All of the Lights
Kanye West Lyrics


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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

Somethin' wrong, I hold my head
MJ 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 him to that ghetto university

(All of the lights) Lights
Cop lights, flashlights, spotlights
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 bumped my head
Them courts sucked me dry, I spent that bread
She need her daddy, baby, please
Can't let her grow up in that ghetto university

(All of the lights) Lights
Cop lights, flashlights, spotlights
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

I'm gettin' mine, baby
Gotta let these niggas know, yeah
Gettin' right, babe
You should go and get your own
I'm gettin' mine, baby
Gotta let these niggas know, yeah
Gettin' right, babe
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)
'Kay, okay, you know 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
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 was, oh)
Whoa, whoa, oh
(I tried to tell you, but all I could say was, oh)
Whoa, whoa, oh
(I tried to tell you, but all I could say was, oh)




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

Overall Meaning

"All of the Lights" by Kanye West is a high-energy anthem that deals with themes of struggle, redemption, and fame. The song begins with Kanye calling for the lights to be turned up so that everyone can see what he has to show them. He wants to be seen for who he is, flaws and all. Kanye references Michael Jackson's death and his own personal struggles with the law and his relationships. He admits to making mistakes and spending all of his money, but he still wants to be there for his daughter. The song also touches on the fast-paced, glamorous lifestyle of fame and how it can be both thrilling and dangerous.


The chorus of the song, "All of the lights," is repeated throughout, and it refers to the different types of lights that can be seen in the world. Cop lights, flashlights, strobe lights, and street lights are all mentioned, as well as the lights that represent the good and bad of life. The song also features a vocal performance by Rihanna, who sings the refrain "turn up the lights in here, baby" repeatedly, creating a sense of urgency and excitement.


Overall, "All of the Lights" is a song that celebrates the highs and lows of life, fame, and redemption. It is an energetic and powerful composition that showcases Kanye's unique style and his ability to bring multiple artists and themes together into a cohesive narrative.


Line by Line Meaning

All of the lights (all of the lights)
The lights are symbolic of fame and success, and the singer wants everyone to see and recognize his accomplishments.


(Lights, lights) All of the lights
The repetition of 'lights' emphasizes their importance and how they are everywhere the singer goes.


Turn up the lights in here, baby
The singer wants the lights to be even brighter to increase his visibility and showcase his success.


Extra bright, I want y'all to see this
The artist wants everyone to fully understand and appreciate his success and wealth.


You know what I need, want you to see everything
The artist wants validation and attention from others to feel secure in his accomplishments.


Want you to see all of the lights
The singer wants everyone to recognize and appreciate the full extent of his success, not just a few key aspects.


Fast cars, shooting stars
The singer is experiencing the high life associated with fame and success, with fast cars and extravagant experiences.


All of the lights, all of the lights
The repetition of 'all of the lights' emphasizes that the artist is surrounded by the trappings of fame and success everywhere he goes.


Until it's Vegas everywhere we are (all of the lights)
The artist feels like he is living in a constant state of excess, as if the entire world is a Las Vegas-style neon experience.


If you want it, you can get it for the rest of your life
The artist believes that fame and success are easy to attain, and that anyone with enough ambition can have them for a lifetime.


Somethin' wrong, I hold my head
The singer is feeling overwhelmed by the stresses and pressures of fame and success, and is holding his head in despair.


MJ gone, our nigga dead
The artist is lamenting the loss of Michael Jackson and other influential figures who have passed away.


I slapped my girl, she called the feds
The singer has acted violently towards his partner, which resulted in police involvement.


I did that time and spent that bread
The singer faced legal consequences for his violent actions and was forced to spend money on legal fees and fines.


I'm heading home, I'm almost there
The singer is returning home after a difficult period and is looking forward to being in a place of comfort and safety.


I'm on my way, headed up the stairs
The artist is returning to his home and is climbing the steps to his apartment or house.


To my surprise, a nigga replacing me
The artist is shocked to find someone new and unfamiliar in his home, possibly an intruder or an unexpected guest.


