Every Light in the House

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"Every Light in the House"
Single by Trace Adkins
from the album Dreamin' Out Loud
B-side "If I Fall (You're Goin' with Me)"[1]
Released August 20, 1996[2]
Format CD Single
Genre Country
Length 2:59
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Kent Robbins
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Trace Adkins singles chronology
"There's a Girl in Texas"
"Every Light in the House"
"(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing"
Music video
"Every Light in the House" at CMT.com

"Every Light in the House" is a song written by Kent Robbins and recorded by American country music artist Trace Adkins. It was released in August 1996 as the second single from his debut album Dreamin' Out Loud. It was his first Top 5 single on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, where it peaked at #3.


The song is a mid-tempo ballad mostly accompanied by piano and fiddle in which the narrator was recently split from his wife. He literally turns every single light on in the house and keeps them on for her in case she wants to return to his side. He insists on leaving the lights on, paying no regard to the electrical hazard this may cause or the financial burden that will ensue.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Adkin's deep, powerful voice does justice to the yearning in this lyric about a man who has left the lights on waiting for his lover to return."[3] Rick Cohoon of Allmusic gave the song a favorable review, calling it a "creative approach to the age-old 'goodbye, I miss you' song." He commended Adkins' voice for "communicat[ing] pain so well" despite the singer's stature, although he considered some of the similes forced (e.g. "the backyard's bright as the crack of dawn").[4] It is reported that a fan once gave Trace a hard time about the song, asking why he would ever do such a thing? Adkins harshly responded: "Cause' I'm Trace Adkins, I fucking turned em'on!" To no surprise the rugged singer later conceded in response to a similar incident saying "They tell me(the label): Just sing and shut up' because I have this problem with honesty." [5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song is in black-and-white, and begins with Adkins sitting on the porch of a house with his dog after his woman left home. He then gets off the porch, and he and some workers get to work on a power generator. Scenes also feature him singing inside of the same house.

Chart performance[edit]

"Every Light in the House" debuted at number 72 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated August 24, 1996. It charted for 21 weeks on that chart, and peaked at number 3 on the country chart dated December 14, 1996, giving Adkins the first Top 5 single of his career. In addition, it peaked at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100, also marking his first entry on that chart.

Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 78
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 3


On his 1998 album Did I Shave My Back for This?, country parodist Cledus T. Judd parodied the song as "Every Light in the House Is Blown". Trace Adkins is featured in the music video.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 18. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ AOL Music profile for "Every Light in the House is On"
  3. ^ Billboard, August 24, 1996
  4. ^ Cohoon, Rick. "Trace Adkins - "Every Light in the House is On"". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  5. ^ Trace Adkins' big mouth gets him in trouble http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/A/Adkins_Trace/1996/09/25/742736.html David Veitch September 25, 1996
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9900." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 9, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Trace Adkins – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Trace Adkins.
  8. ^ "Trace Adkins – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Trace Adkins.

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