The song is written by lead singer Rob Thomas, and is about a girl who leaves her hometown to pursue an unspecified career of some fame, possibly Broadway. Throughout the song, he pleads with the girl to let her know that she is encouraged to return home if things don't work out. According to Thomas, "Bright Lights" may be his favorite song he has recorded.
The video is taken directly from footage released on the DVD show, Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty, and as such, is a live performance. As he also does in the studio version of the song, Rob Thomas plays the piano, and towards the end, Kyle Cook jumps atop the piano and plays a solo while the rest of the band jam out the song.