Songs About City Lights
The city is a very beautiful and lively place, but have you had a view at night? It’s just excellent! Our songs today focus on city lights, though some of them are used as metaphors as you read, you’ll find out how captivating these songs are!
1. “Midnight City” by M83
The singer in “Midnight City” is captivated by the city’s dazzling lights, and this fascination is the basis for many of the song’s metaphors. Anyone who has ever spent the night in a major city at “midnight” can probably relate to this feeling.
Even though Los Angeles is one of the largest cities in the United States, it was Downtown Los Angeles that served as the inspiration for this song by Anthony Gonzalez.
The musician claims to get a sense of spiritual fulfillment while cruising across the city late at night. Gonzalez has transformed a common experience, namely enjoying a late-night drive through a metropolis aglow with neon, into a popular song.
2. Street light people by Journey
Released as the follow-up single from Journey’s seventh studio album, 1981’s “Escape,” “Street lights-Don’t Stop Believin'” has become a fan favorite.
Despite the song’s modest chart success, it is now considered a staple of any good rock concert setlist. Yet, the track did remarkably well after it was made available on iTunes in 2008 and for many years thereafter. The RIAA reports that the song’s sales reached over 7 million in 2013.
The song “Don’t Stop Believin'” is a commentary on human nature and social dynamics. The song seeks to instill a message of happiness and hope among listeners while stressing the monotony and crushing aspect of everyday living.
The song begins with a stanza that alludes to the fact that most people in this world share similar destinies. Whether you were born into a rural family or an urban one, you would still go through life at a similar speed and in a similar way.
We all, the lyric suggests, “took the midnight train goin’ wherever” suggests. But can we assume that we know where we’re heading or where we’ll end up at all times? It’s really unlikely. Therefore, the “midnight train” symbolizes the peril and unpredictability of our daily lives. That door could lead us “somewhere.”
3. Streetlights by Ye
Because of how easily it can be applied to my own life, this song holds a special place in my heart. When you move to the city, you mature rapidly. You gain and lose friends, accomplish and correct your goals, learn and develop as a person, and so much more.
Given the vastness of the world and the possibilities of human experience, it’s important to keep plugging away at life even when the road ahead seems murky or arduous. And just like the city lights, everything could be looking perfect, yet your downfall could be waiting for you if you let your guard down.
What were the prevailing ideas and motifs in the works written during this era? How do details of the era shed light on the significance of the piece in question?
A possible underlying subject in this song is how rapidly time flies. Perhaps the rapid development of technology and the ascendancy of the media in the current generation are to blame. To keep up with the rapid changes taking place in the world, young people run the risk of maturing too quickly and missing out on important life lessons.
The song’s metaphor emphasizes the ever-present, fleeting quality of life. You rush through each day without pausing to enjoy everything you have. When you look back, you might think about all the times you wished could have lasted forever.