What does All of the Lights mean?

Kanye West: All of the Lights Meaning

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All of the Lights Lyrics

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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 27th 2011 !⃝

    He is talking about the road to fame and how you reach fame which is through all of the lights hence the reference if you want it you can get it for the rest of your life. You perform gigs at clubs, parties, studio, and even television. Then with time hit Hollywood and you're a household name: your popular. But once you become famous you're in the news and your life is under a magznifiying glass and its about him because he did something, the taylor swift incident, and then he left the music scene for a short time: that why he says I did my time and spent that bread. He returned and he was replaced by other people like Drake and lil Wayne, so he had work his way back to the top.


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    Sep 10th 2021 !⃝

    he's asking how many people does it take to change a light bulb.

    but he assumes that it's already been changed, when there is no indication to that effect.

    So we have a Schrödinger's cat situation. The cat is dead and a trainee electrician at the same time.

    Kanye is the first rapper to explore quantum mechanics with such insight.

    Kanye intentionally keeps his words at a second grade level and concepts Phd.


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    Oct 17th 2011 !⃝

    I'm sorry, it's not really that deeps is it?
    Isn't it self explanatory?
    Isn't it about a guy who has a wife and daughter, they live in the ghetto, he slaps his wife, goes to jail, gets out, comes home to find his wife has a new boyfriend, he teaches him/her a lesson (ghetto university) by bashing him, she gets a restraining order, he can't be with his wife or daughter, he doesn't want his daughter growing up without a dad in the ghetto's, he wants his family back, he has visitations with his daughter, he's broke, he's down and out, he wants to do a 'line' (drugs') ...
    or something like that?
    The lights are a few different things:
    the lights on the cop cars, the lights of a big city and being light up as in 'exposed'. Is Rhiannon singing this bit as the wife who wants her husband exposed for doing wrong?
    The guy it's about could be Chris Brown? another famous artist? or any guy who hits his wife?
    MJ is mentioned maybe just because he must of meant a lot to the artist in one way or another. No matter whether you love or hate MJ it is indisputable he was one of the most influential artists ever.
    That's my opinion anyway. Each to his/her won.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 30th 2019 !⃝

    I think hes saying like "look mofos.. i aint hiding a damn thing" kinda how i feel comin outa recovery!

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 7th 2017 !⃝

    Do most of the people commenting not know about spellcheck? The fact that a 14 year old's comment is 1 of the few spelt correctly is pathetic!

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  6. anonymous
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    Aug 20th 2013 !⃝

    i dont think you guys realize.... most of the good, real rappers. have this underground thing.. illuminati i guess you can call it. they use the same symbolism.... "she" used as satan so much... they use it she like dance with the devil, devil in a dress... kendricks song "she needs me", "oh what a girl a swear a blind man can see... even tho she got the world, she needs me... she needs me" kendrick isnt illuminati but talks so mucha bout how she is always tempting him and how much of a struggle is... j coles villuminati sings about how he says he was pretty much born in the devils hands... but he wants it back and wont ever let it go... but its so hard... they all know that they shouldnt... but still do... knowledge but lack the wisdom....thats how i am... mercedes benz seems like a common one.... and "mercy" ..think about that...lambergini mercy....like give me mercy.. they regret selling their soul...they make it double meanings mostly... jsut with worldy things cause thats why they got into it... and that way its kept quiet and people are really simple and dont look into lyrics... but they like "let these niggaz know" means, "these other artists who are in it it with us... we're admitting it..." also drakes song with kendrick... burried alive... read all the lyrics... and then see flashing lights by kanye... at the end "she" has a shovel and is about to burry him... but they get all the fame and wordly things...kendrick uses the same girl in his music videos to represent satan. like swimming pools and she needs me...the more i listen to these artists lyrics... the more it makes sense... it seems underground and this is all my opinion... i dont even know but i i know i love music and these are all correlating with eachother more common then i think. artists like to put a lot into their work...but they have to use analogies that make hits... so normal people like simple things so they get the best of both worlds in that. also land of the snakes by j cole....snake represents satan in the adam and eve story... and he says " she said you bout to miss church while she riding me, i said i like my sundays with a cherry on top make that ass drop"...

