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Santana: Put Your Lights On Meaning


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Song Released: 1999

Put Your Lights On Lyrics

Hey now, all you sinners
Put your lights on, put your lights on
Hey now, all you lovers
Put your lights on, put your lights on

Hey now, all you killers
Put your lights on, put your lights on
Hey now, all you children
Leave your lights on, you...


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    Aug 16th, 2013 8:18am report

    In an interview Santana said: "Put Your Lights On was probably one of the most personal songs I wrote. It was written right after I had a major heart surgery, came really close to dying and was just coming out of that whole state of mind of realizing that I was gonna live. That's where the whole "Put Your Lights on" thing comes in. It's just kind of about hope, but coming from a really dark place. and really questioning a lot of your beliefs. It came straight from the soul. It's really deep to me."

    With that said the song to me is about being alive, as he said he was gonna live.

    He was struggling with the near death experience (on the one hand there's this monster under the bed, whispering to him while an angel on the other hand appears, one representing life and one death).

    By talking to "sinners, lovers, killers, children" he pretty much seems to refer to everyone, how we should all be glad we're alive and to walk around with open eyes (kind of like a car in the night, that needs the lights to see what's right in front).

    "Then we fade away" seems to refer to us all dieing in the end.

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