you say

Baby, baby, baby
When all your love is gone
Who will save me

From all I'm up against out in this world
And maybe, maybe, maybe
You'll find something
That's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around
And come on home

Let that city take you in, come on home
Let that city spit you out, come on home
Let that city take you down, yeah
For God sakes turn around

Baby, baby, baby
When all your love is gone
Who will save me
From all I'm up against in this world

Now well, maybe, maybe, maybe
You'll find something
That's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you, well

Turn yourself around, girl
Come on home
Yeah, come on home
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Come on home
Yeah, come on home
Yeah, come on home
Yeah, come on home
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Come on home

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Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty (originally spelled officially, and still sometimes known as Matchbox 20) is an American pop rock band, formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995. The group currently comprises Rob Thomas (lead vocals, piano), Paul Doucette (drums, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Kyle Cook (lead guitar, backing vocals), Brian Yale (bass guitar), and touring drummer Stacy Jones (drums). more »

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Written by: ROB THOMAS, ROBERT THOMAS

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12 facts about this song

Song Release
"Bright Lights" was released as the second single from Matchbox Twenty's third studio album, "More Than You Think You Are" on July 28, 2003.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.
Genre & Style
It falls under the rock genre, specifically post-grunge and alternative rock.
Song Length
The run time of "Bright Lights" is 3 minutes and 54 seconds.
Music Video
The music video for the song was directed by Samuel Bayer, who is known for his work with bands like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Theme & Lyrics
The lyrics of "Bright Lights" relate to the concept of fame and allure of becoming a star, using the imagery of bright city lights as a metaphor.
Song Composition
"Bright Lights" was written by the band's lead vocalist, Rob Thomas, along with band members Brian Yale and Paul Doucette.
Live Performances
The song has been part of the setlist in many of the band's concert tours, and was even performed on their appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2003.
Album's Success
The album "More Than You Think You Are," which features "Bright Lights," was certified 2x Platinum in the United States by the RIAA.
Critics' Response
Critics' reviews for the song were generally positive, praising its catchy tune and the emotive vocal performance by Rob Thomas.
Streams
As of 2021, "Bright Lights" has accumulated millions of streams on online platforms like Youtube and Spotify.
Band Recognition
The success of "Bright Lights" and the other singles from the album helped to solidify Matchbox Twenty's status as one of the most prominent rock bands of the 2000s.

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