About Lights

"Lights" is a song recorded by American rock band Journey and written by Steve Perry and Neal Schon, released in 1978.


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When the lights go down in the city
And the sun shines on the bay
I want to be there in my city
Ooh, ooh

So you think you're lonely
Well my friend I'm lonely too
I want to get back to my city by the bay
Ooh, ooh

It's sad, oh there's been mornings
Out on the road without you
Without your charms
Ooh, my, my, my, my, my, my

When the lights go down in the city
And the sun shines on the bay
Ooh, I want to be there in my city
Ooh, ooh

When the lights go down in the city
And the sun shines on the bay
Oh, I want to be there in my city
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh

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Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco by former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987, after which it temporarily disbanded. During that period, the band released a series of hit songs, including 1981's "Don't Stop Believin'", which became in 2009 the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history. Its parent studio album, Escape, the band's eighth and most successful, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and yielded another of their most popular singles, "Open Arms". Its 1983 follow-up, Frontiers, was almost as successful in the United States, reaching No. 2 and spawning several successful singles; it broadened the band's ap… more »

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Written by: Stephen Ray Perry, Neal Joseph Schon

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC

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12 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Lights" by Journey falls under the rock genre.
Album Release
This song was initially released on the 1978 album titled "Infinity."
Composition Fact
"Lights" was composed by the band's lead vocalist, Steve Perry, and their guitarist, Neal Schon.
Inspirational Background
The song was reportedly inspired by the sparkling lights of the city of San Francisco, where the band was based.
Charting Information
Interestingly, despite being one of Journey's most popular songs now, "Lights" only reached no. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was first released.
Unreleased Version
There actually exists an earlier version of "Lights" with a different rhythm and melody that was recorded during their "Next" session but never released.
Evolution of Popularity
The song wasn't immediately popular but gained recognition and appreciation over the years, becoming a staple at Journey shows and sports events in San Francisco.
Song Duration
The song "Lights" is 3 minutes and 10 seconds long.
Iterative Connection
"Lights" was paired with "Stay Awhile" on a double-sided single, and even now, the band often performs the songs together in concert.
Use in Media
"Lights" has been featured in several films and television series, further providing the song with enduring popular culture relevance.
Cover Versions
Numerous artists have crafted their own renditions of "Lights," showcasing the song's popular appeal among musicians.
In 2018, "Lights" was honored as one of the top 20 greatest Journey songs by the Rolling Stone Magazine.

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