Song Analysis: Lightning Crashes by Live (1994)


This is one of the more powerful songs that I have heard in recent years. The song is essentially describing the circle of life. It was meant to take place in a hospital setting. The first verse is describing the birth of a newborn baby to a new mother. When the baby opens its eyes, the confusion of the surrounding world is instant. The second verse describes an old mother dying. It directly parallels the first verse. As the old woman closes her eyes, the confusion about life that she had is transferred to the newborn baby. These first two verses are meant to give one example of how closely life and death are related, and how it is an ongoing process. “Lightning crashes” refers to that instant but powerful moment when a child is born or a life is taken, just like how a strike of lightning is instant yet powerful. I think the chorus (oh now feel it comin back again…) is meant to tie the whole story together and illustrate the circle of life.

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2 Responses to Song Analysis: Lightning Crashes by Live (1994)

  1. Anonymous says:

    This song is about a personal friend if the band who had passed away while giving birth to her child.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My son was learning to play this song on his guitar when he died and we used it as his funeral song, he was very spiritual and loved the song.

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