Arctic Monkeys Leave Before the Lights Come On

Arctic Monkeys’ third single, Leave Before The Lights Come On, was released as a music video in August 2006, only months after the band’s debut album. The video, filmed in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries quarter, features English actors Kate Ashfield, known for her role as Liz in Shaun of the Dead, and Paddy Considine, known for his lead role in Dead Man’s Shoes.

Arctic Monkeys Music Video


Ashfield’s character opens the music video standing on the edge of a tall building, apparently preparing to jump. On the pavement below Considine’s character is halted in his tracks by a shoe falling from above. He races up the stairs to coax the woman back from the edge. They embrace. The two go out for a coffee. She’s clearly grateful for his intervention and becomes more and more affectionate. When she grabs his hands and moves to kiss him, he holds his hand up to show his wedding ring and bids her farewell. It’s at this point we realise just how disturbed the woman is. She runs after him and attempts to jump on his back. He pushes her off and attempts again to walk away. Just as he thinks he might be free she’s back, this time angrily pushing him around. He pushes her against a fence and warns her not to continue the pursuit. The woman sprints back to her original spot on top of the building to begin the scenario again.

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Credits

The music video was directed by John Hardwick, signed with HLA, through newly formed Sheffield film production company Warp X Films with director of photography Danny Cohen.

Editor was Owen Oppenheimer at The Quarry.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys, a four piece Sheffield band formed in 2002, gained recognition on the British charts in 2005 with two hit singles, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down”. Their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was released in January 2006. Members of the band are Lead singer/guitarist Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, drummer Matt Helders. Bassist Andy Nicholson left Arctic Monkeys before their tour of the USA in June. Nick O’Malley is filling in as bassist for the rest of the year.
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Lyrics for Leave Before the Lights Come On

Arctic Monkeys Single at Amazon UKWell this is a good idea,
He wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t,
He wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t one.
Well my friend fancies you,
Oh what a way to begin it all,
You said it’s always exciting words to hear

And we woke up together not quite realising how,
Awkwardly stretching and yawning,
Its always hard in the morning,

And I suppose that’s the price you pay,
Oh it isn’t what it was,
She’s thinking he looks different today,
And oh there’s nothing left to guess now,

You left before the lights came on,
Because you didn’t want to ruin,
What it was that was brewing,
Before he absolutely had to,
And how can you wake up,
With someone you don’t love?
And not feel slightly fazed by it,
Oh, he had a struggle,

And you woke up together not quite realising how,
Awkwardly stretching and yawning,
It’s always hard in the morning,

Arctic Monkeys Single at Amazon.comAnd I suppose that’s the price you pay,
Oh it isn’t what it was,
She’s thinking he looks different today,
And oh there’s nothing left to guess now,

Quick, let’s leave, before the lights come on,
‘Cos then you don’t have to see,
‘Cos then you don’t have to see,
What you’ve done…

Quick, let’s leave, before the lights come on,
‘Cos then you don’t have to see,
‘Cos then you don’t have to see,
What you’ve done…

I’ll walk you up, what time’s the bus come?
Leave Before the Lights Go Down at Amazon.co.uk

Leave Before the Lights Go Down at Amazon.com

  • Jenna

    Preved dyatlam!