Lights And Sounds

Album: Lights And Sounds (2005)
Charted: 56 50


  • Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key told MTV News this song is "about a band like us coming into a career that we didn't think we'd have. You find yourself surrounded by a lot of false people, a lot of people who are not doing it for the same reasons you are. That song is about the struggle of not giving in to that."
  • Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, the punk-leaning band broke into the mainstream after relocating to Los Angeles and releasing their major-label debut, Ocean Avenue, and its bouncy title track. With their followup, Lights and Sounds, the band wanted to delve into more serious issues. "As a lyricist, I go where I want to go, I wrote about things that really mattered. In the past, we've had some songs about really trivial subject matter, and there's almost none of that on this record," Key explained. "There's no brokenhearted memories of a time long gone. There's nothing even close to that. It's all pretty far removed from my typical Ocean Avenue songs."
  • Key told MTV the meaning of the following lyrics:

    They gave you the end
    But not where to start
    Not how to build
    But how to tear it apart

    He said: "I was specifically referencing bands like NOFX and Bad Religion, bands that got me into being in a band. And the concept that if a magazine says you're punk rock, you're punk rock. Like you already have the end, because you look like a punk so you sound like a punk, but no one seems to know where it all began, where it started. And I think that whole thing has torn the whole thing apart. We take pride in the fact that we've never said, 'We're punk rock.' We love the punk bands that influenced us, but by no means are we a punk rock band. So the song's about false identity and temptation."
  • The album is a sonic departure for the group, who earned the pop-punk label with their previous release, which felt a little youthful for a band trying to grow into a more mature sound. Pete Mosely, the band's bassist, explained: "We don't want to walk around and go, 'Hey, I'm in this pop-punk band called Yellowcard' for the rest of our lives. So we made a record that's not like Ocean Avenue. It's not bouncy - it's rock and roll."
  • Although Key and Mosely moved to New York City to write songs for the album, most of the tunes ended up being about their disdain for Los Angeles.
  • Prior to debuting the songs from the album in Japan, the band dismissed their lead guitarist, Ben Harper, who was spending more time away from the group while running his punk rock label, Takeover Records. He was replaced by Ryan Mendez of the band Staring Back.
  • This was a #4 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
  • This was used on the teen drama One Tree Hill in the 2005 episode "How a Resurrection Really Feels."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Adam Duritz of Counting CrowsSongwriter Interviews

"Mr. Jones" took on new meaning when the song about a misguided view of fame made Adam famous.

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic FursSongwriter Interviews

Tim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation; Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."

Is That Song Public Domain?Fact or Fiction

Are classic songs like "Over The Rainbow" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the public domain?

Michael SchenkerSongwriter Interviews

The Scorpions and UFO guitarist is also a very prolific songwriter - he explains how he writes with his various groups, and why he was so keen to get out of Germany and into England.

Tom Waits Lyrics QuizMusic Quiz

Pool balls, magpies and thorns without roses - how well do you know your Tom Waits lyrics?

Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Black Star RidersSongwriter Interviews

Writing with Phil Lynott, Scott saw their ill-fated frontman move to a darker place in his life and lyrics.