"Lights" is a song recorded by American rock band Journey and written by Steve Perry and Neal Schon, released in 1978.
The song is a ballad about Journey's city of origin, San Francisco. It was one of Steve Perry's first Journey songs, and was recorded soon after his joining the band.
Released as a single in 1978, it was not originally a hit, reaching no. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time. It has, however, become more popular over the years and is now one of Journey's most popular and easily recognizable songs and is often played in Classic Hits/Oldies radio stations. It is frequently played at San Francisco Giants baseball games (including a version led by Perry himself at Game 2 of the 2010 World Series) and the cross-bay Oakland Athletics after-game fireworks starts.
Journey released a live version of the song in 1993 for the Time³ box set.
The song was the last to be played during the Top 40 era of KFRC 610, a legendary San Francisco station, before the flip to a nostalgia/adult standards format in 1986.
This song is also covered by current Journey frontman Arnel Pineda....