I had to take him to that ghetto university
The singer had to use force or violence to remove the intruder or unwanted guest from his home.


(All of the lights) Lights
The lights mentioned previously are still present, emphasizing the singer's success and fame.


Cop lights, flashlights, spotlights
The variety of lights mentioned symbolize different kinds of attention, including police scrutiny, the media, and personal recognition.


Strobe lights, street lights
The artist is present in a space where there are strobe and street lights, suggesting a party or nightclub setting.


(All of the lights, all of the lights)
The repetition of 'all of the lights' emphasizes the immersive and overwhelming nature of the artist's surroundings.


Fast life, drug life, thug life
The glamorous and dangerous aspects of fame and success are present in the singer's life, including drugs and criminal activity.


Rock life every night (all of the lights)
The artist is living a rock star lifestyle, with all its glitz and glamour, and wants everyone to recognize and appreciate his success.


Restraining order, can't see my daughter
The singer is legally prohibited from seeing his child due to a restraining order.


Her mother, brother, grandmother hate me in that order
The singer's former partner's family is hostile towards him, with the mother being the most aggressive.


Public visitation, we met at Borders
The singer is only allowed to see his child in public spaces, and in this case, they met up at a bookstore.


Told her she take me back, I'll be more supportive
The artist is trying to convince his former partner to take him back by promising to be more helpful and supportive in their relationship.


I made mistakes, I bumped my head
The artist acknowledges that he has made errors in his life and has suffered the consequences of those mistakes.


Them courts sucked me dry, I spent that bread
The legal system has financially drained the singer due to his past mistakes.


She need her daddy, baby, please
The singer is pleading with his former partner to allow him to see their child, emphasizing the importance of parental involvement.


Can't let her grow up in that ghetto university
The artist wants to provide a better life for his child and does not want their upbringing to be associated with violence or hardship.


I'm gettin' mine, baby
The artist is focused on achieving his own success and is determined to do so at all costs.


Gotta let these niggas know, yeah
The artist feels like he needs to prove himself to others in order to gain respect and recognition.


Gettin' right, babe
The singer is working towards achieving his goals and becoming successful.


You should go and get your own
The artist is encouraging others to pursue their own success and not rely on his fame or wealth for their accomplishments.


Unemployment line, credit card declined
The singer is experiencing financial hardship, with no job and credit cards that have been declined.


Did I not mention I was about to lose my mind? (My mind, my mind, my mind)
The singer feels like he is on the brink of insanity due to the stress and pressure of his life.


And also was about to do that line (line, line, line)
The singer is on the verge of using drugs as a way to cope with his problems.


'Kay, okay, you know we going all the way this time (time)
The artist is determined to achieve success, no matter what it takes.


We going all the way this time
The repetition of this line emphasizes the artist's confidence and determination to succeed.


Whoa, whoa, oh
The singer is expressing intense emotions, possibly frustration or excitement.


(I tried to tell you, but all I could say was, oh)
The singer is struggling to communicate his feelings, and the word 'oh' is an expression of that struggle.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, O/B/O DistroKid, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Kanye West, Malik Yusef Jones, Scott Mescudi, Warren Trotter, Terius Nash

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@2244MEDIALLC-co7rm

Love The Comment! Please Keep Radiating ALL OF THAT LIGHT!

We ALL have Power to Encourage Inspire Uplift and Motivate EACH OTHER with our Words and Voice - Energy - Vibrations aka Thought, Action & Sound.

YE gives power to People & this is why he's hated on!! Ye didn't De-rail: He Got DIALED IN AND SPECIFIC. HE Spoke Up, amidst the fear, the hateful and hatred and those who proliferate such trickery and divisiveness. He dared US To Look Within, re-assess and Re-Think! Your comment proves that you too, know what that journey puts us through. Be Uplifted and Courageous my Friends. We are Mankind. We Are Representing Our Beings, through This Planet, to The Universe. Light Your Torch and SPREAD LIGHT, and help someone out of darkness.

