If the Lights Go Out

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If the Lights Go Out

IIf the Lights Go Out is a song written by Mike Batt for The Hollies, and first released by them in the July 1983 on the album What Goes Around.

The cover version by Katie, was released on 25 February 2008. It is her eleventh single (not counting her number one duet of “What a Wonderful World” with Eva Cassidy) and the third from her third album, Pictures.

Tracklist:

    1. If the Lights Go Out
    2. Looking for Clues

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Release Year: 2008 | Cat: Dramatico DRAMCDS0031

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Published by Dramatico/Sony/
ATV Music Publishing (UK)Ltd

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Track 1 written & produced by Mike Batt
Engineered by Steve Sale

Track 2 written by Robert Palmer
Produced by Ralph Sall & Mike Batt
Engineered by Peter McCabe
From “Nancy Drew: Music from the Motion Picture”
available on Bulletproof Records

Track 1 ℗ 2008 Dramatico Entertainment Limited.
Track 2 ℗ 2007 Warner Bros Entertainment Inc & Virtual Studios LLC
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Dramatico Records is a trademark of Dramatico
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Unauthorised publicperformance, broadcasting,
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01. If The Lights Go Out

They say the world must end somehow,
They say the end’s not far from now;
I think they’re wrong,
Don’t worry your life away,
Start living for today,
Don’t think about tomorrow.

And if the lights go out on all of us,
In just a year or two.
And if the sky falls down like pouring rain,
Then I’ll be here with you.
I’ll go down with you.

Well I’m gonna try for all I’m worth,
To stay with you till the end of the earth.
Don’t let me down,

Don’t let your feelings win.
Don’t give out, and don’t give in,
Don’t think about tomorrow.

Cause if the lights go out on all of us,
In just a year or two.
And if the sky falls down like pouring rain,
Then I’ll be here with you.
I’ll go down with you.

And if the lights go out on all of us,
In just a year or two.
And if the sky falls down like pouring rain,
Then I’ll be here with you.
I’ll go down with you.

I’ll go down with you

02. Looking for Clues

It’s crazy but I’m frightened
By the sound of the telephone, oh yeah
I’m worried that the caller
Might have awful news, oh my

Who knows these days where on earth
All the money goes, oh yeah
No doubt we could put it to a better use, oh my

You keep insisting that nobody showed you
How to keep relationships, oh yeah
Your daddy made a real good try, oh my

You said you knew all along
We could work it out, oh yeah
Do you have to make a fuss every time we fly?
I’m looking for clues

I’ll have to make an effort now
Just to be serious, oh yeah
Nobody’s gonna give you
The benefit of the doubt, oh my

Every time I pick a paper up
It’s harder to believe the news
I’m gonna have to shake it up
And twist and shout, oh my
You can’t do nothing that you don’t
Put your mind to, oh yeah
I suspected all along
You were a dream come true, oh my

I’m never in the dark ’cause my heart
Keeps me well informed, oh yeah
I’m convinced that there’s a way
Of getting through to you
I’m looking for clues

It’s crazy but I’m frightened
By the sound of relationships, oh yeah
I swear we could put it to a better use

Do hurry, baby, you’ve forgotten
How to catch a night groove
You told all the callers you were not amused
I’m looking for clues

You keep insisting that nobody showed you
How to use a telephone, oh yeah
Nobody’s gonna give you a second chance, oh my

I don’t have to make an effort now
To find out where the money goes, oh yeah
Do you have to make a fuss every time we dance?
I’m looking for clues

I’m looking for clues
I’m looking for clues
I’m looking for clues

Rating: ★★★★★
Amazon Review

Katie Melua goes into the middle of mainstream pop for the first time with this uptempo number, but it is more than just a pop song.

Hats off to Mike Batt who took songwriting duties with a composition that suits Melua’s vocals perfectly, proving she can do pop as well as well as she can perform soft jazz and blues.

Melua’s voice has become more assured with time, but not lost is her trademark subtlety and emotionally charged vulnerability which is magnified when set against the strong anthemic structure of the song that goes straight into the chorus that has all the chanting, foot-tapping simplicity and effectiveness of an instant classic for audiences to sing along to.

This is a love song with a difference with clever lyrics. If the world should end and if the lights go out she’ll go down with you. Take that whatever way you like.

This single is a remixed version of a track from Melua’s album, Pictures, which I strongly recommend. Five stars.