Beth Hart – Leave The Light On | The story behind the song | Top 2000 a gogo


I Okay, I wanna make sure I don’t freak out my husband’s car. He would trip Why I gotta wait for all these freakin cars? See, if this had been the old day, I would have just whipped this around so fast, but now I’m a little more responsible. And it’s not your car. It’s not my car. Yeah, this is our street right here Yeah, had a lot of years here. So, when I was at my most sick, before I made “Leave the Light On”, this is where we moved to. And I ended up living here for about 16 years But this used to be more of a gang neighborhood. It was edgier, but everyone was always real nice to us So right here: This is our old house right here with the white. They fixed it up a lot from what it was but we lived there That’s what I wrote “Leave the Light On”. I’m bipolar “one”, and My mania is the scariest part. That’s what makes me want to drink. It makes me want to cut myself I’m going a million miles an hour, I write tons of songs manic, but it’s no way to be. I’ve seen myself with a dirty face I cut my luck with a dirty ace. I’ll leave the light on I’ll leave the light on I went from zero to minus ten I drank your wine and I stole your man, I’ll leave the light on I’ll leave that light on This city can eat you life, you know? You have to feel that it’s okay to not belong if you don’t feel like you belong But did you feel that the city was eating you alive at one point? Yeah, because I think I felt like Well, A: you know I was unmedicated. I was also really into heavy drug and alcohol use and I felt so small and insignificant like LA was just so much bigger and smarter and better and just really insecure. Was there a moment when you didn’t care anymore what happened? Yes, oh, yeah totally there was longer than a moment I think that I really didn’t want to live anymore, and I think I was just starving myself to death and Taking all those things, but I was hoping I would just die Seventeen and I’m all messed up inside. I cut myself just to feel alive I leave the light on, I leave the light on Twenty-one, on the run, on the run, on the run From myself, from myself and everyone I’ll leave the light on I’ll leave the light on I wanna love And I wanna live I don’t know much about it I never did I don’t know what to do. Can the damage be undone? I sweared to God that I’d never be What I’ve become You know getting to make music is something to bring me joy in my life and to help me get through my life but the greatest blessings have been Scott and my parents and bipolar and alcoholism really I think those have been the greatest blessings. They they’ve made me come to my knees and Obliterated the ego, the big fat giant ego that I love to embrace from time to time And I know I’m gonna have my mental swings. I know there are gonna be times that I want to drink so bad That I got to bite my lower lip But it doesn’t mean that I have to go there You know? And what do I get to do to get through it? I get to reach out whether it be through a song or calling my mother or calling a friend or being honest in an interview You know truth will set you free, the truth will set you free, shine a light on the dark And it flees. Shine the light on the dark and it flees. Tell the freaking truth Even if everybody thinks you’re the biggest dick or you’re just such a loser It’s worth it because that light will drive away the dark. I really believe that. I’ve seen it happen in my life. You know, shining that light shining that truth having the courage to tell the truth And that’s hard because of course I want to connect with everybody. Of course I want to feel a part of the group. I want to feel a part of the human race. I don’t want to feel alone And I wanna love I wanna live Now I don’t know much about it I never did I don’t know what to do Can the damage be undone? I sweared to God that I’d never be what I’ve become I’ll leave the light on I’ll leave that light on God bless the child with the dirty face Who cuts her luck with a dirty ace She leaves the light on I still leave that light on That’s it (whispered) It’s okay

47 thoughts on “Beth Hart – Leave The Light On | The story behind the song | Top 2000 a gogo

  • December 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm
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    WOW just wonderful. Beth is an amazing human being. I love her.

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  • January 1, 2018 at 1:11 pm
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    powh wat kan dat mens zingen! Right in the face….

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  • January 1, 2018 at 2:44 pm
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    Doorvoeld…

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  • January 8, 2018 at 4:46 pm
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    Sit down at the piano by yourself, and sound like that – amazing!!! First heard her because of Joe Bonamassa and wanted to hear more, and discovered a real human being. Best well-wishes and prayers for staying on the path you have chosen.

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  • January 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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    !!!

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  • January 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm
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  • January 26, 2018 at 1:34 am
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    Superstar voice, superstar human being, the truth does set you free and then some. Love ya..

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  • January 26, 2018 at 10:52 pm
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    Beth inspires me on a daily basis to stay clean and make myself better

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  • January 30, 2018 at 1:20 am
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    God Bless ya Ms Beth Hart. <3

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  • February 11, 2018 at 12:10 am
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    I love heeerr

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  • June 1, 2018 at 9:25 pm
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    It's no way to be?? Just be yourself and accept we all have light and dark. The brighter the light, the darker will be the shade. You are an amazing talent.

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  • June 13, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    From the hart into my hart. Thanks Beth for open up about the truth. I'll leave a light one for you xxx

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  • July 31, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    Indrukwekkend. Prachtig interview. En wat een strot!

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  • August 9, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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    What a great artist and person! Love, Love, Love!

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  • August 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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    Each time I ear Beth, I'm simply floored ! Each and every time ! If I don't ear her voice for a couple of months, the effect is triple… God I love that woman. I sincerely believe that she's more than a Janis Joplin, more than a Amy Winehouse even though I like those two as well. Beth Hart was sent on earth to deliver messages through music. Thank you Beth ! You're a big heart with a voice from out of this world.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm
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    BOOM… Just like that! 🚀🏆

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  • August 20, 2018 at 9:34 pm
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    It’s been some time since a performance brought me to tears like this one. Honest passion, wow!