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2012 !⃝

    Do research boys its all about inlighenment smh those who dont see it wont see it ever because like Kanye said and i quote he "didnt brain wash he washed you brain" remember when Kanye made soul beats like All Falls Down now look at how bad his beats are sampling church sermons the ever so famous demon voice he uses, if people have their eyes closed to this they will be the ones tricked and mind controlled its all subliminil but for most who dont believe it its because to them seeing is believing.

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  8. anonymous
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    Aug 31st 2012 !⃝

    first off you big bang theory fucking dweebs need to get a life n realize that everything isn't as wonderful as you Wana believe. s.t.f.u. it us devil worship dip-shits. n there r not many books to read this is because it is kept a secret for a reason Illuminati is real. they want one religion and a new word order. the Celebes are puppets they have an altimatum do what is asked or else...its not about kanyes life or Chris brown's life that's just a distraction. s.m.h sad.....

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 7th 2012 !⃝

    Evil music. If you disagree you have fallen for at just as planed. Satan uses music as weapons to draw us away from our god Jehovah.

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  10. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2012 !⃝

    You dudes talking about the Illuminati are fucking over thinking this shit.

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 6th 2012 !⃝

    All i can say is if u think they are all retarded for saying how they feel then wtf r u doing on this page??? i do believe that the devil is taking over the music.. it makes a lot of since..when u read the bible.and realize that the devil was the angel of music.. there is alot of stuff going on in the world today that is in the last chapter of the bible of the end times... all is going just how its supossed to be going.. trust in god and all will be well.


  12. anonymous
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    Feb 12th 2012 !⃝

    you people are so fucking retarded, and how the fuck do you come up with a wierd-ass illuminati meaning SMFH the lyrics speak for themselves, quit arguing about shit that doesn't make any sense but to you, shit!!

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 12th 2012 !⃝

    you people are so fucking retarded, and how the fuck do you come up with a wierd-ass illuminati meaning SMFH

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  14. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2012 !⃝

    It's not devil worship it's anti religion read a fucking book, the enlightened ones use these meat puppets as their tools, religion is beyond false in to many ways and science is the only truth

    Open your eyes and the light will let you see!

    It is all there for the eye that can see but the blind ones will always suffer in secrecy....

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  15. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2012 !⃝

    Wow ignorance is bliss huh guys, "satans" army are you fucking kidding me?? The illuminati are not devil worshipers they take these talentless fucks and use them as tools spread their message, they are very real and do not proclaim they worship the devil, you morons did, they are people of science and truth but when people don't understand something it must be devil worship....

  16. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2011 !⃝

    ...Anyone who thinks this is some illuminati reference that has hidden meaning is an utter retard. Penn & Teller wouldn't waste their time with these stupid people and their insane devotion to rediculous conspiracy theories...

    If there is hidden sublimation in the flashing and underlying meaning to such a basic song (with excellent music)...then Elvis didn't do drugs.

    The nature of people is to push their crazy thoughts onto others...many do this for a personal agenda. Don't listen to them. They are idiots.

  17. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2011 !⃝

    U dnt rlly need and interpretation, the music video tells it all, and the lyrics talk about a father who has lost custody of his daughter, and he has to bear with the fact that his daughter has departed from him, he talks about how he doesn't want his daughter in the "ghetto university", not to be a sterotype, but many kids in the ghetto don't have fathers, and therfore Kanye doesn't want her daughter to fall in the negative statstics.
    By the way Kanye's parents had split when he was three and he and his mother moved to Chicago in the southside , which is infamously known for being in the "ghetto" ( for those of you who didn't know, Kanye was born in Atlanta, but he spent most his life in Chicago or Chi-town)

    I'm only 14, but I hope u take my interpretation into consideration, I mean seriosly,You let all these coments about "illumanti" be submitted? Come on now

  18. anonymous
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    Sep 17th 2011 !⃝

    the whole songs a metaphor for something bigger, more sinister, despite the Subliminal flashing messages, he's trying to Send a message, but he cant say too much.

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