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Turn On The Light
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Written by: Brett Gurewitz
Released in: 1990
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<p>I had a friend who kept a candle in his pocket,
He used to touch it when the wind was blowing high,
I guess it made him feel like he could buck the system
And when it flickered out we laid him down to die.

Turn on the light,
Turn on a million blinding
brilliant white incendiary lights,
A beacon in the night,
I'll burn relentlessly
Until my juice runs dry.

I'll construct a rack of tempered beams and trusses
And equip it with a million tiny suns,
I'll install upon the roof on my compartment
And place tinfoil on my floor and on my walls.

Turn on the light,
Turn on a million blinding
brilliant white incendiary lights,
A beacon in the night,
I'll burn relentlessly
Until my juice runs dry.

And I'll burn like a roman fucking candle,
Burn like a chasm in the night,
For a miniscule duration, ecstatic immolation,
Incorrigible delight.

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Versions
Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
1:24 Against The Grain E-86409-1 | 86409-1TPU United States 12" 2014
1:24 Against The Grain E-86409-1TYL United States 12" 2014
1:24 Against The Grain E-86409-1 United States 12" 2010
1:24 Against The Grain E-86409-1 United States 12" 2009
1:24 Against The Grain E-86409-1 United States 12" 2009
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Remastered
1:24 Against The Grain n/a United States MC 2004
1:24 Against The Grain 86703-2 United States CD 2004
1:24 Against The Grain 6703-2 Europe CD 2004
1:24 Against The Grain 86703-2 Europe CD 2004
1:24 Against The Grain 86703-2 Israel CD 2004
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Video live 1991
Big Bang n/a Europe DVD 2004
Big Bang 24030-423 Europe VHS 1992
Info from 'The Answer'
Song writing Brett: "Turn on the light was inspired by these hippies who came into my recording studio to make a record and they had all the light off and were burning candles and incense and stringing love beads and were trying to write the record that way and it just fucken pissed me off. I couldn't imag... More
Song meaning Brett: "The song is essentially, it kinda has the same theme as Hooray For Me (...), live life to its fullest, burn brightly as possible."<ref>Roger Vulture interview with Brett (1996)</ref>  
Lyrics Although unconfirmed, it seems that the line "burn, like a Roman fucking candle" was inspired by the following lines from 'On The Road' (a 1950s book by Jack Kerouac): "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desi... More
Live In the Big Bang video Greg sings "he used to fuck it when the wind...".
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