Song of the Day: Put Your Lights On by Carlos Santana Feat. Everlast

“Put Your Lights On” is a single performed by Santana and Everlast on Santana’s album, Supernatural (1999). It barely charted on the US pop chart, reaching #18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but did considerably better on rock radio, peaking at #8 on the Mainstream Rock Trackschart.

Lyrics:

Hey now, all you sinners
Put your lights on, put your lights on
Hey now, all you lovers
Put your lights on, put your lights on

Hey now, all you killers
Put your lights on, put your lights on
Hey now, all you children
Leave your lights on, you better leave your lights on

Cause there’s a monster living under my bed
Whispering in my ear
There’s an angel, with a hand on my head
She say I’ve got nothing to fear

There’s a darkness deep in my soul
I still got a purpose to serve
So let your light shine, into my hole
God, don’t let me lose my nerve
Lose my nerve

Hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now
Wo oh hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now

Hey now, all you sinners
Put your lights on, put your lights on
Hey now, all you children
Leave your lights on, you better leave your lights on

Because there’s a monster living under my bed
Whispering in my ear
There’s an angel, with a hand on my head
She say I’ve got nothing to fear
She say La ill aha ill allah
We all shine like stars
La ill aha ill allah
We all shine like stars
Then we fade away

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“Put Your Lights On” won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Everlast wrote the song while recovering from a major heart attack that he had suffered in February 1998 (directly after completing recording his first solo album, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues). He has referred to it as “one of the most personal songs I ever wrote”, stating that the song was “kind of all about hope, but it’s coming from a really dark place you know, so… and really questioning a lot of your beliefs, and affirming, you know, stuff in your soul.”

Everlast converted to Islam in 1996, and the end of the song contains the words “La ilaha illa Allah”, (“there is no god but Allah” in Arabic), the first part of the Shahada, the Islamic profession of faith.

Santana called Everlast in 1998, asking him if he could contribute a song for Supernatural, and Everlast suggested “Put Your Lights On”. According to Everlast, Santana loved the song, and “from then on everything went very fast.” Everlast has stated that he was unsure whether to include the Arabic-language portion in the recorded song, because “I did not want to sell Allah’s words”, but that Santana insisted that they be included.

Everlast

Birth name Erik Francis Schrody
Also known as Whitey Ford
Born August 18, 1969 (age 43)
Origin Valley Stream, New York
Genres Hip hop, rock, blues, country
Instruments Rapping, singing, guitar
Years active 1989–present
Labels Martyr Inc., Warner Bros.,Tommy Boy, Island, Island Def Jam, Universal, Play It Again Sam
Associated acts House of Pain, La Coka Nostra,Soul Assassins, Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs, B-Real, Rhyme Syndicate, Carlos Santana,Fredwreck, The Alchemist,Snoop Dogg, Adil Omar
Website http://www.martyr-inc.com

Carlos Santana

Birth name Carlos Santana
Born July 20, 1947 (age 66)
Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco,México
Genres Latin rock, chicano rock, rock,blues rock, jazz rock, tejano music, free jazz
Occupations Musician, songwriter,bandleader
Instruments Vocals, guitar, percussion
Years active 1964–present
Labels RCA Records (2011-present) 
Arista, Polydor, Columbia,Polygram, CBS
Associated acts Santana, Los Lonely Boys, John McLaughlin
Website Santana.com
Notable instruments
PRS Santana II
Yamaha SG2000 Devadip
Yamaha SG175
Gibson SG

image by Gemi

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