Flashing Lights
Flashing Lights

Kanye West, Dwele - Flashing Lights Lyrics

Immerse yourself in a narrative of fame and love, where the allure of materialism clashes with the pursuit of personal relationships. "Flashing Lights" is a poignant exploration of the pressures of celebrity life, symbolized by the relentless glare of… Read more

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Flashing Lights Lyrics

Flashing lights (lights, lights)
Flashing lights (lights, lights)
Flashing lights (lights, lights)
Flashing lights (lights, lights)

She don't believe in shootin' stars
But she believe in shoes and cars
Wood floors in the new apartment
Couture from the store's department
You more like "love to start shit"
I'm more of the trips to Florida
Order the hors d'oeuvres, views of the water
Straight from a page of your favorite author
And the weather so breezy
Man, why can't life always be this easy?
She in the mirror dancing so sleazy
I get a call like, "Where are you Yeezy?"
And try to hit you with the ol-wu-wopte
'Til I got flashed by the paparazzi ('razzi)
Damn, these niggas got me
I hate these niggas more than the Nazi

As I recall, I know you love to show off (off)
But I never thought that you would take it this far (far)
What do I know? Flashing lights (lights, lights)
What do I know? Flashing (know) lights (lights, lights)

I know it's been a while, sweetheart
We hardly talk, I was doing my thing
I know I was foul, baby
Ay, babe lately you been all on my brain (brain)
And if somebody would've told me a month ago
Fronting, though, yo, I wouldn't wanna know
If somebody would've told me a year ago
It'll go, get this difficult (difficult)
Feeling like Katrina with no FEMA
Like Martin with no Gina
Like a flight with no Visa
First class with the seat back I still see ya
In my past, you on the other side of the glass
Of my memory's museum
I'm just saying, hey, Mona Lisa
Come home you know you can't Rome without Caesar

As I recall, I know you love to show off (off)
But I never thought that you would take it this far (far)
What do I know? Flashing lights (lights, lights)
What do I know? Flashing (know) lights (lights, lights)

As you recall, you know I love to show off (off)
But you never thought that I would take it this far (far)
What do you know? Flashing lights (lights, lights)
What do you know? Flashing (know) lights (lights, lights)

Flashing lights (lights, lights)
Flashing lights (lights, lights, lights)

Lights, lights, lights, lights
Lights, lights, lights, lights
Lights, lights, lights, lights
Lights, lights, lights, lights
Lights, lights, lights, lights

Writer(s): Kanye West, Eric Hudson
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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What is the Meaning of Flashing Lights?

Immerse yourself in a narrative of fame and love, where the allure of materialism clashes with the pursuit of personal relationships. "Flashing Lights" is a poignant exploration of the pressures of celebrity life, symbolized by the relentless glare of paparazzi flashbulbs. Kanye West's lyrics reveal a struggle to balance his public persona with his private life, hinting at regret for allowing his success to overshadow his personal relationships. The song speaks to the price one pays for fame, capturing the essence of loss and longing hidden behind the glitz and glamour. It's a stark reminder that even amidst 'flashing lights', one can still feel lost in darkness. #PriceOfFame #LostInLights

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who are the featured artists on 'Flashing Lights'?

    'Flashing Lights' by Kanye West features vocals from Detroit R&B singer Dwele and Australian singer Connie Mitchell, who is the lead vocalist of the dance group Sneaky Sound System.

  2. When was 'Flashing Lights' released?

    'Flashing Lights' was released as the fourth single from Kanye West's third studio album, Graduation, on November 12, 2007.

  3. What accolades did 'Flashing Lights' receive from critics?

    'Flashing Lights' received widespread acclaim from music critics upon its release. Publications like Billboard and Rolling Stone gave positive reviews, with the latter stating that West single-handedly took hip-hop back to its pre-Run-DMC disco days. The song was also regarded as one of the best tracks on Graduation.

  4. How did Kanye West end up collaborating with Connie Mitchell for 'Flashing Lights'?

    The collaboration came about when West met Mitchell's bandmates Angus McDonald and Daimon Downey at a casual diner in Sydney. In need of musical inspiration, West asked McDonald for ideas, who suggested introducing him to Mitchell. After their meeting, West requested Mitchell to sing over a vocal track which eventually became part of 'Flashing Lights'.

  5. Has 'Flashing Lights' been used in any media outlets or campaigns?

    'Flashing Lights' has been utilized by multiple media outlets. It was used in an ad campaign for French vodka Cîroc featuring Sean Combs in December 2007. It is also featured in the popular action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto IV and in promotional TV spots for the fifth season of Nip/Tuck.

  6. What is unique about the music video for 'Flashing Lights'?

    Three separate videos were made for 'Flashing Lights', with the third and final version being aired on television. This video, co-directed by Spike Jonze and Kanye West, was filmed entirely in slow-motion and features a narrative involving a Playboy model, Rita G. The video was unveiled at an Entertainment Weekly Grammy Award after-party in 2008.

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