Leave Before The Lights Come On

Album: Single release only (2016)
Charted: 4


  • Most of the songs on Arctic Monkeys' debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, were first-person narratives about what Northern England youths get up to on their nights out. However after the success of the record, frontman Alex Turner had become something of a celebrity and he knew he couldn't realistically continue to identify with the lives of such folk.

    This stopgap single was released a year after the LP. It was Turner's way of closing the chapter on that part of his world for ever. "It's the last song I wrote about going out and that," he told NME. "My life's not really like that guy anymore."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Country Song TitlesFact or Fiction

Country songs with titles so bizarre they can't possibly be real... or can they?

U2Fact or Fiction

How did The Edge get his name? Did they name a song after a Tolkien book? And who is "Angel of Harlem" about?

Judas PriestSongwriter Interviews

Rob Halford, Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton talk twin guitar harmonies and explain how they create songs in Judas Priest.

Rosanne CashSongwriter Interviews

Rosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge.

Alice CooperFact or Fiction

How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?

Angelo Moore of FishboneSongwriter Interviews

Fishbone has always enjoyed much more acclaim than popularity - Angelo might know why.