Turn the lights on, daddy,
there’s a demon and he’s scheming
and he’s lurking underneath my single bed,
I know that you can’t see him but I feel him
and he’s scratching round and hatching
awful thoughts inside my head,
I need you for my hero
and I trust you with my life
and I believe that you can vanquish all my foes,
So turn the lights on, daddy, please
and leave a little glow before you go.
Turn the lights on, mummy,
for the demons have grown larger and they’re looming
in the darkness all around and
I can’t see them but I sense them
and they follow
and they wear me to the ground.
I know that you have answers for you’ve lived a life
and carried thought and love
and won some battles in your day,
I trust that you will guide me and direct me
with your wisdom,
You’ll never steer me wrong no matter what I say.
So turn the lights on mummy, please,
And show to me the lightness of your ways.
Leave the lights on, darling,
to the demons of your darkness
in the night that come to steal,
let me see your demons dancing, I’ll destroy them,
we’ll be stronger when we fight them, both together,
we have power in the loving, can’t you feel.
We’ll spread it out and round and up and down,
we’ll cover corners, every base that comes along
and fight the fight we have to win,
we’ll vanquish ghosts and ghouls and demons,
terrors of the night and daylight hours,
every torment, everything.
So leave the lights on, baby, I’ll protect you,
You’ll protect me, we’re a team.
Turn all the lights on, fetch the torches
bring the candles, lamps and shining stars
and blazing sun,
the demons are retreating,
we have power all around us,
they are fearful and we’ve got them on the run.
All these demons, they’re illusion
and their danger is persuasion
and it’s fear all children fear along their spine
and it grows along beside us and defeats us,
all negation, all abstraction
and it subjugates our light to shine.
So turn the lights on, leave the lights on,
we’re all children but, together, with our beacons, we’ll be fine.