Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)

Album: The Best of Pat Travers (1983)

Songfacts®:

  • Studio and live versions of "Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)" were recorded by Pat Travers, both uptempo with some fine axework, and, one might think, this was a happy sort of song. In fact it has a somewhat dark origin. Written by harmonica player Stan Lewis it was recorded by another harmonica player, Little Walter on Chess Records. Marion Walter Jacobs (1930-68) was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008.

    Listening to the song with a bit of nous reveals that it is actually about a taboo subject - spousal abuse; the boom is the punch, and out go the young lady's lights. Oops! >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 6

  • Jpo from AtlantaI think the song on it's surface would seem to be about him finding his baby and beating her up. I took this to be a play on words. Boom Boom Out Go The Lights being figurative for him finding her and the two of them turning the lights out. You can certain see that wink and nod from Pat when he performs it.
  • Stukka63 from St.augustine,fla.So I’m 16 and I had just convinced my parents I’m not smoking pot.
    We went to a Pat Travers show in Casselberry, Fla. a few nights before.
    So after eating dinner we were all sitting around watching the tv. (I’m like omg)
    There was a local show called pm magazine.
    N tonights episode was about local drug abuse.
    Straight on film, there i was suckin that joint at the PT concert. Right on tv.
    Little did they know I was the biggest qualude dealer in central Fla.
    The great daze.
  • Rob from Wilmington, NcWell now, come on Ken, it's just a song, and not even written by Pat. How many blues songs are written about bad things? What about Hey Joe by Hendrix? Do you think he's really going to go "shoot his old lady"? Does that make Jimi a murderer? Not saying that I approve of domestic violence of even tacitly stay silent about it, but context man, context.
  • Paul from Cypress, TxDude, if your looking for politically correct blues/rock & roll, try the Beiber. Or go chirp about rap crap.
  • Willie from Scottsdale, AzSame guy who wrote "Snortin' Whiskey, Drinking Cocaine." Class act all around.
  • Ken from Pittsburgh, PaSo the song is basically promoting domestic violence? I feel sorry for the women who cross paths with this "man", Mr Travers.
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