|Single by The Box Tops|
|from the album The Letter/Neon Rainbow|
|B-side||"Everything I Am"|
|Released||October 1967 (U.S.)|
|Recorded||American Sound Studio|
|Genre||Pop rock, blue-eyed soul|
|Songwriter(s)||Wayne Carson Thompson|
|The Box Tops singles chronology|
The track is featured on The Letter/Neon Rainbow. The song starts with the lyrics "The city lights, the pretty lights, They can warm the coldest nights" and as they suggest, the song is about neon signs that come on at night and make even the city's coldest nights seem warm. The lyrics continue "But in the daytime everything changes, Nothing remains the same. No one smiles anymore, And no one will open his door. Until the night time comes. And then the..." suggesting that the city's inhabitants stay inside during the day and come out only at night.
- Alex Chilton – vocals
- Bobby Womack – acoustic guitar
- Other instrumentation by The Memphis Boys
- Arranged by Mike Leech
Afterlife of song
From September 2009, Neon Rainbow was featured in the TalkTalk TV advertising campaign, and is their hold music.
|Cashbox||US Hot 100||Australia||Canada||UK|
|#24||#24||#30||#17||failed to chart|
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