When The Lights Went Out

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

The party was over before I came in
Set up the tables and try it again
Call in the guests left hanging around
Give music to dance and a hammer to pound

By the side of the road on the highway to nowhere
We sit on a stone drinking wisdom and wine
Left here by somebody lost long before us
Few of us know or care what his name was

Over and over and over again
The same ages turning
The same pages burning

The sowers were sowing
The reapers were reaping
The singers were singing
Malingerers lingering

The shooters were shooting
Looters were looting
Believers believing
The doubters in doubt

But where, where, where in the world
Were you when the lights went out?


I opened my eyes and looked up from the ground
There was nobody near, there was no one around
Caught in the space between waking and dreaming
A heart full of fear and a head full of scheming

The party just started but I have to go
A knock at the door and wouldn't you know
If you detain me you'll only cause sorrow
I've nothing to lend you and nothing to borrow

Over and over and over again
The same wages earning
The same bridges burning

The children were crying
The liars were lying
The biters were biting
The bitten were writhing

The writers were writing
Confiders confiding
Believers believing
The doubters in doubt

But where, where, where in the world
Were you when the lights went out?
But where, where, where in the world
Were you when the lights went out?
Where in the world
Where in the world
Where in the world
Where in the world were you, my love,
Oh where in the world were you?
When the lights went out
When the lights went out
When the lights went out ...