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  • August 21, 2018 at 6:48 am
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    I love that panting in the back!

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  • August 22, 2018 at 7:24 pm
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    I love her. There is simply no better singer on the planet. IMO

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  • August 29, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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    Wow, what a performance. That is something special. Thank you

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  • September 13, 2018 at 3:43 am
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    Thank You

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  • September 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm
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    What an amazing soul. I saw a clip some years ago where she did Zep song with Slash. She blew me away. My ears hadn't developed to appreciate non-metal music, so I never followed her. I later saw some vids where she didn't look healthy and expected another statistic story. Somehow I stumbled on her music again. She looked so healthy. I was happy to see she pulled through, conquered, or at least seems to keep her demons at bay. Someday I hope to see a live show. She does belong. Writes and performs amazing songs with so much soul. Truth authentic. Keep that light on, amazing woman!

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  • September 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm
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    Here voice…

    Hits you like a speeding train.

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  • October 15, 2018 at 2:50 am
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    GEEZ LOUISE her VOICE is magnificent acapella . First time I heard of her was tonight

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  • October 16, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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    If there’s anyone that can send a message trough music, it’s Beth Hart. You can almost feel her pain listening to her singing at the piano. The most pure and honest music I ever heard. If you like this, you should check her live performance of “Crashing Down” here on YouTube.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 10:20 am
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    wow..now it is for me the first time in this gogo series to admit; I have never heard of this song or artist. And I know quite a long string of artists and songs from 60's to 2010 (after that ,I gave up…posers, fake music,heavy industry marketing concept bands,…).
    Honestly at start of this interview, I thought, bweh, another junkie turned raw voice singer…but when that song started inflating, she blew me away.
    Kudos to this woman.

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  • October 30, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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    Wow ! So beautiful, so powerful, so vulnerable and so honest.
    The music 🎶 brought me joy 😂 and tears 😢. Thank you.

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  • October 30, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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    …Wow…..

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  • December 3, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    Never knew this about Ms. Hart. Inspiring…

    So many artists never get ahead of their demons…lucky her, lucky us.

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  • December 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    THIS is MY life 2 A TEE! There's NO ARTIST OUT THERE who can HOLD A CANDLE TO OR FIT in2 the SHOES of THIS BEAUTIFUL, HONEST, AMAZING, GIFTED & TALENTED WOMAN.NOT A SINGLE ONE! I've been A FAN of Beth❤ since she wz on "STAR SEARCH" & SHE WON a JAW-DROPPING 10 TIMES IN A ROW! LOVE YA BETH❤! Be BLESSED girlfriend 🙏 I (STILL) hope 2 meet you 1 day @ a show! (MEETING you is my ENTIRE bucket list!) Sending PEACE, LOVE & LIGHT 2 YOU ALWZ, love, SUZI Q 🌷✌❤

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  • December 4, 2018 at 6:33 am
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    After that, I don't think I have any more BUMPS to GOOSE !!!

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  • December 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm
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    Amazing Miss Beth Hart ! You came last year to Toronto and I missed you ! I will not in the future .Thanks for the inspiration Beth ..thank you !!!!

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  • December 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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    The truth sets you free ain't that the truth beth Christ what a beautiful human being.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 12:15 am
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    Man this woman is a vulcano of talent, Love, pasion and total sweetness…..I will always love her for what she is.
    For me…she's a true goddess that deserves our admiration and unconditional love.

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  • December 12, 2018 at 10:15 pm
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    i bealive it to shine on giving the truth always

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  • January 14, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Wow. Just wow. It's not often that you see such passion. Raw, honest, heartfelt passion. Lovely.

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  • January 18, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    fuck

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  • January 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    Never liked the song, but somehow it just landed. Blam! Thank you for that.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 3:33 am
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    Wow. This is my first time listening closely to the words of this song.

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  • March 6, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    She is the real thing.
    Talented, honest and brave.

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  • March 8, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    I started following Beth at the beginning when she was on Atlantic as the Beth Hart band. That first record “immortal” is stunning. I played that so many times when it came out in 1996. And then again with “screamin’ for my supper” in 1999. It’s a shame the way that Atlantic records treated her during her darkest days. But ultimately she rose up and is healthy and is happier and is making so much new music… It seems like she has a new record out every year these days where are used to be four or five years in between. It’s nice to see her in such a good place… And that voice… My god that voice. STUNNING. she mentions in this interview that she just wants to be a part of something? That voice and her beautiful soul are a part of something bigger than she even knows and she will always have us listening and waiting for more❤️

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  • April 18, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    Wow. Makes me appreciate the song even more.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    I always knew Beth Hart could sing but this is too much. Perfect!

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  • June 10, 2019 at 1:09 am
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    1) I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I had not heard of this song before I watched this video. I thought it was about "Leave a Light On For Me" which was a minor hit for Belinda Carlisle in the late '80s. 2) Anyone else notice that she refers to being 17 and 21, like Jackson Browne does in "Running On Empty?"

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    On the scale of interesting persons Beth scores 110

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  • October 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    I love this song it's my life your beautiful

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  • October 10, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    Damn!

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