Bright Lights, Bigger City

Album: The Lady Killer (2010)
Charted: 13
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • Cee-Lo explained the meaning of this blue-collar anthem to MTV News: "This song, I think, just has a broader appeal, because it's just not talking about me, it's talking about us, he explained. "It's a song about the nightlife and just kinda being out and living for the weekend.
    (And) it's kinda got that 'working-class hero' quality too; I reference, you know, songs like Johnny Kemp's (1988 hit) 'Just Got Paid.' So it's a story that's been told before, and it's so true to life. We all work pretty hard throughout the week, and Friday and Saturday, you know, will always be special, so this is just a song to commemorate that."
  • The song borrows elements of the bass line from Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."
  • The video finds Cee Lo in the back of a car cruising through the streets of New York, interspersed by various adventures.
  • This is Cee-Lo's favorite track on The Lady Killer. He explained why in an interview with "There's a part of me that wants to jam, so 'Bright Lights' is not about love, not about emotions. It's about style. It's about lifestyle and nightlife and people, and it's just about being social and sociable. It's about having fun. It's got this kind of general, all-inclusive quality to it."
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

Divided Souls: Musical Alter EgosSong Writing

Long before Eminem, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj created alternate personas, David Bowie, Bono, Joni Mitchell and even Hank Williams took on characters.

Howard JonesSongwriter Interviews

Howard explains his positive songwriting method and how uplifting songs can carry a deeper message.

Does Jimmy Page Worship The Devil? A Look at Satanism in RockSong Writing

We ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.

Black SabbathFact or Fiction

Dwarfs on stage with an oversize Stonehenge set? Dabbling in Satanism? Find out which Spinal Tap-moments were true for Black Sabbath.

Which Songs are About Drugs?Fact or Fiction

"25 or 6 to 4" to "Semi-Charmed Life" - see if you can spot the songs that are really about drugs.

Women Who RockSong Writing

Evelyn McDonnell, editor of the book Women Who Rock, on why the Supremes are just as important as Bob Dylan.