He, like Michael Jackson, is/was Standing Up for ALL OF US.

WE CAN SAVE OUR PLANET. Look at MJ for example & what 1 Man's voice can do, the Power of 1 of us!?! Together, By Believing, and Seeing what "healed Earth" looks like in your mind, and Speaking Up .. momentum is Created. "They" tried to control and destroy OUR VOICES, OUR POWER - With fear. NO MORE! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MJ HAD THE COURAGE TO USE HIS VOICE and he touched the World. Time to Pick up Torch Everybody. "THEY" are trying to DESTROY OUR WORLD. I do not consent to that. "THEY" CAN'T TELL ME NOTHING!

On behalf of The Planet, the animals, the plants, and the Natural Human Beings of our World, jointly and severally, I hereby Decree to all malicious, nefarious, hateful, destructive entities, companies, consortiums and all of Your counterparts and cohorts: Leave Our Planet Alone. We Exist and serve to Restore Love, Light, Joy, Harmony, Peace and Happiness to Our Planet Family. You who are referred to as that shadowy "they" Must Leave This Planet. You Have Been Served Notice. Stand up for Our Planet People, MJ had the Courage to. Labelled: A Black man, he shattered colorism and Spoke Up for Everyone. We are not a color or a race - We Are Humanity. We are Sentient. We Are The Inhabitants of Our Planet. Fight For the Earth. Spread the Word.

I Speak Up and Stand Up for US ALL. Hatred and Fear is Cancelled! We Do NOT Consent!



@2244MEDIALLC-co7rm

Dark Days Lead US To Appreciate ALL OF THE LIGHT! THANK YOU for Shining and Fighting!

Love The Comment! Please Keep Radiating ALL OF THAT LIGHT!

We ALL have Power to Encourage Inspire Uplift and Motivate EACH OTHER with our Words and Voice - Energy - Vibrations aka Thought, Action & Sound.

YE gives power to People & this is why he's hated on!!

He, like Michael Jackson, is/was Standing Up for ALL OF US.

WE CAN SAVE OUR PLANET. Look at MJ for example & what 1 Man's voice can do, the Power of 1 of us!?! Together, By Believing, and Seeing what "healed Earth" looks like in your mind, and Speaking Up .. momentum is Created. "They" tried to control and destroy OUR VOICES, OUR POWER - With fear. NO MORE! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MJ HAD THE COURAGE TO USE HIS VOICE and he touched the World. Time to Pick up Torch Everybody. "THEY" are trying to DESTROY OUR WORLD. I do not consent to that. "THEY" CAN'T TELL ME NOTHING!

On behalf of The Planet, the animals, the plants, and the Natural Human Beings of our World, jointly and severally, I hereby Decree to all malicious, nefarious, hateful, destructive entities, companies, consortiums and all of Your counterparts and cohorts: Leave Our Planet Alone. We Exist and serve to Restore Love, Light, Joy, Harmony, Peace and Happiness to Our Planet Family. You who are referred to as that shadowy "they" Must Leave This Planet. You Have Been Served Notice. Stand up for Our Planet People, MJ had the Courage to. Labelled: A Black man, he shattered colorism and Spoke Up for Everyone. We are not a color or a race - We Are Humanity. We are Sentient. We Are The Inhabitants of Our Planet. Fight For the Earth. Spread the Word.

I Speak Up and Stand Up for US ALL. Hatred and Fear is Cancelled! We Do NOT Consent!



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@deanvalone9270

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i got epilepsy and im reading this

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+Mark Greaves I applaud you for your bravery

@towerprep45

I actually do have epilepsy.

@blackassasin175

Less than 5% of epileptics have seizures from lights

@aroLec

Lol all you gotta do is scroll down before the video starts going so you wont see the fast blinking lights

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@konradgorny8601

One of the best songs I've ever heard!! Still gives me goosebumps to this day

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@Madeinwales

Kanye is definitely a one off 👌

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