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When The Lights Go Up (single)

by Tariq

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    This song was written for the Alternative Seasonal Soundtrack put out by the UK blog on December 16, 2019, "The Line of Best Fit." Link to that compilation is below. It addresses a more melancholic side of the holiday season when some might feel less celebratory for whatever reasons. Meanwhile, everyone else is going for it--parties, decorations, gift exchanges, brunches, city busses with the words "Happy Holidays" scrolling in bright digital letters across the front. Then there's the festive lights. We flock to the city parks to gaze at them. Beautiful, mesmerizing, and perhaps paralyzing at the same time. This song is about examining your festive spirit when the lights go up.
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When the Lights Go Up Flash of the morning on the back of my eye. It’s hard saying that I love you, but I’m gonna try to put away the ghosts now Halloween is over and try to find the words that are sometimes too hard to say. Don’t stare into the filament ‘cause you might burn your eyes. Those pretty coloured lights I heard were dangerous Let’s throw a party, baby and invite all our friends. We’ll have it at the Projection Room I hear it’s easy to rent. We could stay there late, until your feet get tired of dancing. And I’ll be good and ready to go home with you when the lights go up. A thousand watts of power drifting down the wires. Those pretty coloured lights I heard were dangerous. Don’t stare into the filament ‘cause you might burn your eyes. Those pretty coloured lights I heard were dangerous Christmas is over, it’s the New Year and it’s colder. The radio in the car plays “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” There’s no words left to say now, no fathers, no gods to betray now. But I still miss you at the end of the day now when the lights go up. So let’s melt into the shadows and disappear like fireflies. Those pretty coloured lights I’ve heard are dangerous


released December 16, 2019

Written and produced by Tariq Hussain and Tom Heuckendorff
Mixed by Paul Sherart
Mastered by Graemme Brown @ Zen Mastering


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Tariq Vancouver, British Columbia

Tariq is a Juno nominated singer/songwriter & recording artist. He releases music as himself and w/ the critically acclaimed band, Brasstronaut